Senior Bowl: South Team Practice Page

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Day to day practice breakdowns of all the players on the Senior Bowl’s South squad.

Quarterbacks

Name: Josh Dobbs

School: Tennessee

Ht: 6032

Wt: 216

Arm: 32

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Dobbs struggled to get in sync with his receivers all day and wasn't on the same page with his teammates. His passes lacked zip and tended to flutter out of his hand.

Wed: Dobbs had better chemistry with his receivers on Day 2, but he struggled with accuracy in drills with no defense. He did show the ability to hit his spots on the move rolling both to his left and right.

Thurs: Dobbs struggled early, getting intercepted on a pass down the sideline that was well short and leaving passes high in the short and intermediate field. He did improve his accuracy as practice went along and was effective as a runner.

 

Analysis: Dobbs never looked fully comfortable during the Senior Bowl, and it took him an entire practice to get in sync with his new targets. He was inaccurate at all levels of the field and didn’t display the necessary zip to push the ball downfield effectively. Dobbs was effective as a runner and throwing on the move but struggled inside the pocket.

 

Name: Antonio Pipkin

School: Tiffin

Ht: 6007

Wt: 225

Arm: 32 2/8

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Pipkin was the best quarterback on the field for the South on Tuesday. He botched a couple snaps early but recovered well, hitting O.J. Howard with a great touch pass up the seam and showing good footwork to move within the pocket.

Wed: Pipkin continued to throw the deep ball with nice touch, but he left a ball up too long on the sideline and was intercepted. He left a few passes short when he threw it on a line, especially up the seam.

Thurs: Pipkin showed good mobility on designed runs and rollouts but had some issues with his accuracy. He sailed balls long and high and left them short and low and never really built on his Tuesday momentum.

 

Analysis: Pipkin made some noise on the first day of practice but fizzled out over the final two. He shows excellent touch and loft on passes downfield and moves well inside and outside the pocket, but he left some throws on the field and was inconsistent as a passer overall.

 

Name: Davis Webb

School: Cal

Ht: 6045

Wt: 229

Arm: 33 6/8

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Webb struggled with his accuracy Tuesday and missed passes at all levels. The ball looked pretty coming out of hand, but it didn't often end up where he wanted it to.

Wed: Webb continued to throw a nice ball, got good loft under his passes and showed the ability to throw on the move and reset his feet outside the pocket. His strong arm was on display, but the ball continue to sail high out of his hand.

Thurs: Webb still had some accuracy issues, especially down the field, but he ended practice on a high note by dropping a beautiful fade in the bucket to Fred Ross to end the session. He showed slight progression from day to day.

 

Analysis: Webb made incremental improvements as the week went on but left Mobile as he entered it -- as a strong-armed passer who doesn’t always know where the ball is going. He is capable of making any throw on the field, made a few beautiful throws and showed accuracy on the move, but he did little to improve his draft stock at the Senior Bowl.

 

Running Backs/Fullbacks

 

Name: Freddie Stevenson

School: Florida State

Ht: 6000

Wt: 236

Arm: 32 3/8

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Most surprising to me was the athleticism Stevenson displayed. He was faster than I expected and caught the ball reasonably well.

Wed: It was a terrific day for Stevenson. He looked very athletic and made several terrific receptions. He also looked dominant in blocking drills and annihilated defenders.

Thurs: Once again I was impressed by the athleticism and versatility Stevenson showed.  He was much faster and quicker than I thought, he caught the ball well and looked terrific blocking.

 

Analysis: Stevenson was a pleasant surprise during the Senior Bowl. He showed better-than-expected athleticism and offensive ball-handling skills. He was terrific as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, showed a burst of speed and was a devastating blocker. He significantly improved his draft grade over the three days of practice.

 

Name: Matt Dayes

School: North Carolina State

Ht: 5085

Wt: 207

Arm: 29 2/9

Hand: 10 4/8

 

 

Tues: Dayes looked exceptional catching passes out of the backfield. He's very quick with a nice burst and looked very effective picking his way on the inside.

Wed: It was almost a complete day for Dayes. He’s probably the best pass-catcher of all the running backs in Mobile and consistently snatches the ball away from his frame. He also shows terrific perimeter speed. He is deficient as a blocker.

Thurs: Dayes showed nice vision on the final day of practice and the ability to stop and accelerate up the field on outside runs. Dayes broke off several long runs in the scrimmage and once again caught the ball well. He needs to pick up his blocking but it was another successful practice for Dayes.

 

Analysis: Dayes was possibly the best back on the South squad. He was an exceptional pass-catcher who broke several long runs during full scrimmage on Wednesday. He’s quick and displays terrific footwork and the ability to create yardage. He has a burst running on the inside while also showing the speed to turn the corner. It’s questionable whether Dayes projects as a featured runner at the next level but after his Senior Bowl performance, he moves towards the draft as one of the best rotational backs available.

 

Name: Donnel Pumphrey

School: San Diego State

Ht: 5082

Wt: 169

Arm: 28 1/8

Hand: 8 2/8

 

 

Tues: Pumphrey was extremely quick, showing a terrific burst through the hole and the ability to turn the corner. He also caught the ball well but was brought down at the point rather easily by a single defender.

Wed: Pumphrey did not back down and looked good carrying the ball as well as catching it. He has terrific quickness as well as a burst. During blocking drills he was getting run over.

Thurs: The record-setting college ball-carrier showed his patented quickness, burst and explosion. He was fast enough to turn the corner and beat defenders into the open field, and Pumphrey showed the ability to create yardage. He was also very effective catching the ball out of the backfield, but size limitations will make teams cautious of drafting him.

 

Analysis:

 

Name: Jamaal Williams

School: BYU

Ht: 6000

Wt: 211

Arm: 30 4/8

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: I was surprised by the speed and quickness Williams showed. He hits the hole with authority and ran hard all day.

