Senior Bowl practices are underway! Draftinsider.net’s Tony Pauline and Brent Sobleski are on-site to break down the play of each individual participant.  See how the South fared throughout the week….UPDATE: FINAL ANALYSIS.

Player Pos School Ht Wt Arm Hnd
Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada 6045 224 33 ¾ 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Looked terrific all day.  Threw the ball exceptionally well from the get go.  Showed not only a strong arm but very accurate.  Timing was sensational as well.  Hit receivers in stride or had the ball well on its way as they were leaving their breaks.  Needs work on his long throws but overall it was a successful day for Kaepernick.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Had another terrific day throwing the ball.  Very accurate with good timing.  Threw a terrific pass in scrimmage where he got the ball between three defenders into the receivers hands.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Another terrific day for Kaepernick.  Made several tremendous passes, placing his throw(s) where only his receiver could make the reception. Showed a strong arm and passes had good speed.  Less than a handful of wayward passes.
 
Analysis:   In a nutshell it was a terrific week for Kaepernick.  It reminded us of the performance of Philip Rivers many years ago in Mobile; he came in with many questions then answered just about all of them in three days of practice.  We don’t think Kaepernick will be selected as early as Rivers was yet he’s improved his draft stock almost as much. 
Jake Locker QB Washington 6022 228 32 9 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Struggled from the get go.  Constantly high of the mark and almost always had receivers stretching vertically to grab the ball.  Wild for the most part.  Shows a nice arm and effective throwing on the move but the inaccuracy is a major concern.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Slightly better yet still struggling.  High of the mark and still has receivers getting vertical to grab the ball.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Another tough day for Locker; for everyone one good pass he would toss there would be four or five terrible throws.  Was high of the mark and constantly had receivers reaching backwards to grab the ball.
Analysis:   We’ve read a lot where some have said Locker pulled it together and lo0ked good late in the week.   We think its garbage- he flashed some skill but for the most part was wildly inaccurate in the pocket.  One scout we spoke with claimed Locker would have been better not coming to the Senior Bowl ala Taylor Mays.
Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa 6041 221 32 /14 10 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: A bit disappointing as Stanzi showed poor accuracy and really struggled to get the ball down field.  There were other instances where Stanzi beautifully placed his throws yet for the most part they were late arriving and receivers where constantly reaching backwards or off balance trying to make the reception.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Had his moments and throws tight spirals into the receivers hands.  Makes some terrific throws then delivers a pass which leaves you scratching your head.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Really showed no arm strength in comparison to the other QB’s from the North.  Delivers a nice touch pass but cannot zip the ball into wide outs
Analysis:  Stanzi had his moments and threw some nice passes yet showed minimal consistency throughout the week.  He doesn’t have the great downfield arm but showed enough arm strength that someone could take him in the middle rounds as a developmental prospect.
Owen Marecic FB Stanford 6003 246 32 ¼ 9 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Showed a lot of athleticism and intensity on the field.  Caught the ball well.  Gave effort blocking yet not a dominant lead blocker.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Nothing spectacular yet very workman like in all his actions.  Intense and seems to enjoy himself.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Solid all around day.  Showed good footwork in drills, made several positive plays handling the ball in scrimmage and looked strong as a blocker.  A lot to like about his game.
Analysis:  Marecic has always been a favorite of our and he showed why this week.  He’s a blue-collar player with the ability to be a triple threat fullback.  It was non-stop go, everyday for the Stanford product.  If he decides to go full bore at the next level he’ll have a long career.
Da’Rel Scott RB Maryland 5107 205 32 3/8 9 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes:Shows decent quickness and a burst carrying the ball but was obliterated in blocking drills.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Once again obliterated by blocks.  Quick footed and has a burst but nothing more than a rotational player at the next level.
Analysis:   Scott did not stand out to us during Shrine practices and it was much the same here.  He shows flashes yet never strung a good series of drills or plays together.
Roy Helu RB Nebraska 5113 216 32 ¼ 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Showed terrific quickness and speed carrying the ball.  Had several nice runs where he displayed a burst through the hole and easily beat defenders into the open field.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Looked good blocking and was praised by coaches. Carried the ball extremely well today.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Most complete back of the day.  Was outstanding in pass blocking drills, holding his ground against many of the bigger linebackers from the North.  Carried the ball very well and shows a burst through the hole which he turns on in a single step.  Also caught the ball well out of the backfield.
Analysis:   Helu quite possibly helped himself more than any running back in Mobile.  Scouts were astonsihed by the burst of speed he showed each day in practice as well as his overall game.  He cemented himself as a third round pick and could break into the late part of round one.
