Day Two Senior Bowl Risers

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Day two of Senior Bowl practices are completed and again, a number of players looked terrific. Here are the risers for Day 2 and seven players who made money for themselves in Mobile.

Cooper Kupp/WR/Eastern Washington: Kupp had an outstanding second day of Senior Bowl practice, getting open at will and catching everything thrown his way. He ran sharp routes to create separation and showed excellent reaction time on short passes thrown outside his body. Kupp was consistently in position to make catches after exiting his route breaks and had an overall excellent showing.

Haason Reddick/LB/Temple: There’s one more day of  Senior Bowl practice and it’s a day I expect Reddick to further improve, but you can already tell the linebacker has the “it” factor. He was dominant in pass-rushing drills both blitzing as a stand-up linebacker and coming out of a three-point stance. In several instances he beat opponents so badly Reddick got a rise from scouts in attendance. He looked much improved in coverage drills today and if he didn’t make plays on the ball he was darn close.

Tanzel Smart/DL/Tulane: You’d figure Smart would be dominated by opponents this week as he measured as one of the smallest defensive linemen here at the Senior Bowl, but that hasn’t been the case at all. Smart has been impossible to stop as his combination of quickness, movement skills and surprising power has knocked blockers back off the ball every day. As stated in our preview, Smart is one of the better three-technique tackle prospects in the draft.

Evan Engram/TE/Mississippi: Not to be outdone by his SEC rival O.J. Howard, Engram looked terrific today in all aspects of the tight end position. He was strong and dominant in blocking drills, ran solid routes and made several nice catches in the deep field. In a draft stacked at the tight end position, Engram could end up as one of the steals of Day 2.

Taywan Taylor/WR/Western Kentucky: Taylor was good on Tuesday but really stood out on Wednesday. He’s extremely smooth running routes and transitioning from catch to YAC and shows great focus and concentration at the catch point. His long arms and reach allow him to stay on his feet making catches both above his head and below his knees, and Taylor does a nice job fighting through contact and making contested catches.

Damontae Kazee/DB/San Diego State: Kazee isn’t big (5-10, 183) but he was strong in press coverage against Josh Reynolds (6-3, 187) and Fred Ross (6-1, 203) on Wednesday. He stays tight in coverage with receivers down the field and shows nice recovery speed to make up ground on opponents when they do separate. Kazee has very smooth ball skills as well and displayed playmaking ability in the secondary.

Cameron Sutton/DB/Tennessee: Sutton started practice by sticking tight with O.J. Howard and forcing a drop, and he never slowed down. He stayed with receivers all day and showed good closing speed out of route breaks and in the running game. Sutton, who checks in at 5-11 and 182 pounds, also worked in at safety with Rudy Ford injured and held his own in deep coverage, and that versatility could be huge for him if it sticks Thursday.