2011 Senior Bowl

DD Comments live and direct from Mobile, Alabama

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DD Day 3 Practice Pics: North

Christian Ballard and others in team drills.
Nate Solder gets to the 2nd level.
Jake Locker drops back to pass.
Casey Matthews poses for a shot.
Mason Foster interviews with media.


Photos by Enoch Aguilera.

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Wednesday Morning: North Practice: Ladd-Peebles Stadium

The sun was shining on the last day of full pad practices, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. But North practice started with a chilly wind flowing through the stadium and it stayed crisp until the afternoon session.

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Skill Players

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Boise State wide receiver Titus Young has created alot of buzz this week. He wasn't the biggest player but exhibited top level speed and explosion. He has strong hands to snatch the ball out of the air and while he has great potential ceiling, he also has a high floor: at the very least he can contribute right away on reverses and returns.

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Another Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis doesn't have the game-breaking upside of his teammate. But there is a certain trickiness to both of these players that illustrates the high level of coaching they received in school. In one example, Pettis used a jump-off move to avoid the jam during drills and he also used his body to shield himself from defenders in traffic. He lacks an extra gear but should be a reliable red-zone target.

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Marshall tight end Lee Smith is a servicable receiver but a crushing run blocker. He washed out several defenders with pancakes and his blocking was so outstanding, he could be looked at as a left tackle convert by certain teams. His father Daryle played the position in the league, and teams love legacy.

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East Carolina wide receiver Dwayne Harris had an excellent day catching the football. He was not perfect, with several lapses of concentration, but he has game-breaking speed, made diving catches where he sold out for the ball and overall he's got star potential. This observer remembers a fellow ECU alum, current Titans star Chris Johnson at the Senior Bowl not too long ago exhibiting similar traits: very fast but not consistant.

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Nebraska safety Eric Hagg was a smart, heady player who diagnoses the play well. The combine will determine his level of athletic gifts, but whatever he's working with, he makes the most of it and was involved with several pass break-ups.

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Oklahoma safety Quentin Carter was a real athlete in backpedal and might be the fastest of the Senior Bowl safeties, on either team. He has length to ball-hawk and exhibits a smooth gait to glide around the field; Carter makes running look easy.

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Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman has been an interesting injury replacement this week. He showed ideal size and runs well. He was vulnerable in man coverage at times but has a nice upside that teams are drawn toward.

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Rutgers safety Joe Lefeged has outstanding straight ahead speed, and was used as a kick returner during drills. He works hard but lateral agility and change of direction might need improvement. Lefeged's career starting point might be as a strong safety or special teamer.

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Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks has showed good hands all week and can also do the job blocking in the run game. He's not a flashy player but definately solid and presented a high effort level.

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Trench Players

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Oklahoma defensive end Jeremy Beal hasn't been able to make an impact as a pass rusher, and that might hurt his draft stock in the long term. But he does many other things well; he was relentless in run pursuit, smart in not biting on play action and has the raw size and speed to get better.

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Washington linebacker Mason Foster exhibited sideline-to-sideline speed and top level footwork. He has been a tackling machine in team drills and firey in competition all week. Foster should work-out very well at the combine. Fosters's draft stock is rising.

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Stanford defensive tackle Sione Fua has great lower body strength and was an absolute load at the point of attack. He has been pushing around very good offensive linemen this week with natural power. Scouts are impressed with his smarts and personality off the field, with so many teams needing nose tackles, Fua should be popular target on draft day.

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Boston College offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo has been getting a tough deal with all these left tackles on the North squad, and has found himself at guard and on the right side more than most. This has led to some struggles. But when he got an opportunity to play tackle he looks more natural and has success stopping his defender. How these coaches determine which of three potential first round left tackles is the best is somewhat mysterious, but the reps should be split more evenly on game day.

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Draft Daddy has enjoyed his yearly visit to Mobile, and should be making his way back North tomorrow. It was great to see everyone, enjoy some true Southern cuisine and get out of the cold for a bit!

