Round One Lock?The scouts, coaches and general managers have long left Mobile.  All that’s left are the players, their families and a few agents waiting to kick the ball off this afternoon.  Yet even with that there was still plenty of buzz remaining after a weeks worth of practice.

– There were an inordinate amount of injuries during the week.  Gabe Carimi/T/Wisconsin, Marcus Gilbert/T/Florida and Rashad Carmichael/CB/Virginia Tech have been ruled out of the game.  As a result several players that only take the field for two quarters are likely to play the entire game.

– Were we harsh in our criticism of Jake Locker during the week?  Depends on who you ask, or better yet the answer is “yes” and “no”. Speaking with people yesterday there is still a feeling amongst scouts Locker could end up in the late part of round one.  They believe the expected rookie salary cap may make him too good to pass up.  Those we spoke with said Locker could be good on a team willing to build an offense geared around him and gets him outside the numbers.  That said there’s a feeling Locker made a mistake coming to the Senior Bowl and lost at least ten-to-twelve slots in the draft based on his performance.  His situation this year is being compared to what we witnessed a year ago with Taylor Mays; they both need a lot of coaching and the Senior Bowl practices put each in a situation which exposed their weaknesses.

Phil Taylor is one player very glad he came to Mobile.  The thought process yesterday was the Baylor defender has likely locked up a spot for himself in the first round of the draft based on his performance.  This assumes a team is willing to overlook the character concerns.

– Who were the players that hurt themselves by not coming to the Senior Bowl?  Three names loomed large yesterday. Considering how terrific the defensive line from both sides looked all week the resounding belief was Adrian Clayborn of Iowa should have been here.  We reported from Shrine Game practices that an alleged injury kept Troy receiver Jernell Jernigan away from Mobile and it might cost him.  Numerous teams had Jernigan as their top rated senior receiver after the season but that will change after the play of Titus Young and Leonard Hankerson this week.  Finally most everyone thought the absence of Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith could prove costly.  Considering no corner really stood out during the week it would’ve been a great proving ground for Smith to establish himself head and shoulders above the rest of his class and potentially cement himself as a potential to 25 selection.

– One player who really surprised scouts, in both positive and negative ways, was Von Miller of Texas A&M.  The belief was Miller would be the premiere 3-4 outside linebacker in the draft yet that ended when he weighed in a bit smaller than expected and showed marginal strength all week, displaying himself as basically a speed rusher.  That said, Miller also proved to be a terrific athlete who did a good job in coverage.  He may now be the top 4-3 outside linebacker in the draft, with Akeem Ayers of UCLA being the best fit for a 34 defense.  As one insider told us, if Miller runs a 4.7 forty at the combine he goes in the second round.  Should he stop the clock in the low 4.6’s he’s a late first rounder while something in the 4.5’s will push him into the middle of the initial frame.

– Speaking of workouts, scouts expect Cameron Jordan to keep the momentum going at the combine.  He’s expected to run in the high 4.6’s/low 4.7’s at 290-pounds next month in Indianapolis.

– When we asked Rodney Hudson what scouts told him he had to do in order to be a successful pro he answered, “gain weight”.

– There was mention of several underclassmen in Mobile.  Right now the most overrated group seems to be the trio of juniors coming from Illinois.  Scouts were surprised defensive lineman Corey Liuget, linebacker Martez Wilson and running back Mikel Leshoure all entered the draft as each was given a grade of 4th-7th rounds by the advisory committee.

– Though not a surprise entry, Wisconsin’s John Clay is working hard in preparation for the combine.  Sources told us he’s down to 250-pounds after playing the season at 275lbs.

– Finally, with the ever present labor negotiations a constant topic of conversation in Mobile and the potential of a long lock out looming, the consensus is there will be a lot of surprise selections in April’s draft.  Talented but raw prospects that will need time to develop are likely to fall by the wayside in favor of the lesser athletic yet more “NFL ready” players.  Teams feel taking a developmental player in the first few rounds will be a waste of time since they are likely to miss out on rookie mini-camp, OTA’s and a host of other off season training critical for their development.   In essence, depending on the length of the presumed lockout, 2011 could be a washout for a number of incoming rookies.  This sentiment will be interesting to watch and see how it plays out with prospects such as Cam Newton.

