Tag:Sean Lee
Posted on: December 9, 2010 5:42 pm

Ivory, Lee stand out in impressive week for rooks

The 2010 NFL season has been a strong one overall for rookies. This isn't a surprise considering the amount of hype that the group enjoyed prior to the draft.

Two players who didn't gain a great deal of attention, however, were among the rookies who most stood out this past weekend.

Undrafted free agent Chris Ivory enjoyed another strong performance for the Saints, overtaking No. 2 overall pick Ndamukong Suh to be recognized for the third time this year. He rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 34-30 win at Cincinnati. The highlight of Ivory's afternoon was a career-long 55 yard run in the second quarter that was the first touchdown scored by either team.

Other offensive players whose play stood out this week included Seattle offensive tackle Russell Okung, Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams, and fellow Buc LaGarrette Blount (running back).

While the Cowboys' Sean Lee , as a second round pick, certainly entered the league with a much higher profile than Ivory, the success of the Cowboys' flashy first rounder Dez Bryant and Lee's long recovery from a 2008 ACL surgery made him one of the "quieter" high profile selections in Dallas history. The former Penn State star has flashed during his rookie season but remains a backup behind veterans Keith Brooking and Bradie James for the Cowboys.

Lee's play against the Colts spoke volumes, however. Lee victimized Peyton Manning for two of the All-Pro's four interceptions in this game, returning the first 31 yards to score his first NFL touchdown. Lee's second came in overtime, putting the Cowboys in position to kick the winning field goal. He also tied his previous career-high with five tackles on the day.

Among the other defenders whose play stood out this weekend was the Giants' pass rusher (and reigning Defensive Rookie of the Week) Jason Pierre-Paul, Cincinnati's Carlos Dunlap, New England inside linebacker Brandon Spikes and a trio of cornerbacks - Cleveland's Joe Haden, Kansas City's Javier Arenas, and the Patriots' Devin McCourty.

Posted on: March 17, 2010 6:24 pm

Surprising results at Penn State Pro Day

Penn State linebacker Navarro Bowman had a lot riding on his Pro Day performance today after struggling a bit at the Combine. The 6-0, 242 pound outside linebacker was clocked at 4.74 in the 40-yard dash and only posted a 29.5" vertical jump in Indianapolis.

Bowman looked much more athletic today, running the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds, according to sources in attendance.

Bowman wasn't the only one who helped himself. Fellow all-conference linebacker Sean Lee was timed in the mid 4.5s in the 40-yard dash.

Defensive tackle Jared Odrick also impressed, clocking in at at 4.93 seconds.

The most impressive all-around performance was put forth by tight end Mickey Shuler, Jr, who was not invited to the 2010 Combine.

Shuler, the son of former Penn State standout and NFL veteran Mickey Shuler (New York Jets, Philadelphia), wasn't particularly productive for the Nittany Lions. He caught only 27 passes over his career for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns.

While his numbers are hardly eye-popping, that might be the way to describe his workout Wednesday.

The 6-4, 251 pounder clocked in at 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 37.5" vertical jump and a 10'11 broad jump. He also posted 28 repetitions of the bench press, a time of 4.25 seconds in the short shuttle and a 6.7 seconds in the 3-cone. All would have ranked among the elite results posted by any tight end at the Combine.

Posted on: February 24, 2010 7:26 pm

Top 100 players with questionable medical grades

The Scouting Combine -- at least the workout portion of it -- has become the most overrated aspect of the NFL Draft process.

The Combine was originally designed to provide scouts with an efficient way to do medical testing of the 300+ best prospects in the draft. During the 90s, teams began to focus more and more attention on the results of the athletic drills, resulting in some of the biggest busts in league history, including the infamous Mike Mamula. With pre-combine facilities training prospects to excel in these drills -- and not football -- teams are now learning to revert their attention back to where it belongs -- on the film.

I posted a blog earlier about five players who I believe will struggle in certain aspects of the drills and/or measurement portion of the Combine. This wasn't meant to say these players will be busts in the NFL, but that they could see their stock slip a bit this week.

In reality, the players who are likeliest to fall significantly on draft day will be the ones who come up with medical or off-field concerns that are discovered there.

There are several potential Top 100 prospects whose final grades will hinge on their medical grades.

QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (shoulder)
OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (thyroid condition)
OLB/DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson (knee)
QB Colt McCoy, Texas (shoulder)
TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma (knee)
RB Jahvid Best, Cal (concussions)
DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern (knee)
TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona (back)
QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati (forearm)
ILB Sean Lee, Penn State (knee)
DE Greg Hardy, Mississippi (knees, foot)
OT Jason Fox, Miami (knee)

Posted on: September 26, 2009 8:16 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2009 8:33 pm

Expect low-scoring, physical battle with PSU-Iowa

In today's day and age of the finesse spread and triple option offenses that have accurately been described as almost basketball on turf, it is rare that we get to watch good ole' fashioned grind 'em out football, but that is exactly what I expect in the Big Ten battle between Iowa and #5 Penn State.

Everyone knows about Penn State's tradition of linebackers, but I expect the senior duo of ILB Pat Angerer and OLB AJ Edds to give the Nittany Lions more trouble than most are projecting. Junior running back Evan Royster is a star and his ability to catch passes from senior QB Darryl Clark is certainly a test for the Hawkeye defense, but this is as fundamentally-sound a unit as I've seen all year long. That is a testament to head coach Kirk Ferentz, who I believe is among the country's absolute best.

The going may be tough for the Hawkeyes offensively. The loss of Aaron Maybin to the first round was a significant one, but I'd argue the more important loss is of ILB Sean Lee, who is being held out due to a sprained left knee. Lee missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, but appeared to be back to his usually productive self with double-digit tackles in two of his first three games this year. With potential Top 50 selection in DT Jared Odrick in front of him and a talented supporting class that includes OLB Navorro Bowman, Penn State appears defensively capable of bettering the physicality they pitched last year, against RB Shonn Greene, potential All-American LT Brian Baluga and the rest of the Hawkeyes.

I mention Green and Baluga, as neither will contribute for the Hawkeyes today. Green, of course, left early and was selected with the first pick of the 3rd round last April by the Jets. Baluga, only a junior, has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness and held out of the past two games. 

Penn State and their fans will be anxious for the opportunity to avenge the loss to the Hawkeyes that kept the Nittany Lions out of the National Championship last year.

Expect a tough, physical battle tonight, but for Joe Pa to get that much closer to another shot at a championship.

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