The South squad was loose and flying around during this practice, if I had to predict who will win on Saturday, my guess is that the South will get 'er done.
This was the final 2010 practice for Draft Daddy. It was great to see all the media and scouts who are friends of the site, see ya'll next year!
As a quarterback, #15 Tim Tebow had much improvement to make. As a leader he was outstanding. Prior to practice he revved up by headbutting Southern California safety #21 Taylor Mays.
Ole Miss running back #22 Dexter McCluster showed seperation running routes and a natural explosion that can't be coached.
Miami tight end #80 Jimmy Graham made an outstanding grab with linebacker #36 Dakota Watson draped all over him. Graham has learned much in a short time; with soft hands, speed and a big frame, shades of Antonio Gates.
Florida wide receiver #11 Riley Cooper made a pretty one-harded grab and continues to impress evaluators.
UAB wide receiver #5 Joe Webb showed nice wiggle to get past the jam and also had a one-handed catch at the sideline.
Citadel wide receiver #7 Andre Roberts broke so hard running a double-move, he left behind his defender on the ground.
Alabama guard #78 Mike Johnson was rough-and-ready run blocker, with quick feet to get to the backers on the second level.
Auburn defensive end #52 Antonio Coleman was a beast in pass rush drills, with at least three "wins." Coleman used a rip inside, a swim outside, and ran over with a bull rush. After one such occasion a cheer of "this is how we do it in the SEC" rose from another defender.
Troy linebacker #90 Cameron Sheffield broke through in team drills for a would-be strip sack. The coaches don't want the ends spoiling the rep for the passing game, but Sheffield had that chance. Sheffield also was successful with a flashy spin move in the Pit.
Georgia defensive tackle #56 Geno Atkins split double teams and penetrated upfield. His stock continues to rise.
South Florida defensive end #95 George Selvie was tested as a linebacker in coverage drills. Scouts wonder if he can play 3-4 OLB, Selvie was adequate in the role.
South Florida defensive back #3 Jerome Murphy was extremely physical in bump-and-run drills, and recovered from a trail position to make a clean break-up.
Southern California safety #21 Taylor Mays covered a ton of ground getting to the end zone for a pass break-up. Mays is raw in coverage but is improving. Mays has rare athleticism that can't be taught.
DD Wednesday Morning: North Practice:
Temperatures were a little cooler today in Mobile, but still beautiful weather for the North's morning practice. It was relatively quiet in the stands, as the North roster doesn't draw huge crowds. Still the players were hitting hard and trying their best to impress the N.F.L. personnel watching.
Fresno State running back #10 Lonyae Miller showed the speed to turn the corner on toss plays and was elusive once through the first level.
Wisconsin tight end #89 Garrett Graham continued to make plays; Graham endured a huge hit from Nebraska defensive back #27 Larry Asante, but it was Asante who ended up on the ground as Graham took it to the house.
Ohio wide reciever #23 Taylor Price climbed the ladder for a high ball and has been impressing many evaluators here with his speed and hands.
UMass offensive lineman #70 Vlad Ducasse is strong but raw and can be exploited at tackle. But as a guard there is alot to like about this player.
Vanderbilt offensive lineman #75 Matt Welch was a welcome addition to the tackle-starved North squad. He showed adequate footwork and strong handplay.
Arkansas State defensive end #96 Alex Carrington was dominant again in the Pit, running over blockers with violence. There might not be a limit how high his stock can rise.
Penn State defensive tackle #91 Jared Odrick had a great day, exploding through the line. His talent cannot be questioned, but he needs to work on being consistant.
North Carolina defensive tackle #95 Cam Thomas is a high-motor plugger inside, and can also push the pocket. Teams are looking him as a nose tackle.
Utah linebacker #40 Koa Misi displayed quick feet and change of direction ability. He lost his footing at times, but could contribute to several defensive systems.
Virginia defensive #2 Chris Cook showed good hip-flip and coverage skills. Cook recorded an interception in 11-on-11's. He has rare size and could play corner or safety.
Cal defensive back #5 Syd'quan Thompson is another player with great change of direction. He covers ground quickly.
Boise State defensive back #1 Kyle Wilson brutalized new receiver #85 Donald Jones with a jam that put him down. Jones bounced back later with a nice grab in team drills.
The fans were out in full force to cheer on their local heroes, and it made for a great atmosphere in the stadium.
West Virginia quarterback #16 Jarrett Brown has the livest arm in town, throwing a crisp spiral. If he can improve his accuracy, he has potential.
Ole Miss running back #22 Dexter McCluster continued to impress; his sharp route running, explosion, and acceleration all adds up to a game-breaking threat.
Southern California running back #13 Stefon Johnson was polished as a receiver, making sharp cuts. When running the ball, his vision, cut-back ability, and power are all excellent.
