The South team closed out Wednesday with a less than active session compared to yesterday but there were still more than enough plays made out there to glean some information from the practice. The Texans staff got started a little early as well as ending early today with a lot of special teams and installation, so there was a limit to the real action on display.
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WR James Washington, Oklahoma State – He’s easily the best receiver here in Mobile and he is definitely one of the best players at this event. Washington has amazing body control and rare balance to maintain his position while locating the football and snagging it with urgency. He makes back shoulder catches look easy and the over the shoulder catch a routine. His release is as clean as it gets and he flat out made a defensive back look silly today with a post route for a touchdown. The guy is a precise route runner and if he were taller than six foot, he’d probably be a lock for the first round but he’s more of a day two value pick that could develop into a team’s number two receiver before the end of his first year. Washington is likely in store for a big showing on game day if what we’ve seen in practice translates over to Saturday.
QB Mike White, Western Kentucky – White is a real smooth thrower of the football. His delivery is natural and effortless, he spins the football extremely well and his velocity is more than adequate. He has the required height, length and arm strength but his mobility is just marginal to below average. He’s not a statue but he’s not explosive outside of the pocket. White has given out a few tickets to the gun show, specifically on an in route that Gesicki took to the perimeter and over the linebackers for a pass that White delivered right over the second level to the tight end. White overthrew J’Mon Moore on an early pass but there was pressure applied by Shaquem Griffin on the play that forced the overthrow, which has been an issue for White throughout his career. White is the safest bet to start the game for the South team and will likely be the highest drafted signal caller from the that roster.
DT Christian LaCouture, Louisiana State – The big Bayou Bengal is just hard to block with his prototype length and size. He can’t be moved when he defends the run and LaCouture consistently gets a push up field on the pass rush. He broke up a run play early in the day, he would have killed a quarterback scramble if he didn’t let up and jumped in the backfield to force another run outside. He has power and even though he’s not a dynamic pass rusher, he’s more than effective at eating up blocks and winning against interior linemen with his quick hands. Teams will like the scheme he played in and his workmen’s mentality.
DE Andrew Brown, Virginia – Brown was a highly touted prep prospect from one of Virginia’s best recruiting classes but his career got off to a slow start under Mike London. He has since turned things around and really bounced back with Bronco Mendenhall calling the shots. Brown looked really solid today with good work in the one on ones, as he killed Austin Corbett on a rep and flashed his speed off the ball in goal line work with a tackle for loss. Brown has some scheme versatility and will present whatever team that drafts him with a tremendous value going forward.
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ILB Darius Leonard, South Carolina State – The South Carolina State Bulldogs produced Javon Hargrave in 2016 and now they have another defender on the map with Leonard, who has had his ups and downs this week. He has struggled in coverage and doesn’t change directions extremely well but when he does find the ball and he will strike ball carriers. He made the hit of the day on Ito Smith late in the session on a check down to the corner of the endzone. Leonard read the play and leveled Smith for a real decleater that drew roars from the crowd. Unfortunately, that’s about the sum of Leonard’s highlights, so it’s to be hoped that he can limit his mistakes and cut down on the lowlights tomorrow and in the game to keep his draft stock buoyant.