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  1. RS12

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    North Practice

    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.

    http://draftheadquarters.com/Senior-Bowl-Day-Two-Report.htm
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    1. Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State (6066, 220 and 5.00): Glennon was clearly the superior QB in terms of arm talent today, as he showed the ability to make every throw with outstanding zip and accuracy. He did an excellent job of stepping into his throws and getting lower body torque, which allowed him to spin the ball with excellent velocity. With the exception of one underthrow in the team period, he excelled on deep throws, showing the ability to lead his man to the boundary with proper zip and trajectory. Often time’s tall QBs look slow and deliberate in their mechanics, but this was clearly not the case with Glennon.

    2. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State (5110, 183 and 4.45): During drills today Wheaton looked like he was simply on another level athletically compared to several other North team receivers. He ran routes at full speed, which allowed him to sell downfield routes and make precise cuts to create separation. Against press coverage he also showed the ability to be physical getting out of his breaks in order to create space between himself and the cornerback naturally.

    3. Ty Powell, LB, Harding (6030, 250 and 4.75): Powell showed excellent range today on outside runs and took proper angles of pursuit. He did a solid job of holding containment responsibilities and forcing run plays back into the defense. He was comfortable dropping into space in pass coverage and did a good job of changing directions and closing on passes thrown in front of him.

    4. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (6072, 305 and 4.80): Fisher looks the part of an NFL starting left tackle, as he not only has the size and length to play the position, but throughout practice today displayed excellent athleticism and competitiveness. He flashed solid power on drive blocks and was shockingly fluid and quick in space. He did a great job of using his hands to get a good fit on blocks and was highly competitive throughout practice. Our one issue with his play today was his tendency to block upright, which leaves him susceptible to bull rushes and hinder his ability to redirect back inside.

    5. Hugh Thornton, OG, Illinois (6032, 313, and 5.15): Thornton was able to hold his ground at the LOS today because of his ability to sink his hips and absorb contact. In run drills he displayed a strong initial punch and demonstrated the foot quickness needed to seal off LBs in the second level. He did a solid job of punching and resetting in pass protection throughout today’s practice.

    6. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue (6032, 308 and 4.85): Short displayed excellent strength and initial quickness which allowed him to press the pocket with an aggressive bull rush. Impressive hand quickness and strength made him very productive against blockers today and was essentially unblockable during one-on-one drills.

    7. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA (6041, 280 and 4.75): During one-on-one drills Jones showed the ability to win with quickness and misdirection as well as pure power on a bull rush move. This was even more impressive because he defeated Eric Fisher with one quick and explosive inside pass rush move and drove Fisher back into the pocket on an aggressive bull rush. He also displayed a very good first step, which allowed him to press the edge on the pass rush. Jones was most impressive when using his hands to defeat blockers, as he displayed the violence and quickness needed to keep blockers off balance and off his frame.

    8. Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech (6060, 322 and 5.25): Mills was a late addition to the South roster and made an immediate impact in one-on-one drills by stymying Ezekiel Ansah on back-to-back reps. He’s a mountain of a man that has the power to match, as he was able to consistently anchor at the LOS against bull rushers today. For such a big man he moves well on his feet and shows the competitive streak NFL teams covet.

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Senior-Bowl-Players-Who-Shined-on-Day-Two.html
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    Alex Brown ‏@ABXXV25
    @BryanBroaddus I came away impressed w/Warford's performance as well. Have had late 1st/high 2nd grade on him for awhile now. Has great tape
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    Matthew Elder ‏@Matthewcelder
    Said it all year long but UGA DE Cornelius Washington was going to be a better pro than college player, horribly miscast in UGA's 34.
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    The lines:
    Everyone is going gaga over Central Michigan T Eric Fisher, and he’s definitely impressive. But I saw a couple of things today that curb my enthusiasm a bit. He has a rather alarming tendency to arch his back when absorbing a power move, and that leaves him very vulnerable to pass rushers who can disengage or simply have enough power to move him. UCLA DE Datone Jones defeated him this way twice, using a powerful initial bull rush and firing out his arms to break free. Alex Okafor did the same yesterday on a similar move. Fisher is big and strong enough to get away with that in the MAC, but the NFL is a different story and he needs to learn to keep his
    back flat and use the power in his legs more functionally. Having said that, Fisher had a lot more dominant wins than bad losses.