Wed: Williams was one of the better backs of the day. He ran the ball well on the inside, picking his way through the traffic and he also looked terrific catching the ball out of the backfield. He was the best of all the backs in blocking drills.

Thurs: Williams continued to run hard through first contact with a slashing style on the inside, and he displayed enough speed to turn the corner effectively.

 

Analysis: Williams was another pleasant surprise and exceeded expectations. He was faster than most expected, did a better job catching the ball out of the backfield and was one of the better blocking running backs. Entering the season graded as a street free agent, his Senior Bowl performance will help propel him into the later rounds.

 

Tight Ends

 

Name: Evan Engram

School: Mississippi

Ht: 6031

Wt: 236

Arm: 32 3/8

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Engram was overshadowed by his South teammates at tight end. He didn't play poorly, but he did let the ball get into his body too often and dropped a fair number of passes early in practice.

Wed: Engram improved on his Day 1 performance Wednesday, showing smooth movement skills in the open field and creating good separation up the seam and in the flat. He still doesn't extend for passes as well as he could, but he made a nice adjustment on a low pass and maintained his stride well.

Thurs: Engram continued to build momentum and showed improvement in his receiving technique, which was the only legitimate knock on his play earlier in the week.

 

Analysis: Engram had three terrific days of practice and improved his draft grade. He was athletic, natural catching the ball and surprised people with his blocking strength. He easily got downfield to come away with the tough grab and at the same time controlled opponents as an inline blocker.

 

Name: Gerald Everett

School: South Alabama

Ht: 6020

Wt: 227

Arm: 32 7/8

Hand: 8 2/8

 

 

Tues: Everett was the second-best tight end for the South on Tuesday, showing strong hands away from his body. He made a great diving catch toward the end of practice, contorting his body in the air to keep the ball from making contact with the ground. Everett also held his own blocking, which was a pleasant surprise.

Wed: Everett didn't quite live up the expectations he set on Day 1 as a pass-catcher, but he continued to move well and displayed good hands.

Thurs: Everett missed Thursday's practice due to injury.

 

Analysis: During the two days Everett practiced, he showed himself to be a competent pass-catcher with the ability to break long plays. Fluid and natural, he caught everything thrown in his direction and held his own blocking.

 

Name: O.J. Howard

School: Alabama

Ht: 6055

Wt: 249

Arm: 33 7/8

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Howard was one of the standouts of the South's initial practice. He made multiple one-handed catches on errant passes and caught the ball nicely away from his frame. He showed speed up the seam and tracked deep balls well.

Wed: Howard had a few drops on the day but continued to show good technique and extension, as well as his trademark speed and athleticism.

Thurs: Howard continued to cement his himself as a top-15 pick, showing quick reactions to extend and make catches. He also blocked effectively, and one block 10 yards downfield helped Josh Dobbs reach the endzone on a scramble. On successive reps in position drills, Howard also stoned Tyus Bowser.

 

Analysis: Howard was sensational and leaves the Senior Bowl as one of its big winners. He’s an imposing figure who plays dominant football as a pass-catcher and blocker. He easily moved about the field and showed the ability to make big receptions in the deep field and also controlled opponents as a blocker. He did drop a few catchable throws throughout the week which will concern scouts, but he displayed himself as a terrific tight end prospect with a huge upside.

Wide Receivers

Name: Travin Dural

School: LSU

Ht: 6010

Wt: 206

Arm: 31 1/8

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: A nondescript day for Dural on Tuesday in which he didn't struggle or stand out. His steps were inefficient at the top of his stem, but he caught most of the passes thrown his way.

Wed: Dural didn't improve his route breaks and dropped a back-shoulder pass early in practice, but he atoned for that with multiple nice grabs in similar back-shoulder situations.

Thurs: Dural was used often on reverses but didn't show the breakaway speed needed to turn them into big plays. He continued to display solid hands as a receiver, but he didn't separate consistently from defenders.

 

Analysis: Dural showed solid hands during Senior Bowl week but otherwise failed to stand out. He lacks the trump card of either size or speed to create separation and is inefficient at the top of his stem, wasting movement into his route breaks. Dural was used often on reverses but didn’t show great speed around the edge and did little to help his draft stock in Mobile.

 

Name: Josh Reynolds

School: Texas A&M

Ht: 6026

Wt: 187

Arm: 31 4/8

Hand: 8 7/8

 

 

Tues: Reynolds had several early drops but recovered well and cleaned them up. He was very effective using his height to reel in high passes.

Wed: Reynolds struggled with drops throughout practice, including a big one near the end after he skied over Marquez White on the sideline. He continues to be the first man to balls in the air, but he doesn't always come down with the catch.

Thurs: Reynolds mixed in a few highlight-worthy catches with his usual drops, showing the inconsistency that has plagued him all week. He made a great reaching grab on a pass thrown behind him and skied for a touchdown in the back of the end zone, tapping his toes nicely before going out of bounds.

 

Analysis: Reynolds was the epitome of a boom-or-bust receiver in all three practices. He was always the first to balls in the air and put a few highlight-reel catches on tape, but he dropped several balls and was inconsistent overall. If Reynolds can clean up his drops, his height and vertical ability would make him an excellent red-zone target at the very least, but his current game is riddled with ups and downs.

 

Name: Fred Ross

School: Mississippi State

Ht: 6005

Wt: 203

Arm: 31

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Ross had a solid day Tuesday, separating well and catching the balls thrown his way, but he didn't stand out in any one area.

Wed: Ross improved on Day 2, showing smooth athleticism and coordination. He displayed excellent sideline awareness and his hands and feet work well together. His late hands help him keep defensive backs from reacting and breaking up passes in close coverage.

