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Early Observations From 2011 Senior Bowl

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 26, 2011 – 8:45 am

Only 2 teams remain alive in the hunt for a Super Bowl XLV title, which means 30 other NFL franchises – including the Vikings – are focused exclusively on preparing for the 2011 NFL Draft. Part of that preparation process is the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl, which is happening this week in its usual location of Mobile, Alabama.

The country’s top college football seniors have gathered in front of NFL coaching staffs and scouts in Mobile to prove that they have what it takes to play at the next level. This week those seniors will participate in practice and meet with teams, and then this weekend they’ll play in the actual Senior Bowl. But the meat and potatoes of the event, from NFL coaches and scouts’ perspective, is the 5 days or so of practices and individual player meetings.

The Senior Bowl is much like the NFL Scouting Combine in that its become a media event as well. We’ve brought you comprehensive coverage of the Combine directly from Indianapolis for the past 3 years and we’ll do so again this year, but we haven’t made it down to Mobile yet to cover the Senior Bowl. So we’ll have to rely on some friends to provide insight for us.

Vikings preseason game analyst Mike Mayock is in Mobile covering this week’s events for NFL Network. As you may know, Mayock is one of the best NFL draft analysts out there because of the work and time he puts into watching film, calling games and speaking with players, coaches and NFL personnel men. Here is an early look at his top 5 players at each position. As Mayock notes, underclassmen are prevalent in his rankings and as he also notes, it’s a bit too early to rank QBs so he has them in groupings of 4.

Another NFL Network personality I’ve gotten to know from going to the Combine is Charles Davis. He’s gotten a jump on the mock draft season by issuing his debut edition on NFL.com. Check it out by clicking here. I have a pretty strong feeling that many of you won’t like what Davis projects for the Vikings future, but remember that it’s very early yet and things will certainly change between now and draft day.

In case you weren’t already aware, NFL Network has daily live coverage of the Senior Bowl, so tune in and check it out. If you don’t get NFL Network, you can keep checking back here to vikings.com for updates. There are several Senior Bowl-related videos posted on vikings.com and surely more to come as well.

Finally, we’ll leave you with a photo provided to us by Zach Green. It’s new special assistant to the head coach/LBs coach Mike Singletary speaking with a fan at the Senior Bowl…

Mike Singletary


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27 Responses to “Early Observations From 2011 Senior Bowl”

  1. By Turd Furguson on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    I hope we can draft Andy Dalton. He is my favorite.

  2. By Erik on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    Do people like Charles Davis even pay attention to team needs when doing this? Everyone on the planet knows the Vikings needs in order are: QB, DB/S, LB depth, OL, then maybe DL.

  3. By Turd Furguson on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    Erik, the reason Charles Davis did not put a QB in the first round for the Vikings is because all the good ones will be taken by the time the Vikings can pick. He is thinking we will draft one in the 2nd round, someone like Andy Dalton.

  4. By Turd Furguson on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings will probably get a defensive end or Offensive tackle in the first round.

  5. By vikings4life on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    haha Erik of course they do but the first mock drafts are always based on the best players they predict will be left at that time. So he is just predicting the best player at the number 12 will be the DE its only after the combine and closer to draft day that they go deeper into depth about what positions are needed or who is the best fit for that team

  6. By Turd Furguson on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    Not all quarterbacks have to be drafted in the first round.

    1) Bart Starr – Green Bay Packers in Super Bowls I and II – drafted in the 17th round by the Packers in 1956.
    2) John Unitas – Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V – drafted in the 9th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1955.
    3) Roger Staubach – Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowls VI and XII – drafted in the 10th round by the Cowboys in 1964 – Staubach attended Navy and had four years of military commitments after his graduation.
    4) Ken Stabler – Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XI – drafted in the 2nd round by the Raiders in 1968.
    5) Joe Montana – San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV – drafted in the 3rd round by the 49ers in 1979.
    6) Joe Theismann – Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVII – drafted in the 4th round by the Miami Dolphins in 1971.
    7) Jeff Hostetler – New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV – drafted in the 3rd round by the Giants in 1984.
    8) Mark Rypien – Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI – drafted in the 6th round by the Redskins in 1986.
    9) Brett Favre – Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI – drafted in the 2nd round by the Atlanta Falcons in 1991.
    10) Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV – was not drafted.
    11) Tom Brady – New England Patriots in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX – drafted in the 6th round by the Patriots in 2000.
    12) Brad Johnson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII – drafted in the 9th round by the Minnesota Vikings in 1992.
    13. Tom Brady – – Drafted in the 6th round.