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DD Day 2 Practice Pics: South

D.J. Williams works hard in practice.
Sam Acho battles James Carpenter.
Nate Irving and Josh Bynes in linebacker drills.
Phil Taylor, Cedrick Thornton and Jake Kirkpatrick.
Marcus Gilchrist warms up on defense.
Von Miller faces Colin McCarthy in linebacker drills.
Greg McElroy and many others in team drills.
Chris Neild interviews after practice.

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Tuesday Afternoon: South Practice: Ladd-Peebles Stadium

The sun emerged from the clouds, and a pleasant breeze flowed through the stadium. It's afternoons like this (and my upcoming dinner at The Brick Pit) that make me really appreciate getting out of the frigid Northeast and down to Mobile.

As a general football note, the offense that the Bills coaches are installing is closer to the spread offenses in college than what they see in the AFC East. It is heavy on draws, screens, and passes. There are no I-formation power plays, tosses or stretches, and very few runs in general.

As a result the linebackers are getting alot of work in coverage but very few reps in what would be considered traditional running situations. It helps evaluate the receivers and other players but not playing to the strengths of this North linebackers group.

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Skill Players

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Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was an interesting prospect to watch. He hustled relentlessly, does a servicable job at blocking and hasn't dropped a ball all week. He seemed quick covering the field and getting in and out of breaks. But lack of ideal size may have scouts wondering if he can be a running down or goal-line tight end.

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TCU wide receiver Jeremy Kirley made several outstanding grabs today, including a diving catch toward the end of practice. He had the speed to elude defenders after the catch and could be a middle of the field threat at the next level.

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Florida safety Ahmad Black played way bigger than his 5095 listed height today. He was alert diagnosing the play, recorded at least two passes defended and was rangy, moving well in coverage.

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Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder had an up and down day but made several pretty throws as practice progressed. He can smartly find the open man on one play and execute crisply, but lock in on a covered target on another. He's a likely backup with potential for more.

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Louisville cornerback Johnny Patrick showed well in coverage. He can cover ground, with good quickness and foot-speed. He needs to work on his awareness but coaches will see potential in his raw skills.

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Clemson safety Deandre McDaniel is one of the better safeties in Mobile. He has great size and looked like a smooth athlete. McDaniel doesn't look lost playing the Cover-1 look that these exbition games often demand.

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Hawaii wide receiver Greg Salas displayed soft hands and smooth route running during most of practice. He had several let downs toward the end but overall projects well as a slot receiver. As with all the skill players, his timed speed will dictate his draft status.

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West Virginia running back Noel Devine had a bounce back day, looking shifty in open space and using gamebreaking speed. Devine has been a tremendous college player over the years but injuries have slowed him as a senior. When healthy, Devine is a truly dynamic player.

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We try not to highlight the same players over and over but it should be noted that Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker had the play of the day, with a nice one-handed catch despite getting lit by the defensive back. It's probably been shown on tv highlights several times, but we are noting it for posterity, great play. Also, Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson has continued to make outstanding catches on less than ideal balls. He comes back to the ball and fights for it. Both players have had a great week of practice thus far and look like professionals at their positions.

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Trench Players

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Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter was working at left tackle today and had positive results. He battled Sam Acho to a standstill twice and was powerful washing out opposition in the running game. He's not the most agile, but when he gets his hands on the defender it's over. Could possibly contribute at every line position except center.

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Texas defensive lineman Sam Acho has had a nice couple of days of practice. He got off the ball fast and there's an audible crunch when he hits his man. He didn't always get to the quarterback but he has a high motor, good athleticism getting around the edge, and desire to realize his upside.

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Florida offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert has been a tough battler at right tackle, and had several pancakes from that role. While his technique was not ideal, he has responded well to coaching this week and has the frame to start as his technique improves.

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North Carolina State linebacker Nate Irving displayed lateral quickness and was able to stick with his assignments in coverage better than other the North backers. Irving is a sure tackler and could be a three down player.

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West Virginia defensive tackle Chris Neild was a brawler at the point of attack and is strong against the run. He doesn't offer much in the pass game but reminded this onlooker of a poor man's Kyle Williams, another underrated athlete no one really gave much of a chance, who is currently in the Pro Bowl.