Thurs: Ross had possibly his best day of practice Thursday, displaying very good body control and ball-tracking ability. He needs to find the ball better coming out of his route breaks, but he made a nice grab on a corner fade in the end zone and got his feet down in bounds to close out practice.

 

Analysis: Ross was one of the big winners among the South wide receivers, improving each day and finishing Senior Bowl practices with a bang. A smooth athlete who creates separation and has very good hands, Ross worked the sideline well, showed excellent coordination and displayed good body control while improving his draft stock.

 

Name: Artavis Scott

School: Clemson

Ht: 5102

Wt: 193

Arm: 31 3/8

Hand: 8 6/8

 

 

Tues: Similar to Ross, Scott had a solid yet unspectacular day, catching what was thrown to him and running good routes.

Wed: Scott continues to follow the same trajectory as Ross and had himself a nice day Wednesday. He did a nice job extending for balls and showed sticky hands, making catches both in the air and through contact.

Thurs: Scott had another solid day on the field and made a nice leaping grab in the corner of the end zone, getting his feet down for the score. He struggled some with balls thrown over his head that didn't require him to jump, but ran good routes throughout the week.

 

Analysis: Scott had a good week of practice, showing himself to be a solid route-runner with good hands. He can make plays in the air and through contact but had a few drops on balls that were thrown high but didn't require him to jump. All in all, he did little to move the needle on his draft stock in either direction.

 

Name: Ryan Switzer

School: North Carolina

Ht: 5084

Wt: 179

Arm: 28

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Switzer ran good routes and had very few drops, but he hit the ground far too often after making catches, limiting his yards after catch.

Wed: Switzer struggled to separate from coverage on Day 2 and didn't see too many balls thrown his way. The ones that were had a tendency to go over his head, a combination of his height and the inaccuracy of his quarterbacks.

Thurs: Switzer had a better practice on Day 3, showing good route-running skills thanks to subtle movements at his stem. His hands were consistent, and having chemistry with his quarterback is important to his success as a receiver.

 

Analysis: Switzer is the type of receiver that relies on chemistry with his quarterback, something that is difficult to develop in an All-Star setting. In keeping with that theme, Thursday was his best day of practice, as his subtle movements at the top of his stem allowed him to create separation and he showed good hands to bring in passes that found their way into his relatively limited catch radius. Switzer was one of the better route-runners present in Mobile.

 

Name: Taywan Taylor

School: Western Kentucky

Ht: 5110

Wt: 198

Arm: 32 3/8

Hand: 8 7/8

 

 

Tues: Taylor had a good day of practice, showing a very smooth transition from catch to YAC and showing shiftiness in the open field to make defenders miss.

Wed: Taylor was the best receiver on the field for the South, continuing to display a smooth style while also showing great focus and concentration to secure catches. His long arms allow him to catch passes both low and high, and he fought through contact nicely to get to the ball.

Thurs: It's hard not to like Taylor as the South's top receiver after the week of practice. His smooth routes and sharp cuts stand out and while he had a couple drops today, he continued to show he can handle contact and make contested catches.

 

Analysis: Taylor was arguably the biggest winner of the week among the South receivers, seamlessly transitioning to the higher level of competition. He also seamlessly transitioned from catch to YAC, showing a smooth ability to make catches at full speed and immediately gain extra yardage. Taylor is shifty in the open field and shows great focus and concentration to come down with contested catches, and he fights through contact well despite his 198-pound frame. He has long arms and excellent coordination and got to show off his natural receiving ability, boosting his draft stock in the process.

 

Name: Chad Williams

School: Grambling

Ht: 6005

Wt: 204

Arm: 32

Hand: 9 6/8

 

 

Tues: Williams struggled catching the ball Tuesday and had issues bringing in passes away from his body. He looked unnatural as a pass-catcher.

Wed: Williams put forth a far better performance than he did on Day 1, avoiding drops and making catches consistently away from his body. He also skied to win a nice deep ball for a touchdown in double coverage over Justin Evans.

Thurs: Williams consistently improved throughout the week, and his Tuesday drops are a distant memory after a strong final two days. He looked smooth throughout the day and broke free for a long touchdown after beating Corn Elder at the line and maintaining separation down the field.

 

Analysis: Williams struggled to get acclimated at the start of the week, but he finished up in Mobile as one of the South’s most consistent receivers. His technique improved with every practice and he showed enough speed to get deep and the vertical ability to go up and get the ball in double coverage. Williams did a lot to help himself in Mobile.

Offensive Line

Name: Isaac Asiata

School: Utah

Ht: 6031

Wt: 325

Arm: 32 6/8

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Asiata struggled when he was place at left tackle but looked very good inside at guard. He battled and held the point against opponents. He had to leave practice after aggravating a hamstring he injured earlier in the year.

Wed: Left the Senior Bowl with a hamstring injury.

Thurs:

 

Analysis: Asiata only practiced one day at the Senior Bowl before going down with a hamstring injury. He struggled at tackle but looked good when moved inside to guard.

 

Name: Jessamen Dunker

School: Tennessee State

Ht: 6041

Wt: 306

Arm: 33 2/8

Hand: 10 1/8

 

 

Tues: Dunker showed a lot of next-level traits all day. He's strong, explosive and fierce. I really liked the way he battled and won out on occasion. Dunker also lost a number of times as he must improve his balance and positioning.

Wed: Dunker continues to show flashes. He blocks with a nasty attitude, plays with terrific explosion and works through the whistle. He must improve his balance and while he won a few reps, Dunker also lost out on a number of occasions.

Thurs:

Dunker was not seen at practice Thursday.

 

Analysis: Dunker displayed a lot of next-level ability the first two days of practice, although he was inconsistent. He’s strong and explosive but also lacked balance and was often beaten. At the very least, he leaves the Senior Bowl with scouts knowing he has talent to develop.

