Though the game itself left a lot to be desired there were several players that helped themselves including some I would consider Panther prospects. Let's start with the report from SI's Tony Pauline and and the big kahuna in the middle of the South defense:
Alameda Ta'amu/DT/Washington: If scouts were hoping to be wowed by Ta'amu, all they need to due is watch the Senior Bowl game film. The big defensive tackle was dominant every time he lined up and was a constant nuisance for opponents. He collapsed the pocket on several occasions, overpowering opponents to make plays behind the line of scrimmage or force the action. His quarterback pressure at the end of the first half ended what looked to be a potential scoring drive for the South. In the second half the South was forced to double team Ta'amu in the attempt to slow him down.
Sounds like the next Kris Jenkins to me. It'll be interesting to see how much he moves up draft boards because DTs like him usually don't get past #20... Rivera and Hurney will have to look long and hard at this guy:
Quinton Coples/DL/North Carolina: Coples flashed brilliance during the game, looking like a man among boys at times. His athleticism is incredible, as Coples beat opponents with quickness, speed and power. On several occasions he had Kelechi Osemele flailing in an attempt to slow him down. When he could not get to the quarterback, Coples got his long arms up to swat away passes. When he's on his game Coples is a difference-maker up front. The problem for scouts is determining how often Coples is willing to play at his highest level.
He has warning flags but the continuing questions about work ethic still scare me...Maybe this next guy might be there at the top of the 2nd:
Vinny Curry/DE/Marshall: Curry continues to impress scouts with his ability to get penetration across the line of scrimmage. He was constantly in the backfield and his quarterback pressures in the first quarter caused a lot of problems for the South. On one occasion Curry bull rushed the much larger Zebrie Sanders into the pocket which resulted in a loss of yardage. Curry has significantly improved his draft stock this week and a good combine workout could secure him a spot in the late part of Round 1.
Now the offense and a RB that I would want for his punt return skills:
RB Isiah Pead returned two punts for 60 and 38 yards, for an average of 49 yards. Pead looked like a veteran bringing the punts back, as he did a terrific job setting up his returns on both occasions. On offense he also had several nice runs, bursting through the open lanes and making defenders miss in the open field.
Now the offensive line where this draft is deep:
Mike Adams/T/Ohio State: During the week the consensus of scouts was the South squad had the best defensive ends of either roster. Adams was able to shut them down all game. On several occasions he stopped pass-rushing terrors Courtney Upshaw and Melvin Ingram dead in their tracks. Upshaw eventually sacked the passer, though the fault was not placed on Adams shoulders. His ability to stop quick, explosive pass-rushers in the game will give scouts even more to think about when they decide where in Round 1 one the talented tackle should be selected.
We do have another brother combo possibility for the Panthers beside the Kalil brothers:
Mitchell Schwartz/T/California: Schwartz was the only offensive tackle to consistently shut down Coples during the game. He used great fundamentals and football smarts to keep the dominant defensive lineman at bay whenever they faced off. That's something scouts will take into consideration when they give Schwartz a final draft grade.
I thought they said Mike Adams was the only linemen to shut down Coples? Either of these guys would strengthen our depth and allow the move of Otah to RG if needed.
I've also got as report from NFL Soup, who confirmed the reports on Coples, Curry and Adams:
- OT Mike Adams is not only a first round pick, but a top 15 pick. He had no problems with Quinton Coples,Courtney Upshaw, Melvin Ingram, or Malik Jackson.
- Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State also had an ugly interception after getting stepped on in his drop. He was under pressure by Marshall DE Vinny Curry, and threw the interception right to talented Utah St. LB Bobby Wagner.
- Speaking of Vinny Curry, the guy is legit. All he does is get pressure to the quarterback.
Moving to the secondary:
Janoris Jenkins continues to get his eyes caught in the back field. He struggles vs. the double move at times.
Sounds like he was trying to make a play...moving to safety but here is a sleeper for the Panthers in the 2nd:
Harrison Smith of Notre Dame really has more range than people originally thought. He’s long, has range, and can hit you a bit. He’s making a case to become the best safety in this class.
Here's a LB I think I need to downgrade based on repeated issues with tackling:
Zach Brown showed excellent instincts, but still lacks fundamentals when tackling. That could take him out of the first round.
Here's a 4th round prospect at OLB:
OLB Nigel Bradham showed off his physical tools and instincts. Issue with him has been wrapping up. He wrapped up well today.