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January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Fanspeak.com and our resident NFL Draft expert Steve Shoup have been down in Mobile, AL all week bringing your comprehensive coverage of the Senior Bowl week and its practices. You may have read some of our Practice Reports during the week. But we thought we'd make things easy for you as you prepare for the upcoming Senior Bowl!

Here is a Master list and links to each North & South Practice Report from every day this week to track how players are doing and which ones to watch in the Senior Bowl game this Saturday:

Monday's SOUTH Practice Report

Monday's NORTH Practice Report

Tuesday's SOUTH Practice Report

Tuesday's NORTH Practice Report

Wednesday's SOUTH Practice Report

Wednesday's NORTH Practice Report

Thursday's SOUTH Practice Report

Thursday's NORTH Practice Report

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Senior Bowl South Team Practice Report – Day 3 Led by WR Terrance Williams

January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

South Team Practice Report from Wednesday. North Team Practice Report here!

Quarterbacks:

Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

-Jones didn't help himself again with a poor overall performance in practice. He struggled with his footwork coming from under center and didn't look too comfortable throwing intermediate or longer routes. He has a nice deep ball, but it was rarely on target. He was much more precise on shorter quick passes, but got uncomfortable quick when his first or second read weren't there. Too many times when you saw a poor throw he was the culprit.

E.J. Manuel, FSU:

-Manuel had a really strong day overall, he showed good mobility in the pocket to buy time and still deliver a strike on the move. His footwork wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad and allowed him to throw a number of strong accurate throws down the field. A couple times in 7-on-7's and team drills he made some poor decisions or was inaccurate with his throw, but he had a very good practice overall. I thought he rebounded nicely from a poor Tuesday practice and his potential is very apparent. You will need to have some patience with him, but you could find a good quarterback if you handle him correctly..

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas:

Wilson probably had the best day of any of the signal callers. He did throw a bad interception late during team drills, but that was really his only blemish of the day. He showed good poise and awareness in the pocket and displayed a strong accurate arm on a number of throws down field. Overall he did a really good job of placing the ball in the strike zone of his receiver and away from defenders. Wilson definitely opened some eyes with this practice and if he keeps it up this week could move up some draft boards.

Running backs:

Stephan Taylor, Stanford:

Taylor had some concerns about speed coming into the draft process, but showed good burst today, both in rushing and receiving. He might not be the fastest running back, but it didn't appear to be a liability for him either. He showed good vision finding his hole and finding it quickly. I really liked his decisiveness, which is an underrated trait for the next level. Taylor was also really impressive catching the ball as well, he was good in space and ran crisp routes getting separation from the defender.

Tight End:

Vance McDonald, Rice:

McDonald is an underrated tight end, but had a really strong day that could start pushing him up draft boards. He did everything well today. He ran good solid routes getting separation from both safeties and linebackers. He caught everything that he got his hands on and displayed nice speed. He also did well as a blocker in team drills, showing nice two-way ability.

Michael Williams, Alabama:

Williams isn't the fastest tight end you will every see, but that doesn't mean you can ignore him in the passing game. Linebackers struggled all day to cover him as he used his big frame to shield them from the ball, and displayed nice strong hands. Williams really excelled in the blocking game though as he was essentially a 6th offensive linemen out there. He swallowed up both defensive ends and linebackers with ease.

Wide Receiver:

Conner Vernon, Duke:

Early on Vernon had a strong practice showing nice quickness and getting in and out of his breaks. Latter in 1-on-1's and 7-on-7's he struggled on a couple reps, not getting off a jam and double catching a ball, but overall it was another really solid day for Vernon, who has made the most of this opportunity.

Quinton Patton, LA Tech:

Patton had a really strong day, he was very fluid and showed nice short area quickness. He also showed nice awareness and strong hands. Patton made a number of highlight reel catches and is challenging Williams for the best receiver on this squad.

Terrance Williams, Baylor:    

Terrance Williams running routes at South practice.

Terrance Williams running routes at South practice.

Had by far the best practice of any receiver. Only guy who was consistently able to get behind the coverage and gain separation throughout the practice. He made a number of highly acrobatic catches and tracked the ball well on long passes. Williams looks to be the whole package and will definitely be someone to watch going forward.

Offensive Line:

Larry Warford, Kentucky:

Warford had the best all-around day by any offensive lineman, he was quick off the ball and showed a good anchor, rarely letting anyone push him back or control the point of attack. He also showed surprising quickness for his size and handled speed well. He just battles thoughout and is great watching him due to his technique and anchor.

Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Really thought he had a great all-around practice, he lined up at both tackle spots and really showed quick feet and a nice sound base. He anchored well and didn't allow much penetration. He wasn't as good versus the run, but it was by no means a bad showing.

Defensive Line:

Ezekial Ansah, BYU:

Up-and-down practice, looked very quick in individual drills and and 1-on-1's, but struggled some in team drills he didn't win as many battles as you'd hope. Showed some natural bust and edge ability, but needs to get more wins with that talent level. He did show better awareness than you'd expect for a guy who has such little football experience.

John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins was a monster in middle, nearly impossible to block 1-on-1, and  disrupting a number of plays with his penetration. He plays with excellent leverage, and despite his size he's very quick off the ball getting into defender's pads. Watching him face off with Larry Warford is one of the best match-ups you will see.

Malliciah Goodman, Clemson:

Goodman was very impressive today, got off the line quick and was perhaps the 2nd toughest defensive lineman to block after Jenkins. He showed a good ability to rush the quarterback and nice recognition against the run.