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 ADDED…

PlayerPosSchoolHtWtArmHnd
Andy DaltonQBTCU602021331 ½9 ¾
Monday Practice Notes: Started out shaky, but the TCU product improved throughout the day. Dalton showed inconsistency with the RPM’s on his passes. He showed a tight spiral then a wobbly pass came out of his grasp. He showed some signs of throwing too much with his upper body. By the end of the practice, he was starting to get his timing down hitting a couple nice deep completions.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Really not impressive throwing the ball.  Rarely throws tight spirals in either the long or short field.  Cannot drive his deep throws.  Does a nice job commanding the offense but lacks top physical skills for the next level.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Slightly better today but still not sold he’s anything more than a clip board holder at the next level.  Threw a few solid passes downfield but really has to put a lot of effort to get any speed on throws.  Threw a few bad passes into coverage and had in one instance had Hankerson open down the flanks and poorly under threw him.
Analysis: Displayed a decent amount of skill but also showed he needs a lot of work on his game.  Doesn’t have great tools yet enough to work his way onto an NFL roster as a back-up.
Greg McElroyQBAlabama601622230 ¾9 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: McElroy was particularly solid throwing between the numbers and among his underneath routes. He was accurate and placed the ball well in these instances.  Some of his passes outside of said range tended to float and not hit their intended targets.
Tuesday Practice Notes:Similar to Dalton, McElroy does a great job commanding and controlling the offense.  He threw some sensational fakes on the defense in practice and hit wide open receivers as a result.  Like Dalton he lacks the physical skills for the NFL.  On more than one occasion he had receivers wide open down the field yet could not get the ball to them as his deep passes just hung in the air.
Wednesday Practice Notes:Just lacks the arm strength to get the ball through the tight spots.  Showed skill getting outside the pocket and throwing on the move, which was a plus.
Analysis: Some we’ve spoken with think McElroy helped himself more than any quarterback in attendance.  While we won’t go that far we feel he did enough that a west coast offense will give him a long hard look.
Christian PonderQBFlorida State602122231 ¾10 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: Ponder did not spin the ball well, particularly when throwing outside of the hashes. He was not overly impressive, but he was the most consistent throughout the practice placing the ball where his receivers could make a play.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Ponder shows a nice arm and throws a solid deep pass.  On a number of occasions he overthrew the ball when receivers were down the field- possibly on purpose to impress scouts.  Regardless- it was a good outing for a guy that’s been banged up the past two years.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Displays the best arm of all the quarterbacks on the South and have enough arm strength to start at the next level.  Was a bit erratic with his throws; beautifully placed passes on occasion then also had wide outs leaving their feet to grab the ball.
Analysis: The set up for Ponder was perfect and he showed a lot of skill.  Then again the QB’s were not hit or tackled all week so his weakness was also hidden.
Charles ClayFBTulsa603123933 ¼9 5/8
Monday Practice Notes: Non-descript day as the South struggled to run the ball against a particularly tough and rugged defensive line.
Tuesday Practice Notes:
Wednesday Practice Notes: Lined up at fullback today.  Did a solid job blocking, displaying strength at the point, though he needs to improve his technique.  Not used as past of the offense.
Analysis: Did not distinguish himself and really was not allowed to show his skill.
Preston DialFBAlabama 602123831 ¾10 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: To quote one scout, “He can’t run”. Dial really labored when lining up at tight end during passing drills. He did make one nice reception down the seam using his hands to rope in the pass between the safety and linebacker.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Lined up at tight end.  Solid job catching the ball and was able to get into the secondary on more than one occasion.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Made a nice catch over the middle and gave effort blocking but many are really not sure why other qualified players were passed over for Dial.
Analysis: Used primarily at tight end and honestly did not look like he belonged with much of the other talent.
Anthony AllenRBGeorgia Tech511622330 ¼9 7/8
Monday Practice Notes: A downhill runner who struggled because the holes were not there. He did show an aptitude to coach the football as an outlet receiver.
Tuesday Practice Notes: What impressed us about Allen today was his ability to get around tackle to the outside and the corner speed he displayed.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Solid day with a few nice runs.  More of a downhill runner but showed some next level skills.
Analysis: Had some flashes and likely did enough to slip into the late rounds.
Noel DevineRBWest Virginia507016029 ½8 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: It was apparent Devine wanted to show off his speed and elusiveness, but he had trouble keeping his footing throughout the day.
Tuesday Practice Notes:Better performance than Monday.  Caught the ball well and showed a great burst in the open field.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Turned in one sensational run, beating defenders through the hole then running to daylight.  Really did not do much as a receiver out of the backfield.
Analysis: Tiny but elusive and extremely creative.
Derrick LockeRBKentucky508118629 ¼9 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: Locke continually kept bouncing the ball outside. He was squirting through small openings to find some daylight. He also had some troubles with footing when making quick cuts.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Solid day for Locke.  Creates yardage on the inside and can run to daylight if there’s any openings in the field.  Also caught the ball well.  Was quick and fast.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Another good day for Locke.  Runs with terrific speed and had a nice run where he beat everyone around the corner then turned it up the field.  Runs behind his pads and displays a good degree of toughness on the inside yet no strength.  Easily brought down by defenders at the point of attack.
Analysis:A lot to like about his game, especially when you factor in his potential as a return specialist.  Definitely did not blow it up like Dexter McCluster did a year ago but showed his skill.
Bilal PowellRBLouisville510320430 ½9
Monday Practice Notes: This runner needs to cover the ball better when working his way through traffic. He has a tendency to tote the ball in his left arm.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Solid day for Powell who broke his share of long runs.  Displayed a better than expected burst and showed nice speed on the field.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Another solid day for Powell.  Broke a number of runs on the inside and shows a terrific burst into the open field.

