Buckeyes Trying to Prove Worth at Senior Bowl

By Alex on January 25, 2012 at 2:00p
Senior Bowl: Where college stars fight for NFL gloryFour Buckeyes are playing in this year's Senior Bowl

As Danny mentioned yesterday and Sarah touched on today, the 2012 Senior Bowl will take place this Saturday, January 28 at 4:00 PM EST in Mobile, Alabama on the NFL Network. The game features over 100 of the nation's best seniors from this past year and gives said players the opportunity to show NFL scouts that they have what it takes to make it at the next level.

The teams are broken out by collegiate region, with the North team being coached by the Minnesota Vikings' staff, including former Buckeye Fred Pagac Sr., and the South team being coached by the Washington Redskins' staff. There are four Buckeyes competing in the event, as OT Mike Adams, C Mike Brewster, RB Dan "Boom" Herron, and WR DeVier Posey have started to compete in practices throughout this week in preparation for the game on Saturday that could help boost their draft stock come April.

Today, we take a look at how the Buckeyes participating in Mobile have faired so far throughout practice, as well as what the forecast is looking like in terms of draft stock. Join us after the jump to hear the latest on the NFL futures for Mike Adams, Mike Brewster, Boom Herron, and DeVier Posey.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams was projected as an early second round pick headed into this week of practice, but the Dublin native is quickly moving up the draft boards of many with early returns down in Mobile.

Adams struts his stuff in mobileAdams taking it all in at Senior Bowl

At the official measurements, Adams checked in at 6'7" and 323 lbs., one inch below and three pounds over what Ohio State had him listed as heading into his senior season. With that size, Adams is an already intriguing prospect, but it is what he is doing on the field that is really turning heads.

During the first day of practice sessions, Adams was the "wow" guy on the North squad and possibly in the entire group. He absolutely dominated the competition and many were saying he was the clear cut best offensive lineman in the game.

Standing out all day, many onlookers started to whisper that Adams definitely had top 20 talent, and it was no secret that just one day of practice had him shooting up draft boards already. At the end of the day, Adams was a popular guy, but stayed humble as he always has, just feeling blessed($) to have the opportunity to participate in the event.

Come day two, it was more of the same for "Big Mike". This time, it was his pass protection ability that was impressing both media and scouts, specifically his ability to move so well at such a big size.

He did struggle a bit later on in the day, but those results aside, the first two days of practice sessions couldn't have gone better for Adams and he left all extremely impressed with his strength and athleticism at the tackle position.

PREDICTION: As of today, I would have to say Adams is an early second round pick, but as he continues to impress scouts in these practices, look for him to be projected as a late first-rounder after Saturday. I think Adams will impress again at Ohio State's Senior Day and at the NFL Combine, making him a possible top 15 pick in April's draft.

Mike Brewster

Brewster was a fan favorite from the day he committed to the Buckeyes all the way throughout his Ohio State career, but his stock took a bit of a fall during OSU's erratic 2011 season.

Brewster has charmInterviews won't be a problem for Brewster

Measuring up at 6'4" and 310 lbs. (6-5/305 in OSU's guide), Brewster has great size to be a successful NFL center, but had to prove to scouts during practice he could consistently block the best defensive linemen in the NFL, and that started Monday when he was constantly matched up against Michigan's Mike Martin.

After battling for four years in "The Game" every November, it was only fitting that these two rivals went at it again during drills on Monday and Tuesday. Things didn't start out so good for Brewster in the early-going, but as he got more reps, he won some heated battles against the former Wolverine. When I say heated, I am not joking, as Martin and Brewster actually got into it a bit (forgive this link calling him "Tim" Brewster) on Tuesday after an early session, showing just how serious these two take the competition.

Overall, Brewster had an impressive showing over the first two days, and while he is standing out as an interior lineman right now, more time is likely needed to project where he will go in the draft. One test Brewster is sure to pass with NFL teams is the personality test, as he shows his charm in interviews here and here ($).

PREDICTION: I think if Brewster came out last year he would have been a late first round/early second round pick. Heading into this week I saw him projected as a third rounder, but I think if he continues the good work and has good showings at pro-day and the combine, that he will find his way into the first part of the second round. Wouldn't it be something if Jim Tressel gets the Colts job and takes Brewster with their pick in the second round? Jeff Saturday is retiring after all.

Dan "Boom" Herron

Dan "Boom" Herron had a lot to prove entering the practice field in Mobile, as he was limited to just six games during his senior season.

Boom's glory daysBoom gets it done when it counts come game time

Herron was listed at 5'10" and 205 lbs. by Ohio State, but like Brewster and Adams measured in slightly below his listed height at 5'9 and 1/4" and slightly above his listed weight at 212 lbs.

There wasn't much buzz about Boom on Monday morning, other than the fact that the Detroit Lions had him in for an interview. Herron will likely interview with almost all 32 teams, but the Lions were one of the first he saw. There potentially could be a good fit in Detroit, as Herron could be a good value pick and the Lions may need help at running back with uncertainty around Jahvid Best (concussion) and Mikel Leshoure (knee).