Defensive Backs:

Robert Lester, Alabama:

Lester looked good early on in practice in both individual and 1-on-1 drills, but disappeared or struggled later. He didn't match-up well with tight ends, and really didn't excel in any one area. He was pretty inconsistent in the team drills, with one rep showing nice recognition and back peddle and then the next rep missing his assignment. Overall below average day.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Rambo looked flawless in the individual position drills setting the bench mark everyone else was compared to, but he all but disappeared once he started going up against receivers/tight ends. He still made a play or two, but overall he was late recognizing a number of passes, and took bad angles to the ball. Given how he started and his overall hype it was a poor overall showing. It's getting to be groundhogs day with Rambo as each day he starts off well and then all but disappears.

J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern:

Wilcox has gotten better each day, he's not fully there yet, but he's doing better in 1-on-1's and team drills. He really struggled in the positional drills, especially with his ability to flip his hips and his back peddle. While there is some legitimate promise there, he's very much a developmental prospect.

Leon McFadden, San Diego State:

McFadden had one of the better performances today among defensive backs. He was very fluid in the drills, displaying good speed and quickness. He really excelled when faced with receivers. He showed physicality and great reaction time, and was constantly the toughest draw for a particular receiver.

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Senior Bowl North Practice Report – Day 3 Led by Eric Fisher & Mike Glennon

January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Wednesday's North Practice Report. Check out South's Wednesday Practice Report here!

Quarterbacks:

Mike Glennon, NC State:

Glennon continues to be the best quarterback on the North Squad. He is at his best when he can set his feet and throw deeper and intermediate routes. When asked to move around he struggles a bit more and always seems to sail a couple of throws. Overall though he had a strong practice and did a nice job improving his touch, especially in 1-on-1's.

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse:

Nassib doesn't have the big arm or velocity of Glennon, but makes up for it with his mobility and decision making which both are above Glennon. Overall he might not be able to match Glennon this week, but he's done a good job of keeping his draft stock on the plus side. He had a number of really nice throws in 7-on-7's and did a good job overall.

Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio):

Zach Dysert in North practice.

Zach Dysert in North practice.

Dysert continues to struggle at practice, he'll make some big throws, but follows them up with too many mistakes. He's got nice toughness and you can see some mobility, but right now he's a guy that will need to develop for a couple of years.

Running backs:

Jonathan Franklin, UCLA:

Franklin has had a big week overall, but this was probably his best practice. He is so fluid in his running that he changes direction on a dime and doesn't  slow down when making moves. He was very effective throughout practice but was at his best during the scrimmage. He runs with nice pad level and decision making.

Kenjon Barner, Oregon:

Barner can really run, and he looks explosive when the ball is in his hands, unfortunately some limitations are clear as well. He doesn't have natural hands dropping a reception and bobbling another (something that has occurred throughout the week), and he really struggles in pass protection drills. It's also not clear if he'll be capable of breaking too many tackles, seems to be wrapped up easily enough.

Wide Receiver:

Aaron Mellette, Elon:

Mellette had another strong showing. He has nice speed and quickness and is one of the best route runners down here this week. He had a really good day catching the football and getting separation on some big plays. I also like that even when he doesn't get separation he still makes a fair number of catches. That is what he's going to have to deal with in the NFL, so it is nice to see him able to get an early start on catching the football in tight windows.

Aaron Dobson, Marshall:

Dobson had a really nice day showing his size and speed. He catches just about everything thrown his way and does well when working outside the numbers. I like that on more than one occasion he did a nice job of making sure to toe tap or drag his feet along the side line/end zone.

Markus Wheaton, Oregon State:

Wheaton really looks to be a nice slot receiver prospect. He is very fluid in his route running and shows a lot of short area quickness as well as some long speed. His hands are pretty good as well as he doesn't let many balls get into his body. My lone concern is his ability to get off a jam, but other than that he looks to be a very interesting WR.

Denard Robinson, Michigan:

It may have been a bit better for Robinson in his first day of full contact, but for every nice play he made there were 4-5 poor plays. The biggest concern continues to be his inability to field punts and kicks cleanly. He's going to have to make it as a special teamer to start, and right now that is very shaky. While he does show great quickness, his long speed isn't perhaps as elite as advertised. Corners had little issue running with him down the seem or on a post route.

Offensive Line:

Eric Fisher, CMU:

Another great day for Fisher who dominated all day. He rarely gives and inch showing a great base, footwork and power.

Defensive line:

Margus Hunt, SMU:

A bit of an up-and-down day for Hunt, but he continues to show excellent power and speed as a bull rusher.

Cornerback:

Desmond Trufant, Washington:

Trufant continued to have a great week of practice. He did get beat a couple of times initially, but recovered on just about every play. The one concern is can he still recover when the receivers he's going against are guys like A.J. Green, Calvin Johnson, and Roddy White. Still makes a lot of flashy plays, but would like to see him show better technique.

Jordan Poyer, Oregon State:

Poyer didn't have many memorable plays today, but partly that is due to not allowing receivers to get separation in the first place. He's probably the most technically sound corner here and should easily be able to start right away.

Safety:

T.J. McDonald, USC:

He did get beat once, but otherwise had a really strong practice, he all but shut down tight ends today, and diagnosed the play multiple times during full team scrimmage drills. He's got really good athleticism and is playing far better this week than his senior year at USC.

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Senior Bowl South Team Practice Report Day 4 Led by EJ Manuel

January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

By Cody Bauer, NFL's Future:

Practice Report from Thursday's South Practice. For Thursday's North Practice Report, click here!

QB:

EJ Manuel leading the South team at Senior Bowl practice.

EJ Manuel leading the South team at practice.

-Tyler Wilson of Arkansas had a rough day today. In all four of his throws during the 7 on 7’s he was off target. He first threw way behind his TE Rivera which went right into Nico Johnson’s stomach for an easy interception. Later he was way late on a throw to his right on an outside route which led to a pass break up from Marc Anthony. Later he looked to throw a slant route which was covered extremely well by Anthony again who was able to bat it away. Wilson tried throwing another slant route that was covered really well by B.W. Webb who was also able to slap it away. Those were bad reads on Wilson’s part. Wilson did have one nice throw during 11 on 11’s where he threw a nice high fade pass to Hamilton who made a good leaping catch over Webb for a touchdown.