Kendal Hunter RB Oklahoma State 5072 199 30 ¼ 9 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Showcased his amazing quickness all practice long.  Was able to create his own yardage and left defenders grasping for air on a number of occasions.  Also caught the ball very well out of the backfield.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Outstanding day.  Very elusive and continued to create his won yardage.  Runs hard on the inside.  Caught the ball very well.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Another really good day for Hunter.  Showed speed, quickness and great running skills.  Also caught the ball well.  Gave effort blocking and stood his ground.
Analysis:   Hunter is another who scouts come away with a good feeling about.  He played big and displayed an array of skill.  He moves toward the draft as the top third down back.
DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma 6000 214 32 ½ 9 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Solid practice and showed flashes.  Has a nice burst through the hole and caught the ball very well.  Applauded by coaches on a number of occasions.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Nothing special.  Was characterized as “soft” by someone at the practice- not necessarily an opinion we agree with yet noteworthy none-the-less.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Not descript day.  Watched him in blocking drills and he did in fact look “soft” as was described to us yesterday.
Analysis: Murray looked good in pads yet did not play to it when lined up. Each day we saw why he was described to us as “soft” and we started believing it to some extent.  Overall it was not a good showing for the OU product.
Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin 6031 240 32 ½ 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Displayed a lot of athleticism and speed.  Terrific quickness off the line and caught the ball well.  Gave effort blocking.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Kendricks spent a lot of time inline blocking. He showed good technique but does not have the girth to hold against defensive linemen.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Caught the ball well and showed solid route running skills.  Natural receiver.  Worked his blocks.
Analysis:   Kendricks cemented himself as the number two tight end in the draft and his final draft grade will be determined by how fast he runs at the combine.
Mike McNeill TE Nebraska 6036 232 33 ¼ 9
 
Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes: Showcased a lot of athleticism.  Moves well about the field and natural catching the ball.  Reliable hands.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Made several acrobatic type receptions in practice.  Also beat numerous linebackers down the field
Analysis: McNeill’s week was positive overall.  He showed athleticism and terrific pass catching skill.  He projects as a move tight end at the next level and as such, the faster he runs at the combine the earlier he’ll be selected in the draft.
Lee Smith TE Marshall 6057 269 34 9 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Was dominant blocking.  Controlled everyone/anyone at the point of attack.  Not much of a pass catcher and plods around the field.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Big body was effective blocking in run sessions, but Smith did struggle adjusting to ball when thrown to him.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Caught the ball well but really not effective as a receiver more than five yards off the line of scrimmage.
Analysis:   Smith was far and away the most dominant blocker in the tight end class.  He’s not much of a pass catcher as he’s only effective some five yards off the line of scrimmage.  We would not be surprised if a west coast team tries to develop him into an offensive tackle, his blocking skills are so good.
Vincent Brown WR San Diego St 5110 184 33 ¼ 10 ½
 
Monday Practice Notes: Caught the ball very well.  Has soft hands which enables him to snatch the ball from the air.  Made a lot of difficult receptions.  Shows minimal speed and quickness.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Ran terrific routes and consistently separated from opponents.  Terrific hands; soft and strong, and caught everything thrown to him.  No burst or speed.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Another solid day.   What impressed the most is the way Brown fights for the ball and wins out in battles.
Analysis: Brown’s hands really impressed scouts as they were some of the most consistent in Mobile.  His fiesty play battling for the reception also raised eyebrows.  His speed did not and Brown’s forty time at the combine will dictate whether or not he breaks into the draft’s initial 100 selections.
Dwayne Harris WR East Carolina 5097 200 31 5/8 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Average day.  Dropped a few passes and shows no burst in his game.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Tough day.  Dropped several passes and had a punt sli[p through his hands.  Marginal speed as well.
Wednesday Practice: Overall a much better day for Harris.  Dropped just a few and seemed to pick up the pace.
Analysis:  It was not a good week for Harris from the get-go.  He was shorter than most expected during weigh-ins and dropped way more passes than anyone thought possible.  He moves toward the combine with a 5th round grade.
Niles Paul WR Nebraska 6007 225 31 ¼ 8 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Caught the ball relatively well.  Also looked the best of any receiver in blocking drills.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Much better day- quicker releasing off the line and caught the ball well.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Best day of the week for Paul.   Cleanly gets off the line, beats down defenders in battles and comes away with the tough catch regularly.
