Senior Bowl: North Practice - Day 3
The North squad bundled up for a frigid practice session to start off day three at Ladd Peebles Stadium and a number of players shined bright in the morning session.
WR Shaquelle Evans, UCLA/Notre Dame – Evans is a long rangy receiver with the footwork, ball skills and body control to start regularly on the outside at the next level. He made a number of impressive catches today, none more impressive than a beautiful over the shoulder one handed catch in the red zone during one on one drills. He won a number of matchups and when the corners pressed in the bump and run part of one on ones, Evans appeared to light up with a terrific catch on a turn around on Jean-Baptist and another grab on the sidelines where he got both feet in. Shaquelle Evans may be overlooked in a very deep wide receiver class but whatever team is lucky enough to land him in day three will be coming away with a very good wide receiver very reminiscent of a Marvin Jones of California who had a great week in Mobile about three years ago.
OW Kain Colter, Northwestern – He may technically be a wide out but I classify this guy as an “OW: Offensive Weapon”. Colter has outstanding athleticism and extremely fluid movements which will serve him well at the next level no matter what position he plays. He is of course a former quarterback that helped revive a dormant Northwestern program and while he is making the transition to wide receiver, he is still a multi-faceted player that brings a number of different skill sets to the table. He has shown off a polish and savvy catching passes during one on ones and his footwork in the receiver drills has been impressive. Colter can be used in a variety of ways from an offensive perspective and ideally would be most effective out of the slot.
WR Mike Campanaro, Wake Forest – Campanaro is another slot type of receiver at this week’s event but he is catching some very positive buzz with his effort and approach to this game. His footwork is very solid and his ability to separate is evident with how low he gets in and out of his breaks to go along with his ability to execute a full route tree. He lost Pierre Desir on an in and out route to the corner and while the Stephen Morris pass was overthrown, Campanaro still dove out of bounds to make a play. While he didn’t come up with the catch, there is no doubting that this kid is all in on the session as well as the week. The Wake Forest product is yet another senior receiver with a great skill set in an overloaded receiver class that will more than likely factor into day three of the draft.
TE CJ Fiedorowicz, Iowa – The big bodied tight end has displayed excellent hands and very impressive blocking ability. Of course, if you can’t block, you can’t play at Iowa in Kirk Ferentz’s offense but Fiedorowicz excels in that area and he isn’t just an extra tackle, the big man has a set of hands that will allow him to be a very effective two way tight end. He showed off great awareness and ball tracking ability for a big man with some of the plays he made today.
THIS GUY IS SO FRUSTRATING!
OT Seantrell Henderson, Miami – Just as mentioned previously in yesterday’s blog update, Henderson is maddeningly inconsistent and the worry isn’t when the light bulb will come on, it is if it ever will. The Hurricane was on Mike Tice’s shit list today, twice being called out by the coach on separate instances and once grabbing his face mask while screaming at him. Sure tough love is one thing but after Henderson got beat a second time by Trent Murphy during the scrimmage portion, the writing is on the wall for Henderson and his lack of effort.
Senior Bowl: South Practice - Day 2
The South team has been hit hard by injuries with a few key losses early in the week with injuries to Ed Stinson (groin), Jawaun James (knee), TE Marcel Jensen (abdominal) and they also have lost Aaron Colvin who exited this practice early with a torn ACL. Colvin’s injury is especially saddening because he was having a stellar week with a number of tipped passes and some very physical play that was really opening some eyes.
CB Jaylon Watkins, Florida – This guy is flat out making money in Mobile. Watkins has drawn the attention of the media and the scouts with his fabulous play out in coverage to go along with his nonstop motor out on the practice field. He has excellent anticipation and natural ball hawking tendencies that stood out twice, breaking up two passes from behind on Cody Hoffman and converting an interception when he was right on top of Ryan Grant. Watkins is a type that has thrived in this competitive atmosphere and is showing off why he will be a Top-100 pick in May.
RB Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky – Andrews has an excellent all-around game, as he led the nation in all-purpose yards and he was able to display those skills today with his running ability. What stood out most however was how well he performed in the backs vs backers pass blocking drills where he was very physical at the point of attack and relentless with his feet driving through his man. He rejected Adrian Hubbard three consecutive times and almost put him down on the final rep. With how well Andrews catches the ball, his draft stock is certain to rise his strong showing.