Auburn running back #44 Ben Tate is a tough runner but has the speed to turn the corner.
Kentucky fullback #32 John Conner was a new addition to the roster, and introduced himself to the South linebackers with violent blocking.
Citadel wide receiver #7 Andre Roberts has reliable hands; Roberts has not dropped a ball all week, and has potential as a slot receiver.
Alabama tight end #84 Colin Peek had several nice catches on seam routes. Peek is also an effective blocker and looking like a complete tight end.
West Virginia offensive tackle #69 Selvish Capers was powerful in run blocking but raw in pass protection. Capers has much to learn but also the tools to improve.
LSU offensive tackle #70 Ciron Black had a better day today than yesterday, and was able to protect the passer. Black still was a step slow at times.
Georgia defensive tackle #56 Geno Atkins flashed; good hand-play splitting the double team and dominated rushing the passer.
Tennessee defensive tackle #55 Dan Williams played with a high motor and a low center of gravity. He is a solid run stuffer but doesn't offer much rush.
Texas defensive tackle #33 Lamarr Houston was active in run defense, pursuing down the line and getting off blocks with ease. The 4-3 system the coaches run at the game fits his style.
Auburn defensive end #52 Antonio Coleman was chippy and aggressive. Coleman can get overwhelmed at point of attack but showed up big-time in pass rush situations.
Texas linebacker #38 Roddrick Muckelroy has quick feet and can cover backs and ends with ease: possible nickel backer.
Kentucky cornerback #32 Trevard Lindley was athletic and showed he can run. Lindley needs to add weight to his frame without losing speed to become a complete prospect.
South Florida cornerback #5 Nate Allen was aggressive jamming the receivers and looks natural in man coverage.
Florida State safety #4 Myron Rolle looked free of rust from his year away from the game. Rolle can change directions with ease and deliver big hits.
East Carolina punter Matt Dodge had several booming attempts, with hang time in the 4.5 to 5 second range. However he also had his share of shanks and wasn't consistant.
DD Tuesday Morning: North Practice:
Sun was shining, and favorable weather continued for this morning's practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
San Jose State defensive end #94 Justin Cole replaced injured Wisconsin defensive end O'Brien Schofield on the roster. Cole spent more time working with the linebackers then with the ends.
Central Washington quarterback #13 Dan Lefevour threw a catchable ball and was the most effective of the North signal callers.
Wayne State running back #25 Joique Bell hit the hole with authority and had several long gains. Bell is raising his profile.
Oregon running back #9 Legarrette Blount ran tough and often delivered the blow to the defenders.
Virginia running back #31 Rashawn Jackson was active in blitz pickup and ready to hit.
Ohio wide receiver #23 Taylor Price shows great football speed and can provide legit deep threat.
Clemson wide receiver #8 Jacoby Ford had an excellent diving catch and was a popular target. Ford and Cincinnati wide receiver #1 Marty Gilyard worked at punt returner.
Wisconsin tight end #89 Garrett Graham and Oregon tight end #83 Ed Dickson were reliable targets with good hands and yard after catch ability. Dickson is a natural end, but at 234, Graham might be an h-back type unless he gains weight.
Idaho guard #77 Mike Iupati dominated opposing pass rushers and had at least 2 pancake blocks. Showed rare foot speed and can recover if off balance.
Arizona State guard #67 Shawn Lauvao displayed top technique: good hands, feet and base. Less than ideal size but a player.
Boston College center #65 Matt Tennant was a brawler inside, with good pop. Tennant did not give up much to the defenders.
Arkansas State defensive end #96 Alex Carrington impressed in the Pit, with bull and swim moves. Carrington has a rare size speed combo and teams have noticed.
Michigan defensive end #55 Brandon Graham put on a clinic; makes rushing the passer look easy.
Murray State defensive end #97 Austen Lane showed a quick first step and was often able to penetrate upfield.
Cal defensive end #44 Tyson Alualu was smart, saavy and had a high motor. Like Graham, he can also make plays despite less than ideal height.
Penn State defensive tackle #91 Jared Odrick had an up-and-down session. Odrick can blow up the play one down, and be on the ground the next.
Washington linebacker #9 Donald Butler was aggressive and quick; He penetrated on running downs and covered well on backs and tight ends. TCU linebacker #41 Daryl Washington was also sticky in coverage.
Due to inconsistant quarterback play, it was difficult to scout the wide receivers and defensive backs. Still, Rutgers cornerback #21 Devin McCourty and Boise State #1 Kyle Wilson got in and out of breaks well. McCourty had a nice deflection in drills.
Conditions at Fairhope were pleasant: mid-60's, sunny, stiff breeze from the west. As the offense was installing and inconsistent, the biggest crowd reaction of the day was when Alabama HC Nick Saban arrived. Saban graciously signed autographs for the kids.
