2010 Senior BowlThe practice page for the North Squad of the Senior Bowl.  Updates will be added after each practice.  Update/Friday 10PM:  Final Reports and Complete Analysis of every players week by Tony Pauline and Brent Sobleski!

Player Pos School Height Weight Arm Hand
Sean Canfield QB Oregon State 6034 221 31 5/8 9
Monday Practice Notes: The former Beaver anticipated his throws better than any other signal caller on the roster this particular day.   While this certainly did not result positively on every occasion, he appears to be grasping the offense quickly allowing his receivers to make plays.  His arm strength looked questionable as most throws were  slightly slow and looping, often arriving on a downward plane to their intended target (even on shorter throws).
Tuesday Practice Notes: Canfield really struggled throwing the ball and many wonder why he’s even here  He pushes the pass, gets little speed on throws and does not have an NFL arm.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Threw the ball much better today and was much more accurate.  Still pushes the ball and occasionally puts it up for grabs.
Analysis: Can field was a good story during the ’09 campaign and jumped onto the scouting radar from nowhere.  He’s a solid timing passer yet in the end he proved in the Senior Bowl he does not possess the arm strength necessary to play at the next level.
Dan Lefevour QB Central Michigan 6030 229 32 ¾ 9 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: A common theme appeared throughout the day, LeFevour’s inability to throw a tight spiral on any pass outside the numbers.  The ball wobbled out of his hand consistently.   He also has some trouble with his footwork, especially when flushed out of the pocket.
Tuesday Practice Notes: LeFevour was bad today, and that’s putting it mildly.  He shows no sense of timing on his passes, is constantly way off the mark and threw an inordinate amount of bounce passes today.  If he’s got an arm he’s yet to show it.
Wednesday Practice Notes: LeFevour was awful.  He sprays his passes and shows little in the way of touch or feel.  He was woeful trying to throw on the move.  LeFevour also put up several questionable throws when pressured.
Analysis: We were not expecting much from LeFevour entering the week and in the end got what we expected.  His mechanics are poor and LeFevour pushes passes which sap him of arm strength and really destroy his accuracy.  In our opinion he’s best suited for a wildcat type of quarterback position, though that is mainly based on his ability to run with the ball.
Tony Pike QB Cincinnati 6055 212 34 ¼ 9 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: Highly inconsistent performance by this highly regarded signal caller.  Pike looked good early in individual drills, as it was obvious he has the most physical tools of this particular group.   Later in the day, he was simply missing throws he would generally make.   Some can be explained away by lack of cohesion with his targets, but some was simply bad placement.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Pike started off slow, picked it up late in practice but overall it was not a good day for the tall passer.  He’s got the arm for the next level yet his accuracy was woeful.  He threw a few solid passes yet for the most part was high of the mark and missed a lot of open receivers.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Pike threw the ball much better today.  He displayed better timing and accuracy.  On a number of occasions he made passes he will be required to make at the next level.  He does have a high point of release and most of the passes he missed during the morning sailed over the targets head.
Analysis: Pike improved as the week went on yet showed little in the way of consistency.  His spirals were not tight and his accuracy left a lot to be desired.  He did not have the week he needed to establish himself as the top senior signal caller in this draft and Pike will need a lot of work before he is NFL ready.
Rashawn Jackson FB Virginia 6006 239 31 5/8 10
Monday Practice Notes: On a day when a fullback is at a disadvantage due to a lack of physicality of the first practice, Jackson attempted to make his mark out of the backfield with limited success. This classic ‘tweener showed some ability to adjust in space on footballs thrown is way, but was not a natural receiver by any means.
Tuesday Practice Notes: A tough day for the lead blocker in regards to actually blocking.   His struggles were most apparent during individual pass protection drills.  He whiffed on multiple oncoming pass rushers and displayed a tendency to lean into those potential blocks head first.  He did redeem himself to a degree during team session when he proved to be a viable receiving target out of the backfield and opened some holes for the North’s talented tailbacks.
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Analysis: Jackson was a beast lead blocker all week and showed a lot of different skills.  He’ll never be a real offensive threat yet he will also never embarrass himself carrying the ball or catching it out of the backfield.
Joique Bell RB Wayne State 5107 223 30 ¾ 9
Monday Practice Notes: With a vast opportunity for any small school prospect, Bell showed flashes of some explosive ability on his 220 plus pound frame.  Particularly, this Wayne State product has quick choppy feet in and out of the hole.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Once again Bell had a solid showing.   The back was patient waiting for developing holes to open and made decisive cuts when opportunities presented themselves.   In his attempts in pass protection, Bell was tenacious and at times overzealous.   Of all the backs, he attacked defenders in his blocks more so than any other on the roster.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Displays terrific running vision and intangibles.  Better than average strength on the inside.
Analysis:Bell did exactly what is required of a small school prospect; he came, proved he belonged and stood out with good play.  He showed a variety of ball carrying skills and improved his ranking in the eyes of NFL scouts.
LaGarrette Blount RB Oregon 6005 245 32 9 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: A late addition to the roster, Blount looked very good when certainly everyone would be questioning his play.   Granted most of his runs were between the tackles and catered to his cutback ability.  On this day, his hustle and tough running were a welcome sight.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Simply, Blount has been continued to impress.  He may not be the most explosive running back in and out of the hole, but he presses his opportunities; often finding himself come clean on the backside.  The simplistic All Star offense does cater to his strengths as a runner because of the north/south downhill running they expect of their backs currently.   His day was not entirely sterling as another back that struggled to consistently in pass blocking drills.  Blount had trouble moving laterally mirroring those oncoming defenders.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Displayed a lot of tenacity on the field.  Caught the ball well, showed strength carrying the ball and did a solid job picking up blocking assignments.  Does not possess a burst in his game.
