Senior Bowl -- North Team Page

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Practice page for Senior Bowl’s North roster. Full measurables, daily practice reports and team interests included.

Quarterbacks

Name: Josh Allen

School: Wyoming

Ht: 6047

Wt: 237

Arm: 33 1/2

Hand: 10 1/8

 

 

Tues: Threw a few beautiful passes but for the most part really struggled. Had a number of passes get away from him and on several instances just gave his receivers no chance at all. Mentioned after practice that he's really working on his footwork.

Wed: Looked a little better, though some passes still got away from him. Makes some incredible, jaw-dropping passes no one else has the arm strength to make and places the ball in an area where only his guy can make the catch, but at other times he’s so far off the mark.

Thurs: Did not seem to be on the same page as his receivers. This is disconcerting, as it was a problem for Allen throughout the 2017 season.

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Analysis: Allen had his moments and made some beautiful passes throughout the week but also had streaks where he was terrible. His week of practice definitely wasn't the performance he needed or wanted. He became rather defensive on a number of occasions during his interviews when the topic of accuracy came up. To his credit, Allen did say several times he’s working hard on his footwork in the effort to improve his pass placement. The potential here is enormous but so is the risk, and as a result Allen leaves the Senior Bowl with as many questions as when he arrived.

 

Name: Luke Falk

School: Washington State

Ht: 6036

Wt: 211

Arm: 32 1/8

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Falk was accurate but his arm strength really seemed to be lacking, especially when he threw before or after Tanner Lee and Josh Allen.

Wed: Falk had another accurate showing in the short and intermediate field and did a nice job resetting his platform on the move, even when rolling left, but he rarely challenged deep and his balls generally lacked zip.

Thurs: Falk maintains his poise and composure in the pocket and continues to be accurate moving the chains, but he overthrew multiple corner routes in the end zone and isn't particularly effective down the field.

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Analysis: Falk was as advertised in Mobile, showing good footwork, fundamentals and pocket poise while proving accurate in the short and intermediate field, struggling to drive deep balls and missing some tight-window throws. The rumors that his arm strength would look better outside of the air raid didn’t hold up, but he still has the skill set to be a high-level backup and spot starter at the NFL level.

 

Name: Tanner Lee

School: Nebraska

Ht: 6041

Wt: 218

Arm: 32 1/8

Hand: 10 1/8

 

 

Tues: He threw several beautiful passes against air but it was a different story in scrimmage. Threw two terrible picks when he could not find the defensive back.

Wed: Has a next-level arm and throws a nice ball but misses wide open receivers and cannot read the defense or find opponents in the back seven. Threw another bad pick today.

Thurs: Throws a nice ball but does a terrible job with his reads. Threw another bad interception today.

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Analysis: Lee has all the physical tools people want in a starting quarterback, but the question is whether he has what it takes between the ears. While he made a few nice throws during the three days of practice, he tossed just as many bad interceptions and at times missed wide open receivers. Lee was no different at the Senior Bowl then he was as the quarterback at Nebraska in 2017 -- a passer that more times than not leaves you scratching your head.

 

Name: Baker Mayfield

School: Oklahoma

Ht: 6003

Wt: 216

Arm: 30 1/2

Hand: 9 1/2

 

 

Tues: A little erratic but for the most part had a solid performance. Very quick in all his actions, he displayed a decent (not great) arm and for the most part was accurate. A few throws got away from him, but overall it was a solid day for Mayfield.

Wed: Mayfield was the most effective quarterback for the North on Wednesday, displaying better accuracy and decision-making than Josh Allen and Tanner Lee and a stronger arm than Luke Falk while connecting on a few nice passes down the field.

Thurs: Mayfield exits Senior Bowl week as the event's top quarterback, although there were times when his downfield throws outside the numbers lacked the drive necessary to fit into tight windows between corners, safeties and the sideline.

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Analysis: Mayfield was easily the most impressive quarterback on the field this week in Mobile, showing the ability to handle a pro offense under center, command a huddle, work through his progressions and throw with anticipation. His feet and eyes were in sync with each other throughout the week, and even though he doesn’t possess the cannon arm of some of his teammates, he solidified his status as a first-round pick. The only question left is: how high?

 

Running Backs/Fullbacks

Name: Kalen Ballage

School: Arizona State

Ht: 6021

Wt: 222

Arm: 33 1/4

Hand: 9 3/4

 

 

Tues: Ballage was the best running back on the field for the North squad, showing good speed and quickness out of his cuts while catching the ball effectively out of the backfield.

Wed: Ballage built off a strong Tuesday, showing receiver-level ball skills at times while displaying excellent juice on jump cuts. He doesn’t waste movements running side to side and held up nicely in pass protection.

Thurs: Ballage continued to show smooth movement skills out of his cuts and route breaks while losing no speed and effortlessly creating separation. He had one drop but caught the ball well and showed speed around the corner.

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Analysis: Ballage showed uncanny physical ability for a runner his size, displaying speed, quickness, burst and change-of-direction ability befitting of a back 15 pounds lighter. He was smooth as a receiver and efficient getting up the field while holding up in pass protection, and he helped himself enough to get strong consideration late in Day 2 or early in Day 3.

 

Name: Dimitri Flowers

School: Oklahoma

Ht: 6016

Wt: 253

Arm: 31

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues:

Wed: Flowers made one of the highlight plays of North practice with a one-handed catch up the seam after fighting through contact, but is generally a slow mover and lost a soft fumble on a fullback drive.

Thurs: Looks very stiff and is just a small-area player. Isn't much of an offensive threat but did make a solid basket catch for a touchdown in a contested situation.

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Analysis: Flowers lumbers about the field and generally lacks burst and flexibility, but he showed skill in the passing game and proved to be enough of a threat as a receiver that opponents will have to respect him even if he lacks exciting ability once the ball is in his hands, although he's little more than a last-day pick for a team that uses fullbacks in the passing game.

 

Name: Jaylen Samuels

School: NC State

Ht: 5114

Wt: 223

Arm: 31 3/8

Hand: 8 7/8

 

 

Tues: Samuels looked like a natural receiver out of the backfield Tuesday, which is unsurprising considering his role with the Wolfpack. He showed good quickness and acceleration and a nice burst through the hole.

Wed: Samuels doesn’t have great speed but is a smooth mover who shows great patience on the inside, rarely running at full speed before he reaches the open field. He follows his blockers and is efficient with his movements and had another good day catching the football.

Thurs: Samuels plays to his size, showing power when lowering his shoulders and using his body nicely to shield defenders from passes thrown his way, but he needs a moment to gather himself before heading upfield after adjusting to errant passes.