    I liked what I saw today from San Jose State G David Quessenberry. I have him down for three definite victories over Penn State DT Jordan Hill, but the highlight was a move that I’ve seen him do before on tape: he caught SMU end Margus Hunt lunging out and simply pulled the chair on him, quickly retracting his shoulder and watching Hunt faceplant right in front of him. He lined up at both guard spots today and made a nice down block on the nose in 11s that opened a crease.

    It was not a great day for Margus Hunt. He might be weight room strong, but it doesn’t always translate to the field. As I mentioned yesterday, his upper body is so long that it really puts him at a disadvantage to get leverage, and his upper body strength doesn’t counter it effectively enough.

    Missouri Southern DT Brandon Williams is all about power, and he’s got a great deal of it in both his upper and lower body. He was able to forklift Notre Dame C Braxton Cave on one rep, and he used a powerful pnuch to jolt Kent State’s Brian Winters backwards before lunging into his rush. There is very little lateral movement to Williams and he was coached up about keeping his arms down to his sides when he moved, which allows him to get cracked and trapped easily. Lions fans will note that this happens to Ndamukong Suh all the time.

    http://www.detroitlionsdraft.com/2013/01/senior-bowl-notebook-north-squad-day-two/
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    The guy can't cover.......

    Rutgers ran a 4-2-5 most of the time....

    Greene was an ILBer.....w/ marginal range.

    If you think he is gonna be able to run w/ TEs and RBs out of the back field....your sadly mistaken.
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    Matt Waldman ‏@MattWaldman
    RT @dpbrugler: 1) With Travis Kelce out this week, #Rice TE Vance McDonald might be the top player here at his position…he is a legit...
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    Alex Brown ‏@ABXXV25
    I'm being forced to re-evaluate my stance on #Texas WR Marquise Goodwin. Really has had promising first few days here in front of #NFL peeps
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    O-line vs. D-line

    -In some double team drills Lane Johnson pancaked Lavar Edwards from LSU. Later in one on ones Johnson was lined up at left tackle he stoned Edwards in back to back plays. Then while at right tackle he denied Malliciah Goodman from Clemson twice, the second time putting him on the ground. To end the one on ones Johnson completely shut down Edwards. During live work Johnson showed good feet to get downfield and make a nice block. Johnson had a good showing.

    - During double team work John Jenkins from Georgia showed good hand usage and tenacity to work through it. Jenkins was a force all
    day. Jenkins lined up over Guard Garrett Gilkey from Chadron St. and walked him right back on the first play. The next play Gilkey did a good job of initially stopping him but Jenkins was able to work a counter and get by him. Jenkins then lined up over Dalton Freeman, Center from Clemson and blew by him, on the second play Freeman was able to get the better of him. Jordan Mills offensive tackle from LT tried to block Jenkins next was but was beaten badly on a nice inside move and was forced to hold him. Later Jenkins was able to get under Mills and walk him back.

    -Oday Aboushi from Virginia had a decent day. He started off by stoning Malliciah Goodman twice. He later faced Cornellius Washington of Georgia and Washington got by him with a nice inside move. The next play saw him line up against Edwards and Aboushi denied him. Next Ezekiel Ansah from BYU tried to beat Aboushi and was successful with a nice spin move to the inside but then tried a bull rush that Aboushi absorbed and had a good base/re-anchor to stop him.

    -Larry Warford was an absolute rock in the one on ones. He stoned Cory Grissom from South Florida twice early, then denied Everett Dawkins from FSU’s power rush and spin move. Dawkins tried again to get by Warford but Warford was able to stuff him twice. Warford was awesome today.

    -Brian Schwenke, center from Cal had a really good day. He first went against Grissom and was able to stop him twice, the second time putting him on the ground. Schwenke during the live work did a nice job of coming over to help his guard and put the guy in the ground. Schwenke also denied Josh Boyd twice on back to back plays. He later had good battles with Montari Hughes.

    -Montori Hughes DT from Tennessee-Martin had a real strong day. You never would have guessed he was just in a walking boot a few days ago. He looked fast in his drills and showed good explosion in the one on ones. He first walked back Freeman to the QB then on the next play flew by him with a nice speed move. Hughes then had a good battle with Xavier Nixon OT from Florida but was able to get by him with a nice counter move. He later popped up too high off the snap but showed good power still by pushing the center back.