Analysis: Looked like a solid straight line runner.  Not as big or strong as we thought but showed a decent amount of next level skill.
Luke StockerTETennessee604725532 ¾9 5/8
Monday Practice Notes: Stocker showed an ability to adjust on the football, but his actual ability to catch the football was inconsistent.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Surprised us with his all around game.  Gave effort blocking and got results.  Also caught the ball well.  Not very fast but showed a complete game.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Really like what we saw from Stocker today.  Not a great playmaker yet a complete tight end that catches the ball well and does an outstanding job as a blocker.
Analysis: Gave us more than we expected. Displayed all the skills necessary to be a second tight end at the next level.
DJ WilliamsTEArkansas60172363210 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: One of the strongest performances of the day. Williams created separation from his tight end position against safeties and snagged everything thrown his way. His one handed catch in 7-on-7 drills was one of the day’s highlights.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Another really good day for Williams.  Made several nice catches down the field and in crowds.  Also did a solid job blocking.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Good final practice session for Williams.  Catches everything throw in his direction and looks like one of the better athletes on the field.
Analysis: Size is an issue but you can’t help but love this kids skill on the field and character off it.  Will be a later round pick but a creative offensive coordinator will find a way to make him productive.
Edmund GatesWRAbilene Christian5115189319/58
Monday Practice Notes: The small school target adjusted on the football very well when called upon, and he was asked to do so multiple times. Gates has a very good performance against the big boys displaying speed and an ability to take the top off a defense (at least against inadequate safeties).
Tuesday Practice Notes: Was on the sidelines with injury today.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Jock Sanders/WR/West Virginia: Sanders filled in for Gates today.  Had one play where he threw a move on the defender, ran a great route then made a terrific catch down the field.
Analysis:
Leonard HankersonWRMiami-Fl60152053310 5/8
Monday Practice Notes: Hankerson was a handful for whoever drew the duty to cover the Miami product. He was easily able to create separation and beat multiple cornerbacks deep.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Terrific practice for Hankerson.  Runs better than average routes, extends his hands to offer the quarterback a nice target and catches the ball away from his frame.  Consistent hand catcher.  Won out in a number of battles and made a number of nice catches in crowds.
Wednesday Practice: Established himself as the best receiver from the South.  Consistent hand catcher that fights for the ball and comes away with the pass.  Always makes the reception away from his frame.  Nice job coming back to the ball out of breaks.  Flashed speed down the field.
Analysis: Improved his stock and impressed scouts the entire week.  Will battle to be the top senior receiver in the draft but needs a good forty time at the combine.
Ronald JohnsonWRUSC511118633 ¾9 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: Johnson showed good short area quickness running underneath routes, but struggled against more physical cornerbacks.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Poor day for Johnson.  Slow getting off the line and dropped a lot of passes.  Consistently had passes bouncing off his hands.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Much better day for Johnson.  Ran very good routes, separated from defenders and for the most part, caught everything thrown to him.
Analysis:Progressed through the week yet really did nothing to make anyone think he’s just an average fourth/fifth receiver at the next level.
Jeremy KerleyWRTCU509218830 ¼9 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: His comfort levels with teammate Andy Dalton was apparent early. Kerley did drop a pass early and was bodied off at least one catch, but he also beat defender deep on multiple occasions.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Best receiver on the South squad.  Quickly gets off the line, runs some of the best routes of any receiver in Mobile and always makes the catch.  Not a downfield threat but really established himself as a terrific slot receiver prospect.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Did not stand out as much as yesterday but far and away the best route runner from the South.
Analysis: Looks like he’s going to be a very good slot receiver in the NFL.  Terrific route runner that almost always gets separation then shows terrific hands.
Greg SalasWRHawaii601120632 ½9 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: Early adjustments were required for the former Warrior. Salas wasn’t keeping his feet. He did get his head around early enough. He even rounded off his routes. But when he was in position to make a catch, he showed very soft hands.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Had his moments and made some nice throws.  Also had a number of easy receptions bounce off his hands.  Must improve his route running; slows into breaks and rounds off routes.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Caught the ball very well.  Fights for the reception.  Needs a lot of work on his routes.
Analysis: Needs a bit of polish but starting to build a buzz about him.  Showed the skills to be a third receiver at the next level in time.
Courtney SmithWRSo. Alabama604022033 3/49 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: Like most of his teammates, the tall receiver was able to take the top off the defense. Smith did show some troubles getting off the line, particularly when working against the jam.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Looks the part but only occasionally plays to it.  Made some nice receptions but also dropped an equal amount of catchable throws.  Poor route runner.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Just drops too many catchable throws.
Analysis: Needs a lot of work.  Size is enticing and will get him invited to camp.
Clint BolingOLGeorgia604731033 1/49 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: Hard working interior lineman who was coached up to drive forward and then up into his blocks. Boling moved very well laterally showing an ability to cut off the penetrators lined up off shoulder. His hands do need to be moved in tight against the pass rush.
Tuesday Practice Notes: After spending most of yesterday at guard, Boling bumped outside to right tackle. He had his issues. Most were present in his pass protection, where he struggled to show the movement skills against edge rushers. He was more proficient run blocking firing off the ball hard and showing an aptitude to locate assignments in space.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Boling worked well staying within his capabilities and keeping his hands in tight and battled throughout the practice.
Analysis: The Georgia product is clearly a guard and not a tackle. He does provide the versatility if pressed into action, but his performance in Mobile only solidifies what was expected. Inside, Boling was strong at the point and did not suffer from as many technique issues. Outside at tackle, his technique broke down as a lack of athleticism caused the lineman to get beat multiple times.
James CarpenterOLAlabama60463133410 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: The collegiate left tackle was moved inside to guard. It was obvious he was merely getting a feel for the position as the day progressed.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Impressive performance after moving back to tackle. Carpenter was clearly more comfortable and continued to wall off pass rushers in drills and in team settings.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Carpenter’s play at tackle generated somewhat of a buzz as he handled his duties blocking off the edge well. He used his long arms and mirrored most defenders with ease.
Analysis: Concerns arose about Carpenter’s ability to play tackle as the season progressed, but his play in Mobile may have been the most consistent at the position among the South roster throughout the week (once he was moved back outside). Carpenter is patient and uses his long arms to ride defenders past the quarterback. He is rarely caught of balance. His play at guard was not impressive, but he was clearly unaccustomed to participating at the position.
Marcus GilbertOLFlorida6064329349 7/8
Monday Practice Notes: Gilbert was coached up constantly throughout the practice. He wound up when approaching a target then does not bring his feet upon contact.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Improvement was already seen in one day by Gilbert. He displayed a nice smooth kick step. He showed better patience allowing block to come to him. He was caught jumping early to gain an advantage on the edge, and he crossed his feet at least once in his pass set.
Wednesday Practice Notes: The week’s heaviest blocker was down blocking with power but did not put together a memorable effort.
Analysis: A big physical tackle prospect, Gilbert solidified himself as a right tackle in Mobile. He is not the most agile pass protector, but his length can keep him alive. Gilbert took the coaching he received and improved. He may not be an elite prospect, but he will be a solid selection in the mid rounds.
Rodney HudsonOLFlorida State602229132 ½9 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: A fighter that worked hard every snap.  Hudson fires off the ball and finishes blocks. He has very strong hands and worked them well.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Because of Hudson’s limited size, it is expected he is weak against bull rushers. He faired very well today holding the point and really negating up field penetration. Hudson stays compact and technically sound, moving well, and played within himself.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Hudson showed an ability to move in space and locate on the move. After being technically sound most of the day, he was eventually beat after leading with his head in pass rush drills.
Analysis: Whatever may or may not have been accomplished by Hudson throughout the week, the issue remains the same…his weight. How much girth can he add at the next level in an NFL weight room? Coaches love his work ethic, technique, and athleticism. But at 291 pounds (up nearly 10 pounds from his playing weight), his prospects are limited in certain systems.
Jake KirkpatrickOLTCU602230131 3/810
Monday Practice Notes: The pivot looked good his short areas with precise power steps, but he fired out too high out of his stance.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Kirkpatrick continued to come off the snap high and was eventually reminded by his coach to stay low. He also struggled to move laterally off the snap. Plus he liked to wrestle his assignments while getting his hands too wide.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Better performance as Kirkpatrick continued to battle throughout the practice. He still presented some of the issue described earlier in the week, but they were not as readily apparent today.
Analysis: Kirkpatrick is a limited prospect at the center position but will continue to work hard each snap. His issues continued to surround his pad level and how he could readjust. He is a strong and broad prospect who often relies too much on wanting to bury opponents instead of using proper technique.
DeMarcus LoveOLArkansas6045318359 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: Handplay was atrocious for Love. Playing primarily at right tackle, the former Razorback kept his hands wide. As a result he was planted on his behind in pass rush drills by Sam Acho. He also has his struggles playing out and over his feet.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Technique, or lack there of, continues to be a problem. Love was moved inside to guard the tight confines still did not rectify his situation. He led with his helmet while his hands were shot wide. He has issues mirroring defenders. He was able to get to the second level to make blocks.
Wednesday Practice Notes: The dead horse is about to be beaten as Love has continued to keep his hands wide and lead with his head. He did show an ability to be very powerful at the point of attack once established.
Analysis: There is not much more to say on a prospect who clearly displayed a tendency toward inadequate technique, particularly with his hand play. Love loves to win up and come wide with his hands. If it is not coached up, he will be called for numerous holding penalties at the next level. He wrestles opponents instead of using his natural gifts to be a better tackle prospect.
Kristofer O’DowdOLUSC604230332 ¼9 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: The center obtained very good fits throughout the day against his opposition and looked more powerful than expected.
Tuesday Practice Notes: O’Dowd showed a nice lateral step off the snap but had his struggles. He needs to keep his head up and see the target. There was also communication breakdowns between the pivot and his guard on blocking assignments, but that can be expected.
Wednesday Practice Notes: USC’s former pivot kept in tight against his assignments not allowing his hands or feet to get wide. It helps to a degree but O’Dowd tended to get overpowered.
Analysis: The center crop was not very good overall this year in Mobile, but O’Dowd may have been the headliner at the position. At the very least, he was likely the most well-known. It is apparent he is well coached. He tries to play within himself. He is best in tight spaces. But O’Dowd simply isn’t very powerful with a lanky frame in the middle.
Derek SherrodOLMississippi State605531235 ½11
Monday Practice Notes: Another tackle prospect who received plenty of coaching throughout the practice. Sherrod slowed upon contact but seemed to rectify the situation in later sessions.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Sherrod moved very well in his pass set, with a clean and precise kick slide. As such, a speed rush was not much of an issue. Although, he was caught oversetting once against Von Miller.
Wednesday Practice Notes: The former Bulldog had his memorable moments battling Miller once again. Miller used a speed rush to blow right past Sherrod, despite a good initial kick step. He buried Miller later in the drill. Keeping his shoulders square is essential.
