Senior Bowl -- South Team Page

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

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

Quarterbacks

Name: Kurt Benkert

School: Virginia

Ht: 6025

Wt: 214

Arm: 31 1/8

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: Benkert was shaky at the start of practice, missing receivers consistently and looking unnatural throwing on the run. He bounced back as practice went on, tossing multiple long touchdowns and showing the ability to push the ball downfield.

Wed: More of the same for Benkert, who dropped one in the bucket downfield for a TD to James Washington in tight coverage but again struggled throwing on the move, made poor throws when forced to reset in the pocket and left receivers waiting for the ball.

Thurs: Benkert was up and down once again, following up nice throws with poor ones and putting too much loft on deep passes down the sideline, affecting timing with his receivers and allowing defensive backs to make up ground.

Team Interests: New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars

Analysis: Consistency was fleeting for Benkert at the Senior Bowl, but he showed the arm strength to push the ball downfield and fit passes in between defenders and the sideline. He also left too much loft under several deep balls, making his receivers wait while allowing defenders to catch up and play the ball. He struggled to make throws when resetting his platform and rolling out of the pocket and looked the part of a Day 3 prospect.

 

Name: Kyle Lauletta

School: Richmond

Ht: 6025

Wt: 217

Arm: 30 3/4

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: Lauletta struggled with timing and accuracy on Tuesday, missing both short and long and leaving passes behind his receivers. He also bobbled his first snap under and dropped a shotgun snap.

Wed: Lauletta was much improved compared to Tuesday, tossing a great ball to J’Mon Moore for a touchdown and showing better accuracy, although he still sailed a few passes and dropped another snap under center.

Thurs: Lauletta continued to look more comfortable and put throws where they needed to be without making any big mistakes or suffering from issues with accuracy or consistency.

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Analysis: Many lauded Lauletta for his work throughout the week, and while he did improve as the week went on, he also had plenty of uncomfortable moments. He showed enough arm to make all the throws and avoided big mistakes despite some uneven accuracy and troubles under center, but he shouldn't be a draft consideration before the late rounds.

 

Name: Brandon Silvers

School: Troy

Ht: 6023

Wt: 224

Arm: 29 1/2

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Silvers showed good accuracy in the deep and intermediate range early in practice but overthrow multiple passes while rolling right in drills without defenders and left a few passes high or behind receivers over the middle.

Wed: Silvers showed the ability to throw his receivers open with nice ball placement in front of them but had similar issues as Tuesday, leaving throws behind receivers or overthrowing them down the field.

Thurs: Silvers improved Thursday and cleaned up some of his issues from earlier in the week, showing enough arm to keep his intermediate throws on a rope and putting the ball in front of receivers to create opportunities for extra yardage.

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Analysis: Silvers has an uncanny knack for leading receivers into yards-after-catch opportunities at times but also showed a tendency to leave balls behind his receivers and high over the middle, although he avoided turnovers. He has enough arm to succeed at the short and intermediate levels but is nothing more than a backup prospect at the next level.

 

Name: Mike White

School: Western Kentucky

Ht: 6041

Wt: 221

Arm: 32 5/8

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: White was inconsistent like his fellow South quarterbacks, showing nice accuracy on out routes and throwing well on the run while leading James Washington too far on a potential touchdown up the seam and fumbling consecutive exchanges from center.

Wed: White was again inconsistent. He impressed on the move rolling both left and right, throwing with good velocity and accuracy in the short field although his accuracy waned beyond 10-15 yards. He also sailed several passes while others were thrown behind his receivers and generally struggled to hit his targets.

Thurs: White finally put it together Thursday, improving his accuracy to all levels, making good decisions and effectively making throws up the seam.

Team Interests: Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Bucs

Analysis: White struggled throwing downfield and up the seam during the first two practices before improving Thursday. He maintained his ball velocity and accuracy throwing on the run and was accurate in the short and intermediate field with only a few hiccups on Wednesday, but he didn't do enough to raise his grade from an early-Day 3 prospect into the draft's second day, although his skill set will intrigue teams looking for a developmental passer.

 

Running Backs/Fullbacks

Name: Nick Bawden

School: San Diego State

Ht: 6017

Wt: 244

Arm: 30 3/8

Hand: 9

 

 

Tues:

Wed: Bawden isn't much of a threat as a receiver but shows good blocking ability and awareness, picking off free runners off the edge to allow an extra blocker to stay in the box on run plays.

Thurs: Bawden continued to look good as a blocker, showing good strength and working with a solid base in pass protection.

Team Interests: Detroit Lions

Analysis: More of a blocker than a receiving threat, Bawden stood out for his awareness picking up the blitz and his strength and fundamentals as a run blocker. As a result, a team planning to run a traditional backfield may look his way at the end of the third day.

 

Name: Rashaad Penny

School: San Diego State

Ht: 5110

Wt: 224

Arm: 31 1/2

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Penny was on the wrong end of the day's biggest play when Tre' Williams lit him up and forced a fumble, but he looked solid as a receiver out of the backfield and consistently separated from linebackers.

Wed: Penny showed good burst and had a bounce in his step, proving effective on cutback runs. He continued to show capability as a receiver but alligator-armed balls on occasion and struggled making catches with defenders close in coverage.

Thurs: Penny is effective as a runner and showed good power running behind his pads but was exposed as a below-average receiver out of the backfield who lacks soft hands and suffered from several drops.