Analysis: Blount acquitted himself well the entire week and was a fascinating story.  To his credit he did the little things well as a blocker and played a team game.  It was definitely a step in the right direction for him.
Chris Brown RB Oklahoma 5100 202 28 8 7/8
Monday Practice Notes: Spent most of the day as a receiver out of the backfield moreso than running the football.   This catered to his apparent strengths as Brown was a natural checkdown option for whatever quarterback was under center.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Surprisingly absent from participating, Brown spent most of the morning/early afternoon watching practice from the sidelines.
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Lonye Miller RB Fresno State 5110 220 30 ½ 8 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: After a disappointing senior campaign, Miller had an up and down performance in this initial practice. With some explosive abilities, his footwork was sloppy and never completely under control.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Of all those discussed, Miller struggled the most in regards to his blocking.  It clearly became a concern as the former Bulldog did not deliver blows, did not bring his feet, and showed little strength at the point of attack.   As this particular session progressed, he improved slightly but to only minimal success.   He certainly seemed much more comfortable as a runner and, particularly, as a checkdown option in the passing game.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Miller displayed some surprising swivel in his running and made defenders miss in a small area.  He’s powerful carrying the ball and did a solid job blocking.  He’s another big back with limited quickness and no burst.
Analysis: Miller was strong, powerful yet at the same time, surprisingly agile all week.  Like Blount he did a solid job with the little things such as blocking.  He lacks any true burst in his game but looked solid after a senior season when he hardly saw the ball.
Dorin Dickerson TE Pittsburgh 6012 222 33 10
Monday Practice Notes: Although listed as a tight end above, Dickson spent the entire afternoon as a true wide receiver.  He made a few plays with catches outside of his body. He also had some trouble adjusting to where he was at one the feld at times.
Tuesday Practice Notes:Really looked good all day.  Spent a lot of time lining up at wide receiver and showed speed and terrific hands.  Battled hard to make the reception and usually came away with the ball.
Wednesday Practice Notes: In a nutshell, wow!  He is fast and was able to beat cornerbacks down the field.  He is also a terrific pass catcher with strong, reliable hands.
Analysis: Dickerson was nothing less than fantastic all week and really improved his draft stock.  He was fast, reliable and sturdy.  He has the speed to get downfield and tenacity to make plays in the underneath coverage.  The question remains how will Dickerson be used at the next level?
Ed Dickson TE Oregon 6040 244 32 ½ 9 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: Displaying his receiving skills, Dickson displayed the ability to catch the ball consistently.   Early he had his struggles shaking some safeties but became harder and harder to cover as his route running improved.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Showed himself to be a solid, pass catching tight end.  Did a fine job getting down the field and making the catch in the secondary.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Had a terrific day.  Really stood out catching the ball making several nice receptions down the field.  Did a better than expected job blocking.
Analysis: Dickson did not disappoint scouts and proved he has the pass catching skills to start in certain systems at the next level.  He must improve his blocking but his effort was admirable.
Garrett Graham TE Wisconsin 6031 234 30 ¾ 9 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: Most of his day was spent as a target releasing off the line.  An undersized tight end prospect, Graham was able to break free of coverage on numerous occasions due to his athleticism and natural receiving skills.
Tuesday Practice Notes:Caught the ball well yet for the most part shows little in the way of quickness and speed in his game.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Made some nice catches and worked very hard yet nothing in particular stood out about his game.
Analysis: Graham is a nice tight end but did nothing to make anyone think he’s anything other than a number two at the position.
Michael Hoomanawanui TE Illinois 6036 267 32 1/8 10 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: Solid overall performance from this physical tight end.  Although he did not show the ability to separate, his ability to shield defenders from the ball allowed for multiple receptions.  As a blocker Hoomanawanui held his own against some of the more talented defensive ends on the North’s roster.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Saw action at fullback on this day.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Looked very heavy legged and showed minimal quickness in his game. Lumbers downfield as a receiver, but did consistently reel in the balls that were thrown his way.  Had a good day blocking, very physical at the point of attack and drives his man.

Analysis: Hoomanawanui is solid in all aspects of the game.  He caught the ball well and showed power as a blocker.  His quickness and speed are very limited.  His forty time at the combine will be critical.
Danario Alexander WR Missouri 6045 221 33 3/8 9 5/8
Monday Practice Notes: A big receiver that never seemed to get on the same page with his quarterbacks.  In individual drills, Alexander appeared a little slow in and out of his cuts, allowing the ball to get on him quicker than he anticipated.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Alexander caught the ball reasonably well and used his large frame to his advantage.  The problem is he’s very slow off the line, shows no burst whatsoever and really struggled to get any separation from defenders.
Wednesday Practice: Again, shows nothing in the way of quickness nor a burst.  Did drop one deep throw when he was wide open.

Analysis: Alexander had an up and down week.  He’s a big framed wide out that uses his size as an advantage.  The lack of quickness and inability to separate will certainly downgrade him.
Jacoby Ford WR Clemson 5086 181 29 ¼ 8 7/8
Monday Practice Notes: Ford had the best day of all his receiver mates.   On a day when the offense concentrated on underneath and short routes, this catered dramatically to the target.   His quickness off the line and to avoid the jam allowed for multiple receptions.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Ford displayed a lot of quickness and speed in drills, running good routes and showing decent hands.  He was a non-factor in scrimmage.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Ford definitely stepped up his game today.  He is both quick and fast.  Ford nicely makes the reception and quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception.  He does struggle trying to come away with the ball in a crowd and does not really display the strong hands or the ability to pluck the fast ball from the air.
