Week In Review

WEEK IN REVIEW: What we learned from Senior Bowl practices

NFL general managers, personnel departments, scouts, coaches and media members gathered in Mobile, Alabama this week for the Senior Bowl.

The week included multiple practices and interviews leading into Saturday's game. It's a unique opportunity to get a look at some of the prospects in practice action. So, what exactly is everyone looking for?

Position versatility is a big one. A lot of guys, like Western Kentucky tackle Forrest Lamp, took reps at multiple positions -- Tackle and guard, in Lamp's case.

"Obviously, I like playing tackle, that's where I've played, that's where I'm comfortable," Lamp said. "But I'll play anything.

"Obviously, (guard) has been in the discussion between me and my agent. So I've paid attention to it. It doesn't matter to me. Wherever I can be a starter on an NFL team is where I want to go."

It's the same drill on the other side of the ball for defensive players. Cornerback Jourdan Lewis played outside at Michigan, but got some run in the slot during Senior Bowl practices.

"I can play inside," Lewis said after Tuesday's practice. "I won't be limited to one side. I can play slot and outside, I believe. That's pretty much what I bring to the table – versatility."

Lewis is part of a very deep and talented cornerback class this year. In fact, this class as a whole, offers defensive playmakers at just about every level -- Something the Lions could be interested in, having lacked big plays on defense down the stretch.

Take Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson, for example. Anderson racked up 18.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and one interception that he returned for a touchdown this past season.

"I feel like I'm a disciplined player," Anderson said. "Most of my plays come when I'm being disciplined or extra effort stuff, running the ball down or chasing it down the backside.

"I'm most comfortable on the edge, but I can play inside. I can play anything they want me to play."

For more Senior Bowl coverage, check out Tim Twentyman's observations from days one and two of practice, and his list of 10 players who impressed.

Kicker Matt Prater was named to the 2017 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Monday. Prater is replacing Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, who is unable to participate due to the Falcons advancing to Super Bowl LI.

The Pro Bowl airs Sunday evening at 8:00 on ESPN.


Tim Twentyman's position breakdown series concluded this week with the final four units. Click each group for his take on the good, the bad, the MVP and more.


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