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Analysis: Penny's week started on a low note when he got lit up and fumbled Tuesday and ended with a thud when he struggled as a receiver Thursday. In between he showed good power, burst and explosiveness and was effective as a cutback runner, but he also lost another fumble and did little to stand out while looking like a back that may need to come off the field on third downs unless he can improve his consistency catching passes out of the backfield.

 

Name: Ito Smith

School: Southern Miss

Ht: 5090

Wt: 201

Arm: 28 7/8

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Smith showed the burst everybody expected to see and broke a big play on a run up the middle while showing good quickness running routes out of the backfield and out of his cuts on the inside.

Wed: Smith uses his size to his advantage, staying small behind his blocks and through the hole. He's extremely shifty and makes defenders miss in the backfield, maintaining speed even when he hasn't had the chance to build it up, and he's proven himself as the South's most natural running back catching passes out of the backfield.

Thurs: Smith proved to be an impossible cover for linebackers, catching the ball effectively off his frame and smoothly transitioning to yards after the catch. He also showed excellent flexibility as both a runner and receiver.

Team Interests: Smith shined in Mobile, showing impressive flexiblity, quickness and burst and excelling as a receiver, separating easily from linebackers and showing natural hands and a smooth transition to yards after catch. He's small but uses it to his advantage, staying patient and hiding behind his blockers before hitting the hole. He'll likely end up as a Day 3 pick as a result of his Senior Bowl performance.

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Name: Darrel Williams

School: LSU

Ht: 5110

Wt: 229

Arm: 30 7/8

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues:

Wed: Most effective as a downhill runner, Williams is patient setting up blocks and quick through the hole and shows good power. He doesn't lose speed when slightly altering his path but takes some time to get going after cutting laterally and isn't fast to the corner.

Thurs: It was a down day for Williams, who looked slow through the hole and unnatural as a receiver. He had a bad drop on the first play, dropped a handoff from Kurt Benkert and lacked quickness and suddenness.

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Analysis: A backup at LSU behind high-level prospects, Williams did nothing in Mobile to prove he can be anything more than a backup at the next level. He was effective as a downhill runner, setting up blocks and showing good power in his runs but showed an inconsistent burst through the hole and limited receiving skills, and he doesn't have the speed or quickness to turn the corner or make defenders miss in space.

 

Tight Ends

Name: Jordan Akins

School: Central Florida

Ht: 6032

Wt: 246

Arm: 33 1/2

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: Struggled in every way. Had a hard time catching the ball and did not look good blocking. I was surprised how poor his blocking strength was.

Wed: Much, much better day for Akins. Caught the ball very well and made a few spectacular grabs. Also did a better job blocking.

Thurs: Made several nice receptions throughout the day. Looks relatively athletic.

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Analysis: Akins started slow but made significant improvements as the week progressed. By Thursday he was catching the ball very well and didn't get beat blocking. If he’s drafted it will be in the late rounds, and if he makes it at the next level it will be as a third tight end.

 

Name: Adam Breneman

School: UMass

Ht: 6040

Wt: 241

Arm: 32 1/8

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Breneman left practice early with a hamstring injury.

Wed: Breneman left the Senior Bowl with a hamstring injury.

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Name: Dallas Goedert

School: South Dakota State

Ht: 6044

Wt: 260

Arm: 33 7/8

Hand: 10 1/8

 

 

Tues: Made several nice catches in drills but did not have a big impact. Goedert is quick and runs well, and I like the way he naturally makes the reception in stride. He left practice early with a hamstring injury.

Wed: Goedert left the Senior Bowl with a hamstring injury.

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Name: Ian Thomas

School: Indiana

Ht: 6033

Wt: 256

Arm: 33 1/8

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: Top tight-end performance from the North on Day 1. Looked very sound fundamentally -- he breaks down well, bends his knees and stays square as a blocker. Better-than-expected blocking strength. Had one bad drop but overall caught the ball very well.

Wed: Another good day for Thomas. Fluid and very smooth moving around the field. Did not make any flash plays but was steady in every area.

Thurs:

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Analysis: While I did not see Thomas on the field Thursday, he really stood out during the first two days of practice. He looked athletic and natural catching the ball and held his ground blocking. Thomas was not graded by scouts prior to the season and is still a work in progress, yet he’s a last-day pick who could be a steal in two years.

 

Name: Deon Yelder

School: Western Kentucky

Ht: 6030

Wt: 251

Arm: 33

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Was added to the Senior Bowl on Wednesday.

Wed: Terrific first day for Yelder. Caught the ball very well and looked like a receiver grabbing passes from the air. Takes a while to get it going but runs well. Bends his knees and blocks with leverage. Must substantially improve his blocking strength.

Thurs: Solid day for Yelder and while he caught the ball well, he also had a fair number of drops and could not come away with tough catches as he did yesterday. Was very effective blocking in motion.

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Analysis: I’m a fan of Yelder’s and he did not disappoint. He needs to step up his consistency and improve his blocking yet showed the underlying ability to be a move tight end at the next level. Combine and pro day testing will dictate where he is selected in the draft.

 

Wide Receivers

Name: Marcell Ateman

School: Oklahoma State

Ht: 6042

Wt: 216

Arm: 33 5/8

Hand: 9

 

 

Tues: Struggled early with drops and fought the ball even when he held on, but Ateman bounced back as practice went on and caught a few 10-to-15-yard passes during scrimmage.

Wed: Ateman lacks quickness in most of his actions and struggles to separate but got inside Kameron Kelly in red-zone drills and beat the safety to the spot in zone coverage for a touchdown.