Analysis:Ford presented himself as a solid prospect at slot receiver but his overall game lacks strength.  He’s the type of pass catcher that will need room to work and someone who must be thrown the ball in the open field.
Marshwan Gilyard WR Cincinnati 5115 179 30 5/8 9
Monday Practice Notes: Inconsistent effort from a talented receiver.  Gilyard looked very good in stretches while dropping a few opportunities as well.   Part of this was due to multiple inaccurate passes thrown in which he had to continually adjust.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Gilyard showed terrific quickness off the snap, beating defenders off the line then consistently getting separation and coming free.  He did not show the great deep speed yet if faster than most.  For the most part Gilyard caught most everything thrown to him.  He did struggle when battling defenders and lost out on several occasions.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Had another solid day.  Caught most everything thrown his way.  One thing that did stick out is Gilyard really does not have a true second gear.  On a number of occasions he was unable to beat opponents deep.

Analysis:For the most part Gilyard was good.  He’s exceptionally quick and separates from opponents.  His lacks of downfield speed was surprising and Gilyard will struggle handling the jam or battling for the reception at the next level.
Taylor Price WR Ohio 6001 198 31 9 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: Quick in and out of his cuts, Price was not allotted too many opportunities to catch the football on this particular day.   He did make one catch where he highpointed the ball well and came down with the reception (something he did not always do in Ohio).
Tuesday Practice Notes: Price is definitely moving up draft boards.  He showed outstanding route running skills today as he was quick into breaks, very sharp and easily separated from opponents on exit.  He also caught the ball very well and battled opponents hard.  One thing that really stood out was the way Price exploded off the snap and the quickness with which he left the line.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Price had another solid day.  He caught the ball well and ran solid routes.  He did drop a few passes, which was not the norm.
Analysis: One of the big winners on the North squad, Price had a complete week.  He was quick, fast and reliable.  The ability to get separation running routes was impressive as was his concentration.  Sources have told us they think Price will be the fastest receiver at the combine, which will only push his draft stock further north.
Eric Olsen OL Notre Dame 6037 310 32 ½ 9 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: Found playing time as both the initial starting center with some right guard thrown in for posterity sake.   Olsen fought throughout the day but was not exemplorary in any one area.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Receiving some chiding from the coaching staff as he had some issues throughout practice.   His hands after the snap were slow to throw his initial punch, thus negating the opportunity to get proper extension, which gave this pivot problems with defenders.  Also Olsen had some trouble locating blocking assignments on the move in team drills.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Olsen’s play to date could be described as subpar but he has his moments in this practice.   He was able to get good fits off the snap.  In his pass set, he did have some troubles sitting down and anchoring.   He was also seen making some progression locating and getting blocks in space.
Analysis: As a late round option, Olsen offers size at the pivot and some versatility which he showed down in Mobile.  Presented with an opportunity to solidify his self as top five prospect at his particular position, this offensive lineman had arguably the most underwhelming week among his contemporaries.  He consistently gives good effort but can be overwhelmed by tougher defensive opponents due to inconsistent hand play and a lack of quickness.  Certainly disappointing effort considering the overall group of offensive lineman present was not entirely impressive across the board.
Matt Tennant OL Boston College 6044 290 32 ¼ 9 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: Tennant played bigger than his listed size and looked quite strong at the point of attack.  He also anchored in pass protection better than expected.  The strength of his play throughout the day was clearly his lateral movement.
Tuesday Practice Notes: As an undersized interior blocker, Tennant has continued to rely on his agility and quickness.  He mirrored very well and adjusting to defenders in pass rush drills.  He is also very quick off the snap and gets into defenders before they have the opportunity to engage.  Saw some limited time at right guard today.  His angles can improve, especially when cutting off backside defenders.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Held strong against some of the bigger defensive tackles and was able to get his hands in tight and control some of his blocking assignments.
Analysis: At times it is easy to see why some scouts are very high on Tennant.   The center plays bigger than his 290 pounds would indicate.   He is able to play at this level due to consistently good hand play and low pad level.  He is also a better than average athlete at the position which gives him a natural advantage off the snap.  Matt Tennant did nothing to dispel the notion he is the top senior prospect snapping the football and should be a solid second round option.
John Asamoah OL Illinois 6040 300 31 10 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: Starting out of right guard, Asamoah ended his day with his pads off and merely watching as others participated.  Before what may or may not have been an injury, he had his issues.   The interior lineman was coached up to keep a proper set without lowing his hands while keeping his hands inside.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Whatever issues arose yesterday, Asamoah did not practice today.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Due to injury, Asamoah has been replaced by Vanderbilt’s Tom Welch on the roster.
Analysis: Overall, a disappointing week for a guard prospect looking to enter early round conversation.  Asamoah’s small sample size of play was nothing to write home about and then followed by an injury which forced the interior blocker to remove himself from the contest altogether.
Zane Beadles OL Utah 6043 307 32 ¼ 9 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: A left tackle by trade, Beadles played the strongside throughout the practice.  He also had his struggles especially anchoring in pass protection and not lunging on his punch.
Tuesday Practice Notes: A theme has arose as this offensive lineman once again had troubles anchoring in pass protection.  He again attempted to compensate by lunging at defenders and missing his blocks.  He could improve his standing if his aiming point on his initial punch were to improve.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Continued poor efforts.   The offensive tackle particularly had troubles communicating while at guard and picking up movement along the defensive line.