Analysis:  We thought Paul did reasonably well though some we spoke with has characterized him as “ordinary”.  He caught the ball well and did a nice job in blocking drills.  Again- another wide receiver whose draft position is reliant on a forty time.
Austin Pettis WR Boise State 6024 205 32 ½ 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Made some nice catches but showed minimal speed and quickness.   Did a solid job holding on field goals.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Ran better routes and showed the ability to get separation from defenders.  Real reliable hands.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Proving himself to be a reliable possession receiver.  Showed strong and soft hands.  Good job handling the ball as a holder on field goals.
Analysis:   Pettis looked solid all week and definitely helped his stock.  He seemed to get better every day and solidified himself as a middle round pick.
Titus Young WR Boise State 5112 174 31 9
 
Monday Practice Notes: Young looked spectacular at the beginning of practice.  He was the quickest, fastest and most explosive of all the receivers.  Easily beat defenders off the snap then got a step on them down the field.  Unfortunately as the day proceeded Young dropped more and more passes.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Much more consistent catching the ball.  Far and away the quickest, fastest and best route runner on the North.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Not much more to say.  Was used as a kick returner and showed a great burst of speed.
Analysis:   Scouts continue to rave about Young and his play making ability.  He leaves Mobile as the top senior receiver in April’s draft and could sneak into the late part of round one.
Dane Sanzebacher WR Ohio State        
 
Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes: Late addition.  Ran good routes and caught the ball well.  Was able to separate from opponents and very good catching the underneath routes.  No speed whatsoever.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Tremendous route runner with amazing hands.  Looks like a good slot receiver for an NFL team.
Analysis:   Sanzenbacher made the right choice coming to Mobile after getting a late invitation.  He’s not going to be an early draft pick yet will be a very productive NFLer that’s drafted in the later rounds then hangs around the league for a long time.
James Brewer OL Indiana 6062 323 35 3/8 10 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: In a word, dominant.  Brewer moved relatively well, showed a lot of quickness in his game and controlled opponents with ease at the point of attack.  Really showed a complete game and was head and shoulders above the rest of the offensive lineman.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Brewer took a large step backward from the performance seen on Monday. The Indiana product struggled to move laterally in run fits and mirror in his pass set. His hand placement was often wide. And Brewer simply could not recover.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  His up and down week continued with a slight upswing. Brewer was more consistent mirroring in his pass set. Issues stemmed from lackadaisal handplay which are often wide. After missing the initial punch, it put him in a bad situation to readjust.
Analysis: Scouts want to see each prospect at the Senior Bowl improve each day of practice and build off their performances. Brewer’s week provided the reciprocal. He proved to be tough, physical and nearly dominant after the first day. He was exposed in days two and three. Brewer did not show the athleticism or flexibility to stay at tackle, often beat by speed. His handplay was erratic. He is a big physical offensive lineman that has upside but needs time to develop.
Gabe Carimi OL Wisconsin 6071 315 35 ¼ 10 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Solid day as both a pass and run blocker the entire day.  Blocks with good lean, showed strength at the point of attack and worked to finish blocks.  Also turned defenders off the line as a run blocker.   Was tried at guard but did not look good.
Tuesday Practice Notes: The natural tackle spent a lot of time playing inside at guard. He still appeared naturally athletic and smooth in-line. When asked to move in space, Carimi appeared uncomfortable to the unfamiliar situation. A nagging issue througout the practice was his movement towards his post leg. Carimi had his struggles when defensive linemen made an move to his inside.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Carimi started strong in run drills with nice fits on double teams. He played quite a bit at guard once again today. Pass rushers were able to consistently gain underneath leverage as Carimi’s strength to his post leg has troublesome.
Analysis: The amount of time spent blocking along the interior was interesting as Carimi week progressed. It may have been a result of issues arising with a lack of power off his post leg which was exploited almost each day. Coaches continued to work on his proper angles and step to his source of power. He did show well run blocking, which was to be expected. Carimi is another with first round potential, but his week did not stand out as one of the top performers with other highly rated tackles also in the fold at Mobile.
Anthony Castonzo OL Boston College 6071 305 35 ¼ 10 ¾
 
Monday Practice Notes: Another offensive lineman from the North who looked very good all day run blocking and in pass protection.  Very strong at the point and worked his blocks until the whistle blew.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Castonzo also moved inside to guard and did not appear comfortable. Issues with his angles and steps were presented. The collegiate tackle overset multiple times along the interior, allowing easy access to defensive linemen to get up field. Castonzo added to the situation by not being  patient and too much on his toes.