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Analysis: The biggest takeaway from Samuels’ week of practice was his patience as a runner at a position he’s never played on a full-time basis. He sets up blocks nicely and showed the quickness to navigate inside running lanes, following his blocks before showing good burst once holes opened. He looked natural as a receiver, used his size to separate and was effective as an inside runner. The team that drafts him would be wise to utilize his versatility but in the end, he's a running back, and one who made his case to go towards the back of the top 100 picks.

 

Name: Akrum Wadley

School: Iowa

Ht: 5097

Wt: 188

Arm: 29 7/8

Hand: 8 1/8

 

 

Tues: Wadley was as quick as advertised, avoiding defenders in the backfield and showing shiftiness in the hole. He's a natural receiver who quickly and smoothly transitions to running after the catch, but he did lose a fumble when he was stripped by Marcus Allen during scrimmage.

Wed: Had a "wow" type of performance. Can cut on a dime and loses no momentum changing direction. Made defenders miss and had them grasping at air on a number of occasions. Caught the ball very well out of the backfield and did a nice job staying behind blocks until the last second before quickly cutting into the hole.

Thurs: Continues to impress. Incredibly quick and plays with great balance and body control as well as better-than-expected power when he keeps his pads low.

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Analysis: Smaller, quicker backs tend to excel in the Senior Bowl setting, and Wadley did just that. His quickness and shiftiness were on full display, he loses nothing through multiple cuts and he surprises with power when he runs behind his pads. He hid behind blocks well before busting through the hole and played with balance while looking natural as a receiver, catching the ball with ease and quickly getting upfield, and he likely boosted his draft stock by at least a round.

 

Tight Ends

Name: Tyler Conklin

School: Central Michigan

Ht: 6027

Wt: 252

Arm: 33 1/4

Hand: 9 3/4

 

 

Tues: Ran decent routes and did a nice job separating from defenders. Caught the ball very well. He did not look fast despite being a 4.7s tight end.

Wed: Terrific pass catcher who almost looks like a receiver in a tight end's body. Nicely adjusts to the ball and snatches it away from his frame with his hands. Tracks the pass in the air and makes the difficult catch in a crowd. Blocks with solid fundamentals and shows ability in pass protection but for the most part lacks functional blocking strength.

Thurs: Made several nice receptions today. Shows great fundamentals as a blocker -- bending his knees, getting his pads low and driving into blocks.

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Analysis: Overall I believe Conklin improved his draft stock, as he showed himself to be a terrific receiver who has potential as a blocker. He caught the ball very well all week and looked very athletic. While he leaves Mobile with an improved draft grade, his 40 time at the combine will be more important.

 

Name: Troy Fumagalli

School: Wisconsin

Ht: 6047

Wt: 247

Arm: 32 1/4

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: Struggled in a number of areas catching the ball but looked really good blocking.

Wed: Plays like a big-bodied tight end. Tough. Not spectacular in any area rather very efficient as a blocker and pass catcher.

Thurs: Erratic day. Made a few nice receptions but also had a pass or two slip through his grasp. Looks like a very ordinary athlete.

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Analysis: Overall it was an uninspired week by Fumagalli. He was solid in most areas yet never really stood out the way I hoped. He caught the ball well but did not look natural the way he does on film. His speed was unimpressive, and while Fumagalli gave effort blocking, he didn’t finish off opponents. It was not the week he needed to secure a spot in the draft’s second day.

 

Name: Michael Gesicki

School: Penn State

Ht: 6053

Wt: 242

Arm: 34

Hand: 10 1/8

 

 

Tues: Did not look spectacular in any area, but to his credit he was solid in all areas. Caught the ball very well and is a natural hands catcher. Showed real good strength as a blocker.

Wed: Made several nice receptions extending in the deep field to grab the pass from the air. Also caught the ball well on crossing patterns, adjusting backwards and grabbing the ball from the air.

Thurs: Tremendous day for Gesicki. Made several phenomenal catches including a corner route in the end zone when he out-jumped the safety, twisted his body in half and stabbed the ball out of the air. Described as a “gigantic receiver” for the way he catches passes.

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Analysis: Many were surprised when I put Gesicki in the first round of my 2018 mock draft last May. And while he ultimately won’t be a first-round pick, Gesicki had scouts talking about him as they left Mobile. He’s a huge target who was one of the better pass catchers from the week -- tight end or receiver. He competes for the reception, uses his huge frame as an advantage and snatches the ball with soft hands. His 40 time will be important, but I believe Gesicki cemented himself as a top-45 pick.

 

Name: Durham Smythe

School: Notre Dame

Ht: 6052

Wt: 253

Arm: 31 1/2

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Smythe had a terrific day and was the best tight end on the North. Was dominant in blocking drills and as a blocker in scrimmage. Manhandled Jalyn Holmes a number of times. Also caught the ball very well.

Wed: Another good day. Very sound in all his fundamentals. Catches the ball well with his hands away from his frame. Strong as a blocker, stays square and controls opponents.

Thurs: Another solid and an efficient performance from Smythe. Caught the ball well and did a solid job blocking. Plays with great fundamentals.

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Analysis: Smythe had a real good week of practice and helped himself as much as any tight end in Mobile. He didn’t have many "wow" plays but was efficient, productive and effective in all areas. He came to the Senior Bowl as a late-round pick, yet I believe he leaves as an early Day 3 selection who should be effective as a second tight end at the next level.

 

Wide Receivers

Name: Braxton Berrios

School: Miami-Fl

Ht: 5085

Wt: 177

Arm: 28 1/8

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: Berrios showed off his quickness and stop-start ability in Tuesday's practice along with a willingness to put his body on the line for the football. He made a highlight-reel grab on a wheel route out of the slot, beating the corner and diving for the catch before the safety could close.

Wed: Easily the most agile receiver on the North, Berrios ran sharp routes and quickly got out of his breaks at the stem. He worked the sideline nicely and quickly plants after making the catch to add yards after the catch.

Thurs: Berrios’ hands were meant to catch footballs, as he consistently follows the ball into his hands and is always ready for the pass. His quickness in his route breaks was evident, as was his willingness to do whatever it takes to make the catch.

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Analysis: Berrios was a big winner this week, consistently impressing each day with his quickness and route-running. He was nearly impossible to stick with out of route breaks and was sharp transitioning to yards after catch. A reliable slot man who catches everything thrown his way, Berrios laid out on numerous occasions and showed no fear working the middle of the field and the sideline. He also fought through a rib injury and suffered no notable drop in performance, cementing himself as one of the better pure slot prospects in the draft.

