Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pilfered Senior Bowl Observations: Day 1.

I've always wondered why they hold the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama... then I think of the times I've furiously passed through Mobile on the way to Florida and recall that all there is in Mobile is a Battleship and a tunnel that goes under the bay that's pretty bad ass when you're 10 and have been in the car with your family for 8 solid hours, but isn't much to build an economy on. In other words, in the football mad south, Alabama is quite possibly the most afflicted state, so what better way to garner attention for the game than to hold it in the most landmark and entertainment devoid city in that state?

And with that poorly constructed intro, I'll segue into the heart of this post and the ones that will follow: Keeping track of Andy Dalton, Jake Kirkpatrick and Jeremy Kerley at the Senior Bowl. Like many of you, I'm not sure I've ever watched a Senior Bowl, so Saturday will likely be my first one. Also like many of you, even though this year's version holds special interest for Frogs' fans, I'm still not going to go to the extreme of DVR'ing the practices every afternoon and making my own observations. So I'll do what lyle pointed out earlier that we're very good at - stealing others' ideas and turning them into a post!

Away we go...

Interesting observations about the weigh ins, which I'll keep here to Dalton and Kerley, but is a pretty funny read, intentionally or not.

Dalton came in at 6'3", 213 pounds and was described as "very ordinary build and lacked definition." Clearly the author is unfamiliar with gingers because, to be honest, that's just kind of how they look. He was the lightest of all the QBs at the Senior Bowl and kind of has carny hands, but not as bad as Greg McElroy, although since he won a title with said hands, I'm not sure this is a deal breaker. Dalton also didn't have huge arms by comparison, but to be honest, I thought he was kind of a big guy, at least compared to when he came to campus, and if his arms are considered small, then my self esteem just went down by about 500 notches.

Kerley arrived in Mobile at 5'9 3/4" and 188, but suffers from the same carny hand, lanky arm syndrome that apparently afflicts Dalton. However, he's described as having a "V shaped torso and ripped with a six pack" which may have actually been an except from an Anne Rice novel. /literarybitchslap. Apparently this type of physique is what they're going for when evaluating a skill position player.

And Kirkpatrick is officially 6'2 1/4" and 301 pounds with good sized hands, mediocre arm size, and is descriped as being "barrel chested and stumpy"... In other words, pretty much what you want in a center prospect, no?

One of the most fun things about seeing these "official" weigh ins is to see where the athletic department fudged on their own official rosters, kind of like how the Mavericks list JJ Barea at 6'0", 175 when he's maybe 5'8". As for TCU? We didn't do so bad - Dalton is off by one inch and seven pounds, Kerley is off by one inch and 4 pounds, and Kirkpatrick is an inch and four pounds. Guess we're running an honest program after all.

Here's a video recap from Todd McShay, but he won't let you embed, probably because he has on no pants during any of the interviews just in case someone asks a question about Jake Locker and he needs to "get his mind right." Unfortunately, if you care to check out any of ESPN's coverage you must be an insider, and if I wanted to pay to have a Snooki-coifed gentleman tell me why some team is going to draft Blaine Gabbert about 25 picks too high while salivating profusely... well, I don't know what I'd do, but sorry Mel Kiper, you're just not worth it.

Draftnsider.net seemed to have the most up to date information as far as Day 1 performances, and they had this to say about Andy:

Started out shaky, but the TCU product improved throughout the day. Dalton showed inconsistency with the RPM’s on his passes. He showed a tight spiral then a wobbly pass came out of his grasp. He showed some signs of throwing too much with his upper body. By the end of the practice, he was starting to get his timing down hitting a couple nice deep completions.

And then this about Kerley:

His comfort levels with teammate Andy Dalton was apparent early. Kerley did drop a pass early and was bodied off at least one catch, but he also beat defender deep on multiple occasions.

And Kirkpatrick:

The pivot looked good his short areas with precise power steps, but he fired out too high out of his stance.

That's all I have for now as practices didn't really kick into high gear until today. If you're really into it, you can always check any of those sites I listed for current updates, or take the lazy man's way out and come back and see what I copy/pasted. It's your choice, but we need to pageviews.


Sir Wesley Willis said...

Forgot to put this in there, but a buffalo bills message boarder, of all things, compiled a bunch of AD love here. They're looking for a QB, but at the second pick overall, Dalton would be a bit of a reach, to put it lightly


Lyle Lanley said...

Anne Rice reference = probably over a lot of people's heads.

The Senior Bowl sounds like it's one big sorority hazing scene from a Lifetime Original movie, where all the pro scouts get all drunk on wine coolers and use sharpies to circle the fat on all of the pledges.

shortnkerley's said...

I'm that guy who has been recording practice. Rifling through it right now. I'm a tool with no life. Should I swear off the site as well??

Sir Wesley Willis said...

You can swear off the site, but then we'll only have 2 readers left, and we can't let adam win!