John Congemi continues his analysis of the players that he got to see at the Senior Bowl in Mobile this week. With so much talk about adding pieces on offense for the Dolphins, we asked John to break down the running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, and offensive linemen that he’s been watching. If you want to see what he has to say about the six quarterbacks, just check out his earlier post.
Offensive Standouts, by John Congemi:
Running Backs: The two running backs got my attention this week were Anthony Allen from Georgia Tech and Kentucky’s Derrick Locke. Allen, the transfer from Louisville, was a first team All-ACC pick in 2010 and he averaged 101.2 yards per game. He gained 100 yards five times this season in an offense that spreads the carries around. This week he showed the ability to get through the hole at the point of attack, and then bounce outside with good acceleration. Locke is a different kind of running back. He has shown a great first step and has plenty of speed. He can also catch the football out of the backfield and would be a perfect change of pace kind of player. Locke also brings the dual threat of being a dangerous kickoff returner, with two 100 yard returns for touchdowns and averaged 27.1 yards per return.
Wide Receivers: Leonard Hankerson is emerging as one of the surprises this week in Mobile. He has proved that he can catch the football with consistency and some run after catch capability. At Miami, Hankerson was the first UM receiver to have 2,000 yards in his career, and 1,000 yards in a season. His 22 career touchdowns ranks 3rd in UM history only behind Michael Irvin (26) and Lamar Thomas with 23. If Hankerson can continue to run routes with ease and be consistent, his stock will continue to rise in this year’s draft. San Diego State’s Vincent Brown may not be a household name, but he has caught my eye during workouts this week. He’s been sharp running routes and catching the football in and out of traffic. Brown is an explosive player with excellent speed and dependable hands, and can also get behind the coverage. If Brown can continue to shine, he might be a surprise moving into the combine next month.
Tight Ends: Tennessee’s Luke Stocker has been exactly what I expected he would be through three days of practice. Stocker has shown the ability to catch the football down the middle of the field, and his athletic ability should make him a match-up problem for linebackers trying to cover him. He has a knack for reading leverage and getting to the open area making it easy to deliver the football to him. Two one-handed receptions during Tuesday’s workouts sold me that he can make it at the next level. Also, Marshall’s Lee Smith has impressed me not by catching the football but with his blocking. At 6’6 267 pounds, Smith has the skill to be a powerful run blocker that can develop into a dual threat player. His ability to block like an offensive tackle but still move like a true tight end or fullback will fit someone’s scheme in the NFL.
Offensive Line: There are plenty of quality offensive lineman to choose from at this year’s Senior Bowl, but two guys caught my attention right from the start: Anthony Castonzo from Boston College and Gabe Carimi from Wisconsin. Castonzo has done an excellent job of attacking the speed rushers in one-on-one drills and his feet are terrific for a guy his size. He also has great technique with his hands and can get control of the defensive lineman quickly. Carimi is athletic for his size and can beat you with his technique. He shows great strength and like all good lineman, enjoys the physical nature of the position. Both Castonzo and Carimi should continue to impress the coaches this week and look for their names to be called out in April.
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