Thurs: Ateman showed out Thursday and did a great job making tough grabs in tight coverage. He fought through physical coverage, got vertical for touchdowns and showed the ability to snatch the ball from the air.

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Analysis: Ateman struggled a bit early but improved as the week went along, going from making catches despite fighting the ball at the catch point to fighting through physical coverage and winning out vertically and in red-zone situations. He's not quick or twitchy but used his body well to separate and wasn't solely a scoring-position threat, although that will be his main role at the next level.

 

Name: DJ Chark

School: LSU

Ht: 6025

Wt: 196

Arm: 33

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: Chark beat Quin Blanding for a deep score down the sideline but had trouble extending to catch passes thrown above his shoulders and was often too choppy when changing direction at the stem of his routes.

Wed: A decent day for Chark, who sold his deep routes well before coming back towards the line of scrimmage and was very effective on double moves. He had a few drops but also made a nice one-handed catch on an out route when the ball was on him too quickly to get both hands ready.

Thurs: Chark had a great day of practice, getting open seemingly at will and catching everything thrown his way. He showed good pass-catching fundamentals, worked the sideline and back of the end zone extremely well and did a nice job adjusting to poorly thrown passes.

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Analysis: Arguably the fastest receiver at the Senior Bowl, Chark used that speed to his advantage by not only getting downfield for long catches but selling deep routes against corners before breaking off in the intermediate field and creating separation. He's a good route runner who catches the ball with nice form and smoothly adjusts to poor passes, and his performance in Mobile solidified his Day 2 evaluation.

 

Name: J’Mon Moore

School: Missouri

Ht: 6025

Wt: 209

Arm: 33 1/2

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: Like Ateman, Moore battled an early case of drops but eventually recovered. His route-running wasn't particularly precise, which led to some passes falling short, but he showed good reaction time on a couple short passes that were off the mark.

Wed: Moore showed significant improvement in Wednesday's practice. He ran crisp routes, caught everything thrown his way, created yards after the catch and won at all levels, from slants to crossers to nine routes. 

Thurs: Moore impressed again Thursday, showing good burst out of his stem to create separation and nice extension to make catches at the edge of his catch radius. He also displayed good concentration to make catches in traffic and tight coverage.

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Analysis: Moore got better with each passing day of practice, losing little to no speed out of breaks and catching everything after battling drops early on the first day. He created separation at all levels and showed ability after the catch, and Moore was one of the more impressive overall receivers on either team.

 

Name: Byron Pringle

School: Kansas State

Ht: 6010

Wt: 201

Arm: 31 5/8

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Pringle was the South's second-best receiver on Tuesday, showing solid hands and tracking the ball nicely down the field. He showed good timing and extension on balls thrown over his head and was a big winner from the day of practice.

Wed: Pringle wasn't quite as good as Tuesday, but he still had a solid practice. He ran sharp routes in the short field, adjusted nicely to errant passes, showed good burst transitioning to yards after the catch and fought through physical coverage while showing good balance.

Thurs: Pringle continued his strong play, showing speed on underneath crossing routes and down the field to catch up to passes with air underneath them. He did a great job selling routes down the field before coming back to the ball and getting himself open.

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Analysis: Pringle was consistently good from start to finish, combining good speed with route-running chops to get open in every area of the field. He quickly transitioned from catch to YAC and had success against both physical and speedy corners. Pringle did enough in Mobile to make himself a priority pick on the third day.

 

Name: Tre'Quan Smith

School: Central Florida

Ht: 6015

Wt: 202

Arm: 34 1/2

Hand: 9

 

 

Tues: Tuesday was a nondescript day of practice for Smith, who caught most of the passes thrown his way but didn't make a big impact.

Wed: Smith is slow off the line and isn't twitchy reacting to the ball out of breaks. He has a tendency to pin the ball against his pads to make receptions but uses his size well to separate in the short field. Smith can beat press at the line and did just that before making a quick move in the back of the end zone to get open for a nice top-tap TD grab.

Thurs: Smith won some reps with physical play but cradled the ball on most passes below his shoulder pads. He also had a bad drop against air on a ball thrown behind him.

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Analysis: Smith's physicality was on display in Mobile, but so was his lack of speed off the line and lack of twitchy athleticism. He cradled most passes below his shoulders and often pinned passes against his pads, struggling to extend and catch the ball away from his body. Unless he cleans up his pass-catching fundamentals, he'll be nothing more than depth at the next level.

 

Name: James Washington

School: Oklahoma State

Ht: 5107

Wt: 210

Arm: 33 7/8

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: Washington was head-and-shoulders the best receiver on the field Tuesday, using his hands extremely well early in routes to create separation, showing quick-twitch ability and making several contested catches while attacking the ball aggressively in the air.

Wed: Washington didn't dominate quite like he did Tuesday and struggled early with a couple drops, but he won consistently on his route breaks and created easy separation at all levels to create big plays and yards-after-catch opportunities.

Thurs: Washington had a quiet final practice, not making many big plays while occasionally struggling with press coverage against the South's more physical corners like Siran Neal.

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Analysis: Washington was awesome during Tuesday's practice, leaving an indelible imprint in the minds of scouts who may have had doubts entering the week. He separates with ease out of breaks, attacks the ball in the air with a "my ball" mentality and is dangerous after the catch. He occasionally struggled with physical coverage at the line, but Washington leaves Mobile as a legitimate option near the back end of Round 1.

 

Offensive Line

Name: Bradley Bozeman

School: Alabama

Ht: 6045

Wt: 317

Arm: 31 5/8

Hand: 9 7/8

 

 

Tues: Big and stiff but strong at the point and controlled opponents rather easily once he got his hands on them.