 

Name: Antonio Garcia

School: Troy

Ht: 6063

Wt: 293

Arm: 32 7/8

Hand: 9 7/8

 

 

Tues: From a technical and fundamental standpoint Garcia was outstanding. He plays with terrific knee bend, balance and leverage. He also moves his feet well in pass protection. At times Garcia seemed unsure of himself and those were the times he was beaten today.

Wed: Garcia struggled in drills as he looked unsure of himself and played back on the heels.  During the team scrimmage, he looked terrific as a pass protector and run blocker. He has awesome upside.

Thurs: I thought Thursday was by far the best day of practice for Garcia. He was technically sound as he has been all week and shut down defenders in drills and scrimmages. He really stood out in pass protection, cutting off the edge from speedy rushers like Jordan Willis as well as anchoring against bigger DEs like Tanoh Kpassagnon

 

Analysis: Though Garcia was not dominant during his Senior Bowl performance, he showed all the traits necessary to be a starting left tackle in the NFL. He blocked with tremendous fundamentals, showed a good degree of athleticism and has a next-level build. Garcia leaves the Senior Bowl with NFL teams knowing he has a great amount of upside potential but may need a while to harvest his talent.

 

Name: Daniel Isidora

School: Miami-Fl

Ht: 6034

Wt: 311

Arm: 32 4/8

Hand: 9 7/8

 

 

Tues: Isidora had a rocky start but righted the ship and looked very good by the end of practice. He does a great job staying square and engulfing opponents.

Wed: Inconsistent day for Isidora. He’s effective once he gets his hands on opponents but otherwise got twisted and struggled with his balance.

Thurs: Today was the best practice of the week for Isidora. He squared into defenders, blocked with lean and anchored. A few times when it looked like he was going to get beat, Isidora was able to recover.

 

Analysis: Isidora had a rocky beginning to the Senior Bowl but was able to right the ship, and by the final day of practice he looked solid. He’s a nasty lineman who shows good strength at the point of attack and consistently squared to defenders to seal them from the action. He lacks great upside but proved he’s worthy of being on an NFL roster.

 

Name: Forrest Lamp

School: Western Kentucky

Ht: 6036

Wt: 305

Arm: 31 1/8

Hand: 10 7/8

 

 

Tues: Lamp had a terrific day and was probably the best offensive lineman on the South. He stood out at both left tackle and guard. He doesn't show great footwork off the edge but makes great use of angles and body positioning to seal the edge. He's not dominant run blocking but turns defenders from the play with terrific body positioning and takes them from the action. Today was a big win for Lamp.

Wed: Left the Senior Bowl with a high-ankle sprain.

Thurs:

 

Analysis: Lamp only practiced one day at the Senior Bowl before going down with a high-ankle sprain, but in that single practice he looked terrific. He’s not the prettiest lineman but gets the job done, making great use of angles and body positioning to control opponents.

 

Name: Conor McDermott

School: UCLA

Ht: 6081

Wt: 305

Arm: 34

Hand: 10 7/8

 

 

Tues: McDermott struggled all day at both tackle spots. He looked stuck in cement, stiff and could not adjust. He was beaten by inside moves and outside speed.

Wed: Today was a much better day for McDermott. He played with better balance, strength and showed the ability to control opponents in drills.

Thurs: McDermott held steady from yesterday and did a solid job most of the day. He’s not a real good athlete and lacks balance but competes and finds ways to win.

 

Analysis: McDermott had an awful start to the Senior Bowl but looked serviceable by the end. He’s a big-bodied lineman with limited athleticism and upside but proved through the three days that he could be a competent backup on Sundays.

 

Name: Ethan Pocic

School: LSU

Ht: 6060

Wt: 307

Arm: 32 5/8

Hand: 10 1/8

 

 

Tues: I was not impressed with Pocic today. He's a big lineman but was often walked back into the pocket by smaller defensive tackles. He's also very stiff and struggled to adjust.

Wed: Pocic looked much better today. He did a great job squaring into defenders and controlling them or finishing them off. I’m still concerned about his agility and inability to adjust or redirect.

Thurs: Today was the best practice of the week for Pocic. He looked strong, consistently anchored at the point and held his own on every snap.

 

Analysis: Pocic struggled at the start of the Senior Bowl, but by Thursday’s practice he was effective. He’s a big, strong lineman who squares into opponents and is able to control them but has limited agility and must improve his blocking balance.

 

Name: Justin Senior

School: Mississippi State

Ht: 6045

Wt: 322

Arm: 33 7/8

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Senior struggled all day and was constantly beaten. He's stiff, lacks footwork and did a lot of reaching which caused him to be off balance.

Wed: Senior did a terrific job rebounding today from yesterday’s performance. He looked more effective on his feet and did a nice job getting his hands into opponents and controlling them.

Thurs: Senior was pushed into guard and looked solid most of the day. He plays to his size and is very effective in a small area.

 

Analysis: Senior struggled very early on at tackle and was consistently getting beat. He showed little in the way of athleticism, agility and footwork. He redeemed himself somewhat on the last day when he was moved inside to guard but still proved he has a long way to go before he’ll ever line up on Sunday.

 

Name: Nico Siragusa

School: San Diego State

Ht: 6044

Wt: 326

Arm: 32 6/8

Hand: 10 7/8

 

 

Tues: Siragusa started the day strong at guard and won out during several one-on-ones before a dislocated thumb ended his practice. He hopes to continue tomorrow.

Wed: Left the Senior Bowl with a dislocated thumb.

Thurs:

 

Analysis: Practiced just one day before dislocating his thumb but did show good quickness, explosion and some athleticism.

 

Name: Jon Toth

School: Kentucky

Ht: 6047

Wt: 308

Arm: 33 1/8

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Toth had his struggles all day long. He was bull-rushed off the line and generally looked poor.