Analysis: Among a plethora of potential first round caliber tackles, Sherrod was quiet in his performance. He battled and had his up and downs throughout the process. He pass set is smooth, but he can be beat to either side. He was not fantastic against the run. Sherrod showed up to solidify his self as a first rounder, and left without much certainty.
Danny WatkinsOLBaylor603431233 ¾10 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: Watkins was moved inside to guard and showed the ability to really bow up against bigger and stronger interior defenders. His feet got wide a few times, but he adjusted well.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Still spending most of his time at guard, particularly the left side, Watkins looked good working in space. He did not display a strong post leg during pass rush drills.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Continued a solid week of work, Watkins goes about his job quietly and played efficiently. His hip explosion through blocks was particularly impressive today.
Analysis: Watkins continues to surprise many as they watch how good he really is. The collegiate left tackle is built to be a guard, and didn’t miss a beat this week. He didn’t wow anyone with size or strength or athleticism, but he is consistent and technically sound. He is the type of lineman who stays in the league ten years starting or becomes a team’s top utility lineman.
Lee ZiembaOLAuburn606031733 ½9 ½
Monday Practice Notes: A better knee-bender than expected and looked comfortable at right tackle. His ability to mirror in pass rush drills was the best of the group.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Getting a look inside at guard, Ziemba was not accustomed to the tight spaces. He overset in pass protection. He wanted to lead with his head, while his hand stayed wide. And he began leaning on defenders.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Ziemba had trouble readjusting and reestablishing, particularly in his pass rush drills.
Analysis: Another prospect that started strongly, then had some problems the rest of the week. One thing is certain, Ziemba looked the part; particularly at right tackle. He may not have the athleticism or lower body flexbility to be a blindside protector, but his size and improved knee bend give him a good shot of becoming a solid strongside tackle in the league.
Sam AchoDLTexas601625735 5/89 7/8
Monday Practice Notes: As mentioned earlier Acho was able to be DeMarcus Love twice, clean, in pass rush drills to impress a large contingent around the drill.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Acho appear very athletic throughout the practice. He was fluid rushing off the edge but never seemed able to finish the play.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Worked out at linebacker and really struggled in coverage. Acho’s strengths were presented when let loose as an edge rusher, against showing his athleticism, flexibility, and ability to readjust from a down position.
Analysis: The Texas ‘tweener is fun to watch because he has a high motor and good athleticism, but much of the bluster results in little.  He is solid as a pass rusher, but his lack of size may require him to move to linebacker in certain systems. And Acho will have to work on his comfort in space as a result. Something he did not necessarily do well with while in Mobile.
Allen BaileyDLMiami603227834 ½10 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: After wowing at weigh-in, Bailey strung together a lackluster practice. He has his struggles getting off blocks and countering. Primarily playing at end, Bailey did move to tackle some during pass rush drills.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Another disappointing day for Bailey. The defensive end was strong at the point of attack, but, again, could not get off blocks once engaged. His ability to counter and clean the hands of offensive linemen has been non-existent.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Lethargic may be the term which best describes Bailey’s start of the day. His results were very similar to previous day’s, but Bailey finally turned it up a notch in the team session. He defeated a few blocks and made some plays against the run.
Analysis: Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane may be an overstatement – but not by much. Bailey impressed every scout at weight-in’s. He won the underwear war. But each day and every snap, Bailey could not get off a block.  To his credit, he played better towards the end, but a solid effort in the game is needed for the potential first rounder.
Jarvis JenkinsDLClemson603730933 ¼9 5/8
Monday Practice Notes: Jenkins really fired off the football and was a handful for those unfortunate to draw his assignment. He negated some of that explosiveness by struggling to shed blocks.
Tuesday Practice Notes: His explosive first step continues to be apparent. He also puts himself in very good initial positioning with an array of club and swim moves. His issue throughout the day was finishing what he started. He is good off the snap, but his counters and ability to clean the hands of offensive linemen was lacking.
Wednesday Practice Notes: A reoccuring theme has been established. He is quick of the snap, and then struggles to follow-up. He has to work against the pressure and readjust.
Analysis: A big physical prospect with room to grow, Jenkins posted good efforts each day. His greatest asset is his first step and ability to use his hands initially. His downfall came when countering or cleaning off offensive linemen after those initial steps. Jenkins has a lot of upside to play in multiple fronts, but his performance was overlooked a bit this week because of a strong defensive line class.
Pernell McPheeDLMississippi State602727434 3/89 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: McPhee delivered a good pop off the snap, but did not show a large contingent of moves.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Building off of yesterday’s performance, McPhee began to finish plays. He was still tough against the run, holding the edge, and blew up a couple blockers. His pass rush was much better during this session getting to the quarterback and being a constant presence.
Wednesday Practice Notes: McPhee is  powerful and he continues to work well through pass rush drills.
Analysis: The former Bulldog’s lack of production was an issue as a senior. His first day at the Senior Bowl looked to fall right in line. But then McPhee started to put it together. He was not just the end who could fire off the ball into blockers with a good initial blow. He became a complete defender finding ways to get past the linemen and create a little disruption in the backfield. A major step in the right direction for a once highly regarded prospect.
Chris NeildDLWest Virginia60173133211
Monday Practice Notes: Neild was a load against the run. He kept square to the line of scrimmage and stayed low. He did need to do a better job working against pressure.
Tuesday Practice Notes: The nose tackle is what he is. And today he was nearly impossible to drive off the football, even an inch. He stays square to the line. He can split double teams. He simply has not been much of a presence in pass rush drills.