QB David Fales, San Jose State – Fales has a very compact and quick delivery but the question coming into this event is how well his arm would cut through the Mobile wind and he has put those doubts to rest with today’s performance. He threw a number of crisp passes, cutting the odd gusts with a tight spin on the verticals and put his outs on a line. While Derek Carr and Jimmy Garappolo are both gaining steam with very impressive weeks, David Fales has done nothing to hurt himself thus far and has solidified his stock as a mid-round quarterback in this class that can be developed.
DT Daniel McCullers, Tennessee – The man they call “Shade Tree” has slimmed down, 345 at the weigh in, and looks very spry in drills today. Although McCullers is still maddeningly inconsistent, often standing up out of his stance and stopping his feet on contact, he has rare size and the planetary theory certainly applies to him with there being only so many people with his dimensions around. McCullers destroyed Travis Swanson twice during drills and was a penetrating force during scrimmage.
DID NOT HELP HIMSELF
WR Solomon Patton, Florida – Patton has the quickness and timed speed that scouts like but he has not put together a good two days of practice, featuring a number of drops fielding punts/kicks as well as in one on ones and seven on sevens. He is not a fluid mover with limited body control and his lapses of concentration are certain to cost him if he doesn’t pull out of it in the next two days.
Senior Bowl: Nouth Practice - Day 2
Back at Ladd Peebles for the second day of practice of the North Squad had a productive session that featured a much stronger roster than the South across the board.
WR Robert Herron, Wyoming – This guy is going to be a player and a difference maker at the next level. He has tremendous running power and after the catch moves to not only make defenders miss but plow through would be tacklers, to take a short pass for a big gain. He is so reminiscent of Steve Smith in stature, size and attitude. Herron is a chippy player that takes pride in every aspect of the game. Early in today’s session he was taking part in a blocking drill and put Deone Bucannon down to the ground coming across the middle. Robert Herron is an aggressive receiver that plays with a chip on his shoulder and competes to the whistle, which is why a team will more than willingly sacrifice a day two pick on the Wyoming prospect.
WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin – The former walk-on at Wisconsin is participating in the Senior Bowl and deservedly so, as the receiver has been turning heads with his acrobatic catches and unbelievable plays. He didn’t catch everything thrown his way, thanks to a number of overthrows in the wind by his quarterbacks. Abrederris’ footwork and body control are elite and while he may lack a top gear, he has the ball skills and lateral moves to get the job done at the next level. He has been fielding punts and kicks with the special teams unit and brings so many things to the table as a contributor that some team is bound to take a look at him during the early part of the draft’s third day.
OT Seantrel Henderson, Miami – The massive tackle from Miami has displayed his phenomenal length, dominating power and flat out impressive movement skills during practice but one has to wonder if he can sustain this play after a regretful Hurricane career. Henderson famously was the top rated high school prospect coming out of the Minnesota area but never fully lived up to his all-world potential but here in Mobile, Henderson has been a beast. His hand punch can be devastating and is capable of stunning pass rushers, leaving them off balance and out of the play. His recovery speed is outstanding for his weight but the only thing holding Henderson back is Henderson himself.
WR Josh Huff, Oregon – Josh Huff is one of the more explosive receivers in this event and he is flashing that game breaking speed up and down the sidelines. Huff was very critical of himself after today’s practice saying; “I give myself a C- for today. I think there where some things that I could have done better and I just want to be more precise in my routes out here.” While Huff’s honesty is very refreshing, he is being a tad harsh on himself after making a number of excellent catches, getting open and creating separation from the corners he went against. Huff is a dangerous weapon out of the slot and as a runner on end arounds and should turn heads in the tests at the combine.
DID NOT HELP HIMSELF
QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson – Boyd is an outstanding leader and a tough competitor but he had a regrettable practice on day two. In Boyd’s defense the wind was gusting throughout the day but there were an unusually high number of overthrown balls and at times Boyd resisted even attempting a pass, scrambling twice and just opting not to throw in some situations. In a situation where he should easily be the best passer on the North Roster, compared to Stephen Morris and Logan Thomas, the Clemson product has yet to separate himself from the other passers in Mobile. Boyd is a going to be a very effective quarterback in the NFL as a dual threat passer but today, he showed why he still needs a year before he’ll be ready to facilitate an offense at the next level.