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2008 Senior Bowl Tuesday Practice Reports

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  1. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Practice Reports from various sources will be posted here throughout the day. First up is the North Practice report from NFLDraftCountdown.

    January 22, 2008
    Senior Bowl - Tuesday North Practice Scott Wright
    President, NFL Draft Countdown
    It was pretty overcast at Ladd-Peebles Stadium this morning but still a little warmer that it was yesterday. For the first time this week the North squad practiced in full pads today and there was a noticeable difference in the intensity, with a lot of big hits delivered throughout the session. As always there were a lot of interesting matchups today and if you're a fan of watching the big uglies in the trenches then this is your team and once again the offensive tackles were impressive.

    • Yesterday USC defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis showed off his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield and today he showed he could be just as effective against the run. Ellis has looked every bit the part of a Top 10 pick so far.

    • I continue to be impressed with Nebraska offensive tackle Carl Nicks, who looks like a great natural athlete despite his massive size but he is still raw and plays too high at times.

    • Boston College offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus may be a very large man but he also moves his feet well.

    • Indiana cornerback Tracy Porter was okay yesterday but he was even better today, jumping a route to intercept a Joe Flacco pass in 7-on-7's on a play that would have been a "Pick 6" in a real game. He also did a nice job of sticking with his guy in coverage.

    • USC offensive guard Drew Radovich stood out today, playing real physical and displaying a strong initial punch and some pop.

    • Penn St. linebacker Dan Connor had a mixed day. On one run play he couldn't shed a Mike Pollak block and was neutralized but later he separated Marcus Smith from the ball with a big hit in coverage.

    • Once again none of the North quarterbacks really stood out. USC's John David Booty and Delaware's Joe Flacco looked pretty average and the best of the bunch today was Michigan's Chad Henne. Overall though I am still waiting for one of these guys to step up.

    • Iowa cornerback Charles Godfrey had another nice day in coverage, even drawing praise from Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for his efforts in 7-on-7's.

    • The nightmare continues for Oklahoma St. wideout Adarius Bowman, who seems to be dropping more balls than he is catching. Then when he finally did catch one in 11-on-11's he fumbled! At this point it's more of a confidence issue than anything else and it was clear he is very frustrated right now. New Mexico's Marcus Smith also had a couple more drops today and afterward hit the ground for some pushups.

    • Michigan St. tight end Kellen Davis looked awfully good, making a nice catch in 11-on-11's and showing some aggressiveness as a blocker in positional drills.

    • One of the surprises of the week for me so far has been California wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, who followed up a strong first day with another terrific showing. Hawkins made at least a couple of impressive catches, although he had some issues with rounding off his routes.

    • Purdue's Cliff Avril struggles at the point of attack and was physically dominated on more than one occasion. Granted he is going up against some excellent offensive tackles but it's becoming clear to me that his best fit at the next level will come as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

    • The transition to linebacker continues for Bruce Davis of UCLA, although he did flash a couple of times and made some nice tackles including one in space.

    • Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski laid a bit hit on Justin Forsett toward the end of practice.

    • USC linebacker Keith Rivers is real vocal on the field and had another strong showing. On one play he got good pressure on the quarterback after avoiding a block on a blitz.

    • Nevada linebacker Beau Bell got dinged up and was down on the field for a few minutes but was able to walk off under his own power.

    • Michigan's Shawn Crable delivered a big hit on Owen Schmitt today.

    • Oklahoma St. running back Dantrell Savage isn't very big but he showed some toughness running inside today.

    • East Carolina's Chris Johnson, Indiana's Tracy Porter, Purdue's Dorien Bryant, Virginia Tech's Eddie Royal, Colorado's Terrence Wheatley and Lavelle Hawkins and Justin Forsett, both of Cal, worked as kick returners.

    • Boston College's DeJuan Tribble struggled to keep up with the wideouts in coverage today.

    • Michigan safety Jamar Adams did a nice job in coverage, showing the ability to hold his own against smaller, quicker wideouts.

    • Kansas St. wide receiver Jordy Nelson beat USC's Terrell Thomas for a touchdown today but that may have been more of a case of Thomas struggling than Nelson excelling.

    • Cal running back Justin Forsett displayed nice vision and cut-back ability today.

    • Oregon St. kicker Alexis Serna showed he has 50+ yard range and he hit all of his attempts at the end of practice.

    • It's a position that doesn't get a lot of attention but Indiana long-snapper Tim Bugg has been very accurate and is definitely a draftable prospect.

