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January 30, 2010 at 4:13 PM

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Senior Bowl: Thoughts -- mine and yours

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Most of the NFL coaches, scouts and executives left Alabama by Thursday, but the game itself is still a venue for evaluation.

  • DE Brandon Graham and Penn State's Jared Odrick were part of a very stout defensive line for the North team, which was the single most impressive unit in the game. Graham, particularly, is interesting. He is shorter than the 6 feet 2 he was listed at by Michigan, and there will be question of whether he is a 3-4 OLB along the lines of LaMarr Woodley of Pittsburgh -- who is also from Michigan -- or if he can be a standout defensive end out of the 4-3 alignment. He excelled as a conventional defensive end on Saturday.

  • QB Tim Tebow fumbled twice, and there will be plenty who will summarize his day by saying he fumbled twice. But he was under pretty constant pressure from the defensive line, and while he took some hits, he also completed seven eight of 11 12 passes. His first completion to Dexter McCluster of Ole Miss was impressive the way he made the throw as he was being hit. Did he help himself? Not necessarily, but he didn't hurt himself nearly as much as people may think if you simply cite his pair of fumbles.

    Quarterback Tony Pike, who was pretty inconsistent over the course of the week during practice, playing himself a pretty noteworthy game.

  • DE Tyson Alualu of California was very impressive over the course of the week.

  • S Taylor Mays was asked after Wednesday's practice what he needed to work on.

    "Catch the ball," he said.

    He did that, reading the quarterback's eyes and coming across the goal line to intercept a pass in the first half. He also failed to wrap up a tackle early in the game, something scouts are going to notice. Mays is a an unparalleled physical specimen. The question will be instincts and coverage skills. The interception was certainly a signature moment in the game, but there will still be questions about whether he's going to be chosen in the first half of the first round.

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