Travis Howard CB 6'0" 190 lbs OSU
"Ohio State CB Travis Howard once again looked great in positional drills but lousy when facing off against actual offensive players. His ball location and field awareness skills are not pretty at all. He did make a diving breakup on an out route where the ball was not thrown outside by Doege."
Zach Brown K 6'1" 200lbs Portland State
"Portland State K Zach Brown was really nailing the kickoffs deep, and he never kicked it right down the middle either at the coach's request. I wasn't really paying attention to him but I did see him sneak a 45-yard FG inside the left upright."
"We may have another helmet debacle on our hands relative to K/ZACH BROWN/Portland State. He kicked helmetless today in a scenario that reminded me of MARSHALL YANDA & SCOTT CHANDLER of Iowa not having their helmets for part of Senior Bowl week some year's back. Helmet or not BROWN was less than highly accurate today. He's got the distance and he's not off by much, but he missed about half of his kicks, just outside the posts to both sides. The snapping for him was better than for Punter HUBNER yesterday, and was split between Campbell & ROBISKIE. Special Teams could be another problem area for the West."
Marcus Davis WR 6'4" 224 lbs
"-Virginia Tech's Marcus Daviscontinued his struggles in locating the ball vertically, and didn't look the part of an NFL outside receiver. For a bigger receiver who can work down the field well, he should be controlling the deep routes, not struggling in them."
Rodney Smith WR 6'5" 219lbe Florida State
"Florida State's Rodney Smith was working well downfield and was even high pointing the ball well, but struggled to consistently bring down the ball, including one poor drop on a well-placed Nathan Stanley jump ball. For Smith thus far, everything in impressing except his ability to bring in the ball."
Erik Highsmith WR 6'2" 190lbs North Carolina
"North Carolina's Erik Highsmith on the other had was doing a great job in looking the ball into his hands, and was consistently catching the ball away from his body well. He couldn't consistently stay in bounds , but part of that was due to poor timing by quarterbacks, something that will progressively improve as the week goes on."
" Just to break up the big ugly talk let me mention the relatively quiet, but effective work of ERIK HIGHSMITH/WR/UNC. He very seldom seems to be the primary target in passing drills, lining up in the slot, or to the left side. But he's getting open and when throws do come his way he's catching just about everything, especially during live action. He's made several nice catches stretching along the sidelines to gain possession and keep his feet in bounds. He also looked sure handed and quick this morning returning kicks."
Emory Blake WR 6'1" 197lbs Auburn
"Finally, Auburn's Emory Blake had another impressive day running routes, showing great plant and drive in out routes, getting consistent separation on inside and outside breaking routes, and had a one-handed grab on the sidelines before crashing into (likely impressed) NFL scouts."
David Bass DE 6'5" 275 lbs. Missouri Western State
"The star of the practice without question was Missouri Western State's David Bass. He was a step quicker than another defensive linemen off the snap, maintained balance and explosiveness in every drill, and was using his hands with force in both drills and one vs. one reps. In the pass protection drill, he was 4 for 5 in getting a sack, with only Terron Armstead slowing him (but likely still forced QB out of the pocket). A dominate day, he may no longer be a "late round sleeper" if he keeps this play up."
"BASS is more of a project, primarily because he is a relatively slim 260 lbs on a 6'4 frame. But he's an eager learner and seems to grasp what's being taught very quickly. If he could add 10-15 lbs. of muscle mass I think he could handle himself as a full time 4-3 DE, who could play 3 downs in a run and chase style Defense."
"I wasn't specifically watching him but Missouri Western DE David Bass continues to jump out. His quickness off the snap and ability to get off blocks are far above and beyond anyone else on the East. Pitt RB Ray Graham–clearly the best RB here on either roster–made a good pass protect pick-up on him but Bass leapt in the air high enough that his crotch was in Graham's face. On one rep in 11s he embarrassed Nick Speller with a quick swim move and blew up a rollout. "
Cooper Taylor S 6'4" 229 lbs Richmond
"Once again, Cooper Taylor impressed today, as the Richmond safety followed up a surprising Monday. Showing great reaction and pickup ability with running back and tight ends, he closed on routes quickly and only gave up one catch in his zone/man, which was a quick out by Ray Graham (tough to defend from SS spot)."
"Cooper Taylor, Richmond–As mentioned yesterday, Taylor's size really stands out. Even so, he is still one of the more explosive DBs out of breaks. His knees have a very natural bend, and he showed good hips and fluid athleticism when he broke across the middle with a receiver. Taylor also demonstrated keen zone awareness, knowing where he was and keeping track of the receiver while looking back at the QB. He's definitely the best safety on the East roster. "
Terry Hawthorne CB 6'0" 190lbs Illinois
"The best cornerback of the day from my eyes was Terry Hawthorne. The most talented cornerback here and our top rated one coming into the game, he showed great press ability, showing a good understanding of when to sink and adjust vertically as well as stay tight to defend against in-breaking routes. I didn't see every snap he had, but from what I saw, against both smaller/speedy guys and Dan Buckner, he stayed tight and physical across the field."
Brandon McGee CB 6'0" 190lbs Miami
" To no one's surprise the INT of the morning came from BRANDON McGEE/CB/Miami in a drill featuring the East O working from their own five-yard line. After an acrobatic take away of a slightly underthrown ball, he flashed all over the field with the ball, almost turning it into a pick six. Based on his play as a Hurricane that's what I would expect from him here and at the next level. In my opinion he's the top CB prospect down here his week."
Mike Catapano DE 6'4" 272lbs Princeton
"There's a ton of coaching going on with the DL group and some of these guys are really responding in drill work. They too are a part of why the offenses are struggling so much. I have been mightily impressed by the attitudes and work ethic of two small school players #91/DAVID BASS/Missouri Western State & #77/MIKE CAPATANO/Princeton. CAPATANO is hustling his butt off and getting results from his effort. What has caught my eye with him is a reverse spin move to the inside on his pass-rush technique. That's something you don't see real often except in the most accomplished of pass rush specialists such as a DWIGHT FREENEY. CAPATANO has already made a believer out of me in two days with his size, strength, attitude and skills. This kid should get Drafted by Round 4 and has eventual starting potential."
"Princeton DE Matt Catapano played very well in 11s drills. He ran a nice twist where he really showed the ability to knife inside and quickly close on the QB. In live action it would have produced a safety. He also beat a heavy-footed Matt Sewell around the edge with a quick first step and a quick flatten tack. "
Caleb Schreibeis OLB 6'3" 252 lbs Montana State
" CALEB SCHREIBEIS/DE/Montana State is not going to be able to play the DE spot in the NFL in anything but long yardage passing scenarios. He's 6'3/252 and though solid, is just not big enough to play 3 downs with his hand on the ground. But he is incredibly explosive off the edge in pass rush work. It will be a project to change positions and adjust to the higher level of competition in the NFL, but from what I saw today with pads on, I think he can learn to stand up and handle OLB in a 3-4 scheme, while providing teams with hard-nosed tackling and pass rush pressure. Watch for this guy to climb up prospect lists in the next few months."