 

Name: Michael Gallup

School: Colorado State

Ht: 6007

Wt: 198

Arm: 30 7/8

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Gallup had a solid if unspectacular day of practice, showing quickness and acceleration in drills and catching most of the balls thrown his way.

Wed: Gallup had a few drops early and failed to stand out from a generally nondescript group of receivers, but did show the ability to quickly gather himself on route breaks and transition nicely into yards after catch.

Thurs: Gallup’s chemistry with Baker Mayfield was evident much of the week, and he shows good timing when extending for passes off his frame. He needs to sink his hips better at the stem of his routes and when changing direction.

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Analysis: Gallup is a solid player who lacks standout traits but does everything well. He’s quick enough and fast enough to create separation and shows good pass-catching fundamentals on balls thrown both inside and away from his frame. Gallup transitions well into yards after catch and quickly developed chemistry and trust with his quarterbacks, particularly Baker Mayfield, and he showed enough to come off the board early on Day 3 of the draft.

 

Name: DaeSean Hamilton

School: Penn State

Ht: 6006

Wt: 202

Arm: 32 5/8

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: The Shrine Game call-up was plagued by early drops, even letting a pass go right through his hands, but he ran solid routes and recovered to make a few plays as practice moved along.

Wed: Hamilton avoided a second straight slow start, showing good early chemistry with Josh Allen. His balance on double moves is impressive and allows him to create separation, and he showed good awareness on the sideline and an ability to beat press coverage.

Thurs: Hamilton had several nice moments, using good shoulder lean to get corners off balance before breaking off his routes and showing explosiveness attacking balls in the air and the focus to make nice catches in double coverage. He occasionally lets passes get inside his pads and had a few drops, but it was a solid day overall.

Team Interests: Pittsburgh Steelers

Analysis: Hamilton started slow but improved as the week went on, building on his momentum from Shrine practices. A good route-runner who stays balanced out of breaks and double moves and leverages defenders with body positioning, he separates smoothly and proved he can beat press coverage at the line. He lets too many passes inside his pads and struggled with drops at times, but he attacks the ball in the air and seems to always know where he is on the field. He's off to a great start in the postseason process and could push to go late on the draft's second day.

 

Name: Allen Lazard

School: Iowa State

Ht: 6042

Wt: 227

Arm: 32 1/2

Hand: 9 7/8

 

 

Tues: Lazard struggled Tuesday, looking slow on the field, having trouble keeping his feet on cuts in both drills and live action and dropping passes. His routes weren't sharp but he was able to use his size to maintain separation from defensive backs.

Wed: Lazard moves like a tight end compared to the other receivers on the field, and his lack of speed messed up the timing with his quarterbacks. He rounded off too many routes and made no impact during scrimmage.

Thurs: Lazard showed off his red-zone skills early and often Thursday, displaying strong hands when defensive backs tried to rip balls away, getting vertical and adjusting nicely on over-the-shoulder catches. He still isn’t smooth adjusting to passes thrown behind him and rounds off too many routes, relying on his big body to separate from defenders.

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Analysis: Lazard was moving in slow motion compared to teammates and opponents, rounding off too many routes and losing his feet out of breaks at times. His size helps him maintain the separation he’s able to create and he was very effective in the red zone, getting vertical and showing strong hands, but he proved himself as a one-trick pony in Mobile and likely played himself out of Day 2 consideration.

 

Name: Jaleel Scott

School: New Mexico State

Ht: 6047

Wt: 216

Arm: 33 7/8

Hand: 9 3/4

 

 

Tues: Scott isn't the quickest receiver and took time to gather himself when changing direction, but he made a few catches on what was mostly a nondescript day of practice for him.

Wed: Scott struggled to separate but ran solid routes and showed the ability to recover quickly after bad reps while avoiding bad drops.

Thurs: Scott is a smooth mover for his size but isn’t particularly quick off the line. He does a nice job catching the ball away from his body and high pointing balls, staying straight up and down and maintaining his balance well.

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Analysis: Scott isn’t quick off the line or when changing direction but runs nice routes and catches most of the passes thrown in his direction. His pass-catching fundamentals are solid and he does a nice job staying balanced when high pointing passes, but there is nothing twitchy or explosive about his skill set, making him a likely third-day pick.

 

Name: Justin Watson

School: Penn

Ht: 6025

Wt: 213

Arm: 33 3/4

Hand: 9 3/4

 

 

Tues: The North squad's second call-up from last week's Shrine Game, Watson's lack of twitchy athleticism was obvious but he showed good reaction time and made a great one-handed catch deep down the field, although a faster receiver wouldn't have had to use one hand.

Wed: Watson struggled when asked to change direction in drills and seemed disoriented at times but showed impressive body control, although he struggled to get open for much of practice.

Thurs: Thursday was Watson’s best day of practice, as he looked improved in agility and change-of-direction drills and was generally more comfortable moving around the field. He had the highlight of practice when he made a great one-handed catch in tight coverage against Isaac Yiadom in the corner of the end zone.

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Analysis: Watson saved his best for last in Mobile, appearing more comfortable and agile changing direction as the week went on. His hands are excellent and he made multiple one-handed touchdown catches, showing nice reaction time, balance and functional athleticism. He isn’t particularly quick or fast but runs good routes and uses his frame to maintain separation while proving to his quarterbacks that he can come down with contested passes when they throw them up for grabs. Buried on most draft boards before the Shrine Game, he now has a legitimate chance to go in the later rounds.

 

Name: Cedrick Wilson

School: Boise State

Ht: 6017

Wt: 194

Arm: 32 1/2

Hand: 9 3/4

 

 

Tues: Wilson is a smooth mover on the field and adjusted nicely to errant passes, but he also had a couple drops.

Wed: Wilson cleaned up the drops Wednesday and showed good reaction time and extension on short passes thrown off his body, but was chided by a coach for only getting one foot down in bounds during sideline drills.

Thurs: Wilson is very smooth in his routes and transitioning into yards after catch and does a nice job using his shoulders to get cornerbacks leaning before cutting in the other direction. He was up and down against press and physical coverage but eventually fought through it and stayed balanced, and he showed the concentration to make catches in the traffic in the middle of the field and the end zone.

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Analysis: The trait that stood out about Wilson in Mobile was how smooth he was, both as a route-runner and adjusting to errant passes. He loses little out of breaks and transitioning to yards after catch, stays balanced throughout his routes and keeps defenders guessing as to his next move. His thin frame led to some struggles with press coverage, but he also showed good concentration in traffic and nice extension to make catches off his body and could come off the board towards the end of Day 2.

