Second day report:
NFL Network really dropped the ball on the South practice, after doing a solid job of showing the North's Tuesday session. Just too much talk, and not enough live action. That being said, here are my impressions from Tuesday's sessions:
QB's are very hard to examine, as the TV rarely shares who is throwing the ball to a receiver. The broadcasters have dropped the ball on this..they should say who tosses the balls on these 1 on 1 CB/WR matchups.
At WR, it appears that a handful of WR's have really stood out. I love Goodwin's speed on Monday, but he struggles against press coverage. Wheaton is really quick, but I like the size, speed, strength combo of Dobson on the North's side. Just looks terrific for a big WR. On the South, two guys jump out at me: King and Patton. King has the fastest feet of any of the South receivers. He separates from every CB faced, and made many look silly. Patton really glides and runs clean routes. He has that Reggie Wayne look to him.
At OT, the competition between Lane Johnson and Eric Fisher to be the top OT is strong. Both are clearly better than others here. To me, Fisher is a top 10 pick, and Johnson a top 15. Super work by both. Still impressed with SJSU's Quessenberry, even though I thought his Monday session was stronger than Tuesday's. Attacks the second level better than any OL I have seen this week in the practice sessions. Cal's C, Schwenke, and Kentucky's G Warford, look great. Stout and strong, and stoned their opponents in 1 on 1 sessions. On the flip side, two guys that hoped to jump into first round conversation are slowly sinking in Aboushi and Pugh, who look overmatched and have been roasted far too often for guys considered as even second tier prospects. Both look like third round prospects, even though they may go higher.
Vance McDonald of Rice is the TE with highest upside, but he doesn't always catch the ball in initial contact. You bobble the ball in the NFL and it is going to be an incompletion.
At RB, the competition is strong, The three jumping out at me: Franklin, who is quick between the tackles, and had a terrific blocking session (really, really excellent). Taylor is strong, smart, runs hard, and has that look of a third round guy who ends up a starter at the next level. Gillislee also looks smooth on the field, and has a chance to be a solid starter, or change of pace back in this league if he continues to progress.
At CB, Trufant and Poyer stand out. Poyer is so quick that he jumps routes. Absolutely effortless in transitioning between backpedaling and streaking forward. Trufant is a fighter. Very physical, gets in your grill, and is fiesty with his hands with the ball in the air. Both guys may end up first rounders if they run well at the combine.
At safety, if there is a better cover safety than Jonathan Cyprien, I'd like to see it. He has run stride for stride with WR's during this week, and he is classified as a SS. Shockingly solid in this ability, and I think this catapults him to a second round position if he runs well at the combine. I love the kid.
The best DT at the Senior Bowl so far is Kawann Short, and it is not very close. In both 1 on 1 and 11 on 11's, he is killing his opposition in the trenches. I'd like to see him flip squads and match up against the better interior OL of the South squad, but as of right now, Short has been unstoppable. B. Williams has been up and down for me, and the same applies to S. Williams. Jordan Hill is the weak link on the North Squad.
At DE, three guys have jumped off the page, due to their size, strength, and violent hands. Datone Jones is flat out nasty. He is going to be a tough matchup at the next level as a 4-3 DE who kicks inside on passing downs. He may be a target for the Niners in the late first if he can show the ability to hold the edge in the running game. Alex Okafor is not as violent, but a tad quicker at the DE position. He has a strong bull rush and a nice spin move. Looking like a first rounder to me. Finally, Cornelious Washington runs straight into some of these OT and plows them backward. Really quick burst off the edge and violent contact. Really impressive.
Both Margus Hunt and Ezekiel Ansah are raw as sushi. I wouldn't touch these guys with the first rounder. They are getting shown up by other prospects. Hunt has been a huge letdown, Gigantic. Ansah has few moves. He get jammed and looks lost.
So much more, so little time. For now, Cheers.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Jan 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM ]