Shrine Practice -- Tuesday AM Report

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Day 2 of Shrine practices saw beautiful weather in the morning as the East took the field for another practice. A handful of players really impressed, including a pair of Penn State Nittany Lions.

Those Who Impressed

DaeSean Hamilton/WR/Penn State: I wrote about the buzz building around Hamilton in last evening's notes, and he took it to another level this morning. Hamilton looked dominant in all facets during drills to start the day. He was tremendous in blocking drills, using his big body to annihilate defenders and open up lanes for screen passes. His route-running was incredibly impressive for a bigger receiver, and on several occasions he had defensive backs grasping at air as he left them in the dust. He also caught everything thrown in his direction. The only red flag is his lack of downfield speed, but Hamilton has definitely put his name in mid-round contention. From what I’ve witnessed, the New York Giants are very interested in the big receiver.

KC McDermott/OL/Miami: McDermott has done a solid job at left tackle, and today he shut down Kentavius Street, a feat no one else seems to accomplish. McDermott is not a great athlete, but he uses terrific angles and positioning to seal the edge. I still believe his best position at the next level will be inside at guard, but McDermott -- who was not graded by scouts entering the season -- is looking like a lock for the draft’s final day.

Grant Haley/CB/Penn State: Early in the day, Haley got smoked by teammate DaeSean Hamilton but buckled down and looked as good as anyone by the end of the session. He made a terrific play to defend a deep throw against Justin Watson of Penn in one-on-one’s then made several nice plays during the full scrimmage. The East has a number of quality next-level defensive backs on its roster, and Haley was among the best today.

Chris Worley/LB/Ohio State: Worley has not made any splash plays over the past two days, rather he’s been the usual consistent, do-the-little-things type of linebacker he was at Ohio State. I’ve been impressed with his run defense as well as his cover skills. I’ve been even more impressed with his discipline and instincts. Worley will be a steal in the middle rounds for a team looking for a consistent three-down defender.

Chad Thomas/DE/Miami: Thomas is the second Hurricane to make the list from morning practice, and for the second day in a row he looked impressive. He’s a tall, rather athletic pass rusher who fires off the snap then moves well around the field. Thomas displays terrific edge speed and balance. His strength at the point is an issue, though Thomas projects nicely as a 4-3 situational pass rusher at the next level.

Final Thoughts

* I spent a bit of time speaking with Deadrin Senat last night and came away very impressed. We spoke about USF, coach Charlie Strong and his teammates. Senat is a well-spoken, well-thought individual. When I mentioned that I thought his teammate Bruce Hector was an underrated prospect, Senat told me he was on his way to call the defensive tackle to see how he fared during his first practice at the NFLPA game.

* Tuesday was another strong practice for Avonte Maddox of Pittsburgh. The cornerback made several nice plays on the ball, especially when he was backed off the line of scrimmage rather than lined up in man coverage.

* Today was not a good day for another cornerback, Brandon Facyson. The Virginia Tech senior will make a nice play or two and remind everyone of the underlying talent he possesses, then he'll give up three or four easy receptions. Facyson seemed to be getting frustrated with himself throughout the morning.

* After his sophomore season, people who watched Jamar Summers of UConn stamped him as a potential second-day pick, including yours truly. But over the past two seasons, Summers has watched his game regress badly. After watching him over the past two days, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s all in his head. During drills Summers looks as good as any defensive back here at Shrine practices. He displays a quick, fluid backpedal, easily flips his hips and has a great burst out of his plant. The problems start when the ball is in the air and Summers needs to think or react, and he’s been late getting to the action every time.