North Team Practice Notes
- Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff starred as he fought through press coverage and made acrobatic touchdown catches. He’s quicker than fast, but he runs routes very well, and can separate from any cornerback.
- Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir really turned his game on today. His career arc might follow his Senior Bowl progression; starts slow as he adjusts, but will be very good when he figures it out. After practice, I spoke with him and he’s a very focused and humble man. He transferred to play closer to home, where he has a wife and child. I’m rooting for him. With his smooth hips and quick feet, he should be an effective player.
- Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson showed great leverage as he mauled defensive tackles as quickly as the ball was snapped. Despite looking fat in weigh ins, he has been effective.
- Notre Dame left tackle Zack Martin continued to dominate the talented edge rushers, despite having short arms. His balance and technique is excellent, and is now on top of my list of players to watch film of.
- Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward continued to impress with his closing speed and ball skills. He broke up multiple passes, showed the ability to stay on the hip of receivers, and pressed more effectively than expected. I could say the same for Washington State safety Deone Buchanon.
- Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptist and NC State’s Dontae Johnson has solid days. Teams will be looking for these bigger corners, and if their tape is reflective of their days today, expect high grades. I know Johnson received a lot of interest from scouts.
- Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbredaris is solid; he uses his hands to catch the ball away from his frame, he runs great routes, but he is slower than I had hoped. He doesn’t look like a 4.4 guy, and lacks real explosion.
- The quarterbacks continued to struggle, but I heard that Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas was responding well to coaching, so at least he has that going for him.
- Wyoming’s Marqueston Huff lined up at corner, and the results were horrible. A safety convert, he doesn’t have the instincts, technique or size to be effective. I’m not sure why they moved him from safety.
- Saginaw State wide receiver Jeff Janis really doesn’t look like an NFL caliber player. He struggles to separate, despite not playing the class’ best corners. He will need a great pro day and combine.
- Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy is someone I like, but he was dominated all day. If he doesn’t win with his inside power move, he doesn’t do much. He won’t test well at the combine, either. I think he will be a contributed in the NFL, but Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort had his number all day.
South Team Practice Notes
- Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews again showed great blocking ability. He mirrors the defender, engages them, then anchors as the rusher makes contact. He’s a guy I need tape of.
- BYU’s Kyle Van Noy continues to be a fun player to watch. He does everything well, and is a better athlete than most would say. He’s a solid first round player to me.
- Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford and fullback Jay Prosch looked great today. Ford was almost unblock able as he bent the edge and won with speed and technique throughout the practice. Prosch emerged as a shifty receiver with reliable blocking skills.
- Florida offensive guard Jon Halapio looks healthy and playing at a high level again. He beat Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton, showing great leverage and strength. Another riser early in the process.
- Virginia’s mammoth offensive tackle Morgan Moses continued to play great. His tape is somewhat ugly, but we might be seeing another DJ Fluker here. He doesn’t do anything exceptionally well, except he wins 1 on 1s routinely. He could sneak into the back of the first round.
- California’s Deandre Coleman stood out multiple times, playing very well against the run. He loves contact, and using his strength to shove lineman aside. He had a quiet week until today.
- On his first day as an injury replacement, I really liked LA Tech’s DE IK Enemkpali. He looked versatile, with good quickness and strong hands. I can’t wait to dive in more to see what his film looks like.
- San Jose State’s quarterback David Fales tried to compensate for his lack of arm strength by putting all of his weight into throws, which made his throws lack touch and air. His accuracy was dreadful today. He looks like a day 3 developmental guy, despite being highly touted just a month ago.
- One of the worst players of the week was Georgia Tech’s Jeremiah Attaochou. He couldn’t disengage blocks from marginal tight end prospects, or get around running backs in drills. He lacks the ability to bend the edge and make consistent pressure on the quarterback, which is consistent with his 2012 film.
- I always root for the small school guys, but Georgia Southern’s Lavelle Westbrooks doesn’t belong here. He was burned on almost every rep, with slow change of direction, wasted steps and poor explosion.
- Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio continued struggling with his lack of strength and leverage. He’s a developmental guy than needs upper and lower body work to be effective. He’s a worthy day 3 selection, but I was hoping he would sneak into day 2.
- I love the film of Vandy wide receiver Jordan Matthews, but he plays a lot smaller than what he his. At 6’2, he should embrace the contact and win at the point of contest, but he was barely noticeable this week. He let smaller corners bump him out of position, and lacked explosion to get open downfield.