-Landry Jones from Oklahoma had an inconsistent day to go with his inconsistent week. In 7 on 7’s Jones had a nice seam pass to Vance McDonald, but then followed it up with by throwing late into the middle of the field; it was completed to Mike Gilislee but he probably would have been sacked if it was an actual game. Jones then tried hitting Terrance Williams but his pass was broken up by B.W. Webb. In the 11 on 11’s Jones had a really nice back shoulder fade route throw to Terrance Williams who made a nice catch above his head.

-EJ Manuel had a nice day today. In 7 on 7’s he made a nice quick decision to throw it to Michael Williams in the middle of the field. The next play he had a nice pass down the seam to Mychal Rivera for a touchdown. Manuel then threw a low pass to Terrance Williams in the back of the end zone but Williams was able to make a nice diving catch for a TD. Manuel tried throwing a fade route but didn’t show much touch and over threw his target. In the 11 on 11’s Manuel found Michael Williams running down the seam wide open and hit him for a TD, Chase Thomas was the closest defender. Manuel then tried throwing a fade route but it was batted away by Robert Alford who had to leap high o get it.

WR/DB:

-Robert Alford from Southeastern Louisiana aside from his PD in 11 on 11’s looked pretty good during one on ones. He had great coverage on Cobi Hamilton who couldn’t separate; he later had a nice pass break up. Pretty strong week for Alford.

-Marc Anthony from Cal had a mixed day. He got his hands on a ball where he had good coverage on Connor Vernon on a slant route, but then couldn’t make a play on the ball on a fade route; Vernon made a nice one handed grab on the play. On another fade route he had god coverage on Terrance Williams but couldn’t locate the ball in time, Williams made a sneaky catch behind Anthony’s back.

- JJ Wilcox from Georgia Southern had a nice pass break up and then later was all over Quinton Patton.

-Tavarres King of Georgia had a drop early when running down the seam on a pass that was above his head. King later was able to toast Robert Lester on a nice slant route. In the 11 on 11’s King made a nice catch on an out route where he was able to tap his toes in bounds.

-Mychal Rivera from Tennessee had another strong day. He put on an inside move on Shawn Williams and used his body to shield him off to make the catch. Later he went up and snatched a fade pass from Manuel out of the air.

-B.W. Webb had a decent day. On one play Russell Shepard burnt him on a nice slant to fade route that had the small crowd impressed. Webb later was able to get his hand a ball to make a nice break up.

-Ryan Allen from Louisiana Tech did a great job of angling his punts inside the ten yard line.

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Senior Bowl North Practice Report Day 4 Led by TJ McDonald

January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

It was just shells and helmets again today and they were typically working on certain drills (two minute, inside the 10 yard line etc.) so it isn’t the best evaluation day. The linemen weren’t really hitting so little can be gleaned from them. One note, Offensive lineman Kyle Long was on the field and working at both guard and tackle after missing the past two days due to illness.

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Quarterbacks:

Mike Glennon, NC State:

North Senior Bowl practice

North practice 11 on 11.

Glennon wasn’t as on target today and missed on more passes than he had earlier in the week. He sailed a couple of throws in 1-on-1’s working inside the 10 yard line. He looked sloppy with his footwork despite there being no pass rush. He was better in the rest of practice hitting a couple key throws in the two minute drill, but he still wasn’t great.

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse:

Nassib looked to be the best quarterback today. He had a couple miscues himself, but looked fairly sharp overall. I liked a number of his throws inside the 10 yard line. He had nice placement on his passes and gave his receiver a chance to make the catch. During the two minute drill and 7-on-7 he looked pretty good as well. A good end to an up-and-down practice week, for Nassib who .

Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio):

Dysert started off pretty well in practice having some nice throws in 1-on-1’s. He did struggle though later in practice, including a bad interception during the two-minute drill. Dysert is clearly behind the other two quarterbacks and lost a little hype this week.

Wide Receivers:

Aaron Dobson, Marshall:

Dobson had two early drops in drill work, but once he started going against live competition he put on a show. In 1-on-1’s, 7-on-7’s and team drills he had a number of nice catches. He got open quite a bit and was a favorite target of all three quarterbacks in 7-on-7 and team drills. He showed good adjustment to a couple off target throws and really put together a good final day of practice.

Denard Robinson, Michigan:

Robinson caught the ball better today, but he still wasn’t anything spectacular. He got pushed around by more physical cornerbacks and would have easily been called for offensive pass interference on a couple reps. He didn’t hurt his stock as much as previous days, but he didn’t help it much today either.

Markus Wheaton, Oregon State:

Wheaton had a really nice practice including making a couple spectacular grabs. While the catches were nice the route running was perhaps the highlight for him. He created some nice separation on some throws, but unfortunately the throws were off target for him to get them.

Marquise Goodwin, Texas:

Goodwin had another really nice day, flashing his speed and route running. He was very fluid every time he cut and left more than one defender trailing behind him. He came up with a couple of big catches today and very easily should become a capable slot receiver.

Tight End:

Nick Kasa, Colorado:

Kasa continued to have a nice week catching the football, making some really tough catches in 1-on-1’s. Unfortunately you couldn’t see how his blocking was today, but he did his part receiving.

Cornerback:

Desmond Trufant, Washington:

Trufant continued to have one of the better weeks of any player in Mobile. He played with good technique during the 1-on-1’s and was complimented by the coaching staff a number of times. He also came up with a big interception during the two-minute drill. He showed good speed throughout the day and was rarely fooled, something that had been a nagging issue in some earlier practices.