Analysis: It is nice to see a prospect work at four different positions throughout the week.   Beadles is versatile and relatively technically sound.   He plays hard.   With that said, his stay in Alabama was forgettable.   He was not comfortable in certain situations and lacks the core strength to really win the battles at the point of attack.  What system is employed and where teams believe he projects from a positional standpoint will factor greatly into his overall draft stock.
Mike Iupati OL Idaho 6052 325 35 10 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: A highly regarded prospect, Iupati flashed his massive potential.   Yet, he still needed work on some of the nuances at the position.   He was almost beat several times in pass blocking drills by the defensive lineman, but was able to recover due to his natural ability.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Finally, Iupati saw a few repetitions at left tackle in pass rush drills   The guard by trade was beat badly on those few occasions.   His feet and hands were not in sync…getting too wide with his handplay and too narrow in his footwork.  As a result defensive end prospect Alex Carrington was able to beat Iupati easily, with one particularly spectacular encounter ending with the offensive lineman lying on his backside.   Inside, his technique also remains inconsistent.  Hands continue to be wide, though powerful when grasping a defender.  He will overset initially, but has the athleticism to recover.  A redeeming quality is his work ethic and consistent effort throughout the practice.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Today, Iupati bumped out and played more right tackle than he did left tackle yesterday.  In this particular case, he was not as overmatched as seen previously.   His overall technique is still inconsistent, but he was able to get solid fits in his pass sets and hold pass rushers at bay.  One area he looked to improve throughout this process was keeping his shoulders square and the footwork which accompanies such positioning.
Analysis: Maybe the most anticipated prospect in Mobile…not named Tim Tebow.   Many openly wondered when and if this highly regarded prospect would receive any repetitions at offensive tackle.   He did so with spectacularly woeful results.   Some of this was due to an obvious lack of comfortability moving from his lifelong position of guard.   Some was due to technique issues which are not as apparent inside.   Iupati is clearly a physical specimen with imposing size, long arms, and great strength at the point of attack.   He often overcomes technique difficulties with those natural abilities.  If he ever plans on becoming an elite interior blocker, he will need to work very hard on his hand play, hip flexibility, and footwork.   There was a chance Iupati could solidify himself as a late first round caliber prospect.   He was unable to do as such with these efforts.
Shawn Lauvao OL Arizona State 6025 301 32 ¾ 9 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: Multiple coaching points were brought up with this prospect in regards to taking false steps and staying square to his opponent.  He has made the transition to guard from a collegian left tackle.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Strong efforts today as Lauvao took advantage of increased repetitions at guard.  His pass set was quick and fundamentally sound.   He was able to get to the second level while making blocks on the move.   He was coached up to a degree on not opening his shoulders too early, thus resulting in a stronger ability to anchor against the bullrush.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Maybe he read too much of his press clippings from the previous day, because his play dropped dramatically in today’s efforts.  He was on the wrong end of Alex Carrington this day and found himself rudely thrown to the ground on a stunt by the defensive line.   Lauvao also was coached up  on keeping his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage and his head up.
Analysis: An inconsistent week with flashes of very good and sometimes underwhelming efforts.  Moving to guard after a season starting at left tackle, Lauvao showed he can be powerful and athletic along the interior.   His issues, like many collegiate offensive linemen setting their sights on the NFL, are with technique.   And this blocker certainly did respond to coaching as the week progressed.  Once these rough edges are smoothed, Shawn Lauvao has a legitimate future as a guard prospect.
Vladimir Ducasse OL UMass 6045 326 34 9 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: A prospect who was expected to get some looks at guard, Ducasse spent the day at left tackle.  Ducasse struggled shooting his punch and landing it properly.   As such he was beat on multiple occassions in pass protection.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Today, Ducasse did see limited action at guard.  His footwork and agility has yet to be an issue.   His problems continue manifest from problems in his technique up top.  Ducasse can be terribly inconsistent with his punch and aiming point.  He is aggressive and quick off the snap in the run game.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Continued to show promise and disappointment.   Ducasse’s first step while run blocking is simply explosive.   One could question if he was jumping the snap or he really has that type of burst in short areas.   His pass blocking was highly inefficient.   One set he would show a nice kick step while mirroring defenders.   Others, the tackle was beaten clean by several opponents.
Analysis: Whispers began ruminating around the practice field about the potentiality of Ducasse sneaking into the late first round with strong play this week.   Unfortunately, said level of play was never achieved.  Teams do love his prospective talent as either a guard or tackle.  He certainly displays very good athleticism and quickness.   He is blessed enough in said areas, along with long arms, to potentially be a left tackle at the next level.   In the end many came away disappointed with his erratic play in multiple areas.   His technique was sadly lacking in his hand play.  His hands were too wide on most occasions and rarely thrown with authority.  Vlad Ducasse does have enough potential to be a second or third round prospect that can grow into multiple positions along the offensive line.
Ed Wang OL Virginia Tech 6047 315 34 10 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: Displayed a lack of power and was simply bowled over on one particular occasion.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Again, Wang’s inability to sit in his pass set and anchor against stronger defenders caused this lineman troubles.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Despite some of the issues earlier in the week, Wang improved.   Those around him believe it was due to a change in footwear.   He certainly looked smooth in his pass set with a good kick step.   He help up well against the likes of Michigan’s Brandon Graham getting good fits on multiple occasions.   His post leg was still a little weak which caused couple problems early, but overall a solid effort was seen.
Analysis: Despite less than rave reviews about his play, Wang does posses the necessary tools to grow into a very good NFL offensive lineman.   He continually slides well in his pass set.   He displays very good athleticism.  And lest one forgets, he is technically still learning the position as a former tight end.  As such one thing became increasingly evident.  Even at 315 pounds and posting good weight room numbers, Wang does not possess the amount of functional strength needed to consistently anchor in his pass set or drive defenders off the football.
