As many of you may know, the senior bowl practice is well on it's way and our Spartans are impressing many. Click read more to view a few thoughts from scouts.
Charlie Bernstein of ESPN/Fox Sports: "Kirk Cousins has been very impressive early in this practice. He looks like the only #NFL QB on this roster."
Scott Kennedy of Scout.com: "#michiganstate's Kirk Cousins throws the ball with a different velocity than Russell Wilson and Kellen Moore. Much stronger arm out here."
Kennedy again: "Kirk Cousins just thread the needle to Gerrell Robinson. Cousins is having a very good day, as is Robinson #Spartans #sundevils"
Wesley Bunting of National Football Post: "#MichiganState QB Kirk Cousins was a solid 6-2, not real imposing, but , reminds me physcially of Andy Dalton #SeniorBowl #NFLDRAFT"
Bunting again: "Have to admit #MichiganState QB Kirk Cousins looks like a flame thrower in comparison with Russell Wilson and Kellen Moore #SeniorBowl"
Benjamin Volin of The Palm Beach Post: "Michigan St QB Kirk Cousins has an absolute cannon, and Marshall DE/OLB Vinny Curry is playing like a beast today"
Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated: "Kirk Cousins (QB/Michigan State) has shown the best arm of any signal caller on the North and it's of legitimate NFL strength. He's powered the ball into the tight spots and has challenged the hands of his receivers.
Shane Hallam of draftcountdown.com: "#seahawks scouts talking with QBs after practice. Kirk Cousins and Kellen Moore. #SeniorBowl"
Alfie Crow of SB Nation Tampa:"#Jaguars also spoke a bit to Vinny Curry and Kirk Cousins"
of National Football Post: "#MichiganState QB Kirk Cousins with nice bucket throw during team session, spins it clean with nice touch #seniorbowl"
of National Football Post: "#MichiganSt QB Kirk Cousins looks comfortable in drop-backs and in the pocket. Some people have toyed with Andy Dalton as a comparison."
from BTN: "Early practice thoughts from #SeniorBowl : Wisc punter Brad Nortman just crushing every kick. Kirk Cousins' arm strength really impressive"Rob Rang
of CBS Sports: "Cousins out-shined Wisconsin's Russell Wilson and Boise State's Kellen Moore by attacking all levels of a talented North defense. His experience in a pro-style offense was obvious as he made quick decisions, showed accuracy short, middle and deep and thread the needle through tight spaces. Whereas his teammates struggled to find a rhythm with their new receiving corps, Cousins was hitting on all cylinders, spreading the ball all over the field and hitting his backs, tight ends and receivers on a variety of routes."
Looking at the North roster, Cousins clearly has been the best quarterback, compared to the undersized Kellen Moore and Russell Wilson. Moore has not been looking good at all
. It will be curious to see how much playing time Cousins gets Saturday compared to the other two.
Pizzo also said that Brian Linthicum did not dress Tuesday
after being impressive yesterday. He did not say why. I did not see Trenton Robinson on the broadcast, but some teams talked with him after practice.Anwar Richardson
of MLive said the Lions talked with Robinson and Shane Hallam
of draftcountdown.com said the Saints did as well.
Pizzo talked with Cousins and other Big Ten athletes, and the interviews will be on the Big Ten Football Report tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Bret Bielema, never one to miss a media opportunity, talked over the phone with the NFL Network guys during the broadcast, pumping the five Badgers there. Mark Dantonio and some other Big Ten coaches are there, but weren't as public about their support
for former players in Mobile.
of National Football Post: "#MichiganState FS Trenton Robinson displays quick, balanced feet, can close wo much wasted motion, tigher to turn and run #seniorbowl"
of BTN: "#SeniorBowl B. Linthicum back after missing Tuesday and looks crazy quick for a guy who measured almost 6'4", 250."
: "#SeniorBowl Kirk Cousins and Kellen Moore alternating snaps. The difference in velocity and arm strength is shocking."
: "#SeniorBowl Kirk Cousins has me convinced that he will be a productive NFL starting QB. He's making every throw look easy."
: "And we are hitting for real at #SeniorBowl as Trenton Robinson makes a nice read to stop a cut back run"
of National Football Post: "
: "#MichiganSt S Trenton Robinson has good coverage technique. Nice and compact in his movement. Also locates the football nicely."
: "#MichiganSt QB Kirk Cousins exhibits some comfort in putting some heat on his seam-throws."
: "#MichiganSt QB Kirk Cousins throws with noticeably more zip on his passes than Russell Wilson & Kellen Moore; his arm is a little underrated"
of Fox Sports: "Looking the best in drills for WR, easily #NCSU T.J. Graham and #ArizonaState Gerell Robinson.. #MSU TE Brian Linthicum most mobile early on"
: "TE thoughts: #Mizzou Egnew is the most physical, #MSU Linthicum needs to set his blocks better, and #UMass Igwenagu is quickest.#SeniorBowl"
of Sports Illustrated: "TE Brian Linthicum of Michigan State sat on the sidelines yesterday, but looks terrific this morning. He moves incredibly well for a big man and is smooth in and out of his routes."
of draftcountdown.com: "It seems as though Kansas City Chiefs Quarterbacks Coach Jim Zorn may be a fan of Michigan St. QB Kirk Cousins, pointing out that the Spartan puts nice touch on his passes."
of National Football Post: 7 on 7: Kirk Cousins goes 5 for 6 with only miss coming on a deep 9. Some check downs, some nice intermediate completions. #SeniorBowl"
of ESPN Twin Cities: "Michigan State safety Trenton Robinson performing well here. Not a big guy but good balance, instincts, doesn't take many false steps."