Getting Out of Mobile … Sunday Cup O’Chiefs

On America’s highways and byways with Mobile in the rearview mirror

It was not a performance or outcome that will lead to lifelong memories. No the 62nd Senior Bowl that went down in Mobile’s Ladd-Pebbles Stadium look like an all-star football game where the players had four practices to put together a cohesive team.

In this January, the team that got as close to being a team was the South squad that was coached by Chan Gailey and his Buffalo Bills coaching staff. The South team grabbed a fairly early 24-10 victory over the North squad.

But the winner and the score do not matter. The Senior Bowl was largely about the week of practices leading into the game. The guys from the NFL love it because it provides them with a forum to evaluate young players while they are doing football moves. At the NFL Combine it’s running, jumping and lifting in their underwear.

In Mobile, the pads and helmets are on and there’s a far greater chance to judge players by the strength of their football character, rather than pure 40-yard dash times.

That’s why the big winner from Saturday was the game MVP, Florida State QB Christian Ponder. He came into the game with questions about his healthy, specifically some shoulder problems he had during the 2010 season with the Seminoles. He showed throughout the week that whatever problems he might have had were not a problem in Mobile. He threw with authority and good – not great – accuracy.

There’s plenty of tape on Ponder and his career at FSU, so the personnel types will not overreact to any performance in an all-star game. But what Ponder did by completing seven of 13 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns was allow his name to be taken off the board under questionable. Generally, that can be a nice jump for a player.

Here are 10 players that in my mind helped themselves with their play during Senior Bowl week: RB Derrick Locke (Kentucky), C/G Rodney Hudson (Florida State), CB Kendric Bruney (North Carolina), OT James Carpenter (Alabama), WR Vincent Brown (San Diego State), TE Luke Stocker (Tennessee), WR Niles Paul (Nebraska), TE Lance Hendricks (Wisconsin), LB Mason Foster (Washington) and WR Titus Young (Boise State).

Here are 10 players that did not help themselves in Senior Bowl week: OL DeMarcus Love (Arkansas), RB Charles Clay (Tulsa), C/G Kristofer O’Dowd (Southern Cal), RB Rashad Carmichael (Virginia Tech) injured, S Eric Hagg (Nebraska), LB Ross Homan (Ohio State), RB Roy Helu (Nebraska), LB Greg Jones (Michigan State), RB DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma) and WR Ronald Johnson (Southern Cal).


By the time they got done handing out awards on Saturday, it seemed like every player on the field receiving an honor of some type. Ponder was the game’s MVP. LB Von Miller (Texas A&M) was named defensive player of the game and WR Leonard Hankerson was offensive player of the game. Bruney was named the most outstanding player on the North team and DE Sam Acho (Nebraska) was named most outstanding player on the South squad.

Here’s my contribution – the All-Senior Bowl Team. It’s the best players I saw at 11 positions on the offense and defense.


QB – Christian Ponder; RBs – Kendall Hunter and Derrick Locke; WRs – Leonard Hankerson and Titus Young; OTs – Gabe Carimi and Anthony Costanzo; Gs – Rodney Hudson and Danny Watkins; C – John Moffitt.


DE – Cameron Jordan and Sam Acho; DT – Christian Ballard and Sione Fua; OLBs – Von Miller and Mason Foster; MLB – Kelvin Sheppard; CBs – Kendric Bruney and Shareece Wright; S – DeAndre McDaniel and Marcus Gilchrist.

5 Responses to “Getting Out of Mobile … Sunday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • January 30, 2011  - John says:


    Any indication what positions the Chiefs are most likely to look at during the first few rounds?

    It seemed like there were a lot of highly ranked OL and OLBs that could fit in the Chiefs plans. Are those likely?

  • January 30, 2011  - Steve says:

    Bob – thanks for the reports from Mobile. Usually I don’t pay attention to the senior bowl, but having your insights from practices and the activities of the scouts and agents was pretty interesting in a week that didn’t have much football to think about. Safe travels home.

  • January 30, 2011  - Butler Go CHIEFS Go says:

    Hall of Fame final FIVE
    WR Andre Reed, OT Willie Roaf, Contributor Ed Sabol (NFL Films), CB Deion Sanders and TE Shannon Sharpe

    thesewould be my five Votes

  • January 31, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    Bob, I hope you’re not blogging and driving!
    Thanks for the reports.

    Go CHIEFS!

  • January 31, 2011  - Devin says:

    Too bad that for much of the game the O-Line for the North couldn’t keep the South’s defensive line out of their back field. This led to the QB’s rarely throwing to the wide receivers. In my opinion, this hurt the evaluation of those players. I really wanted Titus Young and Pettis to have have a chance to shine. They were both often open, just no chance for a QB to throw the ball to them.

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