Wednesday Practice Notes: There was an instance or two when Neild was moved off the ball. Those came when he battled against downblocks when the offensive linemen had an angle advantage.
Analysis: The best run stuffing defensive lineman throughout the week, bar none. Neild is limited in his abilities, but what he does well; he really does well. A two gap nose in college, Neild was almost impossible to move off the snap during practices. He does not present much up-field presence, but 34 teams will be very intrigued with this legitimate 0 technique. It also helped Neild tremendously to show up at 313 pounds, instead of near 300 (which was his playing weight). Nose tackles are rare, but Neild cna get the job done.
Brooks ReedDLArizona602425732 5/810 18/8
Monday Practice Notes: A high motor player who delivered one memorable spin move beating Marcus Gilchrist clean.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Reed’s athleticism is apparent, and the South’s coaching staff allowed him to showcase it to a degree.  Reed spent a large bulk of his day pressuring the edge from a two point stance. He was quick off the edge and gave tackles troubles. He did have his issues when asked to line up hat on hat against bigger tackles in running drills.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Used in a variety of linebacker drills, dropping into coverage and held his own. He exploded off the edge and shortened the porch against the offensive tackles. In similar fashion, he improved in drills against double teams compared to yesterday’s effort.
Analysis: Reed looked the part as a potential 34 outside linebacker. He was not big enough to hold his ground (for the most part) as a true end in rush drills. But when asked to rush or play from a two point stance, he was solid. Reed is athletic and has some quick twitch ability off the edge. He should continue to grow into the role he is likely destined in the NFL.
Phil TaylorDLBaylor603433733 ¾10 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: The massive interior defender ate up double-teams and clogged the middle of the line. He also displayed a very nice swim move while rushing the passer.
Tuesday Practice Notes: A bull in the middle of the line, Taylor gets good push and can move offensive linemen off their spot. He did need to recognize pressure more quickly and fight against it.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Taylor started the day by blowing up the first run play of practice. He then was washed down the line the next play. He was hard to handle in the middle, but his hand play is suspect.
Analysis: Taylor has been automatically labeled a true nose tackle simply because he is 337 pounds (and much more throughout his career). He will need to improve his hands and make his hat reads more consistently. The physical ability and the inability of linemen to budge him throughout the week was impressive, but Taylor will require technique work to accompany his staggering natural ability.
Cedric ThorntonDLSouth Arkansas603529934 ½10
Monday Practice Notes: A feisty defender who likes to talk and keep coming when it’s his turn to play. He struggled against top talent, but it was not from a lack of effort.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Thornton was very quick off the snaps giving a couple interior blockers fits. He did get high and had his shoulders turned. He also lost his feet in a few instances.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Thornton continued to fire off the ball and snuck past some offensive linemen based on pure athleticism. He did rise quickly out his stance upon contact and gave his chest up without countering.
Analysis: The defensive tackle from South Arkansas may be from a small school, but he had a big following from his teammates all week. Thornton likes to talk, make it fun, and fire off the football. His teammates continually hoot and hollered when he was doing well. Those times came, but there were also times he was engulfed at the point of attack and simply could not split doubles or make himself skinny. A prospect with some potential as a 3 technique once selected in the mid to late rounds.
Josh BynesLBAuburn601323932 ½9 1/2
Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes: Looks a bit stiff and just a two down defender that struggles in coverage.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Made one nice play in coverage but otherwise looks stiff and struggles moving in reverse.  Only effective in the box.
Analysis: Well built but a marginal athlete that looks stiff and has very limited range.
Nate IrvingLBNorth Carolina St601224233 ¼10 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: Irving did not appear strong taking on blocks and then shedding.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Solid athlete that made plays sideline-to-sideline and easily moved about the field.  Very quick in all his actions.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Flows well to the action and explosive up the field but to easily gets caught up in the trash.
Analysis:Irving really does not play like a 242lbs linebacker.  He goes hard but looks swifter and quicker than you would expect someone of his size yet is too easily blocked at the point for someone that big.  Has an upside and could be productive in the right system.
Colin McCarthyLBMiami60122353010 3/8
Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes: Played smart football yet looked marginally athletic.  Adequate job in coverage but not great.  Adequate job in run defense but not great.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Struggled in coverage, which was a surprise.  Looks very average.
Analysis: Disappointing.  Just did not make enough plays.
Von MillerLBTexas A&M6025237349 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: Spent most of the day at SSLB, but was not impressive working his way through all the drills.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Not a good day for a guy that’s projected to be a 3-4 OLB.  Was easily controlled by blocks all day and at one point got annihilated by Luke Stocker.  Showed decent skills in coverage when he had to move in reverse. Miller was brought over to the pass rush drills to showcase his talents, which were average at best.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Nice athlete; fluid with a nice degree of explosion.  Gets depth on drops.  Moves well in all directions.  Again struggled in pass rush drills.
Analysis:We came into the week thinking Miller was the best 3-4 OLB in April’s draft.  We left the week thinking he could be the first 4-3 OLB drafted.  Miller has the speed and quickness to be used on the weak or strong side and also showed ability in coverage.  Combine will tell the tale for Miller.
Kelvin SheppardLBLSU6021250329 3/4
Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes: Big, strong stout linebacker that stacked well against the run.  Better than average skills moving sideline-to-sideline.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Once again looked very strong in the box.  Better than average skills in coverage.  Solid overall game.
Analysis: Looked and played big and strong on the field.  Nice game and a player we feel is underrated at present time.