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Georgia offensive lineman Clint Boling was bumped out to right tackle today, instead of guard, and his play seemed to improve. He isn't flashy but can lock down his assignment in pass protection and has a great natural strength to deal with defenders.

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L.S.U. linebacker Kelvin Sheppard was a vocal leader for the North defense, making sure all around knew their jobs prior to the play began. He's aggressive and a hard hitter. Sheppard has to improve in shedding blocks but there's alot to like about the way he plays defense.

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Tuesday Morning: North Practice: Ladd-Peebles Stadium

Rain passed through last night, leaving the field turf moist for morning practice. The sun was only out for a couple minutes, and conditions were cooler than Monday but with less wind to interfere with the quarterbacks and wide outs.

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Skill Players

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San Diego State wide reciever Vincent Brown had an outstanding day of practice. He ran sharp routes, displays great hands and used his body to shield defenders despite being heavily covered. He can run well after the catch and avoid tacklers. Quarterbacks looked to him as practice continued and he did not dissapoint. Brown's draft stock is clearly rising with his practice success.

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Virginia Tech cornerback Rashad Carmichael was a sticky man-to-man defender and was among the top coverage players on either team. He shadowed his receiver and often took him out of the equation. If he runs as fast as he's rumored to run, could be a surprisingly high draft pick.

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Washington quarterback Jake Locker started erraticly in drills, throwing high, but made several nice plays as practice progressed into more live team activities. He is better throwing on the move than in the pocket, and at times his accuracy can be an issue. But he has a live arm and is a gamer. Locker has the raw attributes for which league scouts are searching and with all the quarterback needy teams, should easily fit into the first round picture.

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North Carolina cornerback Kendric Burney showed excellent feet and hip-flip; he can change direction on a dime. Burney was able to snag interception of a Ricky Stanzi over-throw and while he had his flaws, showed alot of raw potential for coaches to mold.

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Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi was having an excellent day of practice, finding the open man, making nice throws and throwing a tight spiral. However after the Burney interception, his game came apart a little and seemed to lose confidence toward the end. Still, he turned in a very solid performance overall, and a team could find a starter in Stanzi, at backup prices.

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Colorado cornerback Jalil Brown displayed good coverage skills and had several nice pass deflections. He's a man-to-man cornerback that can remain on an island while teams blitz from other areas.

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Oklahoma running back Demarco Murray was quick through the hole and showed reliable hands in the screen game. He ran high at times but if he stays healthy could be a three-down back who could project as a Darren McFadden type player at the next level.

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Trench Players

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California defensive lineman Cameron Jordan was an absolute beast all practice. He was shredding blocks in the pit drills, and dominated almost every matchup with a combination of vicious hand-play and a sudden first step. He was played at tackle and end and saw success at both locations. He came through like a freight train on the quarterback during 11-on-11, which is not technically encouraged (they want the skill players to get reps) but there are no refs at Senior Bowl practice to enforse this provision, and there was no stopping Jordan today. This was not a bad group of North lineman he was beating, compared to years past. Jordan was just that much better than his competition, and could very easily be the highest selection in town this week.

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Iowa defensive tackle Christian Ballard made some dough in the Pit drills, as he was close to unblockable on the inside. He showed quickness and aggression against guards and centers, and was a load in the run game as well. Ballard is shaping up to be a scheme-diverse player who can help any league defense.

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Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder was chippy in drills, hitting players in the back and showing some edge. He showed athleticism and nimble footwork. Solder had several interesting battles with Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan, most of which ended in a stand-off.

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Kerrigan covered a ton of ground quickly, and has the clear edge speed to make it to the quarterback. It will be interesting to see what he runs on the track. He has been playing with his hand in the dirt, and this may be his natural position going forward, but he has the potential to kick out to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

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Michigan inside linebacker Greg Jones wasn't a star at weigh-ins, but showed today he can flat out play the game. Jones had several big hits on the inside, and has a knack for sorting through garbage to find the ball-carrier.