Sam Young OL Notre Dame 6076 305 34 1/8 10
Monday Practice Notes: Appeared very stiff throughout practice.  Young was not able to use his length to his advantage.  He worked on his extention throughout and had trouble really sitting in his pass set.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Slight improvement was seen particularly in his ability to land his punch with his hands high and tight.   He is not the strongest at the point of attack,  but his height was not the disadvantage it proved to be just  day ago.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Not the best of athletes, Young continues to look technically sound.   He was able to hold off some powerful ends in pass rush drills in multiple instances as a result.
Analysis: Long, lean, and inflexible…not a very good combination.  Young is a polished right tackle prospect that has no other position in the NFL.   Unfortunately, he continues to show cracks in that golden dome plated armor.  At a legitimate 6-feet-7 inches (and some change) in height, the right tackle has a skinny lower body which appears unreceptive to hip flexibility.   He constantly plays too high.  The rest of his play suffers despite very good technique with his hands and feet.  If Young is able to add weight to his linear frame, which he certainly has the room to do, he shall become a much more viable prospect to stay in the league once drafted in the mid to late rounds.
Mike Windt LS Cincinnati 6011 249 30 ¼ 9
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Alex Carrington DL Arkansas State 6052 284 31 3/8 10 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: An impressive physical specimen, Carrington showed some flashes of potential as a pass rusher throwing multiple moves into the equation.  He was not always able to beat opposing lineman from larger conferences, but he displayed an aptitude to vary up his approach.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Carrington’s power has been impressive over the past two days.   The highlight of the day was Carrington getting into Mike Iupati’s chest with a great bull rush and driving the offensive lineman into the ground as he arrived at his aiming point.   What this end has done two days in a row is use power moves described above and then countering those same moves to the dismay of opposing blockers.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Just continues to look solid all around.   His has attacked offensive linemen aggressively.   He has tremendous power.   Today, Shawn Lauvao became his victim as Carrington blew through and over the blocker with the authority one should expect of a penetrator running a proper stunt.   Carrington looks more like a potential 5 technique for 34 based teams with his spectacular play.
Analysis: Automatically impresses onlookers with a sculpted and powerful physique.   This small school product certainly looks the part, and his play during this time was just as noteworthy.  Carrington likely improved his overall stock more than any other in attendance as a result.  He flashed fantastic strength on multiple imposing bull rushes decleating offensive linemen.  While some questioned said aspect of his game entering this week, Carrington may have solidified himself as a late second round option.
Brandon Graham DL Michigan 6010 263 30 ½ 9 7/8
Monday Practice Notes: Another whose physical prowess was apparent, yet nothing of note stuck out particularly with his play.  Graham was able to explode off the line, but was generally neutralized.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Because of Graham’s stature, he always comes off the ball low and hard.  So his natural leverage advantage is only magnified when the former Wolverine dishes out an array of pass rush moves.  He constantly worked to counter offensive linemen and displayed a quick and efficient spin move.  He was able to get consistent pressure off the edge.
Wednesday Practice Notes: An interesting case because Graham continues to be a presence, yet has done nothing truly spectacular to set himself apart as an top talent.  He has, and did show the ability, to clean an offensive lineman’s hands with ease and blow right past them.   He also can get locked up and become a relative non-factor.
Analysis: It may be a cliché at this point, but Graham certainly does look more than a linebacker than a defensive end.   He was never given the opportunity to test his abilities from a two point stance even though he is consistently projected as a 34 outside linebacker.  His size becomes somewhat less of an issue after legitimately measuring out at 6-feet-1-inch tall and 263 pounds.  On the field, Graham was a steady and consistent performer.   He displayed explosive tendencies off his initial step while shortening the edge.   He used his natural leverage advantage to win multiple encounters.  Though, he can be neutralized when much larger offensive lineman fit up properly.  Brandon Graham entered the week as a potential late first/early second round possibility and did nothing to hurt said status.
Austen Lane DL Murray State 6060 267 33 ¾ 10
Monday Practice Notes: Long and lean, Austen Lane battled and was quite fired up in today’s practice.  He was not able to beat most of his opponents, but he was ready to mix it up at a moment’s notice.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Lane is a straight line edge rusher who has yet to fully overwhelm offensive linemen with his bull rush.   His length can give some opponents fits at times, but overall his play can be easily overlooked.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Improvement is the word of the day.   Lane flashed more pass rush ability showing multiple moves and varying up his attack points.
Analysis: Better and better with each passing repetition, it was obvious Lane gained more confidence throughout the process.  Physically, he is notable athlete off the edge.  The former Murray State product has the long and lean frame which is ideal for pass rushers.  His issues came revolved around consistently being able to take advantage of those physical gifts.  Lane is raw in his technique and does not always show the ability to dip the shoulder and gain the edge.  But he did display some subtle nuances Wednesday giving the indication he can be a potential threat as an edge rusher.  Like many small school products, just the ability to play against better competition helped his status.
Koa Misi DL Utah 6026 244 32 ½ 9 5/8
Monday Practice Notes: Moved to linebacker throughout this practice, Misi was better in coverage than expected.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Misi shows the makings of an outside linebacker but has a long way to go.  He gets depth on drops and makes a lot of plays sideline-to-sideline.  His athleticism is apparent but Misi really shows no feel for coverage and rarely made plays when the ball was in the air.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Shows very good quickness and good lateral movement for his size.  Had trouble over pursuing and had to be coached up in 1-on-1 tacking drills.  In 11-on-11 he continued to have issues with his angles, getting to the ball carrier on a consistent basis, and looked tentative in coverage.  Continued to give good effort throughout practice and his athleticism allowed him to overcome some mistakes.
