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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!


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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South Roster Preview – Terrance Williams and John Jenkins Headline the South Roster

January 20, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

I've already previewed the North Roster for the Senior Bowl. Now here are the players to watch on the South Roster during Senior Bowl week:

QB EJ Manuel, Florida State University:

Manuel is a 2-year starter with the Seminoles, and has developed into a quality starting quarterback. He's got good size, a big arm and great speed, but has been inconsistent against some big opponents. Overall, he displays good accuracy, but it remains to be seen if he can throw into the tighter windows at the next level. With the success of the read option in the NFL this past year, Manuel could be a hot commodity given his speed. He still needs a little development time, but given his upside, expect him to go in the late 2nd or early 3rd round.

QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

Jones took over for former 1st overall pick Sam Bradford at Oklahoma and was expected to have a similar career path. Through the start of his sophomore season, Jones looked to be a potential high 1st round pick. He's regressed these past two years, and questions have sprung up about his downfield accuracy, decision making and mobility. He played in a spread system in Oklahoma, and has struggled when asked to make reads and progressions. Jones needs to have a strong week in Mobile if he wants to overcome these concerns with his game. He remains a big, strong-armed quarterback that could go anywhere in the 3rd – 4th round range.

WR Terrance Williams, Baylor:

Williams is a big play receiver with great long speed. He led the NCAA in yards per catch this past season, and was still able to produce without Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright on offense. Right now he's still more of a deep threat, and needs to show he can run more of the entire route tree. He has high upside and should go off the board in the early 2nd round.

WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M:

Swope had a starting role for the Aggies these past 2 years and has been an integral part of their passing attack. He profiles as a slot receiver, and shows good quickness in the short area. He doesn't have great long speed, but should still be attractive to teams given the greater use of the slot receiver. He should go off the board in a late 3rd to early 4th round.

TE Michael Williams, Alabama:

Williams was essentially a 6th offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide. He's a big, strong, physical tight end who is a devastating blocker and can be a match-up problem for smaller defensive backs and linebackers. He lacks great speed, which will keep him from being drafted high, but a smart team who emphasizes the running game will get excellent value in the 5th round or later from Williams.

OT DJ Fluker, Alabama:

Fluker is a rare, highly-touted offensive lineman, in that he profiles almost exclusively as a right tackle. Fluker though was among the best right tackles in college and easily make the transition to the next level. He's a devastating run blocker, who still holds up well against the pass rush. He has a good anchor, and is the type of lineman when he gets his hands on you, he finishes the play. He should go off the board in the high 2nd round.

OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Johnson was Landry Jones blindside protector this past season and quickly made a name for himself in the Big 12. He shows good footwork and is quick enough to get to the edge. He helped keep Jones to be one of the least sacked quarterbacks in college football, despite the fact that Oklahoma is pass-first team and Jones has questionable mobility. He's trending upward, and could go in the top 20 picks of the 1st round.

DT John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins was the star of the Georgia Bulldogs defensive line this year, playing primarily the nose tackle position. He forced constant double-teams that allowed the rest of the Georgia defense to make plays. Despite all the attention he was getting from offensive lineman, Jenkins still got a high level of penetration and made plays in the backfield. Jenkins fits in either a 4-3 or 3-4, but would have his highest value as a nose tackle on a 3-man line. Jenkins should be drafted in the top 25 picks.

S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Rambo was the playmaker of the Georgia secondary and double digit interceptions over the last two years combined. He's a rangey free safety with good size and excellent speed. The biggest question mark that he faces is his ability against the run. Rambo does excel in coverage, which should keep him as one of the top safeties drafted this year. Expect him to go in the late 2nd or high 3rd round.

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Archived Mock Draft Round 2, 12/7

December 7, 2012 in Mock Drafts

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33. Kansas City – QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

34. Jacksonville- DT Shariff Floyd, Florida

Cleveland- no pick

35. Philadelphia- OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama

36. Carolina- WR Terrance Williams, Baylor

37. Cincinnati (from Oakland)- RB Giovani Bernard, UNC

38. San Diego- DE Kawaan Short, Purdue

39. New York Jets – QB E.J. Manuel, FSU

40. Tennessee-S Matt Elam, Florida

41. Arizona- OT Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

42. Detroit- DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

43. Buffalo-QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee

44. St. Louis- WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

45. Washington- CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

New Orleans- no pick

46. Dallas- OL Oday Aboushi, UVA

47. Miami – TE Zach Ertz, Stanford

48. Tampa Bay- CB/S David Amerson, NC State

49. Minnesota- OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

50. Cincinnati- DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn

51. Seattle- WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee

52. Pittsburgh- QB Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio)

53 New York Giants- CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

54. Miami – from Indianapolis- OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

55. Green Bay- OLB Chase Thomas, Stanford

56. Chicago-OG Larry Warford, Kentucky

57. New England- LB Kevin Minter, LSU

58. Denver- RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama

59. San Francisco- FS T.J. McDonald, USC

60. Baltimore- S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

61. Houston- QB Aaron Murray, Georgia

62. Atlanta- RB Andre Ellington, Clemson