Jordan Poyer, Oregon State:

Poyer struggled on one of his first reps in 1-on-1’s but made up for it with a really strong practice the rest of the way. I like his positioning and the way he would break on the ball. He really displays nice ball and coverage skills and rarely let his man outright beat him. His week wasn’t as flashy as say Trufant, but he did all the little things right.

Phillip Thomas, Fresno State:

Thomas struggled some in 1-on-1’s and really looked lost at times later in the practice. He couldn’t match some of the tight ends physicality and just got beat inside too often. While he was trending up quite a bit, it’s been a week that has brought him back to earth somewhat.

T.J. McDonald, USC:

Huge day for McDonald, he looked great in 1-on-1’s, he did allow one catch, but his coverage was great the quarterback (Nassib) just made an excellent throw. He flowed to the ball well in other drills and really was strong in every area. You saw good angles and awareness which were the two biggest concerns coming into this week.

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Senior Bowl South Team Practice Report Day 2 Led by Lane Johnson

January 23, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

North Practice Report

Notes on Day 2 (Tuesday's) South Practice:

Quarterbacks:

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas:

Wilson followed up a good day with an even better day today. He missed on a couple passes in the early going during 1-on-1's, but he really picked it up after that. He showed really good touch, and I really liked his footwork and the way the ball came out of his hand.

E.J. Manuel, FSU:

Manuel has been very up-and-down. He'll complete 2 or 3 really tough throws, then miss on some easier ones. Love his size and ability to move around the pocket, but accuracy and decision making are more questionable. He does have a really nice deep ball, but was a hair off on a number of his throws down the field. That could just be working with unfamiliar receivers.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

In the early going Jones threw perhaps the best pass thrown by any of the six quarterbacks today, unfortunately he didn't come close to repeating that throughout the rest of practice. On quick/short throws he's really good and gets the ball out quickly. But when dropping back from under center or making progressions he struggles.

Running backs:

Stepfan Taylor, Stanford:

Taylor has had back-to-back tremendous practices and has not really shown any weaknesses to his game. The worst you can say about him is he doesn't have elite speed, but few backs who weigh 216 lbs do. He's strong, he's physical, he's showing excellent vision. I love how decisive he is in finding his hole and exploding through it. Really love the burst, the hands, and his cutting ability. He's very much putting on a show and is pushing his way into the 2nd day.

Tight End:

Mychal Rivera, Tennessee:

Jim Schwartz coaches South team in practice.

Jim Schwartz coaches South team in practice.

He hasn't stood out, but he's quietly having a nice week. He catches the ball well, shows some burst. For a smaller tight end he's done okay blocking. Doesn't excel in any one area, but shows some upside.

Michael Williams, Alabama:

Another really good day, for such a big tight end he sure seems to be catching the ball well and getting open. He won't challenge you vertically, but he's not a blocking (still his strong suit) tight end only.

Vance McDonald, Rice:

McDonald didn't have a very good day dropping a couple passes throughout the day. On just about every drop the ball was placed right in the strike zone, which should make that an automatic catch. He did redeem himself some with his blocking and route running, but the drops will hurt him.

Wide Receiver:

Terrence Williams, Baylor:

Didn't have as great of a day, but was still very impressive. He is the fastest and most explosive receiver on this roster, and is at his best when asked to get vertical. Reminds me some of Mike Wallace. A couple reps he was beaten or re-routed too easily, but overall a strong day.

Conner Vernon, Duke:

Had a really nice day, and with Ryan Swope out definitely showed he can be the sure-handed slot receiver that works the middle of the field and eats the zone alive. Vernon had a number of really nice catches and was very fluid in his route running.

Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech:

Had a great second day, showed really nice strong hands, snatching the ball away from defenders on a couple of reps. He showed good speed and was not easily pressed at all.

Offensive Line:

Brian Schwenke, Cal:

Good solid day for Schwenke, showed a lot of nice traits that you look for in a lineman: technically sound, good anchor, nice feet, a little movement to block out in space. He also looks to be a hard worker and seems to get good feedback from the coaches.

Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Johnson had another great day, really stonewalled a number of defenders. Shows really nice feet and a good punch. I think he's still better against the pass than against the run.

Larry Warford, Kentucky:

Great day of practice, rarely see him give an inch of ground and in the run game really gets on the defense. I like the way he gets to the second level for a guy his size. He is looking like a day one starter for some team and a top 75 pick.

Defensive Line:

John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins had a great day, the only offensive lineman that did anything against him was Warford, other than that he dominated the line of scrimmage. Loved to see his hustle getting down the line on stretch plays. Also saw him chasing from behind on a short pass, he wasn't conceding even though it was a wide receiver and he had a 5 yard head start. Coaches (and they should) will love that kind of heart.

Montari Hughes, Tennessee Martin:

Hughes was out yesterday due to injury and was even told by his reps that he shouldn't risk it, but he went out there today and had a huge practice. At 6'4" 328, he's a force out there and it showed. He was in the backfield quite a bit and really finished plays well. Really impressed by his work ethic and dedication.

Lavar Edwards, LSU:

Shows some edge rushing ability, but needs to get more consistent, Also he overpursued on a couple of run plays.

Defensive Backs:

Leon McFadden, San Diego State:

Not as strong as yesterday, but still a really nice practice.

B.W. Webb, William & Mary:

Great all-around practice, did a really nice job throughout. Rerouted receivers, stayed on them despite double moves. He also looked good when lined up off man and was able to react to the ball.

Shawn Williams, Georgia:

Non-descript day, didn't really stand out, but wasn't beaten that much either.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Another poor day, he struggled in coverage. Biting on a double move and just slow to move to the ball. His pursuit was off both against the pass and run. Yet once again he showed all the proper tools in the position drills.