Wednesday Practice Notes: A very strong day by the Boston College prospect as he appeared comfortable in all facets of his game. He showed a good strong interior hand in is pass set. Bull rushers did not rock the blocker. A nice deep kick step was displayed while keeping his shoulders square. The best all around performance for a North blocker to date.
Analysis: Castonzo entered this season as the top rated senior lineman in the nation. His stock may have slid to a degree during the season, but his consistent performance in Mobile may have made him the best overall offensive lineman on hand. Clearly, he is not a guard as was tried with all the tackles, but his ability at tackle was on display. He is a strong run blocker, long enough, and just athletic enough to hold down either tackle spot in the NFL.
Brandon Fusco OL Slippery Rock 6041 302 33 ¾ 9 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Fundamentally very sound yet really needs to improve his strength.  Stays square and controls opponents but lacks the dominant base and at times was push back into the pocket.
Tuesday Practice Notes: A tough day was had by the small school prospect. Fusco was getting some stalemates against strong interior defenders, but he was not prepared for quicker opponents. He tried to overcompensate and was caught playing over his toes and reaching far too often.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Fusco has improved each day. While he was coached up about pad level once again, his timing off the snap was much better against higher rated defensive linemen. He was very strong in small areas and really bowed up against powerful interior defenders.
Analysis: Scouts were impressed with Fusco both on and off the field as they got a closer look at the Slippery Rock product. Coming from the Div.II level, the center admitted to being surprised by the quickness of his competition early in the week. He adjusted, continued to work very hard, and got better each practice. All good signs. His athleticism and ability to step off the snap also made him the best pure center prospect during the week (although the pivot class in Mobile was generally considered weak)
Kevin Kowalski OL Toledo 6031 300 31 ½ 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Just displayed terrific power all day.  Rarely gave up and inch of room in one-on-one drills and fought hard.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Kowalski really struggled with his technique. He played too high. His feet appeared stuck in cement on more than one occassion. He then led with his head. Kowalski was beat easily throughout the day. To his credit, the pivot prospect does show a nasty streak and likes to work to the whistle when he gets his hands on the defenders.
Wednesday Practice Notes: The Toledo product is still displaying his limitations, but Kowalski showed a much better initial step through his snap.
Analysis: Kowalski battles each and every play, but he is simply too limited to be considered anything more than a late round /udfa center prospect. His footwork off his snap appeared sluggish for most of the week. He needs to improve his functional playing strength to be more consistent on a down by down basis. And his technique falters because of those physical limitations. He’s a small area blocker who will need time to develop in an NFL weight room and under top level coaching.
John Moffitt OL Wisconsin 6040 314 33 9 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Used at both center and guard.  Strong at the point and blocks with a nasty attitude.  Did struggle up against the quicker, explosive defenders.
Tuesday Practice Notes: The transition back to center has been a little awkward. His initial step off the snap was a little stunted early in the practice, and he came off the ball high. His hands were also an issue after the snap, not being able to keep them tight and inside. When Moffitt moved back to guard later in the day, he appeared very comfortable. He was patient at the position and let the blocks come to him, instead of being overaggressive. When he latched on to his blocks, he is very strong.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Moffitt was very strong at the point of attack shooting a good punch. He had his issues locating assignments in space and countering after the initial pop.
Analysis: A triumphant return to center did not occur to Moffitt, but his reliability and power at guard is ideal. He take good steps along the interior at guard to get double teams fits and then slide to the second level. He is powerful at the point of attack. His hands are particularly strong once latched onto a defender. He will not wow scouts with athleticism or movement skills, but he does the the little things well.
Jason Pinkston OL Pittsburgh 6033 313 34 ½ 10 ¼
 
Monday Practice Notes: Struggled most of the day.  Really did not move well and lacked balance throughout the session.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Most of Pinkston’s day was spent at right tackle. He saw a little action on the blindside and at guard. On the strongside, Pinkston displayed a good technique and a strong post leg. He did struggle against speed, but the length of some of the North’s ends did not bother the lineman. He consistently played with a good pad level. And his run fits, particularly feeling when to release to the second level, were questionable.
Wednesday Practice Notes: The left tackle was moved back to his traditional collegiate position.  The resultwas a strong effort early with crumbled as the practice continued. He is very patient in said role, but he was beat to his post leg and lost his balance a couple times.
Analysis: Pinkston is limited as a prospect. Despite being a patient and a relatively sound blocker, he does not have the length or athelticism to maintain the edge at tackle. Nor did he appear comfortable with limited repititions at guard, although guard will be his position at the next level. Pinkston will improve as he becomes accustomed to the position, because he is a hard worker with good technique, but he will need some time to transition inside.
