Day three of Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Alabama, is a wrap, and Times NFL reporter Danny O’Neil is on the scene and files a couple of different reports.
First, this on UW linebacker Mason Foster:
Washington linebacker Mason Foster is generating the same kind of Senior Bowl buzz that Donald Butler did a year ago. Wes Bunting, draft analyst for the National Football Post, said Foster is getting a lot of attention from NFL teams and is a solid candidate to be chosen in the second, perhaps third round.
He is versatile enough to play in either a 3-4 scheme as an inside linebacker or an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme.
Linebackers don’t get as much attention early in the week as other positions simply because tackling is so very important to that position, and tackling is something that isn’t allowed during these practices.
“That kind of robs him of what he does best,” said Rob Rang, draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com. “You saw the instincts. You saw the quick hands to get off of blocks. You saw the athletic ability to drop into coverage. He does all those different so I think that he’s going to be successful as well.”
It will be a surprise if he’s still available after the third round, and he could go as high as the second.
Next, a few thoughts on the day of UW QB Jake Locker:
Rang: “He wasn’t quite as good as he was yesterday, but he was very solid. I thought that it was certainly a better practice than he had Monday. So he has shown the improvement throughout the course of the week that you’re looking for from him. In talking with scouts, they know of the struggles that Washington has had with the offensive line, the drops they have had from skill-position players. I think you’ve seen the potential that Jake has, and that’s all scouts want to see is that he does have that potential. That wasn’t just the film lying to them, and that he has shown the improvement that you’re looking for and that’s what’s going to lead to him ultimately being a first-round pick.”
And Pat Kirwan, a former NFL front-office exec, current Sirius radio host and bona fide F.O.P. — Friend of Pete (Carroll): “I like Jake. I’m glad he came to the game. I think he needed to be here. The kid from Nevada (Colin Kaepernick) – at times – has shined on top of him a little bit and offers some things that Jake doesn’t, mobility. Jake’s mobile, but that other guy sets into a motion a point of reference that’s a good one.
“Lots of people see Jake as NFL ready. I know his coach very well. I know he got him ready. Safe pick. You’re going to ask me if I think he’s a first-rounder. I think he’s going to have a long spring holding that off. Maybe a second half of the first round, you start worrying, ‘If I don’t take him here, I won’t get him.’ I don’t think it’s a very good quarterback class.”’
— RealGM.com, meanwhile, said that Locker “showed a lot” and also has a mention of Foster discarding Owen Marecic in a pass rush drill.
— However, indicating the varying views different scouts can have, Mel Kiper Jr., said today he hasn’t seen Locker do much at the Senior Bowl and doesn’t think he is worth a top 10-15 pick.