Quarterbacks - Among the three quarterbacks this morning, N.C. State's Mike Glennon had the best practice, however even he had some inconsistencies that were troubling. Glennon's accuracy was all over the board, although he displayed by far the strongest arm of the group. Glennon is not a player that I envision being able to start and succeed immediately at the next level. Syracuse's Ryan Nassib had another poor performance as he simply struggled to get his feet underneath him with new receivers and playing in a new NFL offense. Nassib badly missed on a number of throws, and when he misses, he misses high by putting too much air under the ball. Miami (OH)'s Zac Dysert remains very much a work in progress as a developmental project who projects far more as a backup at the next level. None of the three quarterbacks on the North roster did anything to inspire today.
Running Backs - The one thing that stood out with the running backs today was UCLA's Jonathan Franklin and his struggles in pass protection. While Franklin is considered to be a rather complete prospect, he had some trouble picking up the linebackers blitzing off the edge. Oregon's Kenjon Barner, on the other hand, had another productive day, as he had more success in pass protection and continued to show the burst that he did yesterday.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends - Today, Marshall's Aaron Dobson and Oregon State's Markus Wheaton again stood out as two of the more polished receiver prospects. Dobson's size combined with his speed and precise route running were on display as he displayed his ability to stretch the seam and make catches over the middle. Wheaton is another player whose polished skillset is going to be attractive as a player who could contribute immediately at the next level. Harvard's Kyle Juszczyk is a player who impressed me today with his ability to block both in the run game as well as in pass protection. Juszczyk stonewalled Rutgers' Khaseem Greene on one play and displayed the ability to clear holes in the run game when he drove UCLA's Datone Jones out of the play on a run outside. For a player with an uphill battle, he's done a nice job down here.
Offensive Line - There is little doubt that Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is the top offensive lineman in attendance this week, enough so that he has likely solidified himself as a Top 15, if not Top 10 pick this spring. While it's still early to say that he could be the top offensive tackle drafted this spring, it's more a statement of how well Fisher has played that he is drawing this type of praise. Fisher was sound in pass protection today, and other than being fooled on one play by UCLA's Daton Jones, Fisher had his way with the defenders (Alex Okafor, Texas) that he was matched up with today. San Jose State's David Quessenberry had another great practice when he kicked inside to guard, as he displayed the anchor needed to be an effective pass protector. He's going to be a project if he makes the switch inside, however he has done enough in the past two days to warrant a boost in his value this spring. Wisconsin's Ricky Wagner was again a player who has no trouble stoning the defender using his strength, but also showed again that he is going to struggle against speed rushers off the edge. Syracuse's Justin Pugh had another solid practice this morning, however it remains to be seen if he will remain at tackle at the next level.
Defensive Line - In terms of having the best overall performance today, UCLA's Datone Jones has really helped himself the last two days. Jones' natural ability to rush the passer from both outside at end as well as inside at tackle has sparked his value with the great versatility that he displayed all season.