    -Xavier Nixon had some good battles today stopping Edwards on a few occasions and also stopped Washington on another play
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    - The rush of the day came from Washington who absolutely flew by Jordan Mills. It happened in the blink of an eye that got him and the coaches fired up.

    -Edwards, Dawkins, and Goodman were quiet during the one on ones. Grissom was on the ground too much. Ansah flashed a few times but was held in check for the most part.

    Winners from the day are Lane Johnson, Larry Warford, Brian Schwenke, Quinton Patton, Montori Hughes, and John Jenkins.

    My plan is to watch more of the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and cornerbacks later this week. Good battles going on in the trenches.

    http://nflsfuture.com/2013/01/22/se...m_campaign=Feed: nflsfuturecom (NFL's Future)
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    Bryan Broaddus ‏@BryanBroaddus
    “@Agcowboyz: @BryanBroaddus will DAL be looking for a TE to replace Phillips? Deep draft” yes they will.

    Bryan Broaddus ‏@BryanBroaddus
    “@sexililkitti: @BryanBroaddus who do you like among DL prospects?” Have liked Floyd Richardson Short from word go. My favorite guys now.
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    Stock Up

    Eric Fisher/T/Central Michigan: Fisher was quite possibly the most impressive player on the North squad during Tuesday's practice. He was phenomenal in pass protection, stopping just about everyone in drills and during the scrimmage period. Fisher's blocking fundamentals are outstanding and his footwork and ability to slide off the edge is eye catching. He was beaten by a few power moves and Fisher must improve his playing strength, but the senior left tackle is now being mentioned as a possible top 15 pick.

    Kawann Short/DT/Purdue: Short bypassed the 2012 NFL Draft despite being considered a first-round pick. He came to Mobile with sliding draft stock after a disappointing senior season. Today, Short showed the skills that made him so highly rated just 12 months ago. He's a big-bodied tackle who was impossible to move off the point and Short consistently drove defenders off the ball. He's both powerful and quick, a combination he used to his advantage Tuesday. Short needs to keep the momentum going and prove to scouts he's willing to consistently play at a high level.

    Quinton Patton/WR/Louisiana Tech: Patton was exceptional catching the ball all day, displaying terrific quickness and reliability on the field. He was outstanding in his route running, quickly getting into breaks then staying low on exit and positioning himself to make the reception. Patton made all types of catches; running underneath routes, running the outs or in the middle of crowds. He's not the fastest wideout, but Patton proved that he possesses the hands and concentration to play in the NFL.

    Marc Anthony/CB/California: Anthony is another Senior Bowl player who is slightly speed-deficient yet displayed himself as a terrific football player on this day. He was tough, smart and productive on the field. Anthony was constantly around the action, beating down opponents to defend passes. His timing and anticipation was on the money and Anthony showed a great break to the ball. He also displayed a nice degree of skill defending the run. Anthony improved his draft stock on Tuesday and fast forty times at the combine could help further push him up boards.

    Montori Hughes/DT/Tennessee-Martin: After missing Monday's practice with a slight injury, Hughes returned today and was one of the stars on the defensive line. He was both explosive and powerful all practice. Hughes consistently pushed blockers off the line of scrimmage, collapsing the pocket and disrupting the action. He also displayed the ability to beat defenders off the snap with his first step then fire through the gaps up field. There's no doubt Hughes is a player upon whom teams will focus during Wednesday's all important practice to see if he can continue his momentum.

    Mychal Rivera/TE/Tennessee:

    http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/n...rt-Day-2/d39068f7-078c-4bee-8ed5-7c1ba7504847
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    good to see Quinton Patton is making a good show of himself. Also, Brandon Williams looks to be a rock in the middle of the DL. He may not be one of those get to the QB types....but he should definitely be able to thwart opposing RBs.
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    Brandon Williams would have been great at NT or DT in some 4-3 schemes but probably not in Kiffin's. It's too bad because I really like his character/work-ethic and talent. Who knows, if he lost about 15 lbs, he might still be a fit if he is available around the 5th round.

    I'm seeing some projections of Patton in the 1st round now.
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    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    How about Montori Hughes

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