Wed: Bozeman showed great explosion and power today, easily controlling opponents once engaged at the point of attack. He's tough and powerful but only effective in a small area.

Thurs: Kept his momentum going. Strong, nasty and really dominated opponents once he engaged them at the line.

Team Interests: Miami Dolphins, New York Jets

Analysis: Bozeman isn't very agile, athletic or fluid but is a strong, nasty lineman who plays through the whistle. In a small area he’s very good, but don’t ask him to block on the move or cover any space. He should be a capable backup at the next level.

 

Name: Alex Cappa

School: Humboldt State

Ht: 6055

Wt: 299

Arm: 33 1/8

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Started slowly but finished the day strong. Was getting beaten like a drum early in practice and hammered every way possible but finally got his feet underneath him and looked really good by the end. Handled speed rushers and completely dominated Marcus Davenport of UTSA on one play.

Wed: Another up-and-down day for Cappa but an overall decent performance. Handled Kylie Fitts on one snap then came back and destroyed Andrew Brown, blocking down and smothering him from the action. Competes and works hard.

Thurs: Best day of the week for Cappa. Beat up on Marcus Davenport and Andrew Brown on separate plays. Showed a lot more consistency today.

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Analysis: Cappa had a rough start when Tuesday practice began and was getting beat left and right. It was one of those “Oh, crap!” moments, but to his credit he pulled it together and looked good by the end of the day. I thought he showed improvement throughout the week and though he lost a few battles, Cappa also won a number of one-on-ones against some pretty explosive defenders. He’s a last-day pick and a developmental prospect at right tackle or inside at guard.

 

Name: Austin Corbett

School: Nevada

Ht: 6041

Wt: 310

Arm: 33 3/8

Hand: 10 5/8

 

 

Tues: One of the better blockers on the South. Lined up at center, guard and right tackle. Shows some stifness in his game but displayed strength, staying square and controlling opponents in one-on-one situations. I like him better in a smaller area, but he definitely has next-level stuff.

Wed: While I don't think he was as effective as Tuesday, it was another good day for Corbett. He was strong, smart and also tough. After the past two days, I do not think he has a home at right tackle in the NFL. 

Thurs: Another knockout performance for Corbett, who played multiple spots on the offensive line. He's stong as an ox but also smart and shows great awareness and vision.

Team Interests: Seattle Seahawks

Analysis: I liked Corbett coming into the season, and my affection for his skills moved up several ticks after the week of Senior Bowl practice. He played multiple positions throughout the week -- center, guard and right tackle -- and dominated most of the opponents he faced. He’s not an agile or nimble blocker but is a strong, methodical player who could slide into the second round of the draft. 

 

Name: Colby Gossett

School: Appalachian St

Ht: 6046

Wt: 304

Arm: 33 1/4

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Fundamentally one of the better blockers from the first practice. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and really does a good job with his hands. Quick with some explosion but cannot finish blocks and must improve his overall strength.

Wed: Another strong performance for Gossett. Technically he was one of the better blockers on the South squad, and I love the way he blocks with leverage and stays square. Has an upside as well as the tools.

Thurs: Gossett got beat badly early in practice then pulled it together. Looked solid as both a run blocker and in pass protection. Good lean and leverage in his blocking. Tenacious.

Team Interests: Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons

Analysis: Gossett was a guy who impressed me on film and in person. Like many of the other blockers on hand at the Senior Bowl who will ultimately be last-day selections, he was not overpowering yet was fundamentally sound and out-positioned opponents every practice. Gossett also did a terrific job blocking on the second level, and if he improves his playing strength he can start for a zone-blocking offense.

 

Name: Taylor Hearn

School: Clemson

Ht: 6045

Wt: 319

Arm: 33 3/8

Hand: 8 1/4

 

 

Tues: Strong but really only good in a small area.

Wed: Really struggled in anything other than a small area. He's stiff, cannot adjust and tends to get tall as the play proceeds.

Thurs: Looked strong in a small area. I liked the way he bends his knees and quickly gets his hands up into defenders. Controlled opponents once he got his hands on them.

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Analysis: For the most part Hearn had a nondescript week; he didn’t stand out nor was he embarrassed. He’s a strong small-area blocker with athletic limitations for the next level.

 

Name: Joseph Noteboom

School: TCU

Ht: 6051

Wt: 306

Arm: 35 1/2

Hand: 9 1/2

 

 

Tues: Strong. Bends his knees, stays square and works to finish. Lacks footwork and lateral range. Overextends and tends to reach in pass protection. A move to guard could be in the offing.

Wed: It was a tough day for Noteboom. He's tough and competes but struggles to adjust and was beaten several times throughout the afternoon, reiterating my opinion that he'll have to move to guard at the next level.

Thurs: Very inconsistent. Competes and shows good strength but his balance, agility and ability in space are concerns.

Team Interests: Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars

Analysis: There were times this week when Noteboom looked good and times when it was ugly. He’s tough and strong but also stiff and often got hammered at tackle. He has growth potential, and if a team selects him in the draft it will be as a late-round guard.

 

Name: Brandon Parker

School: North Carolina A&T

Ht: 6072

Wt: 303

Arm: 35 3/8

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: Good and bad. Moves very well for a big man, is agile and shows footwork in space. Shows excellent lateral range and does a good job protecting the edge. Worked hard and competed but really lacks strength in his base and struggles finishing blocks.

