DEEP FRIED DRAFT
Unfortunately, inclement weather in the Mobile area tomorrow will force practice indoors. It will take place at the University of South Alabama’s indoor facility. Due to the smaller building, media will not be able to attend and the practices will not be on TV. So, there will likely not be a day two report tomorrow.
1/22/19 SOUTH PRACTICE
The player with the most buzz leaving day one of practice for the South may be South Carolina wide receiver, Deebo Samuel. Samuel showed elite traits with his footwork. He created immediate separation in his routes. Samuel also caught almost every pass thrown his way.
The quarterbacks were hit-or-miss for the Kyle Shanahan (49ers) coached South team. From a consistency standpoint, Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham was at the top. I thought Gardner Minshew (Washington State) showed great touch on his deep passes. Tyree Jackson (Buffalo) was inconsistent in the reps of his that I saw. This is not dissimilar from his game tape. Will Grier (West Virginia) struggled with the breeze coming in from the South endzone. He was not sharp at all.
Josh Oliver (TE/San Jose State) was consistently the best tight end for the South. He ran crisp routes and caught nearly everything. I also like what I saw from West Virginia TE/FB Trevon Wesco.
I took note of Gary Jennings (WR/West Virginia) and Tyre Brady (WR/Marshall). Both did nice things in practice.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the DBs. Rock Ya-Sin (CB/Temple) and Isaiah Johnson (CB/Houston) had good days. Johnson can get a tad handsy. However, his length bails him out of any jam he gets in. Clemson corner Mark Fields and Kentucky safety Darius West were routinely beaten in 1-on-1s.
Due to the lack of pads, I didn’t focus on the OL-DL drills. Despite the lack of pads, New Mexico State LB Terrill Hanks decided to lower the boom anyway. He body bagged North Dakota State RB Bruce Anderson on a pass route.
2019 Senior Bowl: Day One Recap (1-22-19)
The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl got underway today. The skies were gray with some mist in the air. It all got started with the weigh-in and concluded with each team practicing in helmets and shoulder pads only. As it usually happens, there was some sluggishness out there. However, the practices went smoothly. Below I will have practice notes for both squads.
1/22/19 NORTH PRACTICE
There seemed to be a different attitude and pace with the Raiders staff. Jon Gruden led the North team practice. If you were looking for a consistent QB on this team, well I have some bad news. Drew Lock (Missouri) probably looked the best but he struggled to throw on the move. Daniel Jones (Duke) made some nice throws but had some headscratchers as well. Ryan Finley (NC State) showed good timing. Penn State’s Trace McSorley struggled with his accuracy.
Andy Isabella (Umass) operated out of the slot entirely. He put on a clinic with his breaks. Isabella gets 0-60 in a flash. He made Utah safety Marquise Blair look completely ridiculous on one route. He did drop a few, however.
Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin looked fantastic. He was beating corners left and right. Unfortunately, Corey Ballentine (Washburn) was his victim on multiple occasions. Alex Wesley (Northern Colorado) was advertised as a speedy wideout. He didn’t get a chance to show it off. However, he dropped multiple passes that he let get into his chest.
I thought Keelan Doss (UC-Davis) had a good day. Jacobi Meyers (NC State) had a low-key great day as well. If Andy Isabella goes in the Top-100, Penny Hart (Georgia State) could be a team’s fall back plan later in the draft. Hart was extremely quick in his cuts. The nicest thing I can say about Jaylen Smith (Louisville) is that he was bad.
The North team tight end group all looked great at times. Tommy Sweeney (Boston College) was noticeably slower than the other two. However, he ran some nice routes and caught everything. Sweeney also knows how to get into a three-point stance. Washington’s Drew Sample doesn’t do anything great but he does everything well. Every rep he took was above-average.
Stetson’s Donald Parham was easily the quickest of the three. He measured in at 6’8” 243 pounds. He has 36” arms and 10 ½” hands. Other than his blocking (or lack thereof), the only thing about Parham that is concerning is how he is built. His legs, from the kneecaps down, look like matchsticks.
Texas corner Kris Boyd plays extremely physical. South Dakota State corner Jordan Brown struggled for most of the practice. Northern Illinois LB Sutton Smith looked solid in coverage.
Due to the lack of pads, I didn’t focus on the OL-DL drills.