1/23/19 NORTH PRACTICE
I started with the RB’s and LB’s doing 1-on-1 pass coverage drills. Memphis RB/OW Tony Pollard has crazy quick feet. Sutton Smith (LB/Northern Illinois) could not catch him on a wheel route. Dexter Williams (RB/Notre Dame) shook Cameron Smith (LB/Southern Cal) on his route. Karan Higdon (RB/Michigan) ran a perfect ARROW route against Drue Tranquill (LB/Notre Dame) but dropped the ball. TCU EDGE Ben Banogu looked lost in this drill.
Watching the wide receiver-defensive back one-on-ones alerted me to what I hope isn’t a trend. Andy Isabella (WR/Umass) got a case of the dropsies. Keelan Doss (WR/UC-Davis) was so good on his routes, showing quick feet. He sells the comeback perfectly. Drew Sample (TE/Washington) was a tad slow in his breaks but he sells the route beautifully. Penn State corner Amani Oruwariye did a terrific job carrying Alex Wesley (WR/Northern Colorado) up the field and out of bounds.
Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin doesn’t have the quick feet of his North team counterparts Isabella and Penny Hart (WR/Georgia State). However, he is every bit, if not more, a bigger threat than they are. Marquise Blair (S/Utah) has been cross-trained at corner this week along with Nasir Adderley (S/Delaware). This week has shown that neither is ready to handle that. BC safety Will Harris and Nasir Adderly found themselves spinning like an F-5 tornado trying to cover Penny Hart.
In 7-on-7, Duke QB Daniel Jones was late on two throws. The first, he was late to RB and got picked by Adderly. The second, he was late to Jaylen Smith (WR/Louisville) and got intercepted by Oruwariye. Ina trend from the week, Penn State QB Trace McSorley was indecisive and late on the throw. He had not one but two receivers open. Drue Tranquill looked completely lost in coverage out there.
Finally, in the OL/DL 1-1s, we saw the end of Sutton Smith as an edge rusher. He did ok against a TE, but against the big hosses, it was lights out. One rep, in particular, saw K-State OL Dalton Risner completely him under the turf. Southern Cal OT Chuma Edoga looked great. He used his long arms to consistently keep the edge rushers at bay. Texas A&M center Erik McCoy was an eye opener this week. His short area quickness and power were eye openers for me. Kaleb McGary (OT/Washington) would do better to keep a narrower stance. He can compensate for it but it would go along way to improving his game.
DEEP FRIED DRAFT
The 70th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl is tomorrow and I will have a full recap. On Sunday, I will note five risers and fallers from each team. Thanks for reading.
2019 Senior Bowl: Day Two Recap (1-23-19)
1/23/19 SOUTH PRACTICE
Over at the South practice, I got to see some RBs and TEs in pass pro. I love this drill. The standout for me was BYU LB Sione Takitaki. The former Cougar attacked three players and beat them all. This drill was not kind to North Dakota State RB Bruce Anderson. He lost every rep including getting destroyed by Stanford LB Bobby Okereke. Anderson actually left with an injury at some point. He was replaced by Pitt RB Darren Hall. San Jose State TE Josh Oliver did not fare well in this drill. However, Foster Moreau (TE/LSU) did. Slippery Rock RB Wes Hills dis as well.
In the RB/LB pass route drill, Wes Hills was outstanding. He beat a very good athlete in Terrill Hanks (LB/New Mexico State). Foster Moreau is a better route runner than I thought. Deshaun Davis (LB/Auburn) struggled in this drill.
In the WR/DB 1-1s, Deebo Samuel (WR/South Carolina) and Rock Ya-Sin (CB/Temple) continued their heated battles from day one. In one rep, Samuel beat him by two yards on a go route and Tyree Jackson (QB/Buffalo) overthrew him. Kentucky safety Mike Edwards had good coverage on Hunter Renfrow (WR/Clemson). Tyre Brady (WR/Marshall) ran a slick route to beat Miami-FL safety, Sheldrick Redwine.
In 9-on-7, Trevon Wesco (FB-TE/West Virginia) and Jacksonville State guard B.J. Autry had excellent blocks to spring Wes Hills. Javon Patterson (G/Ole Miss) was awful. He consistently missed blocks and showed poor effort. Andre Dillard (OT/Washington State) was tremendous in his run blocking. Terrill Hanks did a nice job filling the run lanes.
OL/DL one-on-ones were next up. Dennis Daley (OT/South Carolina) had an issue with the speed rushers. He deals with the bull rush well. However, against the speedy guys, Daley tends to stop his feet and try to reach. Tytus Howard (OT/Alabama State) showed himself well. He went 50/50 with Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines. Ben Powers (G/Oklahoma) is nasty, in a good way. Javon Patterson got roughed up by Alabama DL Isaiah Buggs. Elon OT Oli Udoh showed off quick feet and tremendous hand placement.
In 7-7, Will Grier (QB/West Virginia) continued his week of indecisiveness. Contrast that to WAZZU QB Gardner Minshew who showed off great timing all week. David Sills (WR/West Virginia) got good body positioning on Isaiah Johnson (CB/Houston). Speaking of Sills, he did a marvelous job of sealing the edge during a big run in team drills.
Better late than never, right? Since the media was not allowed to view practice live on Wednesday, I had to venture to the XOS film room at Senior Bowl HQ to watch it. Being able to watch the same tape the coaches and scouts watch (often at the same time they are) is an eye-opening experience. While I try to see as much as possible at the live practice, there is no way to see everything. The film room allows that. So, let’s break down Wednesday’s weather shifted practice.
First off, let me just say how beautiful the University of South Alabama’s new indoor practice facility looks. The Senior Bowl is fortunate to have been able to get in a full practice there.