    All in all there weren't necessarily any performances that just blew you away today but there were a lot of guys who did a solid job and helped themselves. Going forward I think the big storyline will continue to be the offensive linemen on the North team and in my four years of coming down here this is probably the most impressive group as a whole that I have seen. That's another day down for the North but there is still plenty more to come so be sure to check back for all the latest from Mobile as NFL Draft Countdown's unparallel coverage of the Senior Bowl continues.
  2. Bob Sacamano

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    will be really waiting to see and hear what Chris Johnson does
  3. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    • USC linebacker Keith Rivers is real vocal on the field and had another strong showing. On one play he got good pressure on the quarterback after avoiding a block on a blitz.
  4. Vintage

    Vintage The Cult of Jib

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    Tracy Porter is a guy that really interests me. He has the speed and athleticism to really stick with a guy a la Newman.

    And I am with Bob Sacamano on the Bruce Davis idea...... I am interested in him as a project type player for us in the mid rounds.
  5. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    He's doing an ESPN chat right now... Just FYI

    http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnation/index


    Jerry (Jacksonville)
    Tracy what NFL player do you most compare yourself to?

    TRACY PORTER
    I would say Terrance Newman. He is dynamic, like myself. And there have been people around here who have compared me to him and that is a great compliment!
  6. Vintage

    Vintage The Cult of Jib

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    I was just going to post that quote too...

    Thanks WG!
  7. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    very good report....thanks for the post.
  8. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    And this is what the best college CBs do to him. Just wait until some schmuck drafts him and NFL cornors do their impression of an total eclipse on him.

    I will release the the viking hoard on Jerry if he drafts Bowman.
  9. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    If anyone's seen him play much, he's pretty impressive. He's little, but he runs really hard. He might be a good cheap replacement for Julius' speed role.

    Our Newman has finally arrived. *sniff*
  10. Chuck 54

    Chuck 54 Well-Known Member

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    Since when are LB's allowed to avoid blocks? I'm confused...I need to start watching other teams more.
  11. Bigdog

    Bigdog Well-Known Member

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    I am really beginning to like this Godfrey kid from Iowa. From what I read, he is 6'1, 208, runs 4.4 forty. Maybe we can get him in the 3rd but if he continues to impress, he will probably be gone. Does anyone know anything about this kid? Thanks.
  12. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    I can't say I've seen him play, but IMO his profile fits just what we need: Excellent athlete who needs work to polish his skills. We have some time to develop a guy like that since Henry is still a pretty good corner.

    Then he can come in mid-year when Henry gets hurt.
  13. Paniolo22

    Paniolo22 Hawaiian Cowboy

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    I think Chris Johnson would be a great complement for MB3. Got speed and can catch. Nice 2nd or 3rd round pick.
  14. Bob Sacamano

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    smaller LBs are taught to try to run around blocks

    it's usually a 4-3 LB thing
  15. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    Was just looking at thehuddlereport.com, and they have done a new analysis on Red Bryant and Mike Hart - for those interested.

    Bryant's comparison was to the NT Williams playing for SD. Looks like a longer term replacement for Fergy maybe.

    Are either of these two guys playing in the Senior Bowl?

    Oh there was an analysis on Sam Baker, OT USC. It was pretty negative. They have him rated around a 4th round pick. :eek:
  16. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    I made a point of watching Red Bryant last year because I knew he'd be a NT candidate with his size, and to tell you the truth I was totally unimpressed. He didn't do a thing, and I didn't even see great effort.

    Maybe he's improved a ton this year, but at first glance he's a guy who people look at because of his height and weight numbers in the program.
  17. IronCowboy

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    I just watched Bryant work in 1 on 1s. The first one he was handled rather soundly and the second attempt he mauled the guy. I like the kids motor. Plus hes a smart kid. He got his High School diploma in 3 years.
  18. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    To be fair, the analysis had Bryant rated as a 4th rounder and basically a two down run stuffer - like Williams in SD. On 3rd and long, you replace him with a guy like Tank Johnson I suppose.

    But given Fergy's age, if this guy can develop into a run stuffer, he could be worthwhile to develop.
  19. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Hey, maybe IronCowboy is right and he's improved. If Bryant's motor is good, he likely can be developed with that size. I just didn't see much when I watched.

    I guess I have a hard time reconciling "Jamal Williams" and "fourth rounder" since Williams is so darn good.
  20. Bob Sacamano

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    and was a 2nd round pick

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