Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, Utah State’s Bobby Wagner, North Carolina’s Zach Brown and Others Shine In The Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Alabama, Jan. 28- Each year the annual Senior Bowl is a strange yet sloppy affair. The 2012 edition had the promise to be so much more with all of the talent that the SEC brought to the table for the South team.

The sad thing is that the South group was outplayed by the North group that was even at their best “eh.”

Russell Wilson

What we saw this afternoon had nothing to do with a lack of talent or skill. It felt like a simple overall lack of “want to.  Some guys showed up and made plays, some guys knew their ticket was already punched to the combine, the draft and beyond and some guys…I have no idea what they were thinking.

A basic lack of fundamental football was on display today as tackles were missed, blocks were not set, catches were not made and opportunities were lost.

I’m not going to take part in the brow beating of young men that are on the cusp of realizing their dream.   What I will do is mention some of the game’s stand outs that came, worked and hard and let the world know that they are ready for the big show.

I loved what Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson did when he threw the rock when he was making plays on the run. He put his heart on his sleeve. If he works on his mechanics throwing from the pocket, I will say it here, he can emerge from this draft class as one it’s best.  I was extremely impressed with him as a player and as a person. Kudos to this young man.

Linebacker Bobby Wagner of Utah State blew me away defensively.  He turned it seven tackles during his time on the field. It was his dissection of one play that lead to him bringing in an interception that impressed the most. Even though it came from a different position, it reminded me of that J.J. Watt interception in the Wild Card round of the playoffs against the Bengals. It was a hustle play that was equal parts mental awareness, want to and athletic ability.

North Carolina’s Zack Brown LB showcased his skills once again but he could have had a Wagner type game if he pushed himself a little bit more. It would have been an asset to see him put the show that he is capable of on tape today.

Arkansas receiver Joe Adams, had eight catches for 133 yards after losing a fumble during his first opportunity. Adams has the skills but like Brown, it would have been nice to see him bust-out and leave his entire heart on the field.

That being said, the Senior Bowl is a game that is built on unfamiliarity. You have kids playing together that are either meeting for the first time or have never played together before. They are the microscope of pro coaches that have never coached then and for many this is their introduction to the big time.

But for kids like Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson, they showed us all that while they are ready for the bright lights. Hopefully they will continue to trend upward.

 

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