...and I understand now why NFL teams are so perplexed by him.
The games I watched...
2010 Senior Bowl
USC@Oregon from last year
Rose Bowl-USC VS. Penn State 2009 (Bowl Game after 2008 season)
This is what I saw.
His athletic ability is real. You can see it. He doesn't look like he's moving very fast, but he is. He closes in a hurry.
He has a SERIOUS problem wrapping up. He just keeps throwing that should into a guy and only seems to use his arms when the guy is already past him and he's in pursuit.
As hard as he hits at times, he seems real tentative at others. If he's got a chance at a knockout shot, he'll take it, but very often he doesn't seem to put his nose into the action. For that reason, I'm now a little leary of playing him alot in the box. He won't play like a linebacker.
The thing that suprised me the most tho makes me kinda buy into what he said about Carroll at USC. I don't think he was used correctly. He was almost ALWAYS played 20 yards off the LOS and very often didn't even appear in the picture because he was so far away from the play. It could be that he lacks insticts, but it could also be that he was used incorrectly and wasn't put in the proper position to make plays.
It kinda maddening watching him. On one play, he looks like the second coming of Sean Taylor. On the next he looks like Dana Hall.
I am a bit more convinced now that he can be a deep coverage safety now, but a little less convinced he'll play alot in the box. I believe the niners that they will give him a chance to do both.
As I mentioned before, one of the games was a Penn State-USC game so I also got to watch Navorro Bowman. I like him. ;-) He's not real big and he's not real fast, but he is very quick, he sheds blockers well, he moves through traffic well and he makes the play. He appears very fast in short areas, but if he has to run a long way, he's kinda exposed.
I think he looks great for a 3rd rounder.