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Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi has been working on the left side and had success at that spot. In pass protection he did a good job. He's not an amazingly quick player but his sheer size, arm length and bulk make him tough to run around. It's like running around a house, and in that way, reminds this observer of Marcus McNeil. He's an obvious load in the run game and could be distinguishing himself this week from the other North tackles.

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Off to South practice in the afternoon, stay tuned for more updates as the day progresses.

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DD Day 2 Practice Pics: North

Colin Kaepernick drops back to pass.
Cameron Jordan playing special teams.
Ryan Kerrigan and others in team drills.
Jeremy Beal and others in team drills.
Kendric Burney vs Titus Young in blocking.

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DD Day 1 Practice Pics: South

Allan Bailey in Pit drills.
Kelvin Sheppard, Von Miller and others in scrimmage.
Clint Boling vs Chris Neild in Pit drills.
Courtney Smith stalks the field.
Derek Sherrod vs Brooks Reed in Pit drills.

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Monday Afternoon: South Practice: Fairhope

The wind gusted moderately at scenic Fairhope field for the annual South practice. Clouds formed overhead, but this wind kept the rain away. A lack of Tim Tebow kept the crowds thinner than last year.

Players were dressed in "shells" (shoulder pads and shorts), which can be tough to judge; players are not supposed to go full contact, but they often do anyway. It's easier to look at the full-pad Tuesday and Wednesday practices, where there can be no doubt. Still, lots of tidbits to be gained from today's action.

Skill Players

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South Alabama wide receiver Courtney Smith is the first player ever from his school to be invited to the Senior Bowl. However he certainly wasn't wide-eyed as Smith played like a big school veteran. Tall, cagey and sure-handed, Smith made several big plays, and showed impressive run-after-catch ability. As with all the wide receivers and cornerbacks, his timed speed will dictate draft value, but he has a knack for getting open and looked big-time to this observer. We wonder what is stock would be like were he wearing a helmet from a traditional football factory.

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Kentucky tailback Derrick Locke showed superior quickness in several situations. In the draw plays during scrimmages, he flashed burst for a couple big gains. In receiving drills he had great route running and hands, frustrating the linebackers. (Mississippi State linebacker A.J. Wright had a notable battle with Locke in coverage, we'll have more on Wright and other backers as the week progresses).

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Tennesee tight end Luke Stocker worked hard and made several smooth catches in skeleton drills, despite less than ideally placed passes from the quarterbacks. Scouts were impressed by his blocking, and after weighing in at 255, Stocker was the most complete of the South tight ends.

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Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson made it look easy on the outside. He may not have had the greatest weigh-in, measuring at 6'1 instead of 6'3" but was in shape and ran well in pads; looks the part of a professional receiver.

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The quarterback play was somewhat affected by the wind today (and we will observe them more as the week progresses) but the best of the South group appeared to be TCU's Andy Dalton. Although not the strongest armed, he threw a catchable ball and displayed above average accuracy.

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Tulsa running back Charles Clay was a large target with decent hands, and could project well as a receiving fullback in a west-coast offense.

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Georgia Tech running back Anthony Allen showed smooth hands in drills, and has a nice natural stride once in the open field. One to watch as the week progresses.

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Louisville running back Bilal Powell showed off his long speed in running drills, and could be a gamebreaker; he seems to accelerate away from the trash and find the open field.

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Trench Players

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Baylor offensive guard Danny Watkins displayed outstanding power, technique, and footwork. He was stone-walling players in the Pit and showed good drive on running downs. There's nothing especially flashy about him as an athlete but he's the type of smart player that stays patient, doesn't make mistakes and could start early in his career.

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Clemson defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins was a beast against the running attack, several times blowing up plays before they began in the scrimmage. However in the pit, he couldn't get momentum going and he seems to be raw in pass rush, a one dimensional player at this point.

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Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod had an up-and-down day. Coaches were obviously impressed with his bulk and foot speed but they also harped with his technique, as he was playing high. Still, he's the starting left tackle for the South and it will be interesting to see if he improves with pro coaching as the week progresses.

