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The 2011 Senior Bowl, the premiere all-star showcase for NFL hopefuls leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine and the 2011 NFL Draft, is this afternoon (3 p.m. ET, NFL Network).
Here are five players for fans of the New York Giants and New York Jets to focus on this afternoon.
Giants (19th selection) in the draft
- Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin: One of several highly-regarded offensive tackle prospects in the game. Carimi, 6-foot-7, 315 pounds, has had an excellent week and could be on the Giants radar as an offensive line upgrade. Prospect Profile
- Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College: Another player connected to the Giants, who should be looking to inject some youth into their offensive line. Castonzo has also received a lot of praise this week, and as a potential left tackle is a player worth watching. Prospect Profile
- Mason Foster, OLB, Washington: Foster’s stock has been rising quickly throughout the offseason, and his work this week at the Senior Bowl has impressed observers. Right now he is looked at as a second-round type pick. Prospect Profile
- Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: Another of the intriguing offensive tackle prospects in the Senior Bowl. Solder is a 6-foot-9, 315-pounder with the reputation of being able to handle speed rushers off the edge. Prospect Profile
- Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College: ACC Defensive Player of the Year a couple of seasons ago, lost the 2009 season to a battle with bone cancer. Herzlich is on the comeback trail, and how early a team is willing to gamble on him will be fascinating to wathch. Prospect Profile
Jets (selecting 30th)
- Cameron Jordan, DE, California — The Jets would love a big-time defensive end to add to an aging group on their defense. Jordan would be a great choice, but he is rising rapidly up draft boards and might be out of the Jets reach. Prospect Profile
- Von MIller, OLB, Texas A&M — An outside linebacker who 3-4 defensive teams like the Jets have been drooling over at the Senior Bowl. Miller is often the guy chosen for the Jets in Round 1 of mock drafts. Prospect Profile
- Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue — Another player who fits the mold of a 3-4 playmaker on the outside who might look nice in Rex Ryan’s defense.
- Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina — The Jets might be in the market for a replacement for Antonio Cromartie.
- Kelvin Sheppard, LB, LSU — Another of those outside linebacker prospects the Jets might look at as they try to get younger and more athletic on the edges of their defense.
Reports from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., seem to indicate that this has been a tough week for West Virginia star running back Noel Devine, possibly the most well-known of the Big East Conference prospects performing in the all-star showcase.
Here is ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay discussing Devine:
On the plus side, Devine is the quickest back here. He's starting from a standstill and he reaches top speed so quickly and gets through the hole. He also caught the ball well.
But the biggest thing working against him is his size. At 5-7, 160 pounds, he's the shortest and lightest player here. On one play, Alabama QB Greg McElroy looked for him in the flat and couldn't see Devine because he's so short. Sometimes small backs get away with their lack of height because they have great balance, but that was one of the most concerning things about Devine's performance. His lack of balance showed during drills whenever a linebacker or safety would come to wrap up, he'd try to make a move and fall to the ground. At one point, he was one-on-one with OLB Von Miller in space and tried to shake him but lost his balance.
He could be a third-down or change-of-pace back, but his lack of size and power are clearly an issue. Right now, because he's so one-dimensional, he looks like a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
Here is the Metro News of West Virginia talking abut Devine:
Noel Devine may have a long wait on NFL draft weekend.
According to numerous reports out of the Senior Bowl this week, NFL scouts are not all that excited about Noel Devine. The running back weighed in Monday at a surprising 160 pounds. That is extremely small for an NFL running back and it may be scaring off some teams.
Kansas City has expressed some interest, but are they really going to take another player who is so similar to Dexter McCluster, who they selected in last year's draft?
St. Louis is also looking for a speedy back that they can couple with the more powerful Steven Jackson
Devine told reporters in Mobile that he hopes to bulk up to 180 pounds by the NFL Combine, but that is still a little on the slender side for the NFL.
What about a guy like this for the New York Giants or New York Jets? The Giants have no one like him. Would he be worth considering as a late-round pick, specifically as a kick returner? How about with the Jets if they lose return man Brad Smith?
With all the commotion about the 2011 Senior Bowl this week — what players look good, which ones are flopping not a peep has been uttered about the New York Giants all week. Until now, that is.
SB Nation’s Mocking The Draft is out with its latest list of players possibly being targeted by NFL teams, and MTD has connected the Giants to Boston College outside linebacker Mark Herzlich.
Herzlich is an interesting story because he is a cancer survivor. MTD has a full scouting report up on him today.
Here is MTD’s full list of players who have been connected to the Jets this week. It is heavy on defensive linemen and outside linebackers, which makes a lot of sense.
Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia
Dwayne Harris, WR, E. Carolina
Lee Smith, TE, Marshall
Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina
James Brewer, OL, Indiana
Cedric Thornton, DL, Southern Arkansas
Brooks Reid, DL, Arizona
Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue
Kelvin Sheppard, LB, LSU
Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
Which players are the New York Giants and New York Jets paying the most attention to this week during practice for the 2011 Senior Bowl? Well, teams put up so many smokescreens it is often hard to tell which guys they are really interested in and which ones they aren’t.
Over at SB Nation’s draft website, Mocking The Draft, they have been following the proceedings pretty closely. Following is MTD’s idea of which players the Jets seem to be paying the most attention to.
- Cameron Jordan, DE, California
- Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia
- Dwayne Harris, WR, E. Carolina
- Lee Smith, TE, Marshall
- Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina
Reports from Senior Bowl practice are gushing praise for Jordan, who would look nice as an end in Rex Ryan’s 3-4. He seems to have pushed his way into the top 10, though, and looks out of New York’s reach.
There has been no real word on what players the Giants are watching this week. You would have to think, though, that they are keeping their eye on the various top-tier offensive tackles performing this week.
Here are a look at how some of the players New York Jets and New York Giants fans should be keeping an eye on fared on Day 1 of Senior Bowl workouts, which included weigh-ins and the first practices.
Giants (picking 19th in the NFL Draft)
Offensive tackle Nate Solder (Colorado) did not have a great first day, but another offensive, Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi, apparently did. Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo is another player who has been connected to the Giants.
Jets (selecting 30th)
Players to keep an eye on for the Jets include Allen Bailey, De (Miami, Fl.), linebacker Von Miller (Texas A&M) and Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor.
The North squad is practicing right now and the South practices at 5 p.m. ET. You can tune in on NFL Network, if you are lucky enough to have access to it.
Practice began today for the premiere post-season all-star showcase for college seniors looking to make their way to the NFL -- the Senior Bowl.
There will be no players representing Syracuse University in the game. The Big East Conference, however, will have seven players in the game.
The Big East players who will be participating are:
Connecticut: Lawrence Wilson, LB; Louisville: Johnny Patrick, DB; Bilal Powell, RB; Pittsburgh: Jason Pinkston, OL; Rutgers: Joe Lefeged, DB West Virginia: Noel Devine, RB; Chris Neild, DL.
The game will be held Saturday, Jan. 29 (4 p.m. ET, NFL Network) at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Three Syracuse players, center Ryan Bartholomew, running back Delone Carter and outside linebacker Douglas Hogue represented the Orange in the East West Shrine Game on Satuday. Carter helped himself by gaining 54 yards on 11 carries and earning offensive MVP honors.
You can see the full rosters here. The North will be coached by the staff from the Cincinnati Bengals and the South by the staff from the Buffalo Bills.
SBNation.com offers a slightly off-kilter Q&A about the Senior Bowl.