Wed: Parker spent time at right tackle and looked good, handling Marcus Davenport on one snap. He's tough, competes and shows a nice degree of athleticism in his game.

Thurs: Probably the best day of the week for Parker. I didn't see many breakdowns, and he controlled both the speed and power rushers.

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Analysis: Parker was someone who stood out to me more than a year ago when I scouted his former teammate, Tarik Cohen. The Week 4 riser is an impressive physical specimen on tape and looked equally as impressive in person. He’s a tall, linear lineman who does a terrific job bending his knees, getting his pads low and blocking with proper fundamentals. Parker also moves around the field well and is an athletic big man. I doubt he’ll have an immediate impact as a rookie, but he’s a solid mid-to-late-round choice who will develop into a starter with proper coaching and strength training.

 

Name: Skyler Phillips

School: Idaho State

Ht: 6024

Wt: 314

Arm: 32 5/8

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: Terrific power and explosion at the point but is only good in a very small area. Showed no ability at all blocking in motion. Could not get out to the second level quick enough and did too much overextending in an attempt to make the block.

Wed: Not a good day for Phillips, who was getting run over during scrimmage.

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Team Interests: New England Patriots

Analysis: I wasn’t expecting much from Philips and got exactly what I expected. He’s terrific in a small area, displaying strength at the point and the ability to dominate, but if asked to cover the smallest amount of area or adjust to defenders, Phillips is unable to.

 

Name: Frank Ragnow

School: Arkansas

Ht: 6047

Wt: 307

Arm: 33 1/4

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

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Name: Isaiah Wynn

School: Georgia

Ht: 6024

Wt: 308

Arm: 33 1/8

Hand: 8 1/2

 

 

Tues: Used exclusively at guard and looked good. Quick, explosive and very strong. Rarely off his feet. Quickly gets out to the second level and looked good blocking in motion. Had some epic battles against Da'Shawn Hand which were evenly split.

Wed: Terrific day for Wynn, who is receiving a lot of praise from people. He started the day showing a lot of skill blocking in motion and athleticism pulling across the line of scrimmage. He then showed great explosion and power in one-on-ones.

Thurs: Once again had multiple battles with Da'Shawn Hand and looked solid. Not his best day and did not stand out, but Wynn didn't have any breakdowns either.

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Analysis: Wynn was just as impressive during Senior Bowl practice as he was for Georgia the past three seasons. He’s quick, explosive and very athletic. Wynn has a terrific build for an interior blocker and plays strong, nasty football. The times they used him in motion or asked Wynn to get out to the second level then take out linebackers, he did it with ease. He won’t be a drafted as a tackle yet will be one of the first guards off the board in the second round.

 

Defensive Line

Name: Andrew Brown

School: Virginia

Ht: 6034

Wt: 294

Arm: 35 1/8

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Looked good in drills and was athletic and explosive with violent hand punch. Really was not much of a factor in scrimmage.

Wed: Brown is a bit of a tease. There are times when he looks like a dominant first-round prospect and other instances when he's getting stomped by a lower level of compatition. Really needs to step up the consistency in his overall game.

Thurs: Once again an enigma. Looked great in drills and had his moments in one-on-ones but made little impact during scrimmage.

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Analysis:  Several times throughout the week, Brown looked tremendous. This usually happened during drills or one-on-ones. Yet when it came time to scrimmage, he pulled a disappearing act. Brown has all the physical ability to succeed at the next level but must start making plays when it counts.

 

Name: Kylie Fitts

School: Utah

Ht: 6036

Wt: 259

Arm: 32 3/8

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Looked great in drills when he was moving around in open air. Very fluid and smooth but cannot get off blocks and was handled in one-on-ones and full scrimmage.

Wed: Fitts could not get off blocks when he lined up in a three-point stance, but on a number of occasions he stood up over tackle as a 3-4 OLB and looked really good when he was able to put his athleticism to use.

Thurs: Showed a nice degree of athleticism in his game as well as quickness but cannot get off blocks.

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Analysis: Fitts was handled by blocks almost every time he came out of a three-point stance. When he stood over tackle and rushed the passer, it was a different story. He’s relatively athletic and moves around well but must improve his strength at the point and play OLB in a 3-4.

 

Name: Poona Ford

School: Texas

Ht: 5115

Wt: 306

Arm: 32 3/4

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: Big difference over the course of a week. Unlike the Shrine Game, when he was unstoppable, he was getting eaten alive most of the day Tuesday. He had no answer when opponents blocked down on him, which was happening all day.

Wed: Ford had a much, much better day in the second practice. The big difference was the way he used his hands to protect himself today and was able to stay on his feet then make the occasional play. Good practice for Ford.

Thurs: Took a step back today after a good Wednesday practice. Competed but struggled handling blocks and was controlled most of the day.

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Analysis: After a dominant showing during Shrine practice, Ford came back to earth this week. He was exposed Tuesday as he never used his hands to protect himself, and opponents blocked down on Ford and took him from the play. Wednesday and Thursday were a little better, but he has limitations and may end up as a backup three-technique tackle.

 

Name: Gregory Gilmore

School: LSU

Ht: 6037

Wt: 318

Arm: 33 7/8

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Slow, stiff and mechanical. Easily handled.

Wed: Gilmore flashed power yet for the most part was a non-factor.

Thurs: Non-factor.

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Analysis: Gilmore really wasn’t much of a factor during the week. Despite his size, he was often handled at the point and showed little in the way of athleticism.