Steve Schilling OL Michigan 6042 302 32 3/8 9 3/8
 
Tuesday Practice Notes: Schilling is bouncing back and forth from left to right guard. He has his issues readjusting to defenders after their initial movement. Plus, the Michigan product was thrown off of his blockers multiple times.
Wednesday Practice Notes: The interior blocker has had his issue throughout the process. He continually gets beat after initial contact. His punch has been underwhelming, and he compounds the problem by leaning too far overh is toes.
Analysis: The lingering memory of Schilling throughout the week was his inability to readjust along the interior when defensive linemen showed any type of lateral movement skills. He often popped out his stance expecting the defender to take one route, and then be beat to the opposite. It may be an unfair assessment, but this are the things which remain upon viewing his play in Mobile.
Nate Solder OL Colorado 6082 314 34 ½ 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: For the most part looked solid.  Very effective in pass protection and controlled opponents run blocking.  Needs work but a solid first showing.
Tuesday Practice Notes: It is readily apparent that Solder if very athletic. He is also much stronger at the point of attack than his lanky frame would indicate. Solder even displays a little bit of a nasty streak to work blocks to their completion. His main area of concern at this point  is a weak initial  punch, particularly in his pass set.
Wednesday Practice Notes: A step back was taken by Solder in today’s practice. A lack of core strength was apparent as the Colorado product spent nearly as much time on the ground as he did making strong blocks.
Analysis: Solder presented a mixed bag of performances. Obviously, his length (although his arms are shorter than expected) and athleticism at left tackle are ideal.  But much like his career at Colorado, he is still developing and learning. He will need to continue his upswing while developing technique and gaining strength in an NFL weight room.
Pierre Allen DL Nebraska 6037 273 35 3/8 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Looked very athletic yet could not get off blocks at all.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Allen continues to use his length to keep blockers off his body, but he did nothing to take advantage of his size and athleticism. If they do get into his body, Allen allows the linemen into his chest without showing the ability to counter.
Wednesday Practice Notes: A big early bull rush garnered the attention of scouts, but the rest of Allen’s day was non-descript. He needs to finish his pass rush moves after initial contact but has yet to do so.
Analysis:  Allen is an impressive specimen. His length and athleticism are readily apparent. Throughout the week, he simply struggled to finish. Pass rush moves to counter the initial blow and disengaging from blocks were nearly nonexistent. All concerns which did not help the prospect up his draft stock.
Christian Ballard DL Iowa 6041 288 33 ½ 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Up and down day and for the most part we’d say disappointing.  Flashed quickness and power yet other times was easily handled at the point.
Tuesday Practice Notes: A very strong performance for Ballard, he ratcheted up his play from the previous day. Ballard was quick off the snap, displaying multiple moves to beat offensive linemen all practice. At times the offensive lineman could not touch the Iowa prospect, because he fired off the ball and continued to work hard. All the while, he was asked to move inside and outside from end to tackle.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Building on yesterday’s showing, Ballard was getting skinny on double-teams and showing the ability to split. He is slightly reckless with gap responsbility, but he continued to beat offensive linemen throughout the day. Ballard even rushed the passer once from a two-point stance.
Analysis: The versatile lineman posted a week’s worth of work second only to his recent teammate Cameron Jordan. Ballard was particularly impressive displaying his quickness off the snap, shooting gaps, and rushing the passer. His week in Mobile should have opened doors to multiple system use as the Iowa product was nearly as effective against the run as he was rushing the passer from both the interior and edge.
Jeremy Beal DL Oklahoma 6023 268 33 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Ineffective.  Looks athletic but just got rag dolled every play/drill and constantly driven off the line.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Beal continued to be underwhelming against the run but displayed his quickness in pass rush situations. He bent the edge and used underneath rip moves agianst taller offensive tackles. He has a good first step, but does get lost in blocks if the lineman do maintain contact.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Beal saw some action in linebacker drills. His speed was apparent off the edge from a two-point stance. He is still struggling against the run, particular in double-team specific drills. What he did well today was swat the hands of opposing linemen to get to the quarterback.
Analysis: The reigning Big Twelve defensive player of the year confirmed what was expected while previously watching the end on film. He looks very good coming off the edge as a pass rusher. Once engaged, particularly against the run, he is undersized and lacks the strength to overcome. Beal was able to show some of his wears at linebacker but did not appear entirely comfortable in the role many expect once drafted.