Wed: Toth struggled again. He was run over and beaten on a number of occasions. 

Thurs:  Once again it was a struggle for Toth. On successive reps he was run over by Montravius Adams, then by Carlos Watkins.

 

Analysis: Toth struggled every day of practice and was manhandled by the likes of Montravius Adams and Carlos Watkins.

Defensive Line

Name: Montravius Adams

School: Auburn

Ht: 6033

Wt: 308

Arm: 31 7/8

Hand: 9 2/8

 

 

Tues: Adams was impossible to stop at times today and looked like a man amongst boys. He was quick, powerful and drove opponents off the line of scrimmage. He was effective with his hands and had opponents playing back on their heels. Adams had scouts talking today.

Wed: Today was another terrific day for Adams. He runs over blockers and has been impossible to stop. He shows terrific short-area quickness and great power in his lower body.

Thurs: Adams looked like a man amongst boys today. He was unstoppable and ran over anyone who tried to block him. I’d like to see him develop a few more moves, but he has proven his worth the past three days.

 

Analysis: Adams proved one thing during three days of Senior Bowl practice -- when he wants to play he’s unstoppable. He offers the size, growth potential and power to be a dominant force on Sunday if he wants to play. He has the scheme versatility to have a long career in the NFL, if he wants to play. Adams must do a better job using his hands to develop more techniques to disengage from blockers and beyond anything else, must overcome that “if he wants to play” tag.

 

Name: Keionta Davis

School: Tenn-Chattanooga

Ht: 6030

Wt: 274

Arm: 33 1/8

Hand: 9

 

 

Tues: Davis had a terrific showing today. He's technically sound and played with great pad level and leverage. He's quick off the snap, fast around the edge and has a closing burst. What surprised me was the bull rush Davis showed as he drove blockers back off the line on several occasions.

Wed: Davis was not as effective today as he was during the first Senior Bowl practice, but he still shows a good degree of athleticism and quickness in his game.

Thurs: Davis seemed to hit a plateau and really hasn’t improved. He’s a nice edge rusher but seems to have worn down over the course of the week.

 

Analysis: Early on I thought Davis acquitted himself well. He looked like the pass-rushing terror I’ve broken down on film the past two seasons on Tuesday and even threw in a few surprising bull-rush moves. He simmered down by the end of the week, but overall he came out of the Senior Bowl a winner.  He’s a natural pass rusher who needs to physically mature and add a little more strength to his game which will only enhance his ability to shut down the run.

 

Name: Daeshon Hall

School: Texas A&M

Ht: 6053

Wt: 265

Arm: 34 5/8

Hand: 9 4/8

 

 

Tues: Today was a big win for Hall. He's incredibly quick, athletic and fluid. He destroyed several opponents on a number of occasions with a terrific inside move. Hall played through the whistle and sometimes after the whistle.

Wed: Hall continues to beat opponents with inside moves and outside speed. He’s a fine technician but has a slender build and is prone to getting locked up at the point.

Thurs: Hall was not seen at practice Thursday.

 

Analysis: Hall looked quick and athletic and played nasty football the two days he practiced. He fired off the snap and beat blockers with outside speed as well as a nice inside move. Hall was physical and backed down to no one. After taking a back seat to Myles Garrett the past three seasons, Hall looked to establish himself at the Senior Bowl and he succeeded.

 

Name: Tanoh Kpassagnon

School: Villanova

Ht: 6067

Wt: 280

Arm: 34 7/8

Hand: 10 7/8

 

 

Tues: Kpassagnon had his moments during the day. He showed terrific power and overwhelmed opponents on occasion, including Forrest Lamp. He also had spells where he would disappear. 

Wed: Kpassagnon was inconsistent again in practice. He’ll make a tremendous play then disappear for long stretches.

Thurs: Kpassagnon had his moments in drills but was not much of a factor in scrimmages. I truly believe a large part of the reason why is they placed the big defender at end in the 4-3, where he seems to struggle.

 

Analysis: If they handed out awards for the best-looking body during weigh-ins, Kpassagnon won going away. Even as I sat in the stands watching the second practice yesterday, people were commenting how awesome he looked on stage. Unfortunately his play on the field fell short of his performance on the scale. During the three days of Senior Bowl practice, I saw the same Kpassagnon I’ve watched on film the past two years -- a player that dominates for a snap or two then disappears for long stretches.Part of the issue lies in the fact he lacks the great get-off and first step quickness. The other factor is, as mentioned Thursday, I believe he’s out of place as a 4-3 defensive end. There’s a good amount of upside to tap into with Kpassagnon, but there are no guarantees with this prospect.

 

Name: Tanzel Smart

School: Tulane

Ht: 6005

Wt: 296

Arm: 32 3/8

Hand: 9 7/8

 

 

Tues: I was incredibly impressed by Smart today. He fired off the snap, played with great explosion and showed sound technique. Smart keeps his pads low to the ground, plays with great leverage and uses his hands well. He won on a number of occasions and beat Ethan Pocic several times.

Wed: Another good day for Smart. He’s quick, athletic and moves well. Strength at the point is an issue and Smart is a bit of a scheme-specific defender.

Thurs:   Smart did not have the same impact today as he did earlier in the week. He was still quick but was not getting the same penetration.

 

Analysis: Smart looked terrific during the first two days in Mobile. He was stronger, more athletic and more disruptive than people expected. Smart’s intensity was also off the charts. Though he seemed a bit worn down during the final day it was a plus week for Smart, who now moves towards the draft as one of the best three-technique tackles available in April.

 

Name: Dalvin Tomlinson

School: Alabama

Ht: 6030

Wt: 312

Arm: 33

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Tomlinson surprised me. He plays with great pad level, leverage and quickness. He flashed power and won out during a number of one-on-ones.