 

Offensive Line

Name: Mason Cole

School: Michigan

Ht: 6042

Wt: 303

Arm: 32 1/4

Hand: 9 7/8

 

 

Tues: Terrific day for Cole, who lined up at center. Fundamentally sound and blocked with proper knee bend and leverage. Quick, explosive and stong at the point. Handled opponents in one-on-ones and looked good during scrimmage.

Wed: Another really good day for Cole. Smart, tough and blocks with great fundamentals. Agile and also strong but must learn to finish run blocks.

Thurs: Solid day for Cole though not as effective as the previous two practices. Looks like he’s getting a little worn. Showed a lot of tenacity as well as consistency with his blocking mechanics.

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Analysis: I was looking forward to Cole’s return to the center position and he did not disappoint. He’s a long, lean blocker who did a great job on the pivot, playing with solid fundamentals and intelligence. Cole was quick, moved well and won his battles. He needs to get a bit stronger but should be the second center off the board come April.

 

Name: Tyrell Crosby

School: Oregon

Ht: 6047

Wt: 319

Arm: 34 3/8

Hand: 10 7/8

 

 

Tues: I was impressed with Crosby's footwork and ability to get off the edge, but he bends at the waist, lacks balance and was all over the place.

Wed: Struggled all day. Makes good use of blocking angles but looks and plays like a marginal athlete, often finding himself off balance, and he was beaten on several occasions throughout practice.

Thurs: Better day for Crosby but still needs a lot of work. Sets up quickly in pass pro and does a nice job staying square. Competes. Was beaten by inside moves, outside speed and got too tall in his blocks.

Team Interests: Los Angeles Rams

Analysis: Though Crosby had his moments, I felt he struggled most of the week. He’s a quick blocker who competes and stays square, but he gets tall in his stance, cannot handle outside speed rushers or adjust to shut down inside moves.

 

Name: Jamil Demby

School: Maine

Ht: 6045

Wt: 323

Arm: 34

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Lined up at left tackle, which is not his best next-level position. He's strong as an ox and easily controlled opponents once he got his hands on them, yet if he had to move more than a few feet to his left or right, or had to adjust to defenders, he got beat.

Wed: Again was strong but only good in a small area. Once he got his hands on opponents, he was able to control them but struggles handling speed and quickness.

Thurs: Strong but only good in a small area. Cannot adjust and shows little in the way of agility.

Team Interests: New York Giants

Analysis: Though Demby didn’t embarrass himself, I feel he assured scouts he cannot play left tackle at the next level. He’s a mean, powerful blocker who controls opponents once engaged at the point but shows little in the way of blocking range or agility. That being the case, Demby has the ability to backup at guard on Sundays.

 

Name: William Hernandez

School: UTEP

Ht: 6024

Wt: 340

Arm: 32 3/8

Hand: 9 3/4

 

 

Tues: Very good day for Hernandez. He's a powerhouse who blocks with a nasty attitude. He kept his head on a swivel, showed strength and proceeded to control anyone he got his hands on. Also worked hard helping out his linemates. Hernandez is a little stiff and struggled if he was required to cover any amount of area.

Wed: Just a tough, nasty blocker. Easily controls opponents, keeps his head on a swivel and does a great job helping out linemates. Shows a bit of stiffness in his game but needs to improve his playing balance.

Thurs: Had his moments today and was very chippy, shoving after the whistle and getting into it a few times with defenders.

Team Interests: Tampa Bay Bucs

Analysis: 

Analysis: There were few as tough, nasty or powerful as Hernandez during Senior Bowl practice. He’s a big man who plays big football and gets enjoyment from pummeling opponents. Hernandez not only did a great job in one-on-ones, but I was impressed by the way he kept his head on a swivel and looked natural helping out his linemates. He shows little in the way of blocking on the move, but in a conventional offense that reduces his area responsibilities, Hernandez will flourish at the next level.

 

Name: Cole Madison

School: Washington State

Ht: 6050

Wt: 307

Arm: 33 3/4

Hand: 10 3/8

 

 

Tues: Madison is not a great athlete but he worked hard and gets the most from his ability. Better in a small area and gets the job done.

Wed: Gets the most from his ability. Quick, explosive and fundamentally sound. Blocks with good lean, effectively gets his hands into opponents and controls them at the point. Has not played like a powerhouse or great athlete but gets the job done.

Thurs: Madison continues to impress. I love the leverage he blocks with, his overall fundamentals and the way he works through the whistle. Very efficient and gets the most from his ability.

Team Interests: Dallas Cowboys

Analysis: I got a lot more than I expected from Madison this week. He was tough, efficient and fundamentally sound. He blocks with great lean for a tall lineman and played with excellent balance as well as vision. He’s going to be a Day 3 pick but could end up starting at guard in the right system.

 

Name: Brian O'Neill

School: Pittsburgh

Ht: 6064

Wt: 298

Arm: 34 1/8

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: I liked what I saw from O'Neill today, who primarily lined up at right tackle. He blocks with solid fundamentals and is super effective with his hands and very strong at the point. O'Neill also has some growth potential and should only get better in time.

Wed: Primarily a right side player but has tools. Strong, fundamentally sound and exceptional with his hands, placing them into defenders then riding pass rushers from their angles of attack. Lacks footwork and lateral blocking range.

Thurs: Solid day for O’Neill who won most of his battles. Does a great job using his hands and on a number of occasions was able to knock speed rushers from their angles of attack with a terrific punch after getting beat off the snap.

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Analysis: O’Neill was one of the half-dozen underclassmen on hand for the Senior Bowl, and his decision to participate was wise. He looked really good at right tackle, as I was impressed by the big man’s fundamentals, strength at the point and tenacity. He’s strictly a right tackle prospect but is a Day 2 draft choice who could ultimately start on Sundays.

 

Name: Scott Quessenberry

School: UCLA

Ht: 6036

Wt: 314

Arm: 32 3/4

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: Quessenberry is strong, explosive and he also blocks with a nasty attitude. But he's stiff and was only effective in a very small area.

Wed: Struggled and really had a difficult day. Off balance most of the day, bends at the waist and got beat throughout practice. Must play in a small area.

Thurs: Strong, tough and competes. Heady and shows great awareness but is only good in a smaller area.

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Analysis: The three days of practice were a struggle for Quessenberry. He’s a hard-working, small-area blocker who is strong at the point, but he struggled handling quick, agile opponents and was often off balance trying to adjust and get his hands on blockers.