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Arizona defensive end Brooks Reed was able to get under Sherrod's pads and exploit him with a nice spin move in pit drills, resulting in two nice wins.

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Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller was outstanding covering the running back in catch drills, and had a pretty interception off a tipped ball. Miller is working exclusively with the linebackers, we did not see him in Pit drills or any other lineman type activity. Weighing 237 he appears to fit better as a LB in a 4-3 than in the 3-4.

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Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy showed good instincts, reading and diagnosing the play well against the run.

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Southern Arkansas defensive lineman Cedric Thornton was feisty in drills, playing beyond the whistle and showing fire. He is another gap shooting player who was often behind the line of scrimmage. Perhaps coming from such a small school he felt he had more to prove; his effort did not go unnoticed.

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We have the start of many other player notes but don't want to cover the same players twice in the same week, and hopefully repeat ourselves as little as possible. So stay tuned for further updates all week in Mobile. Also follow us on Twitter @draftdaddy for updates as they occur during practices.

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Monday Afternoon: North Practice: Ladd Peebles
Courtesy of DraftCountdown.com

It was overcast with a slight breeze as the North team took the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium for their first practice. The Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff opted to start their guys out in shells today, which is just helmets and shoulder pads.

Washington QB Jake Locker had an up and down day. On the plus side Locker looked very smooth and comfortable with his drops, was very active and jovial with his teammates and looked extremely fast. However, Locker also struggled with his accuracy, missing his targets high on a number of occasions. Even on completed passes Locker was just a bit off with his placement. Overall, if I had to give Locker a grade for his on-field performance today Iíd say it was either a C+ or a B-.

Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi didnít necessarily stand out in a positive or negative way from what I saw today. With that said there was a point where Stanzi got sloppy with his footwork and he also put too much air under a deep ball that should have been intercepted.

Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick was by far the least impressive signal caller on the North squad today. Kaepernick was slow and deliberate with his drops, looked uncomfortable, made some plain ugly throws and badly missed his target on a short touch pass in 12-on-12ís. This is not surprising though as Kaepernick is making some major adjustments after playing in the unorthodox ďPistol OffenseĒ in college.

Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray looked awfully good, showcasing quick feet and nice vision in the hole during 12-on-12ís.

Nebraska RB Roy Helu, Jr. might have been the most impressive runner on the field today, garnering a lot of praise. On one particular play Helu had a nice jump cut and burst through the line, which fired up his positional coach.

Stanford FB Owen Marecic fumbled the ball in individual drills during a handoff.

Boise State WR Titus Young beat Joe Lefeged for a long touchdown early in the practice in a one on one drill. He showed quickness, great cutting ability, and deep speed all practice long. After a few mental mistakes of dropping a few high passes (including one for an interception,) during 7-on-7ís, Young regained his composure and looked dynamic toward the end.

San Diego State WR Vincent Brown seemed ultra-focused on the field. He made precise cuts and would catch every ball that came his way, even poorly thrown ones. He used his arms well and showed toughness. Not physically impressive, but he plays the game well. Had a nice diving catch near the sideline early in one on ones that was extremely impressive.

The other Boise State wideout Austin Pettis was surprisingly fluid out on the field and even held kicks on field goals.

Nebraska WR Niles Paul caught nearly every pass thrown his way and looked very physical on the practice field today. He seemed polished in his routes and took coaching well to make slight adjustments here and there.

East Carolina WR Dwayne Harris struggled a bit early on. In blocking drills he gave some effort but was manhandled. He dropped a few high passes early on in individual receiving drills. When the ball was put in his hands (specifically on a reverse,) Harris did some damage.

Marshall TE Lee Smith out of Marshall had a great first day blocking. He held up Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan in one of the first 7-on-7 drills and even pancaked Oklahomaís Jeremy Beal. Smith seemed average in pass catching drills, but I was thoroughly impressed with his blocking.

Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks had a great practice all around. He had a really nice block in one on ones and showed great effort as a whole blocking. In one on ones, he made some major adjustments to catch low passes and made a nice double move to beat Lawrence Wilson in coverage.

