Senior Bowl Practice Recap - Day One
Monday morning began with the individual weigh-ins, followed by afternoon practices for both the North and South teams...
I'll begin with the quarterbacks from the North team, consisting of the University of Michigan's Chad Henne, University of Delaware's Joe Flacco and University of Southern California's John David Booty.
Henne displayed the most accuracy of the group. His strong arm was apparent for passes within 20 yards, but when throwing the deep ball, he looked to finesse the ball too much, which led to putting more touch on the ball than necessary. Henne looked good on some plays, with the defense making him look better for other plays.
Flacco's size and speed was apparent in the first day of practice. Flacco, who stands in at 6-foot-6, was the most inaccurate of the three quarterbacks. For just about every one accurate pass, there would be five that were over thrown. During one of his final repetitions with the defense out there, Flacco fumbled the center exchange three consecutive times.
Booty wasn't as involved as the other two quarterbacks when it came to scrimmaging with the defense. He was in for one series where he was able to drop back and pass the ball. Prior to that, he was in handing the ball off to the running backs. Booty didn't do anything that impressed me today.
The South quarterbacks are made up of University of Tennessee's Erik Ainge, University of Hawaii's Colt Brennan and University of Kentucky's Andre Woodson.
Overall, Ainge looked solid with his foot work in both the five- and seven-step drops as well as the rollout drill.
Brennan was the quarterback who struggled the most during the first days of practice. He had issues with his five- and seven-step drops, mostly on the seven-step. At one point the coach made him do it eight times before moving over to one of the other quarterbacks.
Andre Woodson struggled in only one area on the first day. During the rollout drills, he was asked to do it several times and "glance" instead of focusing too heavily on the fake portion of the rollout.
A few of the running backs that stood out this first day were the University of California-Berkeley's Justin Forsett. Forsett showed good quickness and hands, burning University of Nevada-Las Vegas' Beau Bell two times down the seam, hauling in both passes from Henne and turning them up field for what would have been six. One another occasion, Forsett's shiftiness got the better of University of Iowa's defensive back Charles Godfrey, causing him to crumble to the ground.
Owen Schmitt, who is a running back in a fullback's body, was the other ball carrier that stood out. Listed at 251 pounds, Schmitt showed better than average hands, pulling in several receptions and finishing one off those by trucking a cornerback to the ground on one play. Schmitt also showed that not only could he dish it out, but he can take it, after making a catch in the flat and getting his helmet knocked off by USC linebacker Keith Rivers. He promptly jumped up, took off downfield helmet-less and looking for more contact.
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Day One Practice Analysis
For the first practice of the week, I headed to Ladd-Pebbles Stadium to see the North team. Overall, the defensive lineman impressed me the most. There were a few that really struggled, while there were a couple of receivers that really looked good. Here's a look at which player's stood out the most today:
- Sedrick Ellis DT USC: There's a reason that Ellis is being projected as a lock for the Top 10 of this year's draft. His strength is unbelievable, and to see it in person is really a treat. He literally overpowered his opponent at least two or three times today. I was very impressed with him and expect him to be among the top players taken this year.
- Kentwan Balmer DT North Carolina: Balmer is a player that a lot of people don't know about; however, that should change pretty quickly. Balmer possessed a nice combination of quickness and strength today as he he was another defensive lineman that had a great day. I really like his quick hands and his ability to find the ball.
- Eddie Royal WR Virginia Tech: Royal had a few grabs today that were just sick. On one play he put a double move on the defender and sprinted up to the field to catch the ball in the back of the end zone. In another play he made a circus-like catch over a defender that had slipped to the ground, as got two feet down in bounds. He really opened some eyes today.
- Lavelle Hawkins WR California: Hawkins really displayed his ability to make plays today as he made a few acrobatic catches that most other receivers wouldn't be able to make. He showed good quickness and nice elusiveness in the open field.
- Thomas DeCoud S California: DeCoud quietly had a nice practice. I really like his ability to quickly get in and out of his breaks. He also showed nice hands in some of the individual drills for the defensive backs.
- DeMario Pressley DT NC State: I really like Pressley's quickness. He showed this today when he, on back-to-back plays, gave the lineman a quick juke-move and got into the backfield. He also showed quick hands.
- Gosder Cherilus OT Boston College: Cherilus was a beast today as he, from what I saw, didn't lose a single one-on-one battle with a defensive lineman. He has great size and showed the quickness and athleticism that you look for in a top offensive lineman. He also, at times, lined up at right tackle. I was very impressed with him today.