Analysis: Misi leaves one of the big winners from the week.  He played relatively well Monday and Tuesday at linebacker before everything really clicked for him on Wednesday.  He’s fast, athletic and most impressively, showed a decent feel for coverage on the money day.  The few times they lined Misis up at defensive end in drills he was explosive.
O’Brien Schofield DL Wisconsin 6021 238 31 ¾ 9 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: Left practice due to what appeared to be a knee injury.
Tuesday Practice Notes: ACL tear has ended is week.
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Tyson Aluala DL California 6022 291 32 9 5/8
Monday Practice Notes: Works hard each and every single play.   Alualu is an overachiever who continued to swat hands, counter, and work his way upfield.  Spent most of the day at defensive tackle, this former Cal Bear bumped out to end late in the day.
Tuesday Practice Notes: One aspect of Alualu’s game that is both a strength and a weakness is his ability to clean hands and counter properly.   He has shown the ability to do so consistently, yet does so by often popping straight up in his stance.   And on those occasions when this defensive lineman does not beat his blocker to the punch, they have an open chest to punch and gain complete control.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Tendencies always present themselves as this particular week progresses.  Alualu continued to work his hands, gets off blocks, and hustles.   Playing a little more at defensive end today, the Cal product was slightly overmatched simply because he is not the best athlete off the edge.
Analysis: It is always enjoyable to watch a player like Tyson Alualu.   He is the consistent overachiever who is reliable each snap.  A coach always knows what to expect.  Now the question becomes…what position is Alualu most equipped to play at the next level?  As a five or seven technique in the 43, this former Cal Bear lacked the explosive qualities asked of those predominant pass rushers as seen through this week’s small sample size.   As a two gap five technique, Alualu clearly looks more comfortable due to his experience at California.  Some could argue he is slightly undersized for said position.   His consistent hand play, relative strength at the point of attack, lateral movement, and hustle make him ideal as a two gap end despite those perceived limitations.   Tyson Alualu is not a particularly exciting prospect, yet should hold much value with certain NFL teams.
Mike Neal DL Purdue 6027 293 33 10 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: Clearly explosive off the snap, Neal’s tremendous play at last week’s Shrine Game did not necessarily automatically transition into this week of practice.  He struggled to get off blocks on this particular day.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Firing off the ball low and hard, Neal does a nice job keeping a low pad level and gaining extension.   At this point in time, the defensive tackle has trouble getting of said blocks.   Also, his lack of overall size can be a detriment after being uprooted on a few occasions in today’s practice.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Continued to look very quick along the interior but simply has trouble shedding blocks.   Once Neal is engaged by a blocker, he is usually done for that play.
Analysis: A theme presents itself after reading Neal’s daily analysis:  quick, strong, yet struggles to get off blocks.    This pretty much sums up the week of play for the defensive tackle.  Against better competition as the Senior Bowl, as opposed the Shrine Game, this was exploited more so than his previous week’s work. Mike Neal is ideal for Cover 2 based teams which prefer undersized defensive linemen to play as either their one or three technique.
Jared Odrick DL Penn State 6051 301 34 ¼ 9 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: Very quick, Odrick was able to beat multiple offensive linemen before they got out of their stance.   This defensive lineman threw some solid clubs and rip moves.   He was able to get up field, although he lost some of his lane assignments.
Tuesday Practice Notes: One area to like in the defensive lineman’s game is his ability to get skinny and present less surface space to offensive lineman.   Odrick throws clubs and rip moves with authority and never gives blockers an overly large target.  He continues to fire quick off the ball, but had some trouble holding ground against more stout opponents.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Unblockable at times throughout this practice.   Odrick’s combination of length, quickness, and the ability to throw his hands effectively give this defender a decided advantage versus most of his regular opponents.  The former Penn State defensive lineman was a constant presence in the backfield and a handful to block.

Analysis: Arguably the only player to walk on to the field in Mobile as a legitimate first round prospect and leave the week as such (while potentially even improving his standing).   Jared Odrick has tremendous skills along the defensive interior.  His quickness off the snap is outstanding.   He uses his hands properly while throwing them with authority.   While he was not allotted the opportunity in Mobile, he has enough athleticism to play some defensive end in multiple schemes.  His one issue may be a lack of strength at the point of attack due to his long frame.  Though for most of the week, Jared Odrick was simply a disruptive force and a handful to block.

Cam Thomas DL North Carolina 6037 331 34 ¼ 10 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: A widebody who clogs up the middle but is merely content to bullrush and eat up blocks.   He was clearly powerful at the point of attack but did not show any pass rush ability.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Some improvement was seen in Thomas’ game today.  He still is not much of a pass rush presence from the interior, but he did work to counter moves and show more than a straight bull rush.  His pad level can get inconsistent throughout the day.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Powerful.   Thomas can be a bull in the middle of the line.   But his game basically revolves around this particular strength of his skill set.   He showed the ability to continually reestablish the line of scrimmage.   Past that point, he shows little else.  Though Thomas is certainly one of the fireplugs on the roster, constantly chirping and keeping his teammates buzzing.
Analysis: Certain players have certain skill sets which become immediately recognizable.   Cam Thomas is stout in the middle, strong as an ox, and loves to push people around.  He has the size and strength to project a true nose tackle, but was not challenged enough moving laterally.  Whatever the case, this bull in the middle of the ring has the size and ability to clog up the middle.
D’Anthony Smith DL Louisiana Tech 6020 300 32 9 5/8
Monday Practice Notes: Uneventful day with some flashes of pass rush ability in individual drills.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Smith’s quickness off the snap has given some linemen fits.  The defensive tackle does appear to lack some core strength after being found on the ground on multiple occasions after being engaged in a block and moving laterally.
