Official 2012 Senior Bowl South Roster

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I thought I'd put this out there as a reference. These are the guys Shanahan&Co. will be dealing with up-close-and-personal.

Some of these guys could well wind up in Burgundy and Gold uniforms.

Rantsports.

by Emmanual Benton
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2012 South Team Roster:

Quarterbacks:

Nick Foles, Arizona
Brandon Weedon, OSU
Ryan Lindley, SDS


Running Backs:

Chris Rainey, FL
Terrance Gannaway, Baylor
Chad Dheil, Clemson
Vick Ballard, Mississippi State


Offensive Line:

Jeff Allen, Illinois
Will Blackwell, LSU
Philip Blake, Baylor
James Brown, Troy
Cordy Glenn, Georgia
Ben Jones, Georgia
Matt McCants, UAB
Zebrie Sanders, FSU
Will Vlachos, Bama


Wide Receivers:

Joe Adams, Arkansas
Dwight Jones, UNC
Juron Criner, Arizona
Patrick Edwards, Houston
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
Marquis Maze, Bama


Tight Ends:

DeAngelo Peterson, LSU
Brad Smelley, Bama
Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette


Defensive Backs:

Antonio Allen, SC
Dwight “Bill” Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette
Brandon Boykin, Georgia
Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
Markelle Martin, OSU
DeQuan Menzie, Bama
Ryan Steed, Furman
Brandon Taylor, LSU


Linebackers:

Emmanuel Acho, Texas
Jake Bequette, Arkansas
Nigel Bradham, FSU
Zach Brown, UNC
Keenan Robinson, Texas
Sean Spence, Miami


Defensive Line/3-4 conversion players (Senior Bowl defense is 4-3, some may play OLB):

Courtney Upshaw, Bama
Brandon Thompson, Clemson
Kheeston Randal, Texas
Tydreke Powell, UNC
Tony Eddie-Jerrod, Texas A&M
Melvin Ingram, SC
Jaye Howard, Florida
Quinton Coples, UNC


Kickers:

Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
Drew Butler, Georgia


This is a pretty loaded roster, especially on the defensive line, which bodes will for judging offensive linemen. In addition to the Quarterbacks, who will face some pass rushing specialist during practice, with Courtney Upshaw, Brandon Thompson, and Quinton Coples.

For the Redskins, a few players could become possible draft targets. Nick Foles is a Quarterback I expect to rise, and am interested in seeing him interact with the Shanahans. Dwight Jones and Juron Criner are two pass catchers I also believe will shine. As well as the speedy playmaker out of Florida, Chris Rainey. He’s a guy that can play all skill positions on offense, and is a return specialist who has the ability to score every time he touches the football.

No player may have as much to prove as Janoris Jenkins, the former Florida Gator who spent his senior season at North Alabama after being kicked off Florida’s team. He’s a first round talent with character issues. All eyes will be glued to him, as he is a talent most haven’t seen in a year.
Article link:http://www.rantsports.com/washington-redskins/2012/01/23/senior-bowl-official-2012-south-roster-coached-by-redskins-staff/
 

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I thought I'd put this out there as a reference. These are the guys Shanahan&Co. will be dealing with up-close-and-personal.

Some of these guys could well wind up in Burgundy and Gold uniforms.



Tight Ends:
Brad Smelley, Bama
We should switch this guy from TE to the O-line.
He's got the perfect name for a Dirtbag, or a Hog, or whatever we call them these days.
 

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Anyone know anything about Ryan Lindley?
Here's some stuff I've found on Lindley, first from Walter Football.

Ryan Lindley, San Diego State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
Projected Round (2012): 5-6.
1/9/12: Lindley did not have the senior year that he needed to improve his draft stock. Lindley completed only 53 percent of his passes for a total of 3,153 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also had bad performances against TCU and Michigan, two of the better opponents on his schedule. Lindley overthrows the ball routinely and his struggles with accuracy kill his draft stock.

8/18/11: Ryan Lindley is an experienced signal caller after being the starter for San Diego State the past three seasons. He has increased his touchdown production each season from 16 to 23 to 28. His interceptions have stayed in the same range as well after tossing nine in his first year as a starter, he had 16 in 2009, and 14 last year.

Lindley operates a pro-style offense, but his big problem is accuracy. He completed 58 percent of his passes last season, and that was his best output. His completion percentage was at 54 percent in 2009 and 57 percent the year before that. Lindley has to become more accurate to improve his draft standing, and have a shot at being anything more than a mid-round pick. Part of his accuracy issues look to be from underdeveloped mechanics. He has a quality arm and some developmental tools.
http://walterfootball.com/draft2012QB.php

And this from NFL's Future.