  7. By Turd Furguson on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    Also, Tony Romo went undrafted in 2003.

  8. By vikings4life on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    haha com on turd i was onboard with what you were saying but ROMO is not an elite qb or worthy of being on the list of great qb’s that werent drafted in the first round

  9. By vikings4life on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    Mark my words i do believe Vince young will come here which makes me happy cause i do believe Joe will have the chance to beat him out for the starter job but Leslie is always wanting to give people second chances and rightly so it may not have worked out in Nashville but i do belive under leslie Vince could become a well rounded QB. Plus its huge that the qb coach already knows vince very well there would not be a period where he would have to adapt majorly, Next year we need to run the ball atleast 70% of the time we have the best running back in the game and a great back up in Toby. Whoever our qb is they need to protect the ball thats all they do not need to throw 33 td’s they just need to not throw 18 INTs and we will win our division i

  10. By Carl K on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    @vikings4life – I agree
    V. Young, Joe Webb draft Andrew Dalton or Ricky Stanzi (in round 2 or 4) and add Rhett Bohmar.
    I can live with that. I don’t think VY is done… He just needs a fresh start.

  11. By Carl K on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    I know Ryan Mallett has taken a hit for off the field issues. He has also been compared to Ryan Leaf. But I disagree with Charles Davis.
    Buff
    Cinn
    Ariz
    San Fran
    Tenn
    Washington
    Minn
    SORRY- I can’t see all those teams NOT willing to take a shot with Mallet or Newton

  12. By king crie on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    moss and rice at least they were next to each other once!”single” you better step it up to the next level!

  13. By VIKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    i may be slow but can anyone tell me what SKOL stands for?

  14. By Shawn on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    all i want from the draft is …. A STADIUM

    2011 COULD BE THE FAREWELL TOUR !!!!!!!

  15. By Mike B on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    I am sure the Vikings will be looking at that first pick for a QB if one is there. They could trade up and get a QB. He will be put in with the Webb and a free agent QB to compete for the starting position this year. I do think the Vikings need to get a free agent QB as most teams carry 3 QBs on their rosters. I am fairly sure TJack will not be back and probably will not want to be back with the Vikings. I also think there is a definate need at Def or O line. We will see how the draft goes, if it goes.

  16. By VikesfanNO on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    What makes Charles Davis think the Saints will take Ryan Mallet in the first round?

  17. By Ham on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    Skol is a scandinavian word for “cheers”. So “Skol Vikings” basically means “Go Vikings”

  18. By Ham on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    Mallett sucks pyhsically and mentally. Slow, clumsy, immature kid with a big arm. draft Locker.

  19. By Parody on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    I say we trade back. It looks like we’ll still have plenty to choose from for offensive linemen later in the first round and then we can lock up another need with a rookie from the extra 2nd or 3rd round pick we’d get out of it.

  20. By vikings4life on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    people Forget about QB first round we definitley should not take anyone that will be avalible at 12 we had 3 injured OL this year thats half of the OL and we do have good young DL that must step up it is our secondary that needs uprgrading and i promise we will win more than 10 games We have such a good LB core with EJ and Chad hopefully coming back we should draft OLB Casey Mathews he is brother of clay and would make the GB VIkes rivalry that much better but more importantly is very good and under rated. but we will be able to get him 4th round or 5th. 1st round we need a CB either Prince or Patrick Peterson Move Winfield to saftey and i know Pugac will bring more heat this year than ever before DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS NOT FRANCHISE QB’S THEIR JOB IS TO NOT TURN THE BALL OVER BUT IF YOU HAVE A GOOD D YOU WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS NO DOUBT AND PEOPLE WE HAVE A GREAT D CORE WITH A GOOD DRAFT SKY IS THE LIMIT

  21. By Q on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    draft locker and address the gaping hole for safety, then dline in 2nd or 3rd

  22. By snags on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    I think the vikings should trade down in the 1st round to pick pouncey and pick up a third round pick to make up for the one we lost in the moss trade

  23. By mr smiff on Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    Gems can be found anywhere and everywhere. I say our main focus should be on the o-line and the secondary.

  24. By paul on Jan 28, 2011 | Reply

    And just were to you think Ted Thompson is this week or for that matter the Steelers player personel scouts.

  25. By Carl Brodin on Feb 2, 2011 | Reply

    I think we should give Erin Henderson a chance retain greenway and E.J. Henderson in the middle. I think we should get rid of M.Williams he sucks and get some cap money back and draft a S and let him compete with Abdullah and Sanford. We should also trade Bryant Mckinnie for a 2nd or 3rd or 4th or maybe 2 of the 3. Then plug in OT Patrick Brown and then trade down in the 1st round to get pouncey’s brother and also a 2nd or 3rd rounder also. Maybe get Mathews younger brother. I also have my my eye on some wide recievers in case Sidney does not want to stick around. We also signed that WR from Canada so maybe get one from the draft or keep Freddie Brown fom the practice squad.

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