Weeden best of least at Senior Bowl

Weeden best of least at Senior Bowl
January 27, 2012, 10:37 pm
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Back from covering the pre-Senior Bowl activities, a cleaning out of the notebook:If the Redskins were looking for their Week 1 starting quarterback this week, they better keep looking. Oklahoma States Brandon Weeden was the best of the league, displaying a very strong arm. But the age thing (28) is going to significantly drop his value. Redskins director of pro personnel Scott Campbell told me he cant remember taking a player that old. Maybe a couple years older than normal, he said.
Mike Shanahan, of course, has experience with an older-than-average rookie. With Denver, he drafted Utah running back Mike Anderson, who was 27 years old as a rookie. He played seven years and rushed for more than 4,000 yards (including 1,487 as a newbie).
The Redskins took advantage of being one of the coaching staffs by trying guys at different positions. We sat down with the scouts and said, What is this guys best position? defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. Translation: Whats their best position for the Redskins? Cornerback DeQuan Menzie (Alabama) played safety and defensive ends Jake Bequette (Arkansas) and Emmanuel Acho (Texas) played outside linebacker.
Haslett said he enjoyed the coaching experience and added: What I would love is if you could switch teams for two days. But I know a lot about these guys good, bad, what they need to work on.
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan spoke to reporters briefly on Thursday and like the head coach, his desire is to get more big plays from the receiver spot. That will happen only by adding people. There isnt a receiver currently on the roster that a defense fears.
South team receiver A.J. Jenkins (Illinois) was added to the team on Thursday after Marquis Maze (Alabama) was injured. Jenkins was able to play because he still had his equipment after playing last weeks Shrine Game.
It was interesting at the practices how the NFL teams observed the proceedings. Each team is allowed two representatives inside the fence that circles the field. Some teams, like Green Bay, Dallas and Seattle sit almost entirely together in the bleachers. Most every other team spreads out Houston was in pockets of 3-4 players. Most of the offensive line coaches stood against the fences for a closer view.
Outside of maybe talking to the prospects, the week of practices is pretty much useless for special teams coaches. Nothing was full speed (understandable) and there was very little kicking or punting going on.
At least on paper and at least a little bit in the untrained eye, this draft figures to be loaded. On the South, Melvin Ingram (South Carolina), Brandon Thompson (Clemson) Courtney Upshaw (Alabama), Quinton Coples (North Carolina) on defense, and OL Cordy Glenn (Georgia) were impressive.
There is one last college showcase the Players All-Star Classic a week from Saturday in Little Rock, Ark. Former Redskins defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer is a head coach and ex-Redskins assistant coach Bill Khayat will serve as one of the offensive coordinators. The rosters feature more small-school players but also four Virginia Tech players: WR Jarrett Boykin, S Eddie Whitley and OL Jaymes Brooks and Blake DeChristopher.Ill take the South winning the Senior Bowl 28-13.Contact OHalloran at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com