The full review is still coming. For now, here are some initial thoughts on the game.
OT Mike Adams — The best LT in the game. Handled multiple rushers and did well against all of them. Top Senior OT in the draft. Could be a Top 20 pick.
DE Vinny Curry — Followed up a good week of practice with a good game – 2 sacks and a pass deflection. Looked explosive off the edge at times. Also got pressure on Weeden on his INT in the 1st quarter.
RB Isaiah Pead — Really stood out as a PR. Was quick, fast, and elusive. Teams looking for a runner and returner will love what they saw from Pead. Had a pair of long PRs in the game. Best run went for 18 yards. Showed the ability to make defenders miss, a critical skill for NFL RBs.
DT Alameda Ta’Amu — Man vs boys. Ta’Amu was physically dominant for a lot of the game. Just overpowered guys. Read a screen pass and made the play on that. Had 2 TFLs. On one, he was able to get 240-pound RB Terrance Ganaway on the ground by only grabbing a handful of jersey and slinging him backward. Strength. Very good showing. Didn’t always stand out when I watched game tape this year. I need to go back and re-watch the games to see if I missed something or if he simply turned it up a notch for the Senior Bowl. 3-4 teams had to love what they saw from him.
LB Bobby Wagner — MVP. Had 7 tackles, TFL, and INT. Played SAM. Also made some tackles on STs. Good game. The INT came on a 3rd down pass where Wagner dropped back and then leapt up and extended to make the grab.
QB Russell Wilson — Up and down game. Wilson threw a terrible INT early on and looked sloppy in the pocket. Once the was on the move, Wilson looked like a good QB. Could have really helped himself with a better showing from the pocket.
DL Derek Wolfe — Played LDE and DT in the game. Had 3 tackles, all on run plays that came at him.
WR Joe Adams — Very good game. Fumbled early on, but that was his only mistake. Finished 8-133. The most impressive thing was his RAC ability. Not just fast/elusive. Also broke tackles. That’s impressive for a smaller WR. Showed good burst when he did get free. Able to create some separation.
LB Nigel Bradham — Good showing. Tackled well. Had one impressive sack of Wilson. Showed good closing speed on the play and made a good tackle in space. Had 3 tackles, sack. Didn’t stand out during the practices, but looked good in the game.
LB Zach Brown — More of the same. Missed tackle of TE Michael Egnew in the early 4th. Had a play earlier in the game where he read a pass perfectly and exploded upfield, but almost entirely missed the RB. Got a handful of jersey, but it took another player tripping the guy to get him down. Elite speed and athleticism, but sloppy tackling. Beaten down sideline for pass by FB. Coverage was okay, but never looked back for the ball.
DE Quinton Coples — Up and down vs the run, but rushed the passer well. Broke up one pass. Had 2 TFLs, including one sack. There were times when he looked dominant. TFL of Pead looked like a man throwing a rag doll around. Really impressive on some plays. This is what 4-3 teams want in a LDE.
QB Nick Foles — Disappointed in practice all week, but played better in the game. Was 11-15-136 with a TD. Hooked up with fellow Wildcat Juron Criner on several of those completions, including the TD.
OL Ben Jones — Struggled. Had trouble with bigger guys and more athletic ones. Had a good week of practice, but a rough showing on Saturday.