 

Name: Wyatt Teller

School: Virginia Tech

Ht: 6044

Wt: 311

Arm: 33 7/8

Hand: 10 1/8

 

 

Tues: I was pleasantly surprised by Teller today. He is incredibly strong and explosive and easily controlled opponents once he got his hands on them. He also does a good job blocking with proper lean and staying square. Teller is a bit stiff, which hurts his ability to finish blocks.

Wed: Another really good day for Teller. I like his fundamentals and love the way he uses his hands, and his intensity is off the charts. Did not see him get beat today.

Thurs: Solid day for Teller, who looks like he’s worn down a bit. Got beat a few times but came back and won the next battle.

Team Interests: New York Giants, New York Jets

Analysis: Teller was a player scouts informed me of after his sophomore season, but I didn’t see a lot of progress in his game since then. He made up for it during Senior Bowl practices, playing strong, nasty football and winning more battles than he lost. Teller was another who fought hard and blocked with proper technique, and he has improved his draft stock to the middle of the final day.

 

Name: Brett Toth

School: Army

Ht: 6056

Wt: 303

Arm: 33

Hand: 10 1/8

 

 

Tues:

Wed: Star of the day on the North’s offensive line. Took on and beat all comers -- handled both Ohio State defensive linemen, controlled Garrett Dooley when he stood over tackle as a pass rusher and was one of the few who found ways to stop Harrison Phillips and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. Tough, patient and fundamentally very sound.

Thurs: Another terrific day for Toth. Beat just about every opponent he faced.

Team Interests: New York Jets

Analysis: I gushed over Toth last week during Shrine practice, and he took it to another level at the Senior Bowl. He dominated all types of defenders -- speed rushers, power linemen and everything in between. He’s not an overwhelming mauler rather a methodical, intelligent and fundamentally sound lineman who can start in the NFL if he gets the chance to play on Sundays.

 

Name: Sean Welsh

School: Iowa

Ht: 6023

Wt: 296

Arm: 32 1/8

Hand: 10 1/4

 

 

Tues: Looked good in a small area and made several nice plays but really didn't stand out.

Wed: I was impressed with Welsh, who really stepped it up today. Played strong football and controlled opponents once he was able to engage.

Thurs: Up and down today. Welsh is strong at the point but did a lot of over-extending and reaching into blocks throughout practice.

Team Interests: Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets

Analysis: Welsh had his ups and downs all week, but overall I believe he helped himself. He’s tough, strong and willing to compete but is only really effective in a small area and may be nothing more than a backup at the next level.

 

Defensive Line

Name: B.J. Hill

School: NC State

Ht: 6033

Wt: 321

Arm: 32 1/4

Hand: 10 3/8

 

 

Tues: Hill didn't make many plays, but at the same time he didn't get beat. He plays with terrific pad level and leverage, gets underneath opponents and explodes off the snap. He shows solid strength at the point but struggled finishing plays.

Wed: Showed a nice degree of athleticism, quickness and movement skills. Fires off the snap, was quick to close and on several occasions showed decent speed getting outside the box in pursuit of the action. Didn’t make many plays but had his moments.

Thurs: Hill won and lost battles today but what impressed me was the strength he played with. On a number of occasions he tossed blockers aside as though they were minor obstacles then penetrated the line of scrimmage.

Team Interests: Philadelphia Eagles

Analysis: Hill was solid all week -- he wasn’t great and didn’t make many flash plays, rather he held his own and showed himself to be a stout, athletic DT. I was impressed the way he used his hands and the strength he showed in his upper body. Hill needs to finish his game but has starting potential at the next level.

 

Name: Jalyn Holmes

School: Ohio State

Ht: 6046

Wt: 279

Arm: 34 3/4

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Holmes was a bit of an enigma today. He looks the part, was very athletic in drills and looked like a power forward on the football field. Struggled getting off blocks in scrimmage and was consistently handled by opponents. 

Wed: Was handled all practice long. Looks the part but once blocked, he stays blocked.  Very disappointing.

Thurs: Another disappointing day for Holmes. Looks the part and stood out during drills, but once he’s blocked it's game over.

Team Interests:

Analysis: I expected a lot from Holmes but he didn’t deliver. He’s athletic and looks the part but for the most part was handled all week by offensive linemen and a few tight ends. The potential is available, but it must be applied.

 

Name: Justin Jones

School: N.C. State

Ht: 6023

Wt: 311

Arm: 33 5/8

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Jones had his moments today, ironically when he lined up at end and rushed the edge. He's very quick-twitch, shows a lot of speed up the field and plays hard. But when Jones lined up inside, he could not get off blocks. I do love the pad level and leverage he plays with.

Wed: When used as a two-gap end, Jones was unstoppable. He fires off the snap with a great first step, plays with incredible pad level and shows great explosion and quickness in his game. Jones also displayed himself as a terrific pass rusher. When pushed inside to nose tackle and asked to take on double teams, he was easily neutralized.

Thurs: Huge day for Jones. He was beating opponents left and right. Has incredible quickness and explosion in his game as well as a nice complement of lower-body strength. His ability to play with great pad level and get leverage on opponents gives him a huge advantage.

Team Interests:

Analysis: Jones got better and better as the week progressed, and by Thursday he was the best defensive lineman on the North squad. He’s amazingly quick, explosive and intense. Jones played with tremendous pad level and showed an array of moves to protect himself and disengage from blocks. He’s definitely in the conversation for Day 2 of the draft based on his performance.

 

Name: Tyquan Lewis

School: Ohio State

Ht: 6026

Wt: 276

Arm: 33 5/8

Hand: 10 3/8

 

 

Tues: I really want to like Lewis, but he showed himself to be nothing other than a first-step lineman who could not get off blocks.

Wed: Lewis continues to display himself as a first-step speed rusher. I like his movement skills and ability to quickly close in any direction, but his inability to disengage form blocks the past two days is going to hurt his draft stock.

Thurs:

Team Interests: Philadelphia Eagles

Analysis: Like his Ohio State teammate, I was disappointed in Lewis. He’s relatively athletic and displayed good edge speed but was manhandled in one-on-ones and could not get off blocks, similar to Holmes.

 

Name: Bilal Nichols

School: Delaware

Ht: 6040

Wt: 300

Arm: 

Hand: 

 

 

Tues: Was not at the Senior Bowl.

Wed: Was not at the Senior Bowl.

Thurs: Showed some nice power and pop in his game. Held up well all day.