J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern:

Still struggled some in the drills, but looked better in the 1-on-1's and team scrimmage.Obvious that he's still one of the more raw players out there, but was tighter in coverage today and showed better reaction time.

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Senior Bowl Day Two Practice Report: North (Part 2) Led by Alex Okafor

January 22, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

In part 1 of my North practice report I highlighted some quarterbacks and receivers that had strong days, here are the rest of my thoughts on the days practice.

Wide Receivers:

Marquise Goodwin, Texas:

Goodwin showed great speed and was really crisp in his route running as well. He missed a couple of catches, but for the most part caught the ball extremely well. My one concern with him is he jumped for almost all his catches. Granted he's under 5'9" and some of those he needed to jump for (note: he had a very impressive vertical), but others he needs to be able to snatch out of the air and not leave his feet.

Aaron Dobson, Marshall:

Dobson had a good all-around practice though he did leave due to injury for about a third of it. When he came back though he looked back to full strength as he showed good speed and quickness. I liked his hands and route running ability the most.

Alec Lemon, Syracuse:

Lemon was a late add, but turned on an impressive performance in his first practice. He really was a nice route runner and displayed good hands. Lemon doesn't have great speed, but did show some change of direction quickness. He looks like he could be an interesting slot receiver or possession guy.

Offensive Line:

Braxston Cave, Notre Dame:

Cave struggled some in 1-on-1's lacking the anchor or strength to win versus some of the top DT's here. He also had a couple poor center exchanges though without really breaking down what happened via replay it is tough to say if they were his fault or the quarterbacks.

David Quessenberry, San Jose State:

Quessenberry doesn't have the profile of some of the bigger names here, but he's more than held his own. Like everyone he's struggled some versus Okafor, Hunt and Jones, but he hasn't made it easy for them. He shows good quickness and nice footwork overall. His punch isn't the best, but other than that there is a lot to like for his future.

Brian Winters, Kent State:

Winters had an extremely strong practice, he didn't give up much ground and it didn't seem to matter who he was facing. He also has a bit of a mean streak as would take guys to the ground. He showed both power and movement, though I still don't think his feet are good enough for left tackle full time.

Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin:

Disappointing practice for Wagner as he looked to be a step behind the other tackles. He won his fair share of battles, but when he lost (usually to Okafor) he lost bad. Some times when a lineman loses in a drill or scrimmage you think that it might have only ended up a pressure or QB hit (which still isn't good), since you really don't know always if the defender would get home. Wagner though lost his man so quickly/badly that it clearly would have ended up a sack. Some promise is there, but the footwork is inconsistent.

Justin Pugh, Syracuse:

Pugh had a really good day overall, he fared well at times versus both Okafor and Jones (the two guys who were the standard for every OT), but he also lost them a couple of times. He's much more a finesse blocker, who fits in a movement system. I love his footwork and athletic ability.

Eric Fisher, Central Michigan:

Fisher was pretty dominant all day, swallowing up defender after defender. He did lose bad to Jones on one play, but had no problem with him the very next go. He's incredibly athletic and shows really nice footwork and an anchor. He's got everything you are looking for in a starting LT and is moving his way up draft boards to the top 15.

Defensive Line:

Michael Buchanan, Illinois:

Buchanan shows some nice edge speed, but he's not strong enough or have any counter moves to get past any of the better tackles. Really looks to be only a situational player right now.

Kawannn Short, Purdue:

Very strong practice, liked how he got off the ball quickly, showed excellent power and strength inside. Showed nice pursuit and hustle on plays that went away from him.

Jordan Hill, Penn State:

Hill looks the part and was very quick off the snap, but too often lost leverage by playing too high. When he stayed low he usually won inside and got penetration, when he stood up he was pretty ineffective.

Margus Hunt, SMU:

You can tell that there is a rawness to his game, but you can also quickly see that he has dominant potential. He has a lot of athletic ability and really good strength. Some times his play recognition or technique is off, but overall the potential is through the roof.

Datone Jones, UCLA:

Really had a nice day for the most part. He had by far the best run versus Eric Fisher, running right over him. He also had some nice runs versus Quesenberry and Pugh where he showed his strength. He also got handled at times, and was quieter in the scrimmage portion of the practice.

Alex Okafor, Texas:

Okafor had the best day of any defender, consistently beating his man, getting a ton of penetration/pressure. He definitely looks like he can handle staying a 4-3 defensive end, and should go in the late first round.

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Jordan Poyer, Oregon State:

Really liked Poyer's practice today, he was all over the field making a number of good plays. I thought he broke on routes well, displayed a nice back pedal and flipped his hips well. He still struggled some running deep, but he's not getting burned. He's at his best when the play is in front of him and he can break to the ball, but he seems very capable of starting right away.

Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International:

Crprien displayed nice athleticism and good hitting ability (even though it there wasn't big hitting), he struggled a couple of times in coverage, but overall had a nice all-around practice.

Dwayne Gratz, UConn:

Really good day for Gratz, it wasn't elite, but I thought it was a day that exceeded expectations. He did get beat a couple times by receivers, but he also beat them a number of times as well. He showed really nice ball skills I thought.

Phillip Thomas, Fresno State:

Didn't really wow me today in what I considered an underwhelming performance. Allowed too much separation by both tight ends and receivers on a couple of plays. Didn't take good angles to the ball, which one time would have allowed the receiver an easy path to the end zone if the CB didn't make the tackle. Really didn't see many standout plays from him.

T.J. McDonald, USC:

McDonald made a couple of nice plays in coverage, but for the most part didn't have many opportunities. He did do well in some other areas though. He was probably the best at covering tight ends in man, running with them stride for stride each time, and not conceding the inside leverage. He also took really good angles in pursuit. One time on a run Barner got to the edge, and McDonald did a nice job of not overcommiting, using the sideline to his advantage.

