NFL Network’s Charles Davis talks Sooners at the Senior Bowl
The NFL Network’s Charles Davis is in Mobile, Ala., this week preparing to call Saturday’s Senior Bowl, which will feature three former Sooners: running back DeMarco Murray, defensive end Jeremy Beal and safety Quinton Carter.
In a one-on-one phone interview with The Oklahoman, Davis divulged his thoughts of OU’s three players after the first Senior Bowl practice on Monday:
On DeMarco Murray:
I’d be surprised to hear any talk of first round for him. He’s still facing the durability issues. Unfortunately for DeMarco, he hasn’t really been healthy until this year. The other things I noticed watching him, he’s a very good straight line guy, but I don’t know how much he shifts. I don’t see that ability to make people miss. Can you make people miss, and be shifty and elusive? There’s a lot of things you like. He can catch the ball, he’s fast, he runs hard. But I don’t see him in the first round. More like the third round for him.
On Jeremy Beal:
He’s a high motor guy. (Monday) he went against some big tackles like (Boston College’s Anthony) Castonzo, (Colorado’s Nate) Solder and (Wisconsin’s Gabe) Carimi. He struggled with them. Those are big kids with great feet. But I like his effort. I can’t wait to see how he progresses throughout the week. We’ll see how much he improves this week.
On Quinton Carter:
I liked what I saw from him today. He covered better than what you would think as a safety. Did a nice job in pass drills. Able to change directions well. He was able to cover wide receivers, not just tight ends. That’s what they want in the NFL, the way it’s going. They want to use safeties like corners. They don’t want those big safeties who are going to just come up and stuff the run. You got to be able to cover. Looks like he can.
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