Sione Fua DL Stanford 6016 307 33 ¼ 10 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Had his moments but for the most part a non-factor.
Tuesday Practice Notes: A widebody who was active throughout the day. He is stout and works his way down the line, shoulders square, very well. Once, he came through the line unblocked to destroy an awaiting and unfortunate running back (D.Murray). Fua’s issue seems to be getting out of the mindset he is not a two gap lineman here in Mobile. He still makes his initial read, gets to heels depth, and look to readjust.
Wednesday Practice Notes: While the tackle has been given more freedom than he was accustomed at Stanford, his presence was minimal today. He was able to take a couple two-gap reads and gain leverage; but his performance was average.
Analysis: A big strong interior defender who was hard to move off the point of attack, plus showed some explosion in a short area. His previous experience in a two gap front shined as he was not much of a presence truly getting up field and disrupting. As a result, Fua’s weight measurement of 307 pounds Monday may be a concern for interested two gap teams.
Cameron Jordan DL California 6041 287 34 ½ 11 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Looked very impressive for most of the day.  Incredibly athletic and shows terrific speed up the field or in pursuit.  Was easily blocked at times yet for the most had a good day.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Jordan was easily the best player on the field today for the North. He was basically unblockable throughout entire day. He worked against pressure very well during the early portion of practice.  He played with leverage and worked downt he line. He cleaned the hands of offensive linemen when they did get into his body. He moved inside and outside along the entire line. And he cleanly beat every linemen he faced in pass rush drills.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Coming down to earth ever so slightly, Jordan was still the best player on the field despite a few linemen timing up his swim move during the session. He is also showing himself very well against the run, working his hands, dipping his shoulder, and working through traffic.
Analysis: Simply put, Jordan posted a spectacular week and was nearly unblockable throughout the practices. His hands are amazingly quick and Jordan uses his meathooks well by continually swatting the hands of blockers. He often relied on a devastating swim move, but the linemen was never able to time the move throughout the process. He fired off the snap consistently and got up field. Jordan showed the ability to play in any system at almost any position. The single player who did the most to help his grade throughout the week.
Ryan Kerrigan DL Purdue 6037 255 33 ½ 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Up and down.  Once he got a step on a opponents he was impossible to stop.  Then again if a defender got his hand on them Kerrigan struggled getting off blocks.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Kerrigan played with fantastic leverage. He makes the right hat reads against the run. His issue remains the same as yesterday, once an offensive lineman has his paws on the end, he struggled to counter.
Wednesday Practice Notes: A look at linebacker highlighted Kerrigan’s morning. He appeared very comfortable rushing from a  two point stance. He had the opportunity to beat multiple offensive linemen throughout the day, particular with his speed.
Analysis: A first round caliber talent who did not live up to the same expectations in Mobile. To his credit, Kerrigan’s performance was grew stronger each day. He was engulfed earlier in the process. By Wednesday, he became hard to handle off the edge. His work in space in linebacker drills was underwhelming, but Kerrigan did appear comfortable rushing from a two point stance.
Stephen Paea DL Oregon State 6011 295 33 1/3 10 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Incredibly explosive and displayed great first step quickness.  Beat opponents a number of times yet could not get off blocks once linemen got their hands on him.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Injured.
Wednesday Practice Notes:
Analysis: A strong first effort was snuffed after a knee injury.
Ian Williams DL Notre Dame 6013 311 32 9 3/4
 
Tuesday Practice Notes: Williams had a strong performance out of the gate. He was very active against the run. He showed himself well at the point of attack. He continues to work throughout plays. He did not show much as a pass rusher, but he did eat up blocks against the run.
Wednesday Practice Notes: The interior defender was very active through the practice. He blew up the first running place of the day by shooting the gap. Willaims used arm-over’s and spins to work his way off blocks quickly and effectively. He has to remember not to lose control and miss his gap responsbility.
Analysis: Notre Dame’s nose tackle missed most of the season due to a knee injury suffered against Navy. The issues did not appear to be linger after already playing in the team’s bowl game. Williams was much quicker off the snap than expected. He showed his ability to work against double teams , but his short area quickness was surprising. He caught multiple opposing linemen off balance and took advantage. Williams can be viewed as more than a two down nose tackle.
Mason Foster LB Washington 6011 241 31 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Really struggled in coverage, which was surprising.  Showed minimal quickness in his game.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Foster was slotted most of the day at strongside linebacker. He had some  issues holding the point and not losing contain.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Flashed athleticism, flows well to the ball and covers a lot of area on the field.  Too easily caught up in the wash and lost out in battles during coverage drills.