Team Interests: 

Analysis:

 

Name: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

School: Oklahoma

Ht: 6013

Wt: 243

Arm: 34 1/2

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: Another first-step lineman, Okoronkwo explodes off the snap and shows a lot of speed but consistently gets handled by blockers. He had his moments the few times he stood up over tackle.

Wed: Very quick, athletic and explosive. He struggles out of a three-point stance if he doesn’t get the first step on blockers yet shows excellent edge speed and quickly gets up the field. Okoronkwo occasionally stood up over tackle as a 3-4 OLB and looked solid.

Thurs: Showed tremendous quickness and athleticism all day. Displayed an amazing first step off the snap, speed off the edge and a nice inside move which enabled him to beat Tyrell Crosby.

Team Interests:

Analysis: There’s a lot to like about Okoronkwo’s game, but I like his skills at 3-4 OLB rather than the defensive end position he came out of most of the week. He’s incredibly athletic, quick and uses his hands exceedingly well. Okoronkwo showed outside speed as well as an inside move. He’ll be a solid mid-round pick who’s used as a situational pass rusher at the next level.

 

Name: Harrison Phillips

School: Stanford

Ht: 6033

Wt: 303

Arm: 33 3/4

Hand: 10 1/2

 

 

Tues: Phillips had a terrific day. He was quick and powerful and destroyed opponents. He showed power bull rushing blockers off the line and at the same time displayed a variety of moves getting around opponents.

Wed: For the most part, Phillips had his way with opponents and, except for a few occasions, destroyed everyone. He’s quick, powerful and has an array of moves which he uses to get off blocks. He's really helping himself this week.

Thurs: Seemed to slow down today and looked a little worn. Had his moments and won out a few times but was also handled more times than not.

Team Interests:

Analysis: Phillips was one of the stars on the North’s defensive line and really stood out the first two days of practice. He beat opponents in a variety of ways and did so in one-on-ones as well as full scrimmage. He’s quick, plays with leverage and uses his hands very well. Phillips was a lot more athletic than I projected, and he’s locked himself up as an early second-round pick.

 

Name: Nathan Shepherd

School: Fort Hays State

Ht: 6037

Wt: 310

Arm: 33

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Shepherd did very well on Day 1. He's quick and athletic and moved well in every direction of the field. I loved the way he competed and worked to finish plays. Shepherd needs to improve his playing strength but offers great potential.

Wed: Shepherd started well but was ultimately lost to a broken hand. Before the injury, he played well and did a good job in one-on-ones. I like his athleticism, agility and balance as Shepherd was rarely off his feet. He needs to improve his lower-body power but has great upside.

Thurs: Left the Senior Bowl with a broken hand.

Team Interests:

Analysis: It’s a shame Shepherd got hurt and left the Senior Bowl after Wednesday’s practice, as he kept improving and impressing the first two days. He’s a long lineman who plays with excellent leverage, quickness and athleticism. I was impressed not only the way Shepherd beat opponents off the snap but also his change of direction and ability to pursue the action down the line of scrimmage. He definitely opened a lot of eyes in Mobile.

 

Name: Chad Thomas

School: Miami-Fl

Ht: 6050

Wt: 277

Arm: 34

Hand: 10 3/8

 

 

Tues:

Wed: Out with a groin strain.

Thurs: Thomas left the Senior Bowl due to his groin strain.

Team Interests:

Analysis:

 

Linebackers

Name: Ja'Whaun Bentley

School: Purdue

Ht: 6015

Wt: 252

Arm: 32 1/4

Hand: 9 1/2

 

 

Tues: Bentley is a terrific run stuffer who also had a nice interception in drills. He's not overly athletic but played tough, heads-up football.

Wed: Short but tough and a strong run defender who does not embarrass himself in coverage drills. Must face the action when the ball is in the air. Occasionally used as a 3-4 OLB and did not look good.

Thurs: Got burnt in coverage several times.

Team Interests:

Analysis: Bentley has limitations but he did some things extremely well in Mobile. He’s a stout, sawed-off run defender who craves contact but also plays smart football. I was impressed with his coverage ability in zone yet equally unimpressed when he was asked to cover man-to-man. The bottom line -- Bentley is a tough, two-down defender with potential on the inside of a 3-4.

 

Name: Nicholas DeLuca

School: North Dakota State

Ht: 6027

Wt: 243

Arm: 33 1/2

Hand: 10 1/8

 

 

Tues: More of a two-down defender, DeLuca is tough as nails and did a great job stopping the run but shows limited speed and quickness moving laterally.

Wed: Tough with great instincts and does a terrific job locating the action. Not very quick and more of a downhill defender.

Thurs: Shows little in the way of quickness or speed.

Team Interests: Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers

Analysis: What DeLuca lacks in athleticism he made up for with instincts and intensity. He was always in the right place at the right time, was very efficient and always looked to get his pad in the pile. His lack of speed and quickness is a concern, but DeLuca will have a long career as a backup at the next level.

 

Name: Garret Dooley

School: Wisconsin

Ht: 6017

Wt: 248

Arm: 32 5/8

Hand: 10 3/8

 

 

Tues:

Wed: Has decent size and moves well but really cannot get off blocks as a pass rusher and did not show a lot of speed in space or get depth on drops.

Thurs: Ineffective in coverage drills. Was easily taken from the point as a 3-4 pass rusher.

Team Interests:

Analysis: I hate to say this but Dooley disappointed me. Off the film there was a lot I liked about his game, but over three days of practice he rarely made plays as a 3-4 pass rusher or in space on the ball carrier.

 

Name: Richard Jarvis

School: Brown

Ht: 6020

Wt: 236

Arm: 32 5/8

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: A thinking man's linebacker with excellent instincts, Brown is also a limited athlete who was late getting to the play.

Wed: Much better day for Jarvis. Has next-level instincts but Division II athleticism.

Thurs:

Team Interests: New York Giants

Analysis: Jarvis gave a lot of effort and showed he has the instincts for the next level, but his limited speed and quickness will be a problem. He’s the type of guy that could back up at the next level but must make it on special teams.

 

Name: Michael McCray

School: Michigan

Ht: 6011

Wt: 241

Arm: 33

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues:

Wed: McCray showed excellent instincts, awareness and toughness. He breaks down well, moves well in a straight line or laterally and takes good angles. His speed is a red flag, as McCray is often late getting to the action.

Thurs: Tough as nails but only good in the box. Got burnt in coverage drills and was slow flipping his hips and almost a full step late out of his transition.