Mike McNeill had a below average day. He did not particularly flash in one on one drills. In 7-on-7ís he struggled with a few blocks in both run and pass protection. Mediocre performance.

Wisconsin OT Game Carimi had an excellent day. Carimi played with a nasty demeanor and just physically manhandled opponents, including Sione Fua and poor Jeremy Beal on more than one occasion.

Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo also had a solid showing. Castonzo is very technically sound and showed the ability to position block and wall off defenders. Castonzo isnít flashy but he gets the job done. It was also interesting to see Castonzo getting some reps at offensive guard at one point.

Colorado OT Nate Solder struggled a bit today. Early on Solder was getting a fair amount of attention from coaches who were trying to correct his technique. Solder also isnít very powerful and struggled to get low in the running game, which is understandable considering he is 6í8 and change. Throughout the day Solder had trouble handling Ryan Kerrigan and Pierre Allen.

Wisconsin OG / C John Moffitt appears to be a guy who genuinely wants to improve, often asking coaches a question or clarifying a point.

Indiana OT James Brewer had a false start in 12-on-12ís but for the most part looked pretty solid. If nothing else it takes pass rushers a little while to physically run around him because heís just so big.

Cal DE Cameron Jordan was one of the stars of the day. Jordan showcased a variety of pass rush moves, including a terrific swim, and just wreaked havoc in the backfield on a consistent basis. Coaches took note of Jordanís performance, heaping praise on him all day. Former NFL All-Pro Steve Jordan, Cameronís father, was in attendance and must have been mighty proud!

Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan was often dominant, beating Nate Solder on consecutive plays and just blew past Jason Pinkston at one point in 12-on-12ís.

Oklahoma DE Jeremy Beal struggled mightily. Beal would often just get engulfed by massive blockers and based on his play today his best shot at the next level may come as an outside linebacker.

Oregon St. DT Stephen Paea really showcased his amazing strength and even claimed what would have been a sack in 12-on-12ís.

Stanford DT Sione Fua was fighting very hard but was struggling, especially in 1-on-1ís. If certainly wasnít for lack of effort though.

Iowa DT Christian Ballard was not effective as a pass rusher, with Anthony Castonzo, James Brewer and Steve Schilling all keeping him in check.

Washington LB Mason Foster had a very impressive first practice. In the initial drills, Foster was chided by the coaches for not squaring his hips and hitting a bit too high. When put in the 7-on-7ís he seemed to fix these problems and often drew praise from the linebacker coaches. Foster shined in the 7-on-7ís, shedding blocks to make plays in the run game and was even held by Mike McNeill on one play so that he could not make the big tackle. In pass protection, Mason Foster kept up with Maryland running back DaíRel Scott and forced the quarterback to throw it in a poor location. Overall, great day for Foster.

Boston College OLB Mark Herzlich also had a tremendous first practice. He struggled a bit with early mobility drills, but when allowed to perform a second time, he ran them to perfection. Any mistake Herzlich made and was talked to about, he seemed to come back the next time and fix his problems. He was extremely fluid in coverage, often matching wits with Lance Kendricks in the 7-on-7 drills. He also looked very rangy and was about to get sideline to sideline against the run.

Oregon ILB Casey Matthews was fairly inconsistent throughout the day. He showed some nice speed and change of direction in early mobility drills, but that did not always come across later in the practice. In a coverage drill, Matthews was beat by Lance Kendricks for a big catch down the seam when he didnít turn his hips in time. During the 7-on-7ís Matthews did break into the back field and broke up a big play with his pressure. He seemed to be the type who gets it done in the game but not in practice.

Ohio State OLB Ross Homan had a poor day. He struggled in the mobility drills, often looking like he was running in quicksand. Being such a small player, he did not show any range or speed in coverage or 7-on-7s.

UConn OLB Lawrence Wilson looked pretty small as well out there among some of the other defensive players. He did well in the coverage drills, breaking up a pass to Marcus McNeill at one point. In the 7-on-7ís, I didnít see Wilson shed a block.