 

Name: Da'Shawn Hand

School: Alabama

Ht: 6036

Wt: 282

Arm: 34 1/4

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Displayed violent hand punch in bag drills. Very explosive in his lower body with good power, and on a number of occasions he drove Isaiah Wynn back. Must develop more moves with his hands, as he struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point.

Wed: Another good day for Hand. He is so quick and explosive and gets a lot of momentum going up the field, which makes him tough to stop. I like the way he uses his hands, stays on his feet and powers forward. He's really helping himself here.

Thurs: Very impressed with Hand's natural skills: explosion, quickness, movement skills, agility, balance and closing burst. Beat defenders multiple times on drills and was often found in the offensive backfield.

Team Interests: Seattle Seahawks

Analysis: Hand was tremendous during Senior Bowl practices from start to finish. He was explosive and quick and beat opponents with power as well as agility. He definitely helped his draft stock, and it would not be a surprise if he slides into the late part of Round 1.

 

Name: Chris LaCouture

School: LSU

Ht: 6043

Wt: 290

Arm: 30 1/4

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Nimble with good agility and quickness. Stays with the action and works to finish the play. Relatively athletic. Cannot get off blocks once engaged. 

Wed: There's a lot to like about LaCouture and he comes with a nice amount of upside but needs time to finish his game. He did a much better job on the power rush today.

Thurs: Best day of the week for LaCouture as he was winning his one-on-one battles and handling blockers. Worked his hands nicely and played with great leverage.

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Analysis: LaCouture started slowly, but by Thursday he was one of the best defensive linemen on the South squad. I like his quickness, hand technique and ability to play with leverage, but LaCouture must improve his playing strength.

 

Linebackers

Name: Marcus Davenport

School: UT-San Antonio

Ht: 6057

Wt: 259

Arm: 34

Hand: 9

 

 

Tues: Primarily lined up at defensive end. Looked super quick and very athletic. Quick with his hands and explosive and flashed impressive lower-body power. Struggles once engaged in a block and was manhandled by Alex Cappa on one down.

Wed: Another solid practice for Davenport. He is an imposing figure and can be tough to handle. Davenport plays with great balance and body control and is never off his feet. He held his ground against double-team blocks and besides the power, showed excellent speed.

Thurs: Made several flash plays, including an impressive swim move against Brandon Parker that led to a quick sack, but was also handled on occasion.

Team Interests: Detroit Lions

Analysis: Davenport was very good all week long. He wasn’t great or spectacular but made some terrific plays as a pass rusher and even held his own against double-team blocks. At times he was handled by ordinary competition, as he lost several battles to Alex Cappa. The bottom line is that Davenport has tremendous upside and in time offers the potential to be a dominant 3-4 OLB.

 

Name: Shaquem Griffin

School: Central Florida

Ht: 6002

Wt: 223

Arm: 31 5/8

Hand: 9

 

 

Tues: Very athletic and very quick. Gets great depth on drops.

Wed: Griffin had another solid day. Besides the athleticism, his instincts and intensity really stood out today. He is never out of position and always around the action. Griffin struggles getting off blocks for a variety of reasons but has a lot to offer.

Thurs: Looked solid. Had one terrific pass rush off the edge and showed a lot of speed moving in space.

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Analysis: When he was used in space, Griffin looked terrific and made a lot of next-level plays in coverage as well as pursuit. When he lined up in a three-point stance or in pass-rushing drills, Griffin struggled due to his size. I’ve stated this all along -- he’ll make an NFL team as an eight linebacker and special-teams player. A lot of people are up in arms because Griffin did not receive a combine invitation, including many who have no idea what they are talking about. The fact is that there are still many more combine invitations left to be sent out, so people should just calm down.

 

Name: Marquis Haynes

School: Mississippi

Ht: 6024

Wt: 233

Arm: 33

Hand: 9 7/8

 

 

Tues: Very explosive, looked strong and played strong. Fluid and quick pedaling in reverse in coverage drills but also explosive out of a three-point stance in one-on-ones. Did a lot of DE drills and looked very strong and explosive. Overall it was a terrific day.

Wed: Another terrific day for Haynes. He's very athletic and quick. He doesn't have 3-4 OLB size but definitely plays like one.

Thurs: Haynes just keeps impressing scouts here in Mobile. He looked terrific out of a three-point stance when asked to run twists or stunts and plays with great speed. He also flashes skill in space.

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Analysis: Haynes quietly had a tremendous week and looked every bit of a next-level prospect. He could not be stopped in pass-rushing drills, looked very athletic and showed a lot of skill in pursuit. He may not have classic 3-4 OLB size, but I believe Haynes will have a long career at that spot in the NFL. 

 

Name: Micah Kiser

School: Virginia

Ht: 6003

Wt: 236

Arm: 31 7/8

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: Surprised as he doesn’t look quick or fluid. Really doesn’t get depth on drops. Looked mostly like a downhill/in-the-box/two-down defender.

Wed: Out with a sprained knee.

Thurs: Left the Senior Bowl due to his knee injury.

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Analysis:

 

Name: Darius Leonard

School: South Carolina State

Ht: 6020

Wt: 229

Arm: 34 1/8

Hand: 10 3/8

 

 

Tues:

Wed: Leonard looked very athletic and explosive today, showing good speed and range. He quickly moved to every direction of the field and made a few nice plays facing the action. He struggled in coverage drills and could not make plays with his back to the ball. He was constantly beaten in one-on-ones.

Thurs: It was a tremendous day for Leonard. He looked terrific in coverage drills and stayed step for step with opponents everywhere on the field. He made numerous plays on the ball and shut down his opponents when the ball was in the air. 