Wed: Similar to Tuesday, Tomlinson was explosive and powerful. He didn’t make many plays but he’s impossible to move off the point.

Thurs:

 

Analysis: Tomlinson was solid all three days of practice. He displayed himself as a strong gap occupier who occasionally made plays behind the line of scrimmage. Tomlinson showed he can play with leverage and power and established himself as a mid-Day 3 selection.

 

Name: Eddie Vanderdoes

School: UCLA

Ht: 6031

Wt: 320

Arm: 31 5/8

Hand: 10 5/8

 

 

Tues: Vanderdoes played exceptionally well today in all areas. He beat opponents with quickness, power and intensity. From the snap he's tough to stop as he showed a great first step, power in his lower body and he worked his hands incredibly well. Even when it looked like Vanderdoes was outmatched, he won the down.

Wed: Vanderdoes did not have the same impact today but still had a terrific day. He’s incredibly strong and shows terrific quickness for a 320-pound defensive lineman.

Thurs: Another solid day for Vanderdoes, though he did not have the same impact as earlier in the week. Besides his explosion and intensity, I love the pad level and hand technique he uses.

 

Analysis: It was a "wow" week for Vanderdoes, who gave scouts a lot to think about. He made an impact each day at practice, dominating in one-on-ones then making plays in full scrimmages. The intensity, power, quickness and technique he displayed was one of the most complete packages in Mobile this week. Ordinarily a player would significantly improve his draft stock off this performance, but Vanderdoes has a few injury questions which much be answered.

 

Name: Carlos Watkins

School: Clemson

Ht: 6035

Wt: 312

Arm: 33 4/8

Hand: 10 3/8

 

 

Tues: Watkins was up and down. He shows a great bull rush but little in the way of defeating blocks once engaged.

Wed: I’m not sold on Watkins. He shows a terrific bull rush but not mush more and some of the more technically sound lineman have been able to exploit this.

Thurs: Watkins had several nice bull rushes, blowing opponents off the line, but he hasn't shown any variety of moves.

 

Analysis: Watkins deserves credit for showing up and competing at the Senior Bowl on the heels of Clemson’s national title. At times during practice he looked dominant, and then there were instances when you wondered if he was on the field. Watkins has a next-level body and flashes Sunday power. What he didn’t show was anything other than an up-the-field, bull-rush move.

 

Name: Jordan Willis

School: Kansas State

Ht: 6036

Wt: 255

Arm: 32 2/8

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Willis is a terrific edge rusher but looked more like a first-step lineman today, as he was easily blocked or disrupted from the action at the point of attack.

Wed: Once again Willis showed himself to be a first-step lineman. Once blockers get their hands on him he struggles making plays.

Thurs: Willis was pretty much handled for most of practice.

 

Analysis: Overall it was a disappointing week of practice for Willis. In college he was able to rush wide around marginal competition and made a lot of plays in the backfield. When forced to play in tight during one-on-ones or scrimmages at the Senior Bowl, the results were poor. I am disappointed I did not see Willis stand up over tackle during the week. He’s fairly athletic and very competitive but has scheme limitations. Willis should fit in as a designated pass-rusher/special teams player at the next level.

Linebackers

Name: Ryan Anderson

School: Alabama

Ht: 6021

Wt: 258

Arm: 31 6/8

Hand: 9 3/8

 

 

Tues: Anderson looked tremendous today. He easily moved around the field for a 258-pound linebacker and looked really good in coverage drills. He got depth on his pass drops, showed good hands for the pick and was very athletic. He generated a lot of buzz today.

Wed: Anderson was not as effective during Day 2 of Senior Bowl practice as he was on Tuesday. He struggled during the full scrimmage in coverage and was beaten a number of times.

Thurs: Anderson did not participate today.

 

Analysis: Anderson participated in two days of practice in Mobile. One was good, the other not so good. When he was good on Tuesday, Anderson looked like a complete three-down defender effective stacking the run or covering the pass. In my opinion, his Senior Bowl week would be rated as incomplete.

 

Name: Alex Anzalone

School: Florida

Ht: 6030

Wt: 240

Arm: 30 7/8

Hand: 9 1/8

 

 

Tues: Anzalone was very effective up the field defending the run. He's a fiery linebacker who sells out. Moving in reverse was a different story as Anzalone looked stiff and limited.

Wed: I thought Anzalone played much better today. He was much better outside the box and flowed well laterally to the action. He also had several nice plays in coverage.

Thurs:

 

Analysis: Anzalone improved as the week progressed and showed more of a complete game by the time the horn blew on the final practice. I love his intensity and explosion to the ball and the way he’s able to fire up the field or scrape to the flanks. Anzalone has scheme limitations and is more of a two-down defender, but overall he had a good Senior Bowl outing.

 

Name: Ben Boulware

School: Clemson

Ht: 6000

Wt: 236

Arm: 30

Hand: 10

 

 

Tues: Boulware is not a great athlete but he is a terrific football player. Best in the box, he's instinctive, shows great anticipation and fires up the field. He's also nasty and wraps up tackling.  He struggles moving outside the numbers and in reverse.

Wed:

Thurs:

 

Analysis: Boulware displayed that he is what he is during Senior Bowl practices -- a fiery, intense run-stopper best in the box and deficient in reverse. He has size and scheme limitations but can play at the next level in the right system.

 

Name: Tyus Bowser

School: Houston

Ht: 6024

Wt: 244

Arm: 33

Hand: 10 1/8

 

 

Tues: Bowser looks the part but seemed to struggle in drills and scrimmage. He just seems unsure of himself and you expect more from him.

Wed: When they put Bowser up at the line of scrimmage and let him rush up the field he’s been very effective. In space he struggles and was beaten badly several times in coverage.

