I talked to Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, for a few minutes yesterday about what his happening down at the Senior Bowl this week. Rang is down in Mobile, Ala. scouting the event.
He believes that quarterback, defensive line and offensive line will be the three areas Seattle focus on in the first round. And with quarterback and defensive line generally valued more in the draft, the Seahawks might not have another choice but to select an interior lineman with the No. 25 overall pick.
That’s why right now, Rang has Seattle selecting Florida offensive guard Mike Pouncey (6-4, 310) with its No. 25 overall pick, the twin brother of Pittsburgh rookie center Maurice Pouncey. Rang says that Mike is not as versatile as his twin brother, but still possesses the same toughness, agility and physical play to make a good interior lineman at the next level.
Rang believes that Seattle will have a good shot at picking up a talented interior linemen between the late first, early-to-mid second round. Others to keep an eye on include Wisconsin offensive linemen Gabe Carimi (6-7 1/8, 315) and John Moffitt (6/4, 314), Rodney Hudson out of Florida State (6-2 ¼, 291) and Baylor’s Danny Watkins (6-3 ½, 312).
Rang said Colorado’s Nate Solder (6-8 ¼, 314) has separated as the best offensive tackle down at the Senior Bowl right now.
I also asked Rang about several players, and here’s what he had to say.
Rang on Washington QB Jake Locker (6-2 ¼, 228): “He looked like the game was kind of slowing down a little for him. He was generally more accurate today (Tuesday). Yesterday he was high on a lot of passes. So today he was significantly more accurate, especially in the pocket, and that has been the main problem for him in the past.
“They kind of just need an excuse to want to take him. They all love his leadership and intangibles. They want to see guys improve, and he certainly improved from yesterday.
“The biggest knock in him is accuracy. If he is more accurate, especially in the pocket, then his stock will improve.”
On Washington LB Mason Foster (6-1 1/8, 241): “No real surprises. He’s a good football player. There’s not a lot you can tell from these drills. So much of a linebacker is tackling, and you can’t tackle. But that is one thing I know and scouts now – He breaks down well and wraps up well. He’s not a true striker like a Ray Lewis type, but he certainly does enough. He doesn’t get dragged around after tackles.
“One concern was how he’d do in coverage, and he looked good in that. He’s athletic. He drops well, and he turns and changes direction well. And they haven’t been targeting him when I’ve watched the quarterbacks. Some are certainly a lot stiffer in coverage than he is.”
On Nevada QB Casey Kapernick (6-4 5/8, 225): “He had a strong day yesterday (Monday), but today he took a little bit of a step back. There’s no denying he has a strong arm and he’s fast. So when you see that combination, it’s exciting, especially the way the NFL is going with mobile quarterbacks. But he’s got a lot of work to do before he’s starting for an NFL team. But there’s definitely some natural tools there that is worthy of development.
Rang said he thought Kapernick was a third or fourth-round guy.
On TCU QB Andy Dalton (6-2, 213): “I like the Dalton kid. He’s got a lot of intangles. He doesn’t have a “wow” arm, but he’s got good, not great accuracy. He’s good in all areas, but does not throw a great deep ball. At TCU they didn’t ask him to throw deep often. And so that’s one of my concerns about him.”
On San Diego State WR Vincent Brown (5-11, 184): “He can catch the ball. He’s got pretty impressive hands. He snatches the ball right out of the air. He had some guys closing in on him and he still was able to make the catch. He’s got some speed. High 4.4s. He’s elusive and accelerates quickly. A little like Johnny Knox from Chicago, a guy who could make some flash plays for you.”
On Boise State receiver Titus Young (5-11, 174): “He’s like DeSean Jackson in good ways and bad ways. He’s real inconsistent. He’s not a very big guy, so in press coverage he can be knocked off his routes. And he lets too many passes get into his chest. But in terms of a big-play guy he’s definitely can make some ‘wow’ plays.”