Just a few thoughts on a bit of the film on pro days on path to the draft today. Not all that meaningful because these are just small impressions.
Locker didn't impress me at all. He only missed on a few passes they say but he was babying them and floating them a bit, at least to my eye. I hope someone likes this guy and takes him early because I don't think he is going to amount to much.
Tyron Smith on the other hand looked fantastic body wise and agility wise to me.
Ponder looked better in the game but Andy Dalton was arguably the best QB on the field during Senior Bowl practices.
DT Cameron Heyward: Ohio State (6-5, 295)
A lot of scouts I talked to after the Ohio State workout werenít real pleased with the 4.95 40 time of Heyward. However, in my mind itís not a big deal. Itís not like the guy is an edge/speed player. Heís a power guy who is going to either play as a five technique in a 3-4 or a LDE in a 4-3 with three-technique potential. Honestly, thatís about what I thought he would run anyway.
the Jets are showing huge interest in Heyward...
btw- heard the exact opposite- Guy looked like just another "guy" at pro-day during drills and most had him over 5-seconds...
DL Lawrence Guy: Arizona State (6-5, 304)
Guy is one of the more interesting prospects in the defensive line class as he possesses an impressive size/speed combo, can bend and has some anchor to his game as well. He ran in the high 4.9 range at his pro day, proved how gifted of an athlete he was during position drills and could end up being one of the more sought after five-technique prospects in this yearís draft after round one. There are some concerns about his overall instincts and mental make-up. However, if he can continue to improve in that area, he really is a gifted athlete with starting potential in the NFL.
Worst case scenario - He's a solid starter for a number of years
Best case scenario - He's Richard Seymour 2.0
I'd have no problem moving up to snag him, just because Heyward is one of the very few players in the 1st round that I would move up for.
I personally think his ability to get to the QB is underrated. He's certainly not a burner around the edge but he can definitely get some push and help collapse the pocket. He's as good as it gets versus the run and brings that fiery leadership mentality as well. In addition to playing like an absolute monster on the field against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl, you could also see him on the sidelines and in the huddle working guys into a frenzy. Would love to see us add someone like that to the front seven. Harris and Ellis are more "lead by example" kind of guys and Bart Scott basically just trash talks all day.
HOpefully the Jets are, as we speak, manufacturing a scandal regarding Heyward. Something on the order of cheating on a test or fathering an illegitimate child. Just enough to have him drop about 7 spots.
I wouldn't be shocked if Heyward went Top 15. Is it written in stone that Cam Jordan or JJ Watt are better prospects than Heyward?