Tuesday Draft Notes –- Senior Bowl Finale

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Short and sweet is the motto for this edition of Tuesday Draft Notes, as there is a bit of buzz swirling after a hectic week in Mobile, Alabama. Tonight we’ll cover everything from Senior Bowl interviews to underclassmen ranked higher than most believe.

Many players finally received their much anticipated combine invitations, while others were left out in the cold. We previously reported that offensive linemen would be invited in quantities larger than normal, and I’m told the final list contains some surprise names at the offensive tackle position. As a result, a number of draftable linebackers were left off the list, Frank Ginda of San Jose State being one of them.

Two offensive linemen continue to grab headlines in the scouting community after splendid performances at the Senior Bowl.

Austin Corbett of Nevada had a dominant week in Mobile, and his versatility has pushed him into the second day of the draft. As we reported, Corbett dominated just about everybody at center, guard and right tackle. Depending on what they do in free agency, the Seattle Seahawks are one of the teams that could target Corbett in the second round.

Scouts also continue to rave about Brett Toth of Army.

Those who saw him at the Shrine Game were impressed with the way he elevated his game and stopped all comers in one-on-one drills as well as scrimmages. Scouts who were not in St. Petersburg and had not previously seen Toth were stunned how well he held up in Mobile.

As we reported from the Senior Bowl, much of Toth's draft grade will depend on whether his service in the Army is deferred by the Department of Defense. The expectation as of now is that it’s unlikely to happen.

Southern Miss wide receiver Korey Robertson is rated as early as the third round by some teams. I’m told that Robertson received his combine invitation in the first batch that went out to the underclassmen and that he’s presently graded as a second-day pick by the Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts.

Senior Bowl interviews are becoming as important as those which take place at the combine, as teams use the platform in Mobile to get much of their work on players out of the way. As is usually the case, some interviews went well while others did not.

Source said Washington State signal caller Luke Falk came across well, exuding confidence and a lot of football knowledge. On the other hand, some teams were disappointed in Marcus Davenport of Texas-San Antonio. People who were not impressed with Davenport said he came across as insecure and very unsure of himself.