Chris WhiteLBMississippi St602724431 ½9 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: A downhill defender best when the action as coming at him.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Used at both middle and on the outside.  Did a solid job in the box against the run.  Struggles moving in reverse.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Only effective downhill in a straight line.  Struggled any time he was required to quickly change direction or redirect to the ball carrier.  Used at both inside and outside.
Analysis: Marginal athlete that showed himself to be a two down defender best playing downhill.
KJ WrightLBMississippi St603124634 ½9
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Tuesday Practice Notes: Physically, one of the most impressive looking linebackers on the field.  Fluid and fast in all directions.  Problem is Wright rarely made any plays on the ball today.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Really looks the part but his linebacker skills just did not impress us.
Analysis: Wright looks incredibly impressive in pads and easily moves sideline to sideline.  That said he did not make many plays on the ball which was disappointing.
Ahmad BlackDBFlorida509318329 ½9 5.8
Monday Practice Notes: His size put him at a natural disadvantage as he was continually overpowered when covering bigger tight ends.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Did a better than expected job in coverage. Effective in one-on-one and did a terrific job helping out cornerbacks.   Sold out versus the run.
Wednesday Practice Notes: What a difference a day makes.  Black looked bad in coverage today; lacked timing, lost out in battles and just seemed lost.
Analysis: Up and down week for Brown.  Showed good ball skills early in the week then struggled on Wednesday. Displayed enough overall ability to get drafted in a safety poor draft.
Curtis BrownDBTexas5115180329 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: Brown was inconsistent. He was not afraid to mix it up and did a nice job locating the football. He also got turned around and beat a couple times throughout the day.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Looked terrific in drills.  Quick pedaling in reverse and instantaneously flips his hips, losing nothing in transition.  Did not transfer those skills into the scrimmage but really did not get beat either.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Again- looked great in drills but made no plays in scrimmage.  Often used off the line of scrimmage and gave up a number of underneath catches.
Analysis: Brown was disappointing as senior yet shows the fundamental skills to play at the next level.  He must turn the corner and really take his game to the next level as he has the ability to do.
Zac EtheridgeDBAuburn5114201319 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: A physical safety that was not able to close separation after the initial jam.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Worked hard and did a nice job going sideline-to-sideline.
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Analysis: Good story but an average player.
Marcus GilchristDBClemson509719331 5/89
Monday Practice Notes: Gilchrist was late coming out of his backpedal and was beat, because he did not turn and run earlier enough.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Much better day.  Lined up at safety and showed good skill in drills as well as cover skills when placed over the slot receiver.  Made a number of good plays on the ball.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Made several nice plays against the pass.  Really shows a great burst to the action out of his plant.  Worked hard.
Analysis: Gilchrist flashed cover skills throughout the week and looked very effective facing the action.  We think this week will put to rest he can play cornerback at the next level as scouts realize his best position is safety.
DeAndre McDanielDBClemson600121332 ½10 1/4
Monday Practice Notes: McDaniel displayed a good jam and was very physical but could not close on targets.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Looks the part and explosive but really not quick getting out to the sidelines in coverage.  Struggles getting outside the numbers to make plays.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Forceful up the field but struggles in coverage and just average ball skills.
Analysis: We were a bit surprised by McDaniel.  Much of the ability to make plays outside the numbers we saw on film was missing as McDaniel looked like a limited, straight line safety.
Johnny PatrickDBLouisville510418530 ¼8 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: Patrick looked great early while the play was in front of him. He was breaking on the ball and making plays. Then, he showed he could not transition out of his backpeddle and was continually beat deep.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Solid day for Patrick.  Very quick and explosive with all his ball skills.  Just a very late reactor.
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Analysis: Patrick flashed, then struggled, flashed, then struggled.  May be best in a zone system and proved he has an upside.
DeMarcus Van DykeDBMiami600616831 ¾9
Monday Practice Notes: The strongest performance from a defensive back from the South was contributed by Van Dykel. He was better than expected as he stuck to his receivers, particularly on deep routes.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Fundamentally Van Dyke is terrific as he offers good fundamentals and quickness.  Some feel he gets a little high in his pedal.  Problem his he’s very slow to react and really shows no instincts.
Wednesday Practice Notes: It was a matter of inches and Van Dyke fell short.  Again, technically he’s very good and displays the ability to stay on the receivers hip out of breaks but he’s always literally a quarter step away from making the play.
Analysis: Van Dyke showed enough to get consideration in the middle rounds, maybe even the late part of the third frame.  Has skills but just needs to put it all together.
Shareece WrightDBUSC511018232 ¼9 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: Wright has his moments displaying a good jam and a nice breakup. He can do a better job locating the football.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Wright looks like a physical specimen on the field and for the most part his pedal, turn and ability to run are NFL caliber.  Problem is, like the prior two DB’s, he’s incredibly slow to react and shows little in the way of instincts.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Occasionally makes plays and fought hard but really lacks a sense of timing and gave up a lot of receptions.
Analysis: Great athlete who flashed skill on the field yet someone that needs a lot of work on his game.  Considering 2010 was the first time in two seasons Wright spent extensive time on the field we’d say there’s enough there to draft him late.
Charles HenryPFlorida
Monday Practice Notes: Short and wobbly punts were floating in the wind during the special teams session.
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Josh JasperPKLSU
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Thursday Practice Notes: Terrific kick-off leg.  Consistently got the ball on the opposing goal line or into the end zone.
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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.