Ole Miss RB #22 Dexter McCluster played like a star today. He exploded through the line and was able to exploit tiny holes for big gains. Easy to imagine him doing the same at the next level.
Oklahoma State QB #10 Zac Robinson was a smooth operator, throwing timely and tight sprials. Robinson was able to connect with UAB WR #5 Joe Webb on the deepest pass of the session.
Florida QB #15 Tim Tebow had an up-and-down session. Pro: play-action fake leading to connection with Ole Miss WR #3 Shay Hodge during 9-on-7's. Cons: trouble with center exchange, a long windup and inaccuracy.
Tulane WR #20 Jeremy Williams made outstanding catches on a several tough balls.
Mississippi State RB #24 Anthony Dixon excelled in both running and blocking. He dominated the blitz pick-up drill and was a thumper as a lead blocker.
Southern California RB #13 Stefon Johnson displayed good vision and cut-back, but was a little tentative, which is understandable.
Ole Miss OT #77 John Jerry received tons of attention from the Dolphins coaching staff. His appeal to power-running teams is apparent.
Southern California OC #53 Jeff Byers was a technician in drills, displaying top footwork. Defenders were seen cutting back in line to find more favorable matchups in "The Pit."
Arkansas OL #66 Mitch Petrus was a go-getter; he had quick feet and a nose for contact.
Operating at right guard, Baylor OL J.D. Walton opened up big holes during 9-on-7 drills.
Alabama DT #62 Terrence Cody was an immovable object at the point of attack. Cody didn't push the pocket but will not give ground. In better shape he has unique potential.
South Florida DE #95 George Selvie couldn't be handled by the South tackles. Selvie displayed the first step and balance required of N.F.L. ends. Selvie made an impact in both run and pass situations.
Auburn DE #52 Antonio Coleman also was a menace in pass rush drills, displaying good hand fighting and aggression.
Florida State DB #23 Patrick Robinson is sticky in bump-and-run and had several pass break-ups.
Alabama DB #28 Javier Arenas displayed polished ball skills and exceptional awareness.
Interceptions were recorded by South Florida DB Nate Allen and Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox. Cox's play was pretty; he read the route and broke on the ball with urgency.
Florida State LB #36 Dakota Watson isn't the biggest but he can lay the wood. Recorded the most violent hit of the session.
Troy DE #90 Brandon Lang and East Carolina DE #93 C.J. Wilson both won battles using superior leverage and drive. Lang was also stout defeating trap blocks.
Southern California DB #21 Taylor Mays is a rare bird: a linebacker who runs like a defensive back. He was not tested by the South QB's.
DD Monday Morning: Weigh-in notes:
As a group the players continue to get in better shape from year-to-year. This year there were far more impressive players than unimpressive ones.
Heaviest & Largest Hands: Terrance Cody, Alabama: 370, 11 1/4".
Tallest: Sam Young, Notre Dame: 6'7" & 1/2.
Longest Arms: Mike Iupati, Idaho: 35".
10 Players that may have helped their stock:
DB Taylor Mays, USC: 6'3" 235: Perfect physical specimen.
TE Jimmy Graham, Miami: 6'6" 259: 6'8" might have been too tall.
TE Anthony McCoy, USC: 6'4" 249: Gained 2" from listed height.
DB Kyle Wilson, Boise St: 5'10" 190: Built for speed.
LB Sean Weatherspoon Missouri: 6'0" 241: On the verge of a big week?
WR Shay Hodge, Ole Miss: 6'1" 208: Lean and cut.
LB Donald Butler, Washington: 6'1" 244: Stocky but strong.
RB Roy Upchurch, Alabama: 5'11", 210: Looked in top shape.
DB Chris Cook, Virginia: 6'1" 212: Well-conditioned.
5 Players that may have hurt their stock:
DT Terrence Cody, Alabama: 6'4", 370: Sloppy, will have to turn it around by combine.
OT Ciron Black, LSU: 6'4" 331: Could have been in better shape.
DT Jeff Owens, Georgia: 6'1" 304: Undersized, sloppy.
QB Tim Tebow, Florida: 6'2 1/2" 236: Average appearance, a little short.
LB Antonio Coleman, Auburn: Good shape but lost 1.5" on listed height.
DD.comment: In years past there were players who did not impress at the weigh-ins but played great between the lines; it is realistic to expect that type of performance from these 5 players. Off to Fairhope and South practice this afternoon.
LSU tailback Charles Scott passed his physical and has been re-added to the Senior Bowl South roster.
Pre-weigh in: Notable players who are not in Mobile:
OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
OT Charles Brown, Southern California
RB Montario Hardesty, Tennessee
WR Brandon Lafell, LSU