Ryan Lindley
San Diego State
Ht. 6-4 Wt. 215
Strengths: Lindley is experienced as a four-year starter at SDSU. He has played in a pro-style offense. Has plus arm strength and ton of upside from a physical standpoint. He shows solid leadership and is a tough and durable veteran.
Weaknesses: Lindley struggles with accuracy which is mostly caused by poor mechanics. His footwork leaves a lot to be desired. His decision-making is not that of a four-year starter in a pro-style offense. He has a tendency to lock onto receivers and miss open guys and fails to move safeties. His low completion percentage is a major concern as an NFL QB.
Bottom Line: Lindley is another developmental prospect that needs a ton of work on his mechanics. His arm strength very good and he moves enough to escape the rush. Lindley could be long-term option for a team that is looking to groom a young guy under a veteran presence.
Draft Projection: Lindley has some skills to be a player in the NFL but putting all of them together is a long term project. He’s a late 5th, early 6th round prospect.
http://nflsfuture.com/2012/01/09/ryan-lindley-scouting-report/

Finally, from CBS Sports.

Latest News
12/17/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior QB Ryan Lindley has struggled with completion percentage all season and enters the bowl game with a 52.5 percent completion rate. But Lindley still has thrown for 2,740 yards and his TD-to-interception ratio is 20 to 8. While Hillman is the straw that stirs the offense's drink, Lindley is the one in charge of managing the game and getting the Aztecs into an offensive rhythm. Lindley became the first player in Mountain West history to pass for more than 12,000 yards for his career. - The Sports Xchange
Full Ryan Lindley News Wire
Overview
San Diego State quarterbacks coach Brian Sipe knows a little something about playing the position. He starred for the Aztecs from 1969-71, then went on to have a successful 12-year career with the Cleveland Browns. Lindley has been Sipe's star pupil since 2009, and pro scouts have seen the improvement in his game.

Lindley stepped into the starting job as a redshirt freshman in 2008, completing 56.7% of his passes for 2,653 yards and 16 touchdowns against nine interceptions as the replacement for New England's second third-round pick that year, Kevin O'Connell. He threw for more yards (3,054) and touchdowns (23) as a sophomore, but his completed fewer passes (54.7%) while throwing more interceptions (16). Lindley bounced back in 2010, however, with a second-team All-Mountain West Conference junior campaign (57.7%, 3,830 yards, 28 TD, 14 INT).

Although Sipe has helped Lindley's game over the past couple of seasons, the California native's NFL size and arm are still overshadowed at times by his lapses in accuracy and average mobility. Taking advantage of open receivers more consistently and reducing turnovers will help scouts see his potential as a strong pocket passer at the next level.

Analysis
Accuracy: Very inconsistent in his accuracy. Threads passes in tight windows over the middle, leads slants and crossing routes so receiver can run after the catch. Short-arms throws regularly to wide-open receivers, often with no pressure in his face, due to an inconsistent release point and aiming of the ball. Accuracy drops off significantly when feet are not set. Inconsistent putting air under deep balls so open receivers reach them.

Arm Strength: Plenty of arm strength to deliver the ball to either sideline on short and intermediate outs, as well as get the ball downfield. Generally throws a tight spiral. Throttles down throws on screens and dump-offs so backs can grab them easily, but does not show great touch on shorter finesse throws. Has too much faith in his arm, makes throws into tight or double coverage that lead to interceptions.

Setup/Release: Looks the part of an NFL quarterback in his size, pocket poise and release. Keeps feet moving in the pocket while surveying the field. Runs pro-style system, works from under center and shotgun. Practiced at ball fakes, can fool defenses. Flashes nice five-step drop and deliver, but comes out from under center slow at times and will take a long last step.

Reading Defenses: Sees the field well, knows where most defenses will be vulnerable and looks there first. Looks off safety before throwing back-side slant. See interior pressure coming and stands in to make the throw. Inconsistent anticipating openings, tends to throw to receivers after they break free. Does not feel backside pressure, becoming a sitting duck for blitzers.

On the Move: Best as a pocket passer. Slides a bit in the pocket to find room to throw, but must improve resetting his feet to be accurate. Used on bootlegs but takes a long turn and needs to make the fake more quickly or he'll be run over by pro defensive ends. Flashes the ability to get a few yards as a runner, but lacks the quickness to avoid NFL defenders in space.

Intangibles: Four-year starter who showed improvement during his career. Tough player, missing only one game due to injury (throwing shoulder, Air Force, 2008) and working through ankle injury in 2010. No major character issues.

--Chad Reuter
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1273908/ryan-lindley

Sounds like he has some potential upsides-like the TD/INT ratio-but his accuracy problems everybody harps on tend to make me rather iffy about him.
 

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I could see him as a project QB with some upside but probably not someone we would look at.
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I saw Lindley torch Air Force and he looked impressive in spurts but he also missed some open receivers. In his defense, he also had several balls dropped. He didn't really look off his receivers very well but against Air Force, he didn't need to.

Will likely be a late round pick or go undrafted and be brought in for a camp arm for some team. Could end up on a practice squad somewhere.
 

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From @evansilva: ESPN's Todd McShay on Kellen Moore: "I think he's tall enough to play in a West Coast system." Says Moore has "turned heads" @ Senior Bowl.

Really want the Skins to take a flyer on this kid in the 3rd or 4th - could be something special.
 

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More from Silva:

General agreement among media that Brandon Weeden is top QB at Senior Bowl & performed like it Monday. Reports on Nick Foles mixed so far.

Mayock on Kellen Moore: "More tape u watch of him, more u appreciate how smart this kid is. Avg arm, but anticipation skills phenomenal."
 

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