On Tuesday, word was quiet on Boom yet again, other than this little note about him struggling in pass protection. He supposedly didn't fair well in position drills or one-on-one match-ups, something I find odd, considering how good of a blocker he was regarded to be during his time in Columbus. There is plenty of time to shine in Mobile, but right now things aren't looking great for Boom.

Prediction: Right now Herron isn't helping himself too much. Boom was always a player that didn't "wow" you in workouts, but always got it done on the field. If he can do the same in the actual game on Saturday, he can help himself a lot. I think either way, Herron is a mid-round selection with the earliest he would go being round three and the latest he'd go being round six. I will put him in the middle as a fourth to fifth rounder at this point, depending on how workouts go. 

DeVier Posey

If Boom Herron had a lot to prove by missing six games, DeVier Posey needs to bring the house this week after missing all but three games in the 2011 season.

Posey has a small case of the dropsPosey has the talent to shoot up draft boards

Posey, measuring at 6'1 and 5/8" and 209 lbs. (compared to 6-2/210 by OSU),  is one of the more intriguing prospects in this year's draft, as some had him as a possible first rounder before Tatgate went down, but now he isn't projected until mid-rounds at best due to "character issues". Those of us who know DeVier know that his poor judgment in the form of NCAA violations have nothing to do with bad character, but he will have to prove that to NFL management more so than that he has skills to play on the field.

Posey definitely impressed onlookers during Monday's session, but did have a case of the drops early on, which is unlike him. He was noted as the single receiver who gave defensive backs the most trouble during day one, and people were already moving him up their draft boards after being impressed with his speed and athleticism.

On day two, Posey again had some trouble hanging onto the ball, but redeemed himself later on by winning his one-one-one drills and showing the media that he is capable of doing some damage against high level competition. I'm not sure if Posey is just nervous or anxious to show his stuff in terms of his "dropsies", but he is sure making people forget about it when push comes to shove in the big boy drills.

Prediction: I think Posey is going to be a "workout freak" at his pro-day and combine showings. I expect him to jump into at least the third round and it really wouldn't surprise me to see him go late in the second. This is a first round talent we are talking about here and eventually talent wins out over all other reservations when it comes to general managers trying to win football games.


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boojtastic's picture

They all deserve their shot at the next level, but particular best wishes go to Brewster. That man is one hell of a buckeye.

Squirrel Master's picture

Mike Adams - reach:1st round, most likely:early 2nd, steal: late 2nd. might be best at RT.

Mike (not Tim) Brewster - reach:1st round, most likely: late 2nd, steal: 3rd

Dan "Boom" Herron - reach: 2nd, most likely: 3-4, steal: 5-7.

Devier Posey - reach:2nd, most likely: 3-4, steal: 5th. Unconstitutional if he goes 6-7.

how I see it anyways and with some research into mock drafts.


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slippy's picture

I don't see Boom being a steal at all.  He's pretty small, but doesn't have the legs and power of an MJD or Michael Turner style.  But he doesn't make up for that with speed, since he doesn't have that either.  Apparently he's not very good in pass pro.  He's a decent receiver out of the backfield, but not spectacular.  He was a solid, but never great college back who 90+% of the time had the better talent on his team.

Alex's picture

IMO, Boom would be a very good #2 back to compliment a starter...I can see him contributing in places like New England as well....

Squirrel Master's picture

yeah, first of all, I wouldn't even compare him to MJD or Michael Turner although they both were definite steals. I think Boom could be a steal in the late rounds. He is very good at churning out tough yards in short downs. He can run with power and has a decent burst. put him with a coach that can teach him some stuff and he can get it done. He would make a good back up or at least a compliment in a committee backfield. Plus it is really hard to see how good he is when defenses know when he is going to run and where. I think he will surprise many and have a good career in the NFL.

he may have had the better talent against competition, but we all know he was not helped at all by an under performing line and a freshman QB that couldn't get enough time to throw the ball let alone get him space to run with stacked D's.


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Maestro's picture

I think this is an inaccurate assessment that a lot of people have about Boom.  He progressed tremendously thoughout his college career.  He now has the patience, the ability to read blocks, the power, and the burst through the line of scrimmage that are needed to at least make a roster.  To compare him to MJD (reigning rushing leader in the NFL) or Michael Turner (a unique bowling ball type of back) is really an unfair comparison.

I think he will have a solid NFL career if he can stay healthy.  I would predict that Beanie is the only contemparary of Boom's that will end up having a better career.  

FWIW Boom is a top 10 career rusher in OSU history.

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Squirrel Master's picture

if he went to a team like New England that wouldn't rely on him but needs a tough runner that is reliable, I think he could be really good! it all depends on the situation. I feel very confident in saying he would be better than Stevan Ridley, BGE behind Tom Brady.