Team Interests: Pittsburgh Steelers

Analysis: When he’s defending the run or facing the action in coverage, McCray shows a lot of next-level potential. He’s smart, physical and well-built but struggled moving in reverse or transitioning in coverage. He’ll be a situational run stopper and special teamer on Sundays.

 

Name: Myles Pierce

School: Citadel

Ht: 5112

Wt: 227

Arm: 29 1/2

Hand: 8 3/4

 

 

Tues: I was very, very impressed by Pierce. He's athletic, explosive and nasty. Pierce played smart, disciplined football and threw his body around the field when he got the chance. 

Wed: Not as good as yesterday and really struggled making any plays.

Thurs:

Team Interests: New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers

Analysis: Pierce had several impressive "wow" moments in practice and really stood out on several occasions. Though a little small, he’s quick, athletic and aggressive. He’ll offer potential as a run-and-chase linebacker in a one-gap system.

 

Name: Kemoko Turay

School: Rutgers

Ht: 6043

Wt: 252

Arm: 33 5/8

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Primarily lined up at defensive end and showed himself to be a terrific edge rusher but also showed himself as someone who could not get off blocks.

Wed: Turay is athletic and flashes but showed himself to be nothing more than a first-step lineman. Could not take on or shed blocks and was ineffective in coverage.

Thurs: Showed a lot of athleticism, quickness and footwork. Good in pass-rush drills.

Team Interests: New York Giants

Analysis: There were times last week when Turay looked like the best defender on the field. He’s incredibly quick and athletic and moves with speed in every direction of the field. There were also instances when he was a complete non-factor and was overwhelmed by opponents. In the long run, Turay should do well as a 3-4 OLB brought onto the field as a situational pass rusher.

 

Name: Fred Warner

School: BYU

Ht: 6034

Wt: 235

Arm: 31 5/8

Hand: 9 3/4

 

 

Tues: I liked what Warner showed today. He was fast and fluid, quickly got to the spot and covered a lot of area on the field. I also liked the discipline and smarts he showed, making sure his teammates were in the proper position.

Wed: Another good day for Warner. He needs to get a little stronger but has the tools to be a three-down defender. Covers a lot of area on the field and looks athletic.

Thurs: Very effective in space. Moves around well and covers a lot of area. Despite his size, he gets caught up in blocks and really slowed down through the trash

Team Interests: Washington Redskins

Analysis: Warner was one of the better linebackers in space all week. He’s heady, did a great job getting his new teammates in the right position and making the proper defensive calls and covers a tremendous amount of area. I liked his coverage skills and ability to quickly close to the action. Warner is not big or stout at the point but offers potential as a conventional 4-3 weakside linebacker.

 

Defensive Backs

Name: Marcus Allen

School: Penn State

Ht: 6021

Wt: 215

Arm: 30 1/2

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Allen had a good showing in Tuesday's practice, showing ball skills and ability in coverage against tight ends and forcing a fumble on Akrum Wadley during scrimmage by ripping at the ball.

Wed: Allen understands his role as the last line of defense in the running game, coming up the field with purpose but staying inside to prevent cutbacks. He struggled covering tight ends, losing both Troy Fumagalli and Durham Smythe after making contact around the five-yard mark.

Thurs: Allen showed good change-of-direction skills and flips his hips as well as some corners but was slow to react in coverage and had his share of struggles with the physicality of the North tight ends.

Team Interests:

Analysis: Allen showed well as a run defender, staying disciplined with assignments in single-high alignments and understanding when to go for the big play. He moves well for a safety his size and covered effectively up the seam in off coverage but struggled with the physicality of the North's tight ends and will likely be most effective outside the box.

 

Name: Christian Campbell

School: Penn State

Ht: 6005

Wt: 192

Arm: 32 1/2

Hand: 8 5/8

 

 

Tues: Campbell lost some of the North's bigger receivers like Allen Lazard and Jaleel Scott and allowed them to separate too easily while not showing the recovery speed to catch up down the field.

Wed: Campbell was slow closing out of his plant and a beat behind when reading receivers' route breaks. He showed poor timing and looked unnatural with the ball in the air during drills but intercepted Tanner Lee on a ball that never should have been thrown.

Thurs: Campbell was a beat slow in coverage but didn’t allow any big plays, and he put himself in position for an interception after cutting in front of Jaleel Scott but couldn’t make a play on the ball.

Team Interests:

Analysis: Campbell struggled with both size and speed this week and was slow reading and reacting to plays. His ball skills were unimpressive and he didn't show the recovery speed or closing burst necessary to rate as more than a late-round option.

 

Name: Duke Dawson

School: Florida

Ht: 5106

Wt: 195

Arm: 30 7/8

Hand: 8 1/2

 

 

Tues: Dawson had strep throat and didn't practice Tuesday.

Wed: Dawson showed no ill effects of his sickness and was one of the better corners on the North. He was quick flipping his hips and effective in one-on-ones, doing a nice job staying connected to receivers on double moves and not giving up on plays, ripping a ball out of Cedrick Wilson's hands to force an incompletion.

Thurs: Dawson again showed good closing speed and ball skills and was the only North corner who could stay with Braxton Berrios out of breaks. He was occasionally beat by the team's more physical receivers and was late getting his head around on an end zone fade he might have been able to make a play on.

Team Interests:

Analysis: It would've been nice to see Dawson practice all three days in Mobile, but he showed enough in two practices to prove himself as a potential second-round pick. He was quick flipping his hips and closing to the ball while staying tight in coverage and showing good tenacity and ball skills. Dawson had some issues with bigger receivers but was otherwise thoroughly impressive despite battling illness.

 

Name: Trayvon Henderson

School: Hawaii

Ht: 6001

Wt: 204

Arm: 31 1/4

Hand: 9

 

 

Tues: Henderson had a mixed day of practice but made a nice adjustment against Justin Watson, meeting the receiver at the stem of his route and breaking up a pass two plays after letting Watson run by him up the seam.

Wed: Henderson struggles flipping his hips and with click-and-close speed and doesn't get his head around to make plays on the ball, but he did read Josh Allen's eyes to flow to the sideline and intercept an overthrown pass.

Thurs: Henderson is a smooth mover who was solid changing direction, and he had good coverage on Mike Gesicki to pick up an interception on a ball thrown short. He lost a few reps but generally showed well Thursday.

Team Interests:

Analysis: Henderson impressed with smooth movement skills and wasn't afraid to play physical football against tight ends and bigger receivers. He displayed nice ball skills and intercepted multiple passes, and while the consistency wasn't there on every rep, he proved he belonged at the Senior Bowl and left Mobile as a solid option on the draft's third day.

