Insiders:Williams leads solid pack of South RBs

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    Williams leads solid pack of South RBsBy Mel Kiper Jr.
    Special to ESPN Insider

    MOBILE, Ala. -- The running backs on the South squad shined during the team's practice at the Senior Bowl Tuesday afternoon. Memphis RB DeAngelo Williams was the brightest star in the group. He looked very good. Williams showed great cutback ability, great vision and a terrific burst. He exploded through the defense on three successive runs during the afternoon practice.

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    RB DeAngelo Williams has shown good quickness and vision at the Senior Bowl.LSU RB Joseph Addai caught the ball well and showed some quickness. He's a versatile player and has a chance to have a nice week.

    RB Jerious Norwood from Mississippi State displayed some natural running instincts and caught the ball.

    South Florida RB Andre Hall showed he can pass block, which is important at the NFL level. Hall also displayed some running skills.

    FB Garrett Mills, who played tight end at Tulsa, can catch and get yards after the grab. Mills needs to prove he can block.

    New Mexico WR Hank Baskett is big and physical, but he still needs to prove that he can separate. Miami (Fla.) DB Kelly Jennings was in Baskett's hip pocket on a couple of routes.

    Miami (Fla.) WR Sinorice Moss showed he has deep speed. Moss can really blow by defenders, but his size could be an issue.

    UCLA TE Marcedes Lewis has huge hands and long arms. He's an imposing physical presence. He has a ton of pass-catching potential. Lewis had one drop in practice -- he needs to eliminate that this week.

    QB Darrell Hackney, who checked in at only 5-foot-11ΒΌ, showed a powerful arm, but was not accurate in Tuesday's practice. The UAB product needs to be more precise with the football.

    Georgia OL Max Jean-Gilles has tremendously long arms and a great base.

    New Mexico OL Ryan Cook struggled at both center and right tackle during Tuesday's practice. Technically, he needs some work.

    OL Mike Degory started for four years at Florida but was beaten some. Questions remain about his athleticism.

    UTEP LB Thomas Howard is athletic and has good speed. Howard needs to prove to scouts that he can locate the football and take the right angles. Those questions won't be answered until the game.

    Mark Anderson is a pass rusher and showed those instincts. The Alabama defensive end needs to show he can hold up strong at the point of attack.

    N.C. State DE Manny Lawson showed he can get to the quarterback.

    Tennessee DL Jesse Mahelona got a leverage advantage against Cook in practice. Mahelona showed great power, strength and intensity.

    Miami (Fla.) DL Orien Harris was motivated and at the top of his game. Harris was quick off the ball and showed a good rush technique.

    Greg Blue is a tough, aggressive and intense intimidator, but can he cover? The Georgia safety needs to prove he can this week.

    Marcus Hudson worked at corner and safety. The N.C. State product needs to prove he can cover well enough to play corner.

    South players who shined Tuesday
    RB DeAngelo Williams, Memphis
    DL Orien Harris, Miami (Fla.)
    DE Manny Lawson, N.C. State
    CB Kelly Jennings, Miami (Fla.)

    South players who struggled Tuesday
    OL Mike Degory, Florida
    QB Darrell Hackney, UAB
    TE T.J. Williams, N.C. State
    WR Hank Baskett, New Mexico

    North practice notes
    Michigan WR Jason Avant had some drops Tuesday, which is something he can't afford to do. He is a possession guy who doesn't have great speed. Avant did not show any improvement from Monday's practice.

    Arizona State WR Derek Hagan had some drops, too. He can't afford them either.

    Maurice Stovall had a couple drops Tuesday, but the Notre Dame receiver still looks like a second-round pick.

    Oregon WR Demetrius Williams showed great body control and excellent hands. He adjusted well to poorly thrown balls. Speed is still a question.

    Joe Klopfenstein had a good day. The Colorado tight end caught the ball well and showed soft hands.

    Dominique Byrd also had a decent day of practice. The USC tight end needs to work on his blocking and get stronger in the weight room, but he has a lot of talent.

    Michael Robinson still needs to work on his accuracy. The Penn State quarterback overthrew some receivers and was indecisive.

    Washington State RB Jerome Harrison showed a nice burst during practice and Virginia OL D'Brickashaw Ferguson had another great day.

    Nebraska safety Daniel Bullocks showed that he has the ability to make plays in the box. He was very physical. Clemson CB Tye Hill continued to impress.

    Syracuse safety Anthony Smith had another good day. He displayed his athleticism and instinctive style.

    Boston College CB Will Blackmon had a better day. His cover skills were improved.

    Boston College DE Mathias Kiwanuka still needs some work on his technique. He was too upright and Ferguson got the best of him. Kiwanuka is still a first-round prospect.

    Oklahoma DL Dusty Dvoracek struggled Tuesday. Ohio State center Nick Mangold got the best of Dvoracek in the one-on-one rush drills. Mangold had another great day. He has proved he is not a finesse player. Mangold is strong and technically sound. He could move into the first round, but will probably go in the second round.

    Iowa LB Chad Greenway showed a ton of athleticism at practice and some good smarts.

    North players who shined Tuesday
    DB Daniel Bullocks, Nebraska
    OL D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia
    LB Chad Greenway, Iowa
    RB Jerome Harrison, Washington State
    CB Tye Hill, Clemson
    LB Abdul Hodge, Iowa
    LB D'Qwell Jackson, Maryland
    TE Joe Klopfenstein, Colorado
    OL Nick Mangold, Ohio State
    DB David Pittman, Northwestern State
    DB Anthony Smith, Syracuse
    FB Lawrence Vickers, Colorado
    WR Demetrius Williams, Oregon

    North players who struggled Tuesday
    WR Jason Avant, Michigan
    DL Dusty Dvoracek, Oklahoma
    WR Derek Hagan, Arizona State
    DL Babatunde Oshinowo, Stanford
    OL Marvin Philip, California
    QB Michael Robinson, Penn State

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