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Senior Bowl Practice Report Day Two: North Team Led by Mike Glennon

January 22, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Quarterbacks:

Mike Glennon, NC State:

Glennon showcased his big arm with a number of nice deep throws throughout practice. He showed nice zip on the ball and probably had the best intermediate-to-deep accuracy of the quarterbacks. Despite his size he had nice overall footwork and showed some ability to move around a bit in the pocket, while keeping his eyes down field. He did underthrow a couple passes in team drills later that would have been easy interceptions. On working some of the out route throws Glennon sailed the ball well over his receivers' heads. Overall it was a strong practice, but it wasn't great.

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse:

Ryan Nassib at North Senior Bowl practice.

Ryan Nassib at North Senior Bowl practice.

Nassib had a pretty good day himself, he threw a number of nice strong, accurate passes giving his receivers a great opportunity to make the play. Overall he had the best ball placement of any of the quarterbacks and was the most consistent. The only real issue about his day was he lacked the number of big plays that Glennon and even Dysert had. That shouldn't be an overall knock on him, but you'd like to see him challenge some tighter windows given that is what he'll see at the next level. He avoided mistakes, but the wow factor wasn't there.

Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio):

Dysert had an up-and-down day. He struggled at times with his accuracy down field, and didn't seem to be making his decisions as fast as you'd like. On the flip side though he came up with some big plays, including one pass during the scrimmage where he avoided the sack and scrambled to his right with a defender in pursuit throwing a 20-25 yard strike to his receiver. Consistency was a big issue with him and you can see that he's maybe a bit more raw then some of the other quarterbacks here.

Tight End:

Nick Kasa, Colorado:

Kasa had a strong practice, he's a big physical tight end who can run. He blocked really well in team drills and gave linebackers and defensive backs fits trying to cover him. He showed nice hands and got in and out of his breaks quickly without much extra movement. It was an impressive all-around practice, and one that will make NFL teams take notice.

Wide Receiver:

Denard Robinson, Michigan:

Robinson struggled throughout the day dropping a number of passes, even some without any coverage. Other catches he did make were balls that he allowed into his body. And on another play after making a nice catch he failed to secure the ball and the safety punched it out. He did have one really nice route where he faked out the cornerback on a double-move. Robinson also had a lot of problems fielding punts and was admonished multiple times by the Raiders coaches. He still has some upside given his natural ability, but he's not close to being polished.

Markus Wheaton, Oregon State:

Wheaton had a strong day, showcasing really nice speed and agility. He did have one bad drop, but other than that he caught just about everything he got his hands on. He struggled a little with the press coverage, but not enough to really knock his performance.

Aaron Mellette, Elon:

Mellette is a small school guy, but he definitely is playing like he belongs. He was probably the best receiver on the North squad, showing good speed, route running and hands. He was good about coming back to the ball aggressively and not waiting for it to come to him. He also tracked a couple deep balls despite being in tight coverage. Given that he's one of the taller receivers out there, the fact that he displayed good speed and quickness makes you believe he could start on the outside.

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Senior Bowl Practice Report: Day 1 North Team Led by Eric Fisher

January 22, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

By Cody Bauer, NFL's Future

Monday- North Practice Notes (South Team Notes)

QB’s

Not a lot of live throws for the quarterbacks in today’s practice but they had good work with the QB coach from Oakland. They were also able to throw a few to receivers while the DB’s were covering them.

-Ryan Nassib showed good arm strength throughout the day, tight spirals for the most part. He was corrected once by the coach on his weight balance while they were working on play action. Displayed decent foot work on rolling out drills. Did have one ugly miss on an easy out route throw. Overall decent first day.

-Mike Glennon showed his impressive arm strength while working with the coaches, good spirals, ball had some zip. There was one duck thrown by Glennon that wasn’t pretty. For being a tall QB his delivery was still compact, I don’t foresee a problem with it. When working in the minimal live drills he did show that he was hesitant. Got picked off by TJ McDonald on an over throw. He also got coached up on his play action.

-Zac Dysert also showed good arm strength throughout the day. His ball came out nice with a good delivery and nice spiral. In live drills he went to throw a quick out to Wheaton but pump faked and then still threw the ball which was an easy interception by Whre-Wilson. Bad decision on his part to throw it. He later had a nice deep throw to Wheaton who went up and made a great catch. Dysert also had some footwork issues, while rolling out to his left tripped over his own feet and fell down. Didn’t show great anticipation.

RB’s

Not a lot to show off for the running backs to day. Did some drill work early then also got some live work without tackling.

-Jonathan Franklin impressed the most today. Looked good in drills showing quick feet and nice explosion. On one live play had great vision to cut it back on a designed slant run to the left, good quickness to get back around.

-Robbie Rouse looked a little hesitant in the drills. Was corrected to keep his head up and to keep the ball high and tight. Watching him run in some live drill didn’t stick out but I will say it’s tough o find him behind the big o-line.

-Kenjon Barner looked good in drills, very fast feet. Did fumble the ball when it was just o-line vs d-line. Datone Jones came knifing in fast to knock it out of his arm.

TE’s

-Ryan Otten showed some good speed running down the seem

-Nick Kasa was complimented on his blocking by the coaches

 

Offensive Line/Defensive Line

Good battles today between the offensive line and defensive line. They did some one on one work as well as some live work.

-Most impressive today was Eric Fisher. He was an absolute rock today. He first started by stoning Datone Jones, later he destroyed Michael Buchanan. The next time vs. Datone Jones he initially got rocked back a bit by a strong punch but recovered beautifully to deny him. The next time Fisher battled Buchanan he again easily got the better of him. The coaches then put Okafor on Fisher’s side where Okafor tried a speed rush around the outside but was easily pushed wide of the pocket. Fisher definitely helped himself today, if he continues to have days like this there should be no reason he gets past San Diego at #11.