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Analysis: Leonard started slow but was the premiere linebacker on the South squad come Thursday. He’s incredibly athletic, covered a tremendous amount of area on the field and looked great defending the pass. He’s a classic 4-3 weakside linebacker and could sneak into the draft’s second day.

 

Name: Uchenna Nwosu

School: USC

Ht: 6020

Wt: 245

Arm: 33 1/2

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: Badly beat Alex Cappa around right tackle for a would-be sack but was otherwise quiet.

Wed: Nwosu had his moments but overall struggled in practice. My belief is he's out of position in the 3-4 alignment they have him playing and that he's much better in a 4-3.

Thurs: Solid day for Nwosu as both a pass rusher and when playing in space. He's tough but also shows decent instincts and works hard.

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Analysis: Nwosu had an adequate week, though I thought his play during the season was much better. He wasn't great in coverage and struggled as a pass rusher but somehow found ways to make plays. While I thought he was a second-day talent all season long, I now believe Nwosu will fall into the fourth round if he does not run and interview well during the combine.

 

Name: Dorian O'Daniel

School: Clemson

Ht: 6004

Wt: 215

Arm: 31 1/8

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Very quick and explosive. Fast in bag drills. Made one vicious hit filliing the gaps which drew loud praise from scouts.

Wed: It was a terrific day for O'Daniel. He looked as good in coverage drills as any safety on the field (he has safety size) and his ball skills were very, very impressive. I love the way he ran with tight ends and running backs, tracked the ball and made his move to the pass. 

Thurs: Left the Senior Bowl with a rib injury.

Team Interests: Houston Texans

Analysis: What I saw of O’Daniel was brief but outstanding. I loved his tenacity, speed and especially his coverage skills. If he shows up at the combine close to 225 pounds then runs fast, he’s going to be selected much earlier than people presently project.

 

Name: Tre' Williams

School: Auburn

Ht: 6016

Wt: 238

Arm: 32 1/2

Hand: 9 1/4

 

 

Tues: Williams might have made the loudest play of practice, filling the hole nicely and crushing Rashaad Penny to force a fumble.

Wed: Williams started hot and made a few good plays then got dinged and slowed down. He is very explosive and plays tough football.

Thurs: Best and most consistent day of the week for Williams. He made several nice plays in coverage and looked good stacking against the run. Explosive, tough and very quick.

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Analysis: Williams really helped himself over the three days of practice. Early in the week he was throwing his body around stopping the run, then on Thursday he took turns with Darius Leonard shutting people down in pass coverage.

 

Defensive Backs

Name: Quin Blanding

School: Virginia

Ht: 6020

Wt: 209

Arm: 31 3/4

Hand: 8 1/8

 

 

Tues: Blanding was beat up the sideline for a touchdown by DJ Chark but otherwise acquitted himself well in Tuesday's practice.

Wed: Blanding showed good ball skills in drills and catches the ball nicely away from his body and off to the side. He could've used those skills to snag an interception but was late coming over on a pass up the seam.

Thurs: Blanding did a nice job covering tight ends Thursday, staying with them through multiple moves and maintaining tight coverage.

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Analysis: Blanding had trouble in his few matchups against wide receivers but fared well against tight ends for much of the week, not getting beat at the stem and staying tight in coverage through multiple moves. His ball skills were good in drills although his play recognition could use work, but he'll be an option for a team in search of safety depth on the third day.

 

Name: Danny Johnson

School: Southern

Ht: 5091

Wt: 182

Arm: 31 3/8

Hand: 8 5/8

 

 

Tues: Struggled early against James Washington like everybody else, but he did have some solid coverage reps despite receivers coming away with contested catches. Needs to give opponents less cushion, as he was beat several times on curls and other short routes.

Wed: Johnson again had some issues giving extra cushion on shorter routes but was better in that respect than he was Tuesday. He wasn't beat often and while J'Mon Moore got him deep for a touchdown, a perfect pass was necessary to make it a completion.

Thurs: Johnson was again providing receivers with too much cushion but otherwise stayed with receivers nicely throughout their routes and showed good fundamentals to break up passes with his inside arm to keep himself in the play if he whiffed.

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Analysis: Johnson's main issue this week was excess cushion, but when he wasn't far away from receivers off the snap he did a nice job sticking in coverage and playing with proper fundamentals. Size is a limiting factor, but Johnson will likely hear his name called in the later rounds.

 

Name: Kameron Kelly

School: San Diego State

Ht: 6015

Wt: 195

Arm: 32 1/4

Hand: 8 1/4

 

 

Tues: The ball skills Kelly showed at San Diego State translated to the practice field Tuesday, as he showed good timing, extension and was a smooth mover on the field.

Wed: Kelly had some struggles in coverage against both receivers and tight ends. Byron Pringle made him fall to the ground with a sharp move after the catch, but Kelly was able to stand up Darrel Williams at the goal line by getting lower than the 230-pound running back.

Thurs: Kelly worked mostly at safety and struggled against tight ends, but he showed better when given the opportunity to cover wide receivers as a corner.

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Analysis: Switching from safety to corner this season was a boon to Kelly's production, but he played mostly safety in Mobile and had his share of issues covering tight ends, some of whom outweighed him by 50-plus pounds. He was better against receivers despite getting embarrassed by Byron Pringle after a short catch and showed good ball skills, and it's likely that the team drafting him will look to play him outside rather than at safety.

