By Jonathan Okanes
Thursday, January 24th, 2008 at 2:34 pm in off-season stuff.
Reports are that Lavelle Hawkins and Justin Forsett have really been standing out at Senior Bowl practice this week. But those of us who have watched Hawkins play all year can’t be surprised. The guy runs every route and catches everything (the Stanford game, notwithstanding). Hawkins probably won’t go in the first round, but the second round wouldn’t be a surprise. I think Forsett was originally considered a mid-to-late round pick but perhaps his showing this week could put him firmly in the middle of the draft. I’m sure some teams just won’t be able to get over his size, but his body of work speaks for itself (i.e., the USC game).
As far as Thomas DeCoud goes, haven’t heard as much about him. Don’t know if that means he hasn’t stood out or not, but I think his draft stock is a bit of a wild card. Mel Kiper has him ranked fairly high before the season but his stock doesn’t seem to be that high now. But with his body and athleticism, he’s sure to make an impression at the combine and Pro Day.
For those interested, the Senior Bowl is at 1 p.m. on Saturday on the NFL Network.