-Justin Pugh the late addition had a mixed day. Early he was lunging too much and allowing his man to get by. He settled down a bit and had some wins against Buchanan. Buchanan did have a good 2nd move that allowed him to get by. Pugh did a good job vs. John Simon stoning him twice.

-Kyle Long played both Left Guard and Right Tackle. He had his share of wins but was also beaten a fair share of times. When on the inside he got the better of Brandon Williams, he later played Sylvester Williams tough not allowing much penetration. When out at Tackle Okafor was able to bend the edge with a good shoulder dip and get by him. Another play Okafor showed a great punch to Longs inside shoulder and rocked him back. On another play Buchanan was able to get into Long’s frame and rock him back. When back on the inside going against Sylvester Williams he was able to eliminate Williams after Williams tried to do a spin move and fell down.

- Ricky Wagner also had a mixed day at right tackle. He was battling with Okafor most of the day. Coaches complimented Wagner early for coming out of his stance low and was able to stop Okafor. The next play Okafor was able to get around Wagner with a nice outside speed move.  Wagner then stoned Trevardo Williams and was again complimented by the coaches. Okafor again went against Wagner and tried a speed move but Wagner showed good arm extension to push Okafor wide of the pocket.

-Braxton Cave started the day lunging but eventually got his feet under him and did a decent job. He was able to stuff Sylvester Williams on one play and later had a good battle vs Jordan Hill where Hill eventually got the better of him. Later he went again vs. Sylvester Williams where Williams fired off the ball and abused Cave with a speed move. Cave later went up against Kawaan Short and absolutely destroyed Short by putting him on the ground. The next play Short was able to get by Cave with a speed move.

-Kent St. O-lineman Brian Winters held his own against some of the better competition he faced. He went against Short on three consecutive plays, the first play he put Short on his knees, the next play he put Short on the ground and again the third time he won the battle. He later went against Jordan Hill and battled him tough, Hill showed good effort but was stalled. Winters again later went against Short, on the first play Short destroyed Winters, but then on the second try Winter was able to stone Short. Later on Winters went against Brandon Williams and was able to put him on the ground.

-Illinois offensive lineman Hugh Thornton had a rough day. He was rocked back by Short so badly that Thornton tired sticking his leg out to trip Short. Later Datone Jones lined up on the inside and had a beautiful swim move to get by Thornton. Thornton then got kicked out to right tackle where Okafor abused him with a great dip of his shoulder to run right by him. Eventually Thronton did get the best of Jordan Hill on a play.

-Joe Madsen also had a rough day. First Jordan Hill did a good job of getting under Madsen’s block, later Short gave Madsen all he could handle. Brandon Williams then had a nice spin move to get by Madsen.

-David Quessenberry held his own at practice today. He first denied Brandon Williams, later denied Margus Hunt, and then had a good battle with Datone Jones.

-Aside from the plays mentioned above Brandon Williams was able to penetrate the line and get a nice tackle for loss, and Datone Jones showed good quickness to force a fumble.

-The real winner from the defensive line was Okafor, his speed rush was almost unblockable as he displayed a good shoulder dip.

-All of the d-lineman and o-lineman had their share of wins but it was hard not to notice Eric Fisher and Alex Okafor as the guys who looked the best.

DB’s/WR’s

The wide receivers and defensive backs were playing mostly on the other side of the field but I was able to catch some of the one on one drills where the DB’s were pressing the WR’s.

-Markus Wheaton started the day strong and ended it strong. He showed good pop off the line to avoid being jammed, and looked smooth. I noticed he was rounding off some of his out routes and also missed a block. He did have the great leaping catch in live work.

-Will Davis was too aggressive with his jams, leading to him getting burnt too many times.

-Marquise Goodwin had trouble getting off the jam, but looked very fast in and out of his cuts. He showed good speed on a catch and made CB Jamar Taylor look silly trying to tackle him.

-Jordan Poyer looked good jamming receivers, he had a solid day overall, natural punt catcher.

-Aaron Dobson had some trouble getting off the line of scrimmage in the jam drill, he was too often dancing at the line.

-Chris Harper had a beautiful move to get off jam and toasted Jamar Taylor

-Denard Robinson tried returning punts but didn’t look natural or comfortable. He muffed several punts in the afternoon.

-Jeff Locke had consistent hang time around 4.8 seconds but wasn’t consistent with his kicks. His wind up seemed a little long as well.

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Senior Bowl Practice Report: Day One South Team Led by Tyler Wilson

January 22, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Here is a look at the South team's first practice today, including what players helped their stock and who struggled in the early going. The South team is coached by the Detroit Lions staff headed by Coach Jim Schwartz. Players were hit helmets and shells so full contract wasn't allowed. Here is the North team practice report

Quarterbacks:

Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

Is Landry Jones stock falling?

Is Landry Jones stock falling?

-Jones didn't help himself earlier in the day at the weigh-in, coming under 6'4" and not having any outstanding measurable, and then had a poor overall performance in practice. He struggled with his footwork coming from under center and didn't look too comfortable throwing intermediate or longer routes. He has a nice deep ball, but it was rarely on target. He was much more precise on shorter quick passes, but got uncomfortable quick when his first or second read weren't there.

E.J. Manuel, FSU:

-Manuel had a really strong day overall, he showed good mobility in the pocket to buy time and still deliver a strike on the move. His footwork wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad and allowed him to throw a number of strong accurate throws down the field. A couple times in 7-on-7's and team drills he made some poor decisions or was inaccurate with his throw, but he had a very good practice overall. He's still a work in progress, but the potential is very much there for him to have an impact at the next level.

