Senior Bowl Risers: Day 2

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

Day 2 of Senior Bowl practices is in the books, and it was another chance for players to impress NFL teams. Tony Pauline and Chris Tripodi give you their top six players from Wednesday at the Senior Bowl.

Brett Toth/T/Army: Toth was one of the stars from Shrine practice a week ago, and he was even more impressive today. He was one of the few offensive linemen who found a way to stop Harrison Phillips of Stanford -- who has run roughshod over opponents -- and Oklahoma’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo -- who has been one of the best speed rushers on the field -- as well as anyone else who dared line up against him. He’s a patient, fundamentally sound blocker who finds a way to get the job done.

Akrum Wadley/RB/Iowa: Wadley wowed scouts on hand Wednesday with his ability to make quick cuts and maintain speed when changing direction. His pass-catching ability has been extremely impressive, and he quickly transitions to picking up yardage after the catch. He's shifty in the hole and uses his lack of height to his advantage, staying behind his blocks until the last second before quickly cutting into the hole.

Dorian O’Daniel/LB/Clemson: While O’Daniel lines up at linebacker, he has safety size at 215 pounds and the ball skills of a defensive back. During drills on Wednesday and later in scrimmage, O’Daniel shut down every tight end or running back he was asked to cover. Most impressive was the way he runs with opponents, tracks the ball in the air and defends the pass.

Duke Dawson/DB/Florida: Dawson had strep throat Tuesday, but you'd have never known based on his Wednesday performance. Dawson impressed immediately from the moment he stepped on the field, showing the ability to flip his hips and stay connected with receivers throughout their routes and on double moves. He stuck with plays until the end and even ripped a ball from the hands of Cedrick Wilson to force an incompletion.

Deon Yelder/TE/Western Kentucky: Yelder was brought into town today as the South squad lost two tight ends to injury, and he immediately stood out. He was tremendous catching the ball, consistently extending his hands to grab the ball away from his frame. He made several difficult receptions in contorted positions or with defenders draped on him. I was impressed with his concentration and overall ability to separate from defenders.

Taron Johnson/DB/Weber State: Johnson easily could have made this list on Day 1 and had another impressive performance Wednesday. His 5-foot-11, 189-pound frame is far from imposing but he does everything else well, showing good closing speed and change-of-direction ability. He's been sticky in coverage both days and shows the combination of instincts and natural ball skills to stick with receivers, break on the ball and put himself in position to make plays.