 

Name: Tray Matthews

School: Auburn

Ht: 6003

Wt: 209

Arm: 33 1/8

Hand: 8 1/4

 

 

Tues:

Wed: Matthews was physical in coverage against tight ends and was trailing closely even when he allowed receptions while showing good hands in ball drills. He was late to help in zone coverage late, allowing Marcell Ateman to make a touchdown grab.

Thurs: Matthews didn't practice Thursday, although no injury was reported.

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Analysis: Matthews was more effective in man coverage against tight ends than he was in zone and showed good ball skills during drills and scrimmages. He's a late-round option for a team looking for some physicality on the back end and special-teams production.

 

Name: Siran Neal

School: Jacksonville State

Ht: 6000

Wt: 206

Arm: 31 1/8

Hand: 9 7/8

 

 

Tues: Neal was not a fish out of water against FBS competition. His best play came against Tre'Quan Smith, reading his route and beating him to the spot to break up the pass.

Wed: Neal held his own against the South's bigger receivers, showing good physicality at the line and throughout routes. He showed the ablity to snatch the ball in drills and was one of the more impressive corners of the day.

Thurs: Neal impressed in press coverage, showing an effective punch to get receivers off balance, containing James Washington at the line and avoiding getting beat for big plays.

Team Interests: New Orleans Saints

Analysis: Neal was a pleasant surprise in Mobile, impressing as a press corner with physical play and a strong punch off the snap. Despite often finding himself in press alignments, he didn't get beat down the field and showed good hands in drills. Neal helped himself this week and could come off the board in the early portion of Day 3.

 

Name: Jeremy Reaves

School: South Alabama

Ht: 5105

Wt: 204

Arm: 30 3/8

Hand: 7 3/4

 

 

Tues:

Wed:

Thurs: Reaves showed ability in press drills and stayed close in trail coverage but didn’t show the speed to make up ground against bigger receivers like Tre’Quan Smith.

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Analysis: Reaves made a limited impact this week but showed he was capable of playing physical football, although he lacks speed and length and is a player teams won't look at until the late rounds or in free agency.

 

Name: M.J. Stewart

School: North Carolina

Ht: 5105

Wt: 198

Arm: 31 1/2

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Stewart looked like the first-round pick some stamped him as preseason, showing excellent read-and-react ability on curls and in-breaking routes and nearly coming up with an interception that may have turned into points in a live game.

Wed: Stewart couldn't quite repeat his strong Tuesday performance, getting beat deep on several occasions while not showing the speed to recover and get back in the play while remaining effective in the short and intermediate field.

Thurs: Stewart continued to struggle with speed and gambled too often, holding to keep receivers from getting behind him when he guessed wrong while also successfully undercutting a route at the goal line for a near-pick.

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Analysis: In the short and intermediate field, Stewart plays like a first-round pick, reading the action in front of him, reacting quickly on short routes and often jumping routes to put himself in position to create turnovers. His deep speed and recovery speed are legitimate questions, and he tends to gamble often which makes him a bit boom or bust. Stewart definitely helped himself and could be in the Day 2 mix, but he has enough warts to keep him out of the top 50.

 

Name: Chandon Sullivan

School: Georgia State

Ht: 5105

Wt: 190

Arm: 32 1/2

Hand: 8

 

 

Tues: Not a good day for Sullivan. He lacked strength in tackling drills, gave up too much cushion and struggled to stay with receivers out of breaks while displaying a lack of deep speed.

Wed: Sullivan again provided too much cushion and had trouble staying with receivers out of their routes and on double moves, but did a nice job mirroring receivers off the line and showed solid ball skills in drills.

Thurs: Sullivan enjoyed his best day of practice and put it all together Thursday, staying with the South’s bigger receivers in red-zone drills and showing the speed to stay with J’Mon Moore down the field, knocking the ball out of the receiver’s hands on a fade to break up a potential touchdown.

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Analysis: Sullivan started the week poorly but was one of the best players on the back end Thursday. He stopped giving up extra cushion and showed both downfield speed and physicality in the red zone. He has good ball skills and definitely put himself on the late-round radar with his final practice of the week.

 

Name: D'Montre Wade

School: Murray State

Ht: 5112

Wt: 201

Arm: 32 5/8

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: Wade held his own against Marcell Ateman and showed the ability to stay with receivers down the field.

Wed: Wade had a rough practice, getting beat in press coverage, on double moves and in the middle of the field. He also struggled attacking the ball in the air during drills.

Thurs: Wade generally struggled both in press coverage and staying connected with receivers throughout their routes, even falling down once against a double move and letting his receiver get deep for an easy score.

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Analysis: Wade was extremely shaky on the final two days of practice, getting beat in every way a corner can get beat while showing poor ball skills during drills. He was ineffective flipping his hips, got whipped in press coverage and might have played his way out of the third day.

 

Name: Levi Wallace

School: Alabama

Ht: 6003

Wt: 176

Arm: 33 3/8

Hand: 9

 

 

Tues: Wallace played well in coverage all day, staying tight on receivers and occasionally running their routes for them while maintaining inside leverage to keep receivers out of the middle of the field.

Wed: Wallace was again strong in coverage on in-breaking routes but didn't show great closing speed and mistimed his jumps with the ball in the air, although he did knock James Washington to the ground in press drills.

Thurs: Pretty nondescript day of practice for Wallace, not standing out in any area while avoiding getting beat for big plays.

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Analysis: Wallace looked good early in the week, especially on in-breaking routes where he maintained good positioning. He showed good read-and-react ability in tight coverage but lacks great ball skills and the closing speed to make up ground against faster receivers, which could be a limiting factor at the next level.