 

Name: Taron Johnson

School: Weber State

Ht: 5110

Wt: 189

Arm: 31

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: Johnson was one of the standouts in the North secondary, staying close in coverage while showing the instincts to break up passes during scrimmage and ball skills to play the ball in the air during drills.

Wed: Another strong day for Johnson, who is quick changing direction and shows good closing speed. He looks natural snatching the ball from the air and had a near-interception when he stepped in front of Cedrick Wilson on a short in route.

Thurs: Johnson plays the ball with good fundamentals to keep himself in the play if he can’t break up the pass and put himself in great position to intercept a Tanner Lee pass that should’ve never been thrown. He was consistently tight on receivers and leaves Mobile as one of the big winners in the secondary.

Team Interests:

Analysis: Johnson was one of the week's most impressive defensive backs, showing good closing speed and quickness while displaying high-level ball skills and fundamentals. He rarely let receivers separate, made up ground when they did and showed good coverage instincts moving in every direction, and he should find a role as an effective nickel back at the next level.

 

Name: Michael Joseph

School: Dubuque

Ht: 6005

Wt: 186

Arm: 31 1/8

Hand: 8 7/8

 

 

Tues: Joseph acquitted himself nicely out of Division III, showing aggressiveness in press coverage and breaking up multiple passes, although he was beat a couple times by Michael Gallup and DaeSean Hamilton for big plays downfield.

Wed: Joseph continued to prove he belongs in Mobile, showing good closing speed and breaking up multiple passes. He knocked DaeSean Hamilton to the ground with a hard punch just past the line of scrimmage a few plays after Hamilton beat him in press coverage.

Thurs: Joseph battled Thursday both at the line of scrimmage and throughout receivers’ routes. He was only beat by near-perfect throws and even then didn’t give up on plays, stripping Allen Lazard after he was beat on a slant to force a fumble as well as recover it.

Team Interests:

Analysis: Joseph was not overmatched by Division I talent, proving from the start of the first practice that he belonged. He has good length and athleticism and showed potential in press coverage despite some inconsistencies and wasn't afraid to get physical with opponents. The week in Mobile was an overwhelming success for Joseph, who could now push to go early on Day 3.

 

Name: Jamarcus King

School: South Carolina

Ht: 6004

Wt: 182

Arm: 32 1/2

Hand: 9 1/2

 

 

Tues: King had an overall solid day of practice and did a nice job staying tight with taller receivers in trail coverage along the sideline.

Wed: King struggled all practice, giving too much cushion at times while also getting beat downfield. He couldn't stay with receivers out of breaks, was slow to recover and got turned around several times in coverage.

Thurs: King flips his hips too soon in off coverage and generally gives receivers too much cushion, but he had a few nice pass breakups in the corner of the end zone and on slant routes, sticking with plays to rip the ball from receiver’s hands and playing the ball well despite showing below-average hands.

Team Interests: New York Jets

Analysis: King started the week with a decent practice but was exposed on the final two days, giving receivers too much cushion while also being late to flip his hips and getting beat down the field in addition to short routes. He had a few nice pass breakups during the final practice but showed poor hands in drills and leaves Mobile with questions about his overall game.

 

Name: Darius Phillips

School: Western Michigan

Ht: 5096

Wt: 188

Arm: 31 1/2

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Phillips got beat early down the sideline by Cedrick Wilson but avoided getting beat too badly the rest of practice.

Wed: Phillips missed practice with an ankle injury.

Thurs: Phillips left the Senior Bowl due to his ankle injury.

Team Interests:

Analysis:

 

Name: Armani Watts

School: Texas A&M

Ht: 5104

Wt: 191

Arm: 31 5/8

Hand: 8 7/8

 

 

Tues: Like most of the North safeties, Watts showed well in coverage against tight ends, staying tight with opponents down the field and up the seam, although he was slow to the sideline a few times.

Wed: Watts was beat several times but showed ability in zone coverage, keeping his eyes in the backfield while staying with pass catchers. He was solid in run support, jolting Akrum Wadley with a hard hit after getting skinny through two blockers.

Thurs: Watts did a good job meeting tight ends at the stem of their routes but was a split-second late reacting to route breaks and often lost them on quick cuts.

Team Interests:

Analysis: Watts was more effective in zone coverage than man and is at his best with the action in front of him, although he was late to the sidelines a few times as a single-high safety. He did show the ability to stay with tight ends up the seam and meet them at the stem of their routes but was slow reacting to breaks and often lost them in coverage. He showed some ability in run support but may have trouble cracking the top 100 picks after a so-so week.

 

Name: Kyzir White

School: West Virginia

Ht: 6021

Wt: 216

Arm: 32

Hand: 9 7/8

 

 

Tues: White was the best of the North safeties Tuesday, checking Troy Fumagalli and Michael Gesicki and showing good awareness on the back end, with his best play coming when he peeled off his coverage responsibility when the pass was released to step in front of the intended target for the interception.

Wed: White had another strong day on the back end, handling tight ends in coverage and breaking up a pass to Tyler Conklin on one of the first plays of practice.

Thurs: White tailed off Thursday, getting beat a few times by Durham Smythe and Mike Gesicki. He can be late to react to passes in single-high coverage, but showed an ability to read receivers’ eyes and play the ball with his back to the quarterback.

Team Interests: Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles

Analysis: White didn't finish strong Thursday but looked good in coverage against tight ends, using his size and physicality to slow opponents down. He showed good awareness and ball skills, reading quarterbacks well while also proving effective with his back to the ball, and he likely cemented himself as a top-100 pick.

 

Name: Isaac Yiadom

School: Boston College

Ht: 6007

Wt: 187

Arm: 32 1/4

Hand: 8 7/8

 

 

Tues: Yiadom showed well in coverage against the North receivers, staying tight on sideline routes and not seeing many passes thrown his way.

Wed: Yiadom took a big step back Wednesday, giving up inside leverage to receivers and getting beat badly down the field. He showed a lack of recovery speed and struggled to flip his hips quickly while losing connection to receivers on double moves.

Thurs: Yiadom was unable to stay with receivers off the line and on double moves and showed shaky reaction time and closing speed. He used the sideline well as an additional defender down the field but also showed shaky ball skills in drills and scrimmages.

Team Interests:

Analysis: Many people were high on Yiadom exiting Mobile, but while he flashed at times, he also struggled flipping his hips and making up ground down the field. He was beat often on in-breaking routes and was victimized by double moves, not showing much in the way of ball skills during drills. He used the sideline well to pin receivers but otherwise struggled and is nothing more than a late-round option.