Notes from Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge

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    Notes from Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge
    Posted: January 29, 2009
    EL PASO, TEXAS -- Draft expert Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts provide news, notes and analysis from Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge practices:

    The Texas Squad

    Tarrion Adams, RB, Tulsa. Although he moves well laterally, he has not shown the acceleration or explosiveness to get through holes or past would-be tacklers.

    Adrian Grady, DT, Louisville. He has been able to penetrate as a pass rusher by dropping his shoulder and then pulling his arm up and getting inside the guards. Grady also has been effective against the run, showing good strength at the point of attack, shedding blockers and getting in on tackles.

    Dudley Guice, WR, Northwestern State. The offensive drills have been dominated by Guice's wide range of catches on fade, deep post, slant and then "go" routes. He displays good concentration, outfighting a double-team once to catch a tipped pass.

    Stephen Hodge, S, TCU. He made a nice leaping interception on one play, an ill-advised pass meant for the running back whom he had blanketed. Hodge shows good instincts in the box, jumping into the backfield to take on blockers and force running backs to turn inside for no gains.

    David Johnson, QB, Tulsa. He hasn't been able to get in sync with receivers turning either up or out while he throws short or in. He also threw a bad interception in the flat while trying to connect with his running back who was well covered (by Hodge).

    Brandon Ledbetter, TE, Western Michigan. He looks natural running routes, displaying soft hands to catch passes in the flat and down the middle seam.

    Jordan Norwood, WR, Penn State. He is doing well in the drills, constantly gaining separation from defensive backs and making nice catches along the sideline while getting both feet in-bounds.

    Chase Patton, QB, Missouri. He is struggling with his accuracy and continues to throw into double coverage in 11-on-11 drills.

    Bernard Scott, RB, Abilene Christian. He shows good vision and instincts slipping through the line of scrimmage and then driving forward as the hole closes gaining more positive yardage. In one practice, he also caught a nice pass along the sideline in the deep flat past the linebacker for a big gain.

    Frank Summers, FB, UNLV. He shows power on draw plays, running hard inside and breaking tackles at the line of scrimmage, always keeping his legs moving. On one play, he ran over a linebacker and a defensive back.

    The Nation Squad

    Stanley Bryant, RT, East Carolina. He is getting out of his stance more quickly now and using hand punch immediately against defensive lineman, an improvement from earlier in the week when he tended to keep his elbows tucked in and his hands on his chest. He also is show quick footwork in pass protection, keeping defensive ends from gaining the edge.

    Gerald Cadogan, LT, Penn State. He is performing well in pass protection drills and team drills by using his hands well, getting them up quickly and extending them to keep the pass rusher outside the pocket. On run plays, he shows a good burst off the snap and attacks the linemen pushing them backwards and winning the line of scrimmage.

    Tony Carter, CB, Florida State. He shows good ball skills and closing speed. In one practice, he closed quickly to break up a deep pass that was underthrown and then followed that a few plays later by jumping a short-out route for an interception. He shows good instincts and smooth hips to turn and run with receivers.

    Jason Chery, WR, Louisiana-Lafayette. He had a great catch toward the end of one practice, going up high in stride on a deep slant, splitting the defensive backs, landing in stride and taking it in for a touchdown.

    Davon Drew, TE, East Carolina. He has been inconsistent. He will make some nice catches and show natural skills and then follow it up with a couple of drops.

    Will Johnson, DT, Michigan. He tries hard but is a bit overmatched by big offensive linemen. He is not strong enough to get penetration and not quick enough to get around blockers. He must get bigger and stronger to compete on this level.

    Jamarko Simmons, WR, Western Michigan. He has had a good couple days of practice, catching a number of balls, showing a nice ability to adjust to passes. He also shows a willingness to block downfield on running plays and screen passes. He shows deceptive speed for a 240-pound wide receiver and always seems to have a step on the cornerback or find the open spots in zones.

    Derek Walker, DE, Illinois. He shows a good burst off the snap, shedding blocks and getting to the ballcarrier. He never stops hustling and competes on every snap.

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