Senior Bowl Practice Notes: Day 2

Michael Chang

Some notes from both the North and South practices

For my full reports: North and South

South Team:

Offensive Line:

Brian Schwenke, Cal:

Good solid day for Schwenke, showed a lot of nice traits that you look for in a lineman: technically sound, good anchor, nice feet, a little movement to block out in space. He also looks to be a hard worker and seems to get good feedback from the coaches.

Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Johnson had another great day, really stonewalled a number of defenders. Shows really nice feet and a good punch. I think he's still better against the pass than against the run.

Larry Warford, Kentucky:

Great day of practice, rarely see him give an inch of ground and in the run game really gets on the defense. I like the way he gets to the second level for a guy his size. He is looking like a day one starter for some team and a top 75 pick.

Defensive Line:

John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins had a great day, the only offensive lineman that did anything against him was Warford, other than that he dominated the line of scrimmage. Loved to see his hustle getting down the line on stretch plays. Also saw him chasing from behind on a short pass, he wasn't conceding even though it was a wide receiver and he had a 5 yard head start. Coaches (and they should) will love that kind of heart.

Montari Hughes, Tennessee Martin:

Hughes was out yesterday due to injury and was even told by his reps that he shouldn't risk it, but he went out there today and had a huge practice. At 6'4" 328, he's a force out there and it showed. He was in the backfield quite a bit and really finished plays well. Really impressed by his work ethic and dedication.

Lavar Edwards, LSU:

Shows some edge rushing ability, but needs to get more consistent, Also he overpursued on a couple of run plays.

Defensive Backs:

Leon McFadden, San Diego State:

Not as strong as yesterday, but still a really nice practice.

B.W. Webb, William & Mary:

Great all-around practice, did a really nice job throughout. Rerouted receivers, stayed on them despite double moves. He also looked good when lined up off man and was able to react to the ball.

Shawn Williams, Georgia:

Non-descript day, didn't really stand out, but wasn't beaten that much either.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Another poor day, he struggled in coverage. Biting on a double move and just slow to move to the ball. His pursuit was off both against the pass and run. Yet once again he showed all the proper tools in the position drills.

J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern:

Still struggled some in the drills, but looked better in the 1-on-1's and team scrimmage.Obvious that he's still one of the more raw players out there, but was tighter in coverage today and showed better reaction time.

North Team:


Jordan Poyer, Oregon State:

Really liked Poyer's practice today, he was all over the field making a number of good plays. I thought he broke on routes well, displayed a nice back pedal and flipped his hips well. He still struggled some running deep, but he's not getting burned. He's at his best when the play is in front of him and he can break to the ball, but he seems very capable of starting right away.

Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International:

Crprien displayed nice athleticism and good hitting ability (even though it there wasn't big hitting), he struggled a couple of times in coverage, but overall had a nice all-around practice.

Dwayne Gratz, UConn:

Really good day for Gratz, it wasn't elite, but I thought it was a day that exceeded expectations. He did get beat a couple times by receivers, but he also beat them a number of times as well. He showed really nice ball skills I thought.

Phillip Thomas, Fresno State:

Didn't really wow me today in what I considered an underwhelming performance. Allowed too much separation by both tight ends and receivers on a couple of plays. Didn't take good angles to the ball, which one time would have allowed the receiver an easy path to the end zone if the CB didn't make the tackle. Really didn't see many standout plays from him.

T.J. McDonald, USC:

McDonald made a couple of nice plays in coverage, but for the most part didn't have many opportunities. He did do well in some other areas though. He was probably the best at covering tight ends in man, running with them stride for stride each time, and not conceding the inside leverage. He also took really good angles in pursuit. One time on a run Barner got to the edge, and McDonald did a nice job of not overcommiting, using the sideline to his advantage

Offensive Line:

.David Quessenberry, San Jose State:

Quessenberry doesn't have the profile of some of the bigger names here, but he's more than held his own. Like everyone he's struggled some versus Okafor, Hunt and Jones, but he hasn't made it easy for them. He shows good quickness and nice footwork overall. His punch isn't the best, but other than that there is a lot to like for his future.

Brian Winters, Kent State:

Winters had an extremely strong practice, he didn't give up much ground and it didn't seem to matter who he was facing. He also has a bit of a mean streak as would take guys to the ground. He showed both power and movement, though I still don't think his feet are good enough for left tackle full time.

Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin:

Disappointing practice for Wagner as he looked to be a step behind the other tackles. He won his fair share of battles, but when he lost (usually to Okafor) he lost bad. Some times when a lineman loses in a drill or scrimmage you think that it might have only ended up a pressure or QB hit (which still isn't good), since you really don't know always if the defender would get home. Wagner though lost his man so quickly/badly that it clearly would have ended up a sack. Some promise is there, but the footwork is inconsistent.

Justin Pugh, Syracuse:

Pugh had a really good day overall, he fared well at times versus both Okafor and Jones (the two guys who were the standard for every OT), but he also lost them a couple of times. He's much more a finesse blocker, who fits in a movement system. I love his footwork and athletic ability.

Eric Fisher, Central Michigan:

Fisher was pretty dominant all day, swallowing up defender after defender. He did lose bad to Jones on one play, but had no problem with him the very next go. He's incredibly athletic and shows really nice footwork and an anchor. He's got everything you are looking for in a starting LT and is moving his way up draft boards to the top 15.

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