Analysis:  Overall not a good week for Foster.  He lacks the size and strength to be used at strong side linebacker and did not show the pass cover skills which would project him to the weak side.  Maybe a back-up in the inside of a 3-4.
Mark Herzlich LB Boston College 6035 250 32 5/8 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Really struggled all day.  Looked sluggish and lacked quickness.  Was beaten in coverage throughout the session.  Showed nothing in the way of speed or a burst.
Tuesday Practice Notes:
Wednesday Practice Notes: Another tough day.  Some ability on the inside defending the run but lacks range, quickness and got torched in coverage.  Worked very hard and did not give up.
Analysis:  It was a tough week for Herzlich and tough for us to watch.   We were so happy for the guy during weigh-ins as he looked as chiseled on the stage as any player on the North.  Yet it seemed he has been sapped, or robbed, of his quickness and explosion.  Herzlich went hard every day and never gave up, which made it all the more easy to root for him.  Paul Guenther, linebackers coach of the Bengals, told us inside in a 3-4 system is the best spot for Herzlich.  Some have confided in us there’s a very good chance he slips out of the draft and does not get selected.
Ross Homan LB Ohio State 6003 229 30 ½ 9 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Used at both middle and on the outside.  Struggled in coverage yet played well against the run.  Very effective in the box or up the field but not so much in reverse.
Tuesday Practice Notes: On a day when running the ball was the main priority in practice, Homan sniffed out plays well.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Athletic and quick,  Does a nice job flowing to the ball and plays with a good degree of suddenness.    Not strong and gets caught up in the wash or lost out in battles during coverage drills.
Analysis:   It was a good week for Homan though he did show he has limitations, those being size.  He’s a smart, tough and very tough linebacker that will be selected in the 5th round area and is likely to be a career back-up at the next level.
Greg Jones LB Michigan State 5117 240 32 ½ 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Solid day.  Made a number of nice plays against the run, firing up the field or quickly cutting off the sidelines.  Also showed skill in coverage and made several plays when the ball was in the air.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Jones showed a knack for slinking through traffic while still making the play at or near the line of scrimmage.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Looked solid against the run and very explosive filling gaps up the field.  Also flows well sideline-to-sideline.  Struggled in coverage and, believe it or not, showed poor reaction when the ball is in the air.
Analysis:   Differing opinions on Jones.  Yes he showed a lot of athleticism, instincts and toughness during the week.  Yes he was intense and worked hard against the run.  Yet he’s small, struggles playing over the tight end and is tough to project at the next level.
Casey Matthews LB Oregon 6006 232 31 ¾ 8 3/4
 
Tuesday Practice Notes: Most of Matthews day was spent at weakside linebacker. He did not show well, particularly filling gaps against fullbacks.
Wednesday Practice Notes: The bottom line on Matthews; he’s athletic and covers a lot of area on the field but is easily swallowed by blocks or knocked from his angle of attack.  Needs an unimpeded angle to the ball carrier.
Analysis:   The concensus on Matthews was the same; he’s a very average football player and if his name was Johm Todd he would not have received a Senior Bowl invitation.
Lawrence Wilson LB UConn 6006 225 30 ½ 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Did a nice job.  The best coverage linebacker on the North and one of the best athletes.  Covers a lot of area on the field and showed a large degree of quickness.  Very athletic.
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Wednesday Practice Notes: Did not look as good in coverage drills as he did earlier in the week.  Very quick but really not much more than a one-gap linebacker.
Analysis:   Wilson had his moments yet did nothing to dispell the belief he’s a small, weak side linebacker that cannot shed blocks.
Jalil Brown DB Colorado 6002 202 31 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Had his moments but for the most part non-descript.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Struggled most of the day. Was beaten badly several times by Vincent Brown, at one time being physically defeated by the SDSU wide out.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Cannot win out in battles, which is surprising considering his size.  Offers a lot of skill yet looks like nothing more than a dime back.
Analysis:   Some told us they felt Brown had a good week of practice yet we always saw him getting beat.  More than likely a nickel at the next level.
Kendric Burney DB North Carolina 5090 181 29 ½ 9 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Looked the best off all the North corners.  Displayed super quick footwork, a nice burst out of his plant and smooth hips.  Was better in drills than one-on-one or in coverage, which was a bit disappointing.
Tuesday Practice Notes:Really looks good in drills, in fact the best of any defensive back from the North.  Quick footed with good hips.  Does not transition that into play making skills in scrimmage.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Up and down day.  Does not make enough plays on the ball in scrimmage.