Michigan St. ILB Greg Jones looked to be pretty fluid in his mobility drills and in pass coverage. He stuck on Lee Smith for one play and Mike McNeill on another forcing incompletions both times. He didnítí overly stand out in 7-on-7 drills, but did not make a huge mistake either.

Oklahoma S Quinton Carter used his hips well and took coaching well after they talked to him in initial drills. He had some focus issues too. If he would get beat on a play or miss a play, Carter would take a bit to regain his composure.

Virginia Tech CB Rashad Carmichael struggled mightily early on, not reacting to numerous catches by Niles Paul and Vincent Brown. He atoned later with two interceptions, but needs to have a better week going forward.

Colorado CB Jalil Brown showed good hands which was surprising. He made a great one-handed catch in a drill with the coaches after bobbling the ball. Brown really got after opposing receivers in the one on one drills. Even if he didnít make the right play or missed covering a hitch route, he would get physical with the receiver, never stopping. He showed good closing speed, but often would let his opponent make the catch instead of showing great coverage. Solid, but not great performance.

Rutgers S Joe Lefeged had a really tough day. He struggled with his feet in the mobility drills and got screamed at by coaches at one point for not being focused and paying attention. He was burned by Titus Young on a huge play in the one on one drill and got screamed at by coaches again when he didnít finish a play after a Dwayne Harris catch. He did end the practice with a nice interception, hopefully a sign of things to come.

The Tar Heel tandem of S DaíNorris Searcy and CB Kendric Burney both had solid performances. Searcy was lauded multiple times by the coaches for his stance pre-snap and didnít seem to ever try to change it. Burney showed good change of direction skills and made a few nice plays in the 7-on-7ís. He got in receivers faces and jammed them a bit. Good closing speed too.

Nebraska safety Eric Hagg seemed out of place. He struggled in every drill with hip placement. This continued to show in the one on one drills where he was beat by Austin Pettis on one throw and then came back made illegal contact on the next snap. He didnít seem to react well to run plays either in the 7-on-7ís.

Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett didnít stand out positively or negatively in his play. He seemed to keep up with the level of competition and was never out of position in the 7-on-7ís.

Utah State corner Curtis Marsh did not play after tweaking a hamstring during training last week. It appears he doesnít plan on practicing for most of the week and may end up being replaced on the roster.

UCLA K Kai Forbath took care of his business, hitting every field goal kick while I was watching. Unfortunately Forbath wasnít really tested from long distance, although many of his attempts wouldíve been good from at least 50 yards and probably well beyond.

Nebraska P Alex Henery didnít look particularly good, struggling with his hang time and putting up some ugly ducks. However, Henery will most likely be a kicker at the next level anyway so this may very well be a moot point.

Working as return men were East Carolina WR Dwayne Harris, North Carolina S DaíNorris Searcy, Nebraska WR Niles Paul and Boise St. WR Titus Young.

For evaluation purposes itís always better to observe players in full-pad situations but thatís not to say there wasnít plenty to take away from this session. As always some prospects shined, some struggled and some failed to make an impression either way. However, there is still a lot of football left to be played in Mobile, AL the fun has only just begun. For live updates throughout the week be sure to follow both Scott Wright (@DraftCountdown) and Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) on Twitter.

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Monday Morning: Weigh In: Riverview Hotel Convention Center

Draft Daddy will be on location in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl. This is our 6th year covering the event and as always it starts with weigh-in.

8 Players that may have helped their Stock:

Miami DL Allan Bailey: 6032 278, Bulky and powerful but cut, and held weight well.

Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan: 6037 255, Lean with great muscle definition Weight-room worker.

Virginia Tech CB Rashad Carmichael:5095 195, Not tall but built for speed.

Colorado CB Jalil Brown 6022 202, Nice height and slender, great shape, could be a riser.

South Alabama WR Courtney Smith 6040 220, Tall, great condition; Top end receiver potential.

California DL Cameron Jordan 6041 286, Built solidly, could fit in several schemes.

Rutgers S Joe Lefeged 5112 208, Excellent conditioning, a sleeper safety to watch.

Michigan OG Steven Schilling 6042 302, Athletic and fit for a big man, carries weight well.

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