Shrine Practice -- Tuesday PM Report

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The West team took part in its second practice here in St. Petersburg as the players picked up the tempo, and the passes were flying a little quicker in the air. Here are the results from the day’s second practice.

Those Who Impressed

Brett Toth/T/Army: The cadet from the USMA played well yesterday and better today. He’s a long, fundamentally sound lineman who shut down all the top pass rushers from the West, including Marcell Frazier and Justin Lawler. Toth moves relatively well on his feet and showed ability at the second level. He needs to improve his playing strength a touch but has the makings of a next-level player.

David Wells/TE/San Diego State: Strength is not an issue for Wells, who has been a dominant blocker during drills and scrimmages in both days of practice. He plays with solid fundamentals and a nasty attitude and has destroyed everyone who’s lined up across from him. Wells is not much of an offensive threat even though he catches the ball well, yet he has the tools to be a very good third tight end at the next level.

Jeff Badet/WR/Oklahoma: The play of the receivers on the West has been uninspired for the most part, but Badet stood out today. He ran crisp routes and consistently separated from defensive backs. Badet caught just about everything thrown in his direction and did so with proper technique, extending his hands and snatching the pass away from his frame. He doesn’t play like a vertical receiver but has the ability to be a quality fourth receiver on a roster.

Secdrick Cooper/S/Louisiana Tech: Despite playing with a cast on his left hand to help heal a broken bone, Cooper looked solid in all aspects today. On one snap during full scrimmage, he made the play of the day by grabbing a one-handed interception in man coverage over the middle of the field. Cooper is a long, thin defensive back with excellent range and a high upside.

Poona Ford/DT/Texas: Despite measuring under six feet, Ford has played big football the past two days. He fires off the snap with an explosive first step and gets a lot of push up the field with his stumpy-yet-powerful legs. Entering the season ignored by scouts, Ford now projects as a solid third-day pick. He’s getting a lot of attention from several teams, including the New York Jets.


* Cornerback Dane Cruikshank of Arizona has had his moments on the field but has also shown a bit of inconsistency. He’s a long corner who measures over six feet tall, and I’m told he’ll run in the 4.3s during workouts. He made several brilliant plays today but also had a few moments where scouts were left scratching their heads. I’m hearing that he’s pegged for the middle rounds, and if he pulls it together Cruikshank could develop into a starter at the next level.

* I’m going to say the same thing about another cornerback, Malik Reaves of Villanova, though to a lesser degree. Reeves is well-built and tough and shows flashes, but all too often he’s just a half-second late to the play.

* Leon Jacobs of Wisconsin, who primarily played on the line of scrimmage for the Badgers, has been used in a more traditional linebacker role here at Shrine practices and has looked solid. His footwork scraping laterally and dropping into coverage needs work, but Jacobs has held his ground against tight ends and running backs who come across the field.

* Several scouts on hand really like what they see from Wagner tackle Greg Senat but have openly said they wish he had attended an FBS/I-A program. The feeling is that Senat has next-level potential, but the coaching and lack of weight training he received at Wagner puts him behind the curve, meaning it will be a two-year process before he’s NFL-ready.