Pettis draws praise at Senior Bowl

It was a light day for players at the Senior Bowl on Thursday, but the Scouts Inc. crew of Todd McShay, Kevin Weidl and Steve Muench still had plenty to say. You need an Insider subscription to read much of this content, but here are a few snippets.

While San Diego State receiver Vincent Brown and Boise State receiver Titus Young drew praise all week, the group called attention to Broncos receiver Austin Pettis as well. Here is what they had to say:

He's not the most explosive athlete and there's not a lot of suddenness in his routes, he is a savvy route runner, finds the soft spots, sets up defenders well, and does a good job getting off press coverage and getting a clean release. He's very polished. At 6-2, 205 pounds, he's also a good red zone target. He has a large strike zone, uses his body to shield defenders, plays the ball well and catches everything. He might never be more than a third receiver, but he can make plays. He'll bring value in the fifth-round range.

You can read more about Brown in a different post. They also noted TCU center Jake Kirkpatrick helped his draft stock this week.

So did Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who drew raves from just about everybody. One report suggested he could now be a second-round pick, with the Vikings and Dolphins showing interest.