Senior Bowl Round-Up - Checking in with Georgia's Seniors
This week's Senior Bowl practices make a huge impression on scouts and teams as we head toward the 2012 NFL Draft. The practices, which are led by NFL coaches, allow full access to players and can really get a feel for how they perform in practice and how they respond to coaching.
Georgia has a few players playing in the game - C Ben Jones, OL Cordy Glenn, CB Brandon Boykin, and P Drew Butler. Here are some updates from various media sources around the country on UGA's players:
- C Ben Jones
- Then there's Jones (6-2½, 304), who was one of the nation's top centers last year but played some at guard Wednesday for the first time since high school. Asked what his strengths are, Jones didn't hesitate. "My intelligence," Jones said. "I'm a smart guy. I can get the whole offensive line on the same page and I'm tough as hell." (DallasNews.com)
- C Ben Jones, Georgia: Jones is really struggling at both guard and center, not impressed with his anchor at all. He was allowing pressure in under 2 seconds at times. He also missed an assignment badly in team drills. (HogsHaven.com)
- Georgia OL Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn continue to impress. Jones is definitely the best center down here, probably the best interior lineman over all. (NEPatriotsDraft.com)
- DT Kheeston Randall of Texas has shown a lot of power the past two days. He just drove center Ben Jones of Georgia four yards deep into the backfield. (CNNSI.com)
- OL Cordy Glenn
- OL Cordy Glenn of Georgia, who played left tackle as a senior for the Bulldogs, was moved back inside to guard at practice and has been very effective. He's strong and has stayed with blocks. (CNNSI.com)
- OL Cordy Glenn of Georgia has been the talk of the South by a lot of scouts. He's got the body type, strength and movement skills to quickly start in the NFL. He's being talked about as a late-round pick with his performance the past two days. He does not back down either, and just went after Quinton Coples in drills, battling hard after the whistle had blown. (CNNSI.com)
- Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn impressed me today. He’s a massive kid at 6-5½ and 346. He’s got 35-inch arms, and I thought he hung in there really well during the 1-on-1 drills. (NFL.com)
- #Georgia OT Cordy Glenn had a tough time with Quinton Coples off edge, but was VG again inside #seniorbowl (@WesBunting)
- CB Brandon Boykin
- Morris, former head coach for Tampa Bay, has been impressed with Boykin’s skill-set. “Brandon is going out there and using his lateral quickness,” Morris said. “He’s doing a nice job at corner and safety. Obviously, that transition should be good for him. He can do a lot of those different things, and the more things you do in this league, the better.” (AJC.com)
- Brandon Boykin (CB, Georgia) was more consistent than Jenkins. Boykin is physical for a little guy, and once absolutely manhandled Jones in press coverage. Add Boykin to a growing list of scrappy little cornerbacks who could fit well with a Cover-2 defense. (Yahoo.com)
- #Georgia CB Brandon Boykin also a stud today, physical off the line, better balance trying to close #seniorbowl (@WesBunting)
The consistent talk is the Glenn and Boykin have made some serious moves this week. Glenn is obviously more comfortable at guard, and it is showing in practice. At tackle, he has held his own and got beat at times. However, at guard, he has been dominant and has done extremely well. Boykin, on the other hand, has had to battle the fact that he is short - but his skill set at corner is standing out. Add in his versatility as a return guy and on offense, and Boykin may be looking like a mid-early 2nd round pick.
Ben Jones and Drew Butler have had mixed reviews - which is similar to their careers at Georgia. Jones and Butler both thrived early in their careers, but have battled consistency later in their careers. Ben is not going to be the best center in the league, but he will be a solid guy. He needs to hold his own more, however. Butler needs to regain his form from his sophomore year, and he will definitely get a look.
Looking forward to the NFL draft, Georgia definitely has a shot at being well represented. The combine will help a lot of guys, and, hopefully, they will stand out and improve their stock.