-Jarrett Stidham had the best practice among the quarterbacks on the South team and probably the 2nd best QB performance of the day. Stidham improved throughout the week, and really came on in the 3rd practice. He displayed a strong arm and good ball placement. His footwork was solid and he made good decisions in 7-on-7’s and full team drills (though these were highly truncated). Stidham had a series of throws in full team drills where he threw multiple on target passes in tight windows. It was a really impressive stretch for the Auburn signal caller, and a glimpse of what he can do.
As for the rest of the quarterbacks it continued to be an up-and-down week for Will Grier and Tyree Jackson. Grier would miss some easy throws, but then hit a few really tough windows where the ball was right on target. It’s clear he doesn’t have a great arm and is inconsistent, but he does have some flashes when he’s in a rhythm. Jackson has a big arm and he can really air it out with ease with some deep passes, but his mechanics are a bit of a mess. Timing routes were a problem for Jackson where he was off and the ball would be behind the receiver. Gardner Minshew had a solid but unspectacular day. He lacks the big arm, but he was fairly accurate.
-Thursday practice was the Deebo Samuel show. He was probably the best offensive player on the field for either squad. Samuel was fantastic throughout practice and showcased his speed, route running and catching ability throughout practice. He got separation on nearly every rep, and got the better of every corner and safety during practice. Samuel, bailed out multiple off target throws from his quarterbacks to turn them into productive plays.
Other receivers who flashed at practice were Hunter Renfrow and David Sills. Renfrow showed that regardless of his size he can, get open and make plays from the slot. Renfrow is not the most athletic receiver, but his route running is really precise and he got separation regardless of who he was facing in practice. For teams looking for a slot only guy on day 3, he’s shown that he can be the answer. As for Sills he had his best practice of the week, and was able to show off some long speed and his size advantage. He’s not the best route runner, but he’s got some raw potential.
As for other skill guys RB Wes Hills from Slippery Rock had another solid practice. He’s not a top prospect, but he runs hard and has a little burst when he hits the hole. The tight ends all had a solid day, especially Foster Moreau who came in as a replacement and made a number of tough catches. This isn’t an elite TE group, but it’s solid and could have a couple mid-round picks from it.
-Elgton Jenkins had the best practice of the day and a nice finish to a strong week. Jenkins is a smart center who has good feet and does a nice job countering defensive tackle pass rush moves. He is pretty physical in run blocking and was able to handle just about every lineman he faced. Other offensive linemen who had good days were Andre Dillard and Ben Powers. Dillard continues to show really well as a pass blocker, but his run blocking was a bit of a struggle in practice. Powers had a solid day in one-on-ones and shows a really strong anchor and decent feet.
-Montez Sweat was clearly the best defensive player on the field and he once again absolutely dominated. He got easy pressure on a number of reps and won with both speed and power. Sweat had a really strong session during full team drills both versus the run and the pass.
Other than that not many defensive linemen stood out in the shortened practice. I thought Jaylon Ferguson had a better practice, showing some nice speed off the edge. He’s a bit too one dimensional though and needs to figure out how to win versus offensive tackles who can kick out and meet his rush. Daylon Mack and Isaiah Buggs continued to have good, solid practices. Neither was great, but they both had more positive reps than negative ones.
-Rock Ya-Sin had a pretty good practice when he wasn’t facing Deebo Samuel (something every corner had an issue with). He wasn’t used in press man as much, but still was good in coverage. His footwork needs work, but he’s got good make-up speed. Isaiah Johnson had a similarly good practice. His length allowed him to defend a couple highpoint passes. He struggled some versus some of the smaller quicker receivers in the short area, but that isn’t surprising as that isn’t his strength.