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas:

Wilson probably had the best day of any of the signal callers. He did throw a bad interception late during team drills, but that was really his only blemish of the day. He showed good poise and awareness in the pocket and displayed a strong accurate arm on a number of throws down field. Overall he did a really good job of placing the ball in the strike zone of his receiver and away from defenders. Wilson definitely opened some eyes with this practice and if he keeps it up this week could move up some draft boards.

Running backs:

Stephan Taylor, Stanford:

Taylor had some concerns about speed coming into the draft process, but showed good burst today, both in rushing and receiving. He might not be the fastest running back, but it didn't appear to be a liability for him either. He showed good vision finding his hole and finding it quickly. I really liked his decisiveness, which is an underrated trait for the next level. Taylor was also really impressive catching the ball as well, he was good in space and ran crisp routes getting separation from the defender.

Andre Ellington, Clemson:

He had an up and down day, but he did show  nice speed and quickness. Also made some really nice plays in space. He had a couple poor plays where he slipped when he tried to make a cut or ran into the pile instead of hitting the hole, but overall it was solid.

Tight End:

Vance McDonald, Rice:

McDonald is an underrated tight end, but had a really strong day that could start pushing him up draft boards. He did everything well today. He ran good solid routes getting separation from both safeties and linebackers. He caught everything that he got his hands on and displayed nice speed. He also did well as a blocker in team drills, showing nice two-way ability.

Michael Williams, Alabama:

Williams isn't the fastest tight end you will every see, but that doesn't mean you can ignore him in the passing game. Linebackers struggled all day to cover him as he used his big frame to shield them from the ball, and displayed nice strong hands. Williams really excelled in the blocking game though as he was essentially a 6th offensive linemen out there. He swallowed up both defensive ends and linebackers with ease.

Wide Receiver:

Ryan Swope, Texas A&M:

Early on Swope had a strong practice showing nice quickness and getting in and out of his breaks. Latter in 1-on-1's and 7-on-7's he struggled on a couple reps dropping two easy catches, one time really drawing the ire of the coaching staff. He also struggled to get any deep separation, and looked most comfortable on quicker routes.

Quinton Patton, LA Tech:

Patton had a really strong day, he was very fluid and showed nice short area quickness. He also showed nice awareness and strong hands. Patton did struggle on some deeper routes as he wasn't able to separate,  and got out muscled a couple of times. He will need to show that he can be more physical, and it will be something to watch going forward.

Terrance Williams, Baylor:

Had by far the best practice of any receiver. Only guy who was consistently able to get behind the coverage and gain separation throughout the practice. He made a number of highly acrobatic catches and tracked the ball well on long passes. Williams looks to be the whole package and will definitely be someone to watch going forward.

Offensive Line:

Larry Warford, Kentucky:

Warford had the best all-around day by any offensive lineman, he was quick off the ball and showed a good anchor, rarely letting anyone push him back or control the point of attack. He also showed surprising quickness for his size and handled speed well.

Dallas Thomas, Tennessee:

Thomas played both guard and tackle in practice and handled his own at both positions. He didn't have the best anchor and didn't finish guys off, but he showed quick feet and re-routed a number of defenders keeping the pocket generally clean. A couple times he did get beat, but overall it was a pretty solid practice.

Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Really thought he had a great all-around practice, he lined up at both tackle spots and really showed quick feet and a nice sound base. He anchored well and didn't allow much penetration. He wasn't as good versus the run, but it was by no means a bad showing.

OT Oday Aboushi, OL Garrrett Gilkey and OL Xavier Nixon all looked solid or better as well.

Defensive Line:

Ezekial Ansah, BYU:

Up-and-down practice, looked very quick in individual drills and and 1-on-1's, but struggled some in team drills he didn't win as many battles as you'd hope. Showed some natural bust and edge ability, but needs to get more wins with that talent level.

John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins was a monster in middle, nearly impossible to block 1-on-1, and  disrupting a number of plays with his penetration. He plays with excellent leverage, and despite his size he's very quick off the ball getting into defender's pads.

Malliciah Goodman, Clemson:

Goodman was very impressive today, got off the line quick and was perhaps the 2nd toughest defensive lineman to block after Jenkins. He showed a good ability to rush the quarterback and nice recognition against the run.

Defensive Backs:

Sanders Commings, Georgia:

Commings is thought to be more of a corner, but after today's practice he may be viewed more of a free safety prospect. He was not fluid in flipping his hips, and really struggled when asked to run with receivers. He did some nice things when he played off in a zone and the play was in front of him, but other than that it was not a strong day.

Robert Lester, Alabama:

Lester looked good early on in practice in both individual and 1-on-1 drills, but disappeared or struggled later. He didn't struggle particularly in any one area, but he didn't show dominance either. He was pretty inconsistent in the team drills, with one rep showing nice recognition and back peddle and then the next rep missing his assignment. Overall solid day, but not spectacular.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Rambo looked flawless in the individual position drills setting the bench mark everyone else was compared to, but he all but disappeared once he started going up against receivers/tight ends. He still made a play or two, but overall he was late recognizing a number of passes, and took bad angles to the ball. Given how he started and his overall hype it was a poor overall showing.

J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern:

It quickly became apparent that Wilcox has just one year at safety under his belt. While he flashes big play ability he looked simply lost out there at times. He really struggled in the positional drills, especially with his ability to flip his hips and his back peddle. While there is some legitimate promise there, he's very much a developmental prospect.

Leon McFadden, San Diego State:

McFadden had the best all-around showing today among defensive backs. He was very fluid in the drills, displaying good speed and quickness. He really excelled when faced with receivers. He showed physicality and great reaction time, and was constantly the toughest draw for a particular receiver.

 

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