- Jamar Adams S Michigan: Adams struggled at times in coverage today, which really worries me, but he did have a couple of plays where he literally would have been on the "jacked up" highlight reel. On one play, West Virginia fullback Owen Schmitt caught the ball out of the backfield, turned up and field, and Adams was there to deliver the blow. Adams hit him so hard that Schmitt's helmet went flying off in the other direction. Adams' big hits today made up for his struggles in coverage.
- Adarius Bowman WR Oklahoma State: I was really unimpressed by Bowman today. He clearly showed his athleticism, which was nice, but he dropped at least three very catchable balls. This did not bode well for him and he had better step it up the rest of the week.
- Charles Godfrey CB Iowa, Terrence Wheatley CB Colorado: Both of these guys had a bit of a tough day. They both seemed to struggle a bit in coverage and each of them dropped a few passes in the individual drills. They both showed flashes at times, but overall they didn't have that great of a day.
- Drew Radovich OG USC: Radovich did not have a good day today as he really struggled in the one-on-one drills against the defensive lineman. He had a lot of trouble with Kentwan Balmer and DeMario Pressley. It'll be interesting to see how he does the rest of the week.
Results from the Senior Bowl Weigh-In:
KEY: First number represents feet, second number represents inches, third number represents 8th of an inch.
Example: 6-2-3 would be 6-2 and 3/8ths of an inch
All names are listed alphabetically.
Erik Ainge, QB, Tennessee, 6-5-4,
Donnie Avery, WR, Houston: 5-11-0, 186 lbs
Heath Benedict, OL, Newberry: 6-4-6, 321 lbs
Cole Bennett, TE, Auburn: 6-4-1, 246 lbs
Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii: 6-2-2, 185 lbs
Durant Brooks, P, Georgia Tech: 6-0-0, 205 lbs
Titus Brown, DE, Mississippi State: 6-2-5, 239 lbs
Red Bryant, DT, Texas A&M: 6-4-6, 326 lbs
Andre Caldwell, WR, Florida: 6-0-4, 207 lbs
Simeon Castille, CB, Alabama: 5-11-6, 190 lbs
Tashard Choice, RB, Georgia Tech: 5-10-5, 210 lbs
Brad Cottam, TE, Tennessee: 6-7-5, 271 lbs
Oniel Cousins, OT, UTEP: 6-4-1, 301 lbs
Brandon Coutu, K, Georgia: 5-11-2, 187 lbs
Quintin Demps, S, UTEP: 5-11-6, 203 lbs
Early Doucet, WR, LSU: 5-11-7, 211 lbs
Harry Douglas, WR, Louisville: 5-11-1, 170 lbs
Robert Felton, OG, Arkansas: 6-3-7, 313 lbs
Andre Fluellen, DT, Florida State: 6-1-7, 285 lbs
Matt Forte, RB, Tulane: 6-1-1, 221 lbs
Wallace Gilberry, DE, Alabama: 6-2-4, 263 lbs
Tavares Gooden, LB, Miami (FL): 6-1-1, 233 lbs
Marcus Griffin, S, Texas: 5-10-1, 198 lbs
DJ Hall, WR, Alabama: 6-2-2, 190 lbs
Marcus Harrison, DT, Arkansas: 6-2-6, 310 lbs
Jacob Hester, RB, LSU: 5-10-5, 230 lbs
Ali Highsmith, LB, LSU: 5-11-5, 229 lbs
Peyton Hillis, FB, Arkansas: 6-0-7, 240 lbs
Chevis Jackson, CB, LSU: 5-11-4, 188 lbs
Steve Justice, C, Wake Forest: 6-3-2, 289 lbs
Kendall Langford, DE, Hampton: 6-5-3, 275 lbs
Patrick Lee, CB, Auburn: 5-11-7, 294 lbs
Kory Lichtensteiger, C, Bowling Green: 6-2-3, 296 lbs
Rafael Little, RB, Kentucky: 5-8-7, 194 lbs
Mike McGlynn, OT, Pittsburgh: 6-4-3, 309 lbs
Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy: 5-10-5, 190 lbs
Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida: 5-1-0, 231 lbs
Dre Moore, DT, Maryland: 6-1-0, 231 lbs