Wednesday Practice Notes: This defensive lineman has a nondescript day but was coached up at one pint for not delivering a blow off the snap.
Analysis: Relatively quiet all week, Smith really did not exhibit his athleticism to the level which could have been expected.   Yes, this defensive tackle was quick off the snap.   Yet he was never able to really become a consistent penetrating force and was found on the ground far too often.  D’Anthony Smith walked in as a mid round prospect and left as such.
Donald Butler LB Washington 6011 244 31 5/8 9 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: Physical inside linebacker that displayed good recognition skills in this practice.  Struggled outside of the box but filled nicely today.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Butler lined up at middle linebacker for the most part and seemed out of position.  He possesses a good head for the ball and was quick to diagnose the action.  He’s effective moving up the field and explodes through the gaps.  Butler really struggles taking on blocks and was easily moved from the action.  He also showed limited skills making plays in reverse.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Showed he could be physical at times but had an up and down practice during coverage drills.  Stepped up his game some during team scrimmage work began and seemed to get more productive as practice went on.
Analysis: Butler was solid all week.  He showed better than advertised quickness, explosion and was very aggressive.  Not much was expected from Butler but he delivered big.
Phillip Dillard LB Nebraska
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Tuesday Practice Notes:Really struggled in coverage and doing anything outside the box.  Tough, and worked hard but looks like nothing more than a two down, run defender.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Stiff in his hips and looked awkward in agility drills.  Never looked comfortable in coverage, but played better against the run.  Overall, did nothing to distinguish himself from the group.
Analysis: Dillard worked hard all week and gave a lot of effort.  He just presents himself as a limited athlete and is one-dimensional on the field.
AJ Edds LB Iowa 6035 245 32 ½ 9 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: Edds has always been solid in his pass drops, but he continued to show a physicality against the run while taking on bigger offensvie linemen.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Edds is an intelligent linebacker with a good head for the action.  He also did not present himself as a good athlete and looked very heavy legged.  He has minimal quickness and did not play.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Does a very good job of squaring up on ball carriers and wrapping up.  What he lacks in speed and athleticism, he helps make up for a little bit with his fundamentals and effort.  Plays smart and was rarely out of position, but it is obvious that he lacks the physical tools of his counterparts.
Analysis: Edds is another with limited quickness and speed.  He does possess an NFL type of body and plays a cerebral game which complimented his aggressive style well.
Daryl Washington LB TCU 6016 226 33 ¾ 9 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: Very quick and athletic, Washington made plays all over the field this afternoon.  His area of concern on this day was holding his coverage for extended periods of time against the North’s receiving tight ends.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Washington is a nice athlete and did an effective job in coverage.  He got depth on drops and easily ran downfield with tight ends.
Wednesday Practice Notes: A little slow reading plays as they developed at times, but showed good recovery thanks in part to his sideline to sideline speed.  Showed good athleticism, used his hands well in getting off blocks, stayed with his man in coverage, and overall, had a very solid practice throughout.
Analysis: Washington leaves Senior Bowl practices as a winner and someone who elevated his draft stock.  He was the most athletic of all the linebackers on the North and could be the only true three down defender.  His slight of frame but plays big, which scouts loved.
Sean Weatherspoon LB Missouri 6007 241 30 1/8 10
Monday Practice Notes: Moving back and forth from the outside to the inside, Weatherspoon was reacting well, sticking routes, sniffing out runs, playing downhill, and solid in coverage. Solid all around performance.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Weatherspoon’s play was poor today.  He is a quick, nifty athlete that was able to immediately alter his angle of attack to make plays.  He also flows well laterally to the play and shows a good amount of speed.  Problem is he could not tackle anyone and Weatherspoon’s tackles were almost always broken, which resulted in gains for ball carriers.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Played physical.  He was dishing out some big hits on the ball carriers, but was rarely wrapping them up in the process.  Looked comfortable with his coverage assignments and for the most part fought off blocks well.
Analysis: Weatherspoon was not to impressive at any time.  We liked his attitude and approach but he rarely made tackles in the open field and ball carriers were constantly picking up yardage after breaking his tackles.  Sources on Thursday told us they do not expect Weatherspoon to run very well at the combine.
Chris Cook CB Virginia 6016 212 32 9 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: A big physical corner who looked better with the ball in front of him than trailing.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Cook looked athletic on the field yet was very inconsistent.  When he found the ball he made a lot of positive plays but all to often he was late reacting and showed poor instincts.  His size and strength are very apparent.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Looked much better today and really started to pull it together.  Cook is big and physical and once he sees the ball he effectively defends it.  He does tend to struggle when not facing the action and looks purely like a bump and run cover.
Analysis: Cook improved as the week went on and looked solid by Wednesday.  He’s a big corner who physically beats down opponents and was very effective facing the action.  Cook struggled a bit with his back to the ball and may only fit certain schemes but overall it was a good showing by the Cavalier senior.
Brandon Ghee DB Wake Forest 5113 189 31 7/8 10 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: Despite a day where the cornerbacks were not challenged all very often deep, Ghee was able to run with the fastest and quickest targets on the field.
Tuesday Practice Notes: It was an awful day for Ghee.  His footwork was terribly slow in drills to start off with then he seemed out of sorts in seven-on-sevens as well as during the scrimmage.  Ghee was constantly late reacting to the action and just did not look himself.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Ghee had another up and down session.  He’s physical and beats down opponents but really showed little in the way of instincts or ability to make plays on the ball if he does not press opponents from the get-go.