Thurs: Bowser struggled several times today when facing off against OJ Howard. On consecutive reps, Howard stoned Bowser in blitz drills then promptly beat him for a long reception in one-on-ones.

 

Analysis: For three days, Bowser looked awesome on specific snaps then very pedestrian in other instances. Against air he looked sensational and to be fair, Bowser flashed brilliance when lined up in the box over tackle. Yet there were too many instances when he was destroyed in blocking drills or looked awful in coverage. Bowser proved he possesses the underlying ability to develop into a three-down defender, and it’s just a matter of pulling the pieces together.

 

Name: Josh Carraway

School: TCU

Ht: 6030

Wt: 241

Arm: 32 7/8

Hand: 9

 

 

Tues:

Wed:  Left the Senior Bowl with an injury.

Thurs:

 

Analysis:

 

Name: Harvey Langi

School: BYU

Ht: 6015

Wt: 252

Arm: 32 3/8

Hand: 8 7/8

 

 

Tues: Langi was one of the better run defenders of the day. He showed great explosion up the field, wrapped up ball carriers and is a strong tackler.

Wed: Really stacked well against the run and looked very explosive moving up the field. Rebounded in coverage and shows the ability to make plays over the middle of the field.

Thurs: Again Langi looked very effective defending the run. I love the effort and intensity he plays with.

 

Analysis: Langi was another terrific run-defending linebacker who showed some ability in zone coverage. He was fierce and explosive moving up the field and constantly around the action. When the pass was thrown in his vicinity, Langi displayed solid awareness and decent ball skills. Considering he spent most of his senior season at defensive end, Langi leaves the Senior Bowl with a plus next to his name.

 

Name: Duke Riley

School: LSU

Ht: 6005

Wt: 231

Arm: 30 7/8

Hand: 9 4/8

 

 

Tues: Riley looked very athletic on the field and showed a lot of quickness and explosion in drills. He was solid in scrimmage and I like the way he scrapes well.

Wed: Was probably the best run defender of the day. Not only fired up the field but also flows to the action and makes plays on the ball carrier out to the numbers.

Thurs: Riley had one of his better practices today. He was tremendous against the run, not only in the box but also in pursuit. On one play he ran across the field to bring down Jamaal Williams which drew loud praise from coaches.

 

Analysis: During all three days of practice, Riley was probably the best and most versatile run-defending linebacker on the field. He stacked the box well and made several nice tackles on the inside, and then on the final day he pursued across three-quarters of the field to run down Jamaal Williams (video of play available @DraftAnalyst1). Riley is vertically challenged but possesses the skill set to develop into a three-down defender.

Defensive Backs

Name: Cornelius Elder

School: Miami-Fl

Ht: 5101

Wt: 179

Arm: 30 7/8

Hand: 9 5/8

 

 

Tues: Elder had an average day of practice, avoiding getting beat too often but not making any big plays on defense.

Wed: Elder looked good Wednesday, attacking the ball in the air and showing good hands in drills. He wasn't beat consistently in coverage and had a nice pass breakup against Artavis Scott on a short slant.

Thurs: Elder took a small step back from Wednesday's practice, losing his feet against Artavis Scott on a route break and getting beat by Chad Williams lined up in his press. He was otherwise solid in coverage and continued to show good hands.

 

Analysis: Elder never looked out of place during Senior Bowl week despite being the lightest defender on the South squad. He moved well in all directions and displayed good ball skills in coverage as well as decent form in tackling drills, understanding his need to go low to combat his size. That size will likely pigeonhole him as a slot corner, but he showed well enough to be a definite consideration early on Day 3.

 

Name: Justin Evans

School: Texas A&M

Ht: 6000

Wt: 193

Arm: 30 7/8

Hand: 9 6/8

 

 

Tues: Evans showed good ball skills and an ability to play the ball in the air on Day 1. He was one of the more athletic defensive backs on the field.

Wed: Evans didn't have a great day Wednesday, showing alligator arms and not fully extending for the ball except in high-pointing situations, where his big hands allowed him to secure balls at the top of his jump. He was one of two players beat by Chad Williams on a deep touchdown and barely reacted as Williams skied for the grab.

Thurs: Evans missed practice Thursday due to injury.

 

Analysis: Evans is a very athletic safety whose week was cut short due to injury. In his limited time on the field, he showed comfort in the air during drills but was one of two defensive backs beat by Chad Williams in double coverage. In the end, it's hard to take too much from this week in terms of his draft stock considering his injury and how evaluating safeties can be difficult in the Senior Bowl setting.

 

Name: Johnathan Ford

School: Auburn

Ht: 5111

Wt: 200

Arm: 30 2/8

Hand: 9

 

 

Tues: Ford let himself get beat a few times in live action, and he didn't stand out in any area during drills.

Wed: Ford missed Wednesday's practice due to injury.

Thurs: Ford was reported with an ankle injury and will miss the game Saturday.

 

Analysis: Ford was only on the field for one day and didn't look overly impressive Tuesday.

 

Name: Rayshawn Jenkins

School: Miami-Fl

Ht: 6012

Wt: 220

Arm: 31 7/8

Hand: 9 4/8

 

 

Tues: Jenkins showed ability in trail coverage, kept plays in front of him and enjoyed a solid first day of practice.

Wed: Jenkins showed average ball skills in drills and misjudged the ball in the air, but he was fluid and continued to show an ability to stay with receivers and react.

Thurs: Jenkins didn't let receivers behind him Thursday and made a big play coming up the field. He showed the awareness to put his helmet on the ball as the second man in on a tackle, forcing a fumble from O.J. Howard.

 

Analysis: Jenkins showed good fluidity and movement skills for his size and covered receivers well all week. He didn't let anything get behind him and showed good tackling ability in drills and live action. His ball skills aren't great, but Jenkins found himself around the ball and overall had a positive showing.

