DEEP FRIED DRAFT
2019 Senior Bowl: Day Three Recap (1-24-19)
The final practice of the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl took place today. The skies were crystal clear with a little breeze. The hay is now in the barn for most of these players with just the game to go. Below I will have practice notes for both squads.
1/24/19 NORTH PRACTICE
I finally got a chance to watch the North team running backs and tight ends go through pass pro drills. The big winner for me was Washington TE Drew Sample. Sample handled Khari Willis (S/Michigan State), Darnell Savage (S/Maryland), and Te’Von Coney (LB/Notre Dame). Boston College TE Tommy Sweeney struggled in his pass protection sets. He was beaten by Sutton Smith (LB/Northern Illinois) and TCU edge Ben Banogu.
Among the running backs, I thought Notre Dame’s Dexter Williams equated himself well. I also liked what I saw from Karan Higdon (RB/Michigan). To the shock of no one, Wisconsin fullback Alec Ingold won all of his pass protection reps.
Due to poor seat choices by myself, I again missed the OL/DL one-on-ones. However, I did see the WR/DB sets again. The fade route was not working for all four North team QBs. Drew Sample continued his good week. He ran some of the cleanest routes among the tight ends. Jakobi Meyers (WR/NC State) struggled to separate. Terry McLaurin (WR/Ohio State) had a great catch on the sideline and continued to be fluid in his routes.
Tommy Sweeney was admonished for pushing off the defender. It was not the first time this week. UCLA TE Caleb Wilson was brought in today to replace Stetson’s Donald Parham (ankle). It was not great for Wilson. He ran slow developing routes. Wilson also dropped three passes on consecutive reps. Amani Oruwariye (CB/Penn State) did a good job in coverage. He had a great rep against UC-Davis WR Keelan Doss. Penny Hart (WR/Georgia State) has incredible feet. He shook Darnell Savage bad on one rep but he dropped the ball.
In seven-on-seven, Drew Lock (QB/Missouri) made a terrific throw over the top of the LB to Penny Hart. Ryan Finley (QB/NC State) should have been picked off but the DB didn’t want to kill the receiver. Daniel Jones (QB/Duke) was too indecisive.
In the full team portion, Karan Higdon had a great run following a lane opening block from Garrett Bradbury (C/NC State). Tony Pollard (RB/Memphis) is a mismatch out of the backfield. A linebacker is not going to cover him.
1/24/19 SOUTH PRACTICE
The final South team practice turned into another Deebo Samuel showcase. The South Carolina wideout ran roughshod over the DBs that tried to cover him. There was one route against Isaiah Johnson (CB/Houston) that was cold-blooded. He hurt my ankles watching it. Deebo Samuel came into this week as the top wide receiver in Mobile. He leaves Mobile as a potential first-round pick.
Utah State TE Dax Raymond did a nice job in the goal line drill making himself a target. Gary Jennings (WR/West Virginia) got the best of Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin.
The throw of the week came during this drill. Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson threw an absolute bullet between two defenders to TE Foster Moreau (LSU). I feel bad for any wayward gnats that got in the way.
During the team portion of the practice, Hunter Renfrow (WR/Clemson) got lit up by Lonnie Johnson (CB/Kentucky). Jarrett Stidham (QB/Auburn) threaded the needle on one throw.
During the red zone drill, Montez Sweat (EDGE/Mississippi State) got a sack on Will Grier. Grier held the ball too long. Kingsley Keke (DL/Texas A&M) blew up the backfield on more than one occasion. Sione Takitaki (LB/BYU) got beat by a tight end and forced to hold to prevent a score. James Madison CB Jimmy Moreland made a nice break on a ball to prevent a score.
The practice was cut short by about 45 minutes. No one seems to know why.
As always, the day is bittersweet because it marks the end of a fun week. A week where I get to see friends that I only get to see once a year.
However, the week is not over. The game comes up on Saturday and I will have a full recap. On Sunday, I will note five risers and fallers from each team. Tomorrow, I should have a recap of the day two practices that I was unable to get yesterday because of the weather. I spent 2 ½ hours watching the coach’s film at Senior Bowl HQ this morning.