Analysis: Ghee leaves the Senior Bowl with more questions then when he arrived.  He’s physical yet showed little in the way of instincts and wherewithal.  He gave up a lot of receptions all week and really showed no cover skills in anything other than a small area.
Devin McCourty DB Rutgers 5106 186 31 ½ 8 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: McCourty was able to mirror his assignments throughout, yet was inconsistent.  One time playing the ball perfectly, while playing the body on another instance.  His athleticism on the island is apparent.
Tuesday Practice Notes: McCourty’s day was inconsistent.  He showed himself to be a strong corner and physically beat down Mardy Gilyard on a number of instances.  Yet when he was not able to press receivers it usually ended up in completions for the opposition.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Looked better.  For some reason showed a better burst to the ball out of his plant and did not struggle as much making plays with his back to the pass.  Overall a good performance by McCourty on the most important day of the week.
Analysis: McCourty was one of the better press corners in attendance.  If he got his hands on opponents he stopped the pass, otherwise he gave up the reception.  Did he improve his draft stock?  Yes- if you thought he was a third rounder coming into the week.
Syd’Quan Thompson DB California 5090 182 29 1/8 9 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: Drove on the ball quite well.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Thompson was solid all morning.  He played with good fundamentals and shows a nice burst to the ball out of his plant.  His deep speed is a concern yet to his credit Thompson battled every time he was on the field.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Thompson showed good ball skills and is effective in press coverage.  He possesses decent feet and hips.  What he does not have is a second gear and was beaten deep on a number of occasions.
Analysis: Thompson displayed terrific fundamentals and overall ball skills.  He was physical against opponents and broke up his fair share of passes.  Problem is he can’t run, does not possess any top end speed and was often beaten downfield by opponents.
Kyle Wilson DB Boise State 5100 190 30 9 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: Active day that saw Wilson all over the field in coverage.  Wilson did sit on routes quite a bit to help him throughout his day.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Wilson struggled with his footwork in drills but made a lot of plays once the ball was put in the air.  He’s quick and very explosive.  Wilson displayed good hip movement and a great burst to the ball.  He was very feisty, battled opponents at the line and really slowed their release off the snap.  The physical nature of his game really stood out.
Wednesday Practice Notes:Except for one pass completion, Wilson had another strong day.  Once again he was fast and explosive as well as physical.  He plays with a great degree of suddenness and really looks good.
Analysis: Wilson leaves the week of practice a big winner.  He was incredibly aggressive, explosive and shut opponents down.  He made receivers work hard just to get off the line and really displayed top ball skills.  We’d like to see him improve his backpedal a bit but after the three days of practice, Wilson may just slide into the late part of round one.
Larry Asante DB Nebraska 5117 211 31 9 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: Had his struggles while covering tight ends.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Asante surprised us in drills displaying terrific feet and hips.  He was explosive out of his plant and showed good hands.  For the most part that is where it ended as Asante rarely made plays on the ball once the passes started flying around.
Wednesday Practice Notes:Asante struggled making plays against the pass in drills as well as scrimmage.  He’s a solid run defender and strong, wrap-up tackles.
Analysis: Asante looked good every day in drills but really struggled to bring that into the scrimmage or man coverage assignments.  In the end he gave of more than we thought and deserves credit for a solid week.
Kurt Coleman DB Ohio State 5100 187 29 3/8 9 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: Coleman looked very fluid in movement drills but was not very physical in coverage was beaten on a couple occasions.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Coleman was used all over the secondary; at free safety, strong safety and occasionally line up over the slot receiver.  He was solid and made plays in coverage yet by no means stood out.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Had a rather non-descript day.  Looks terrific in drills but really did not make plays on the ball in scrimmage.
Analysis: We liked Coleman’s play in ’09 but we thought he’d produce more this week.  He just seemed very non-descript on the field.  Maybe that’s not a bad thing.  Starting on Monday coaches had not worries about placing Coleman over the slot receiver in man coverage.  He did not make plays yet he did not get burned either.
Kyle McCarthy DB Notre Dame 5114 203 28 ¾ 8 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: This safety was slow reacting in his drop and lacked the speed to make up the difference while in coverage.
Tuesday Practice Notes: McCarthy struggled all day.  He looked okay in drills yet displayed a poor break to the throw and minimal range in seven-on-sevens as well as in scrimmage.
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Analysis: McCarthy was up and down all week.  Just when we were ready to rip him he would respond with good plays.  We are still not sure he is anything other than a zone/strong safety, but it was tough to really poke holes in his entire game.
Terrell Skinner DB Maryland 6021 214 32 9 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: Skinner appeared fluid and moved weill in individual drills.  He was able to cover a lot of ground in his back pedal and drive on the football.  His former cornerback skills came back a bit on this day.   He was able to pick of North quarterback Tony Pike at one point in practice.
Tuesday Practice Notes: After a solid session on Monday, Skinner struggled today.  His pedal looked poor, he struggled in reverse and had several tackles broken in scrimmage.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Skinner was very disappointing to us.  He struggled pedaling in reverse and had trouble covering even tight ends.
Analysis: Skinner started hot then faded.  By Wednesday he was consistently getting beat by tight ends in coverage.  Not a way to end the week.
Zoltan Mesko P Michigan 6042 235 32 7/8 10
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Tuesday Practice Notes:Inconsistent day.  Had some long punts of 50-yards plus and handled pressure well.  That said he’s very slow getting the ball off his foot, does not drive punts nor get great hang time.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Another poor outing from Mesko.
Analysis: Did nothing to make us think he can punt at the next level.
Brett Swenson PK Michigan State 5077 173 28 ½ 9
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