Barry Richardson, OT, Clemson: 6-6-3, 331 lbs
Darrell Robertson, DE, Georgia Tech: 6-3-7, 247 lbs
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State: 6-1-3, 183 lbs
Garrison Sanborn, LS, Florida State: 5-11-7, 239 lbs
Limas Sweed, WR, Texas: 6-4-0, 212 lbs
Jacob Tamme, TE, Kentucky: 6-3-6, 234 lbs
Jeremy Thompson, DE, Wake Forest: 6-4-3, 264 lbs
Cody Wallace, C, Texas A&M: 6-4-1, 290 lbs
Philip Wheeler, LB, Georgia Tech: 6-2-0, 245 lbs
Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt: 6-6-1, 320 lbs
DJ Wolfe, S, Oklahoma: 5-10-6, 200 lbs
Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky: 6-4-2, 234 lbs
Wesley Woodyard, LB, Kentucky: 6-0-5, 219 lbs
Jamar Adams, S, Michigan: 6-2-2, 209 lbs
Xavier Adibi, LB, Virginia Tech: 6-1-5, 220 lbs
Cliff Avril, DE, Purdue: 6-3-0. 252 lbs
Sam Baker, OT, USC: 6-4-4, 308 lbs
Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina: 6-4-4, 308 lbs
Kirk Barton, OT, USC: 6-4-3, 308 lbs
Beau Bell, LB, UNLV: 6-1-5, 243 lbs
John David Booty, QB, USC: 6-2-3, 213 lbs
Adarius Bowman, WR, Oklahoma State: 6-2-7, 220 lbs
Dorien Bryant, WR, Purdue: 5-9-5, 169 lbs
Tim Bugg, LS, Indiana: 6-0-0, 255 lbs
Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College: 6-6-5, 315 lbs
Dan Connor, LB, Penn State: 6-2-5, 233 lbs
Shawn Crable, LB, Michigan: 6-5-1, 241 lbs
Bruce Davis, DE, UCLA: 6-2-5, 241 lbs
Fred Davis, TE, USC: 6-2-5, 250 lbs
Kellen Davis, TE, Michigan State: 6-6-2, 259 lbs
Thomas DeCoud, S, California: 6-1-4, 196 lbs
Jordan Dizon, LB, Colorado: 5-11-7, 228 lbs
Mike Dragosavich, P, North Dakota State: 6-5-2, 207 lbs
Chris Ellis, DE, Virginia Tech: 6-4-2, 260 lbs
Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC: 6-0-7, 308 lbs
Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware: 6-6-2, 232 lbs
Justin Forsett, RB, California: 5-7-6, 190 lbs
Charles Godfrey, CB, Iowa: 5-11-6, 207 lbs
Lavelle Hawkins, WR, California: 5-11-1, 187 lbs
Chad Henne, QB, Michigan: 6-2-7, 228 lbs
Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC: 6-4-3, 261 lbs
Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina: 5-10-4, 195 lbs
Jason Jones, DE, Eastern Michigan: 6-5-1, 272 lbs
Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame: 6-0-7, 297 lbs
Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State: 6-2-5, 215 lbs
Carl Nicks, OT, Nebraska: 6-4-7, 343 lbs
Mike Pollak, C, Arizona State: 6-3-3, 299 lbs
Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana: 5-10-5, 184 lbs
DeMario Pressley, DT, NC State: 6-3-2, 300 lbs
Drew Radovich, OG, USC: 6-4-3, 302 lbs
Chad Rinehart, OT, Northern Iowa: 6-5-2-, 317 lbs
Keith Rivers, LB, USC: 6-1-7, 236 lbs
Eddie Royal, WR, Virginia Tech: 5-9-5, 182 lbs
Martin Rucker, TE, Missouri: 6-4-6, 248 lbs
Dantrell Savage, RB, Oklahoma State: 5-8-2, 187 lbs
Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia: 6-1-6, 247 lbs
Roy Scheuning, OG, Oregon State: 6-3-5, 308 lbs
Alexis Serna, K, Oregon State: 5-6-4, 168 lbs
Marcus Smith, WR, New Mexico: 6-0-7, 214 lbs
John Sullivan, C, Notre Dame: 6-3-3, 294 lbs
Terrell Thomas, CB, USC: 6-0-3, 197 lbs
DeJuan Tribble, CB, Boston College: 5-8-4, 190 lbs
Chauncey Washington, RB, USC: 5-11-4, 215 lbs
Terrence Wheatley, CB, Colorado: 5-9-3, 187 lbs
Tom Zbikowski, S, Notre Dame: 5-11-1, 209 lbs