 

Name: Damontae Kazee

School: San Diego State

Ht: 5102

Wt: 183

Arm: 29 7/8

Hand: 8 2/8

 

 

Tues: Kazee had a good day at corner Tuesday. In particular, he stayed in receivers' hip pockets downfield and didn't have to turn around to find the ball, instead reading his opponents' hands to break up long passes.

Wed: If Tuesday was good for Kazee, Wednesday was great. He was strong in press coverage against bigger receivers like Josh Reynolds and Fred Ross, stayed with receivers downfield and showed good recovery speed when his opponents were able to separate.

Thurs: Kazee continued his strong week of practice, showing physicality once again and staying in the body of opposing receivers. He kept his eyes in the backfield in zone coverage without losing his receiver and didn't bite on pump fakes or double moves.

 

Analysis: Kazee was the South's best corner all week, showing impressive ability in press coverage for his size. He played sticky coverage in man-to-man and displayed good recovery speed when receivers were able to separate. He played the ball nicely in the air and did a good job reacting to receivers' movements, and Kazee really helped himself during Senior Bowl practices.

 

Name: Ezra Robinson

School: Tennessee State

Ht: 5110

Wt: 185

Arm: 31 3/8

Hand: 8 1/8

 

 

Tues: Robinson showed the ability to stay with the South receivers in coverage, managing a few pass breakups and avoiding getting beat down the field.

Wed: Robinson was able to stay tight with receivers and maintained connection through double moves. He drew a couple flags for being too grabby down the field and getting too far into his receiver's body on the sideline before turning back to the ball.

Thurs: Robinson had a poor final practice, serving as the offense's main target Thursday. He was a step slow on deep routes, allowed too much cushion to receivers and allowed touchdowns on consecutive plays late -- getting beat by Trent Taylor at the goal line and letting Josh Reynolds get inside position. He also dropped a potential interception and whiffed on a tackle on a screen pass.

 

Analysis: Robinson started the week somewhat well but really cratered on the third day. It's possible fatigue was a factor, but Robinson couldn't stay with anybody Thursday and didn't seem confident in his own speed, giving too much cushion and getting beat down the field when he didn't. In the end, Robinson went from a neutral effect on his draft stock to a serious downgrade.

 

Name: Jordan Sterns

School: Oklahoma State

Ht: 5107

Wt: 196

Arm: 31 3/8

Hand: 8 7/8

 

 

Tues: Sterns had an uneventful day of practice, not showing any special traits but also not struggling in drills or live action.

Wed: Sterns was a little stiff and robotic extending for passes during drills but had a nice sideline interception on a pass Antonio Pipkin left in the air too long. He showed a tendency to tackle a bit high both in drills and live action.

Thurs: Sterns showed better ball skills on the final day of practice but otherwise struggled. He was consistently late in help coverage to the sideline and bit on a short pump fake, which made him a second late to a post route that turned into a touchdown.

 

Analysis: Sterns didn't show great reactions on the back end and generally lacked ball skills while showing poor technique as a tackler. That's a bad combination for a sub-200-pound safety, and Sterns' stock is falling after Senior Bowl practices.

 

Name: Cameron Sutton

School: Tennessee

Ht: 5110

Wt: 182

Arm: 29 2/8

Hand: 8 2/8

 

 

Tues: Sutton was consistent on the first day of practice, staying tight with his opponents and not allowing yards after the catch when they were able to make receptions.

Wed: Sutton had another nice day Wednesday and was even mixed in a bit at safety with Johnathan Ford out. Sutton played tight coverage all practice long, forcing an O.J. Howard drop and breaking up a pass intended for Travin Dural, and he showed good closing speed in both the pass and run game.

Thurs: The coaching staff continued to use Sutton at safety due to injuries and he continued to play well. He showed good hand punch as a corner in press, stayed tight with receivers and did a nice job breaking up a pass that Fred Ross had in his hands.

 

Analysis: With injuries hurting the South's secondary depth, Sutton was asked to play safety on the final two days of practice. He showed nice versatility and adjusted smoothly to the multiple assignments, covering well while showing good closing speed and ball skills. He was effective in press and had an extremely consistent week, leaving Mobile as a definite winner.

 

Name: Marquez White

School: Florida State

Ht: 5116

Wt: 184

Arm: 32 1/8

Hand: 9 7/8

 

 

Tues: White showed the ability to bounce back Tuesday after biting badly on a double move early in drills. The next two times receivers attacked him with combination routes, he stayed in position and kept the play in front of him.

Wed: White held on a little too long in press coverage but otherwise had a stellar day. He showed quick feet, good change of direction and flipped his hips nicely while displaying an understanding of how to use the sideline to his advantage and maintaining tight coverage.

Thurs: White built on his momentum from Wednesday, staying with receivers down the field and showing good ball skills. He broke up passes in the short field and to the sideline and reacted well when receivers went for the ball to prevent the completion.

 

Analysis: White improved as the week went along, learning from his mistakes and showing good hip fluidity and change-of-direction skills. He covered the sideline effectively and was good against short passes as well, and White definitely helped himself with his Senior Bowl performance.

 

Name: Tre'Davious White

School: LSU

Ht: 5111

Wt: 191

Arm: 31 4/8

Hand: 8 6/8

 

 

Tues: White was the best corner for the South on Tuesday. He showed solid reaction time, good closing speed and the hands to snatch passes out of the air for interceptions.

Wed: White didn't play at the same level he did Tuesday, getting beat in press coverage and not using his hands well. He did break up a pass on a quick slant but Wednesday was a step back for White.

Thurs: White injured his ankle Wednesday and will not participate in Saturday's game.

 

Analysis: White had a good start to the week, but unfortuantely an ankle injury ended his Senior Bowl experience early. His draft stock stays relatively steady as a Day 2 option with an incomplete grade in Mobile.