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Alex's picture

agree....the law firm is NOT better than boom

Alex's picture

IMO, Mike Brewster is the next Kevin Mawae/Matt Birk type that will be an awesome center in this league for 15 years

SouthernBuck's picture

Both Mikes were under coached while at OSU.  

Not to be a downer but this class, with such high marks coming in, only has 1 possible first rounder.  What a shame. 

I would like to see a chart that shows how many 1st rounders were 5 star recruits.  It seems like the majority of 1st rounders from OSU come in slightly less hyped. (no science to my feeling btw, but if any of you want to do the leg work i'd be interested) 

Squirrel Master's picture

unfortunately even though OSU had as many linemen get drafted as other top schools known for OL, that still does not mean they were any better coming out of OSU than they were coming in. I think those stats are more telling of the talent OSU brings in more than what becomes of them while they were under Bollman.

not to mention when you look at the avg draft position of OSU linemen (at 4-5) that is the spot where NFL teams look more for potential than effective play. NFL scouts look at it and say "this kid was talented enough to even get into OSU, he should have enough talent that we can maybe get a steal".

Plus, drafted or not, when only 2 OL are starting in the NFL from OSU (only Mangold is better than decent), that is more telling than draft amounts. Bollman was a shit stain on the I in the word Ohio!

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hehateme's picture

Thoughts on whether or not any other senior Buckeyes have a shot at being selected, or picked up as a free agent after the draft?

Squirrel Master's picture

Joe Bauserman is the next Tom Brady!

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Alex's picture
  • JB Shugarts will likely be a 6th-7th rounder....shame because he has potential to go much earlier
  • Tyler Moeller has an outside shot, but I think he'll most likely be signed as an UDFA
  • Andrew Sweat has a shot to get drafter and I think he will in the 6th-7th round

Probably it....

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I hope JB is working with somebody so he is at the peak of his game when jumping off-sides!

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SouthernBuck's picture

"shame because he has potential to go much earlier"

By earlier do you mean before the snap?  HA 

Squirrel Master's picture

there are already reports that the NFL has already called a false start penalty on him and he is required to go in the supplemental draft!

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Iron_Buckeye's picture

Don't you think that's a little premature, Doh!! There he goes again...LOL! 

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Iron_Buckeye's picture

I just Shugartted on myself when I read this!

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rdubs's picture

With Posey, in some respects the dropsies in the easy drills are understandable.  When all you are thinking about is catching the ball, you can almost overthink it (get nervous as you noted) and drop the ball.  I have always found it easier to catch a football, field a ground ball, or anything similar when I am on the move and just reacting.  Natural instincts and reactions are usually more effective than just sitting there and focusing only on that aspect.

yankeescum's picture

Boom reminds me alot of a guy like Kevin Faulk.  He pass blocked pretty well and worked at it with the Buckeyes, and he is fast enough, and his vision is very good.  I don't think he will ever be a pro bowler, but he will be a very valuable addition to whoever drafts him.  Thanks BOOM for four great years.  

acBuckeye's picture

Alex, I'm surprised you stated above that its "unlike" Posey to have the dropsies. For much of his OSU career, he was plagued by drops. I always counted on him to drop a pass as much as i counted on JB to false start. I felt incomplete unless both of these happened every game. You watched the 2010 Iowa game, right? Posey and dropped passes just go together. So this should surprise nobody.

As for Brewster, I thought he got better every year (despite being hindered by Bollman) up until this past season. I thought at times he was downright awful. He looked like a true freshman out there, completely lost and showing absolutely NO leadership, specifically during the times of most duress. Add in the several terrible snaps he had, and his senior season was a bust. I understand the circumstances that he and the team were facing over the final year, but that shouldn't mean you forget how to snap a ball, or block somebody, or get on someone's ass if they aren't doing their job.

Despite his bad decision-making in regards to Tat-Gate, Boom was my favorite player over the last few seasons. He never took a play off. And I get chills every time I think about the tears streaming from his eyes before the Wisky game. He gave it everything he had, however he disappeared over the final several games of last season, and like Brewster, seemed to lack some leadership qualities.



Alex's picture

The Iowa game is what I can remember...maybe one other......name them if you can

As for Brewster he did not have a bad year. A couple poor snaps that hurt? yes, absoultely....but he was also working with a freshman quarterback......

Do not say he showed no leadership because you are flat out wrong....were you in the lockerroom? I wasn't either but have spoken to people who were.....

acBuckeye's picture

It would take too long to go back and re-watch all the games in which Posey brick-handed a pass. I just recall it happening frequently.

I apologize.... i should have stated "it seemed" like Brewster lacked leadership, along with many of the seniors. I imagine he was vocal in the lockerroom and/or in practice..... but where was it in the huddle? Maybe he waited till they got to the sideline? I don't know..... Not to mention, i seem to remember he did ok in 2008 when he was working with another true freshman QB.

Not hating on the dude, but I just thought he didn't play as well this past season as you seem to think he did, and i have no doubt that the scandal and Bollman were certainly part of the problem. I'm pretty confident that he will succeed at the NFL level, however.