Analysis:   Burney’s inability to make plays on the ball was surprising considering his college stats.  He showed terrific mechanics and in that sense likely helped himself.
Rashad Carmichael DB Virginia Tech 5095 185 31 9 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Carmichael looked slow in drills yet when the ball was in the air he made a number of really good plays.  Was applauded by coaches during the scrimmage and showed decent ball skills.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Carmichael looks awful in drills, slow pedaling in reverse, not smooth in his hips and off balance to the point of being on the ground several times.  Yet once scrimmage starts he makes a lot of plays on the ball.  He had another interception today.
Wednesday Practice Notes:   Injured.
Analysis:   Carmichael looked slow and poor in drills as we stated.  Yet once the scrimmage started all he did was make plays.  As someone said to us, “i’ll take a slow corner with instincts over an athletic defensive back who can’t find the ball.”
Quinton Carter DB Oklahoma 6005 211 32 ¼ 9 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Like last week at the Shrine- stiff and better in a straight line.
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Wednesday Practice Notes:Was torched several times in coverage.  Best against the run, between the numbers.
Analysis:   Probably to big and too stiff for his own good.  Possibly a conventional strong/zone safety.  Special teams is his ticket to the next level.
Eric Hagg DB Nebraska 6013 206 32 ½ 10 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Solid, not spectacular day for Hagg.  His footwork and other DB skills are behind many on the North but the guy always puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Smart, tough football player.  Does not look great in drills yet always puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Lack of quickness and speed compared to the other DB’s is obvious.  Works hard and gave effort until the whistle blows.  Takes proper angles and very efficient.
Analysis: Some we spoke with were not impressed with Hagg and feel he’s not athletic enough.  We agree he’s not the greatest athlete yet his ball skills and wherewithal are terrific on the field.  Reminds us of Kurt Coleman, the Eagles 7th round pick who’s doing a terrific job right now.
Jaiquawn Jarrett DB Temple 5117 196 31 ¾ 9 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Not what we were hoping for.  Seemed to struggle with his footwork and was not really quick moving laterally.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Slightly better yet really nothing that stands out about Jarrett’s game.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Slow in his defensive back mechanics compared to the other DB’s but to his credit plays heads up football, tough and around the action a lot.
Analysis:   We were expecting much from Jarrett and must say we were slightly dissapointed.  He did not show the quickness or explosion he displayed during the season.
Joseph Lefeged DB Rutgers 5112 208 31 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Up and down practice.  Did not look good compared to the other safety’s yet made a few nice plays in scrimmage.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Awful day.  Cannot get off the line with opponents and was always one half-to-one full step behind receivers off the snap.  Then left playing catch up and chasing receivers down the field.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Slightly better today.  Showed speed as a kick returner.
Analysis:   In a term, ugh- Poor ball skills for a smaller safety. 
Curtis Marsh DB Utah State 6001 194 32 ½ 9 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Hurt his hamstring.  Out for two weeks.
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Wednesday Practice Notes:  Richard Sherman/CB/Stanford: Sherman was brought in to replace Marsh and did a solid job.  He’s a nice sized corner that plays a physical game.  Does a little to much clutching and grabbing and must also improve his backpedal but you can see the upside is there.
Analysis:
Da’Norris Searcy DB North Carolina 5105 216 34 9 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Solid day.  Showed good skills in drills and solid cover abilities in one-on-one and in scrimmage.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Solid day for Searcy who’s delivered much more than expected.  Solid cover and ball skills Good job thus far.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Looked solid.  Has cornerback type mechanics and showed ability in man-to-man drills.
Analysis:   We are waiting to hear from a few scouts on what they thought about Searcy as we were very impressed.  He had the best footwork, pedal and hip turn of any safety in attendance as well as the best ball skills.  Could be a sleeper coming out of the week.
Kai Forbath PK UCLA        
 
Monday Practice Notes: Was easily hitting from 45-yards with plenty of distance.
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Wednesday Practice Notes: Badly missed a field goal from 52-yards.  Struggled to get his kick-offs to the ten yard line.
Analysis:
Alex Henery P Nebraska        
 
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Tuesday Practice Notes: Hit a field goal from 52-yards with room to psare.  Would have been good from 65-yards.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Another eye opener.  Hit one from 54-yards with plenty of room to spare.  Was assisted by a slight breeze.  Showed a good kick-off leg as two were placed to the opposing five yard line.
Analysis:   We just hope he gets a chance to kick a 50+ yard field goal.
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