PlayerPosSchoolHtWtArmHnd
Colin KaepernickQBNevada604522433 ¾9 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 LockerQBWashington6022228329 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 StanziQBIowa604122132 /1410 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 MarecicFBStanford600324632 ¼9 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 ScottRBMaryland510720532 3/89 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 HeluRBNebraska511321632 ¼10 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 HunterRBOklahoma State507219930 ¼9 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 MurrayRBOklahoma600021432 ½9 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 KendricksTEWisconsin603124032 ½9 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 McNeillTENebraska603623233 ¼9
 
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 SmithTEMarshall6057269349 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 BrownWRSan Diego St511018433 ¼10 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 HarrisWREast Carolina509720031 5/810
 
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 PaulWRNebraska600722531 ¼8 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 PettisWRBoise State602420532 ½10
 
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 YoungWRBoise State5112174319
 
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 SanzebacherWROhio 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 BrewerOLIndiana606232335 3/810 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 CarimiOLWisconsin607131535 ¼10 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 CastonzoOLBoston College607130535 ¼10 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 FuscoOLSlippery Rock604130233 ¾9 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 KowalskiOLToledo603130031 ½9 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 MoffittOLWisconsin6040314339 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 PinkstonOLPittsburgh603331334 ½10 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 SchillingOLMichigan604230232 3/89 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 SolderOLColorado608231434 ½9 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 AllenDLNebraska603727335 3/810
 
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 BallardDLIowa604128833 ½10
 
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 BealDLOklahoma60232683310
 
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 FuaDLStanford601630733 ¼10 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 JordanDLCalifornia604128734 ½11 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 KerriganDLPurdue603725533 ½9 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 PaeaDLOregon State601129533 1/310 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 WilliamsDLNotre Dame6013311329 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 FosterLBWashington6011241319 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 HerzlichLBBoston College603525032 5/810 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.
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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 HomanLBOhio State600322930 ½9 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 JonesLBMichigan State511724032 ½10 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 MatthewsLBOregon600623231 ¾8 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 WilsonLBUConn600622530 ½9 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.
Tuesday Practice Notes:
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 BrownDBColorado60022023110
 
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 BurneyDBNorth Carolina509018129 ½9 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 CarmichaelDBVirginia Tech5095185319 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 CarterDBOklahoma600521132 ¼9 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 HaggDBNebraska601320632 ½10 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 JarrettDBTemple511719631 ¾9 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 LefegedDBRutgers5112208319 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 MarshDBUtah State600119432 ½9 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 SearcyDBNorth Carolina5105216349 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 ForbathPKUCLA    
 
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 HeneryPNebraska    
 
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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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