We’re two thirds of the way done with Senior Bowl practices for the week, as the action seemed to ratchet up a notch or two today.
Yesterday I had mentioned that often times in these all-star game practices, players can be a bit hesitant to fully go all out, as they’re around new coaches and teammates and don’t want to stand out in the wrong way. That wasn’t the issue today, as the pads were popping in a big way.
Alternating from yesterday, the North team practiced first on Wednesday, coached by the Detroit Lions staff. The practice seemed to flow better today, which was conducive to to a better viewing experience for those in attendance.
- Michigan’s Ben Bredeson had another strong day. I was sitting next to an NFC West scout and after one rep, he said: “That’s a starting guard in the NFL right there.” He’s done well for himself here in both pass protection and using his physicality.
- North Carolina’s Jason Strowbridge had another impressive day. The former Tar Heel is down to 267 pounds from a playing weight of 285 pounds for most of the year, but has still been effective rushing as an interior player. At one point he had two passes broken up in a row during team drills.
- North Carolina State’s Larrell Murchison was nearly unblockable today during 1 on 1s in pass pro. He was consistently lightning quick off of the football not allowing the offensive lineman a chance to block him.
- Houston offensive tackle Josh Jones had another strong day. His athleticism was on display often, and he didn’t lose a pass rush rep. A strong finish to the week along with a strong combine could continue his rise throughout this process.
- Michigan’s Josh Uche was a consistent problem for blockers in both 1 on 1 drills as well as during the team session. He’s a bit of a tweener in terms of his size (6’1” 241), but his pass rushing ability will find him a way on the field somehow. He’ll be an interesting fit for most teams, but a creative defensive coordinator will be able to use him to his fullest extent.
The Bengals coached the second practice of the day with the South roster, and gave us a strong finish to the day.
- Offensive tackle Ben Bartch continued a strong performance throughout the week. The Division III star from St. John’s (Minn.) has made himself some money the last two days.
- Mississippi State offensive lineman Tyre Phillips had a strong day as well. The large offensive guard was one of the few players who has had success blocking South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw. At 6’5” 342, he’s one of the biggest players here, but showed nice ability on Wednesday.
- LSU’s Lloyd Cushenberry III and Damien Lewis also both had strong days for the second day in a row. Both have impressed in pass protection, and in the run game their continuity shows in drills.
- Oregon’s Calvin Throckmorton got the call up from the Shrine Game last week, and he assimilated himself rather quickly into the action, as he may have been the most impressive lineman on the South today.
- Alabama’s Terrell Lewis was solid on Wednesday. He’s built like an NBA power forward, and if he’s able to stay healthy, he’s going to help an NFL team win on Sundays next season. He was solid in pass rush, but uses his length well against the run as well.
- Penn State’s Cameron Brown had another good day from what I saw. While he’s been up and down in coverage, he’s now 2 for 2 in pass rush reps. At 6’5” 232 pounds, he’s an angular rusher who is able to use his athleticism.
- A bit disappointing, it looks like Auburn’s Marlon Davidson is done for the week, as he sat out of practice on Wednesday in a boot.
Thursday’s practice will be held in South Alabama’s indoor facility due to expected inclement weather. The practice will be closed to the public, but the media will be on hand and we’ll be able to get you the recap of the final day of practice tomorrow.