It’s day two in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl practices. There was a lot more physical play than yesterday. Tracking these players now before the hype gets out of hand could be the key to your dynasty fantasy season. I have listed the players by practice (North or South) and then alphabetically.
RB David Cobb, Minnesota
The runner showed off soft hands and good hustle during practices today. He keeps his legs pumping, protects the ball, and always falls forward.
WR Jamison Crowder, Duke
The small receiver, 5′ 8 ” 174 lbs. turned heads yesterday and today. He usually lined up in the slot and uses foot frequency to get off the line of scrimmage and created separation within five yards . Crowder has loose hips, soft hands, and sells double moves on moves. The wide out changes directions quickly, adjusts well to the ball in the air, all while making it look effortless.
TE Nick Boyle, Delaware
I tried to ignore this position, but Boyle’s effort forced me to watch. The tight end showed good concentration and soft hands on a sideline catch. Boyle won’t outrun many defenders, but he fights for extra yards every play. He is not a special talent, however he gives all out effort on each play.
WR Justin Hardy, East Carolina
The receiver isn’t afraid to get physical hand fighting with the defensive backs. Hardy uses his quick feet to get off the line, creates separation, and cleanly catches the ball. He works his way back to the ball well and does a good job crack blocking.
LB Jordan Hicks, Texas
The line backer flows quickly to the ball, has good vision, and did a good job shedding the blocker on the way to the quarterback in drills. Hicks is a good motored, sideline to sideline player.
WR Tony Lippett, Michigan State
Lippett had a much quieter day than yesterday. He looked smooth out of his breaks, ran crisp routes, boxed out his coverage, and caught the ball cleanly.
LB Jeff Luc, Cincinnati
He played a bit reckless out there today. Luc has quick feet, decent vision, but plays better against the run. The backer got knocked off-balance a few times and was more of a catcher’s mitt, waiting for the play to come to him instead of attacking the ball carrier.
DE Nate Orchard, Utah
The coaching staff tried him out as an outside linebacker, but he looked extremely awkward dropping back and stood up too much. When Orchard got used as a defensive end, he got off the snap quickly, drove his o-lineman back, and used a swim move to separate himself creating pressure.
CB Quinten Rollins, Miami (OH)
Rollins jumped higher than receivers to get his hands on the ball . He broke up a pass in the end zone, climbing the ladder. The corner is physical on the line, plays very instinctively and keeps his balance well. Rollins was aggressive with every receiver he faced, not backing down to a single one.
WR Devin Smith, Ohio State
He spent another day showing off his nine route ability getting downfield in a hurry. Smith ran a few more routes today, but did too much body catching for my taste. The wide out does a good job adjusting and tracking the ball in the air. He isn’t much of a run blocker and can get re-adjusted by physical coverage.
DE/LB Za’Darius Smith, Kentucky
This defender has a good motor, and uses leverage well at the line of scrimmage. Smith has quick hands that keep offensive linemen off his body. He got a bit jumpy off the snap and did ok dropping back into pass coverage like an outside backer would.
FB/RB Tyler Varga
This back is a solid 5′ 10″ 227 lbs. of Terminator power and thickness. He has good hands catching the ball, looks right at home run or pass blocking, but might be more of a short yardage back.
WR Sammie Coates, Auburn
The wide out tracked the ball better today and made an effort to catch the ball with his hands instead of using his body. Coates does not always get separation on his routes, and demonstrated toughness making contested catches. He had a beautiful reception contorting himself to the ball and sticking the landing near the sidelines. There was a long throw near the end of practice that Coates gave up on too early that illustrates how frustrating his effort can be from play to play.
WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami
Dorsett had a good practice today. He shows good burst, balance, and wiggle in the open field creating separation. The receiver jumps high snaring the pigskin out of the air, shielding it from the defender. His body catching concerned me though as the wide out sometimes waits for the ball to come to him instead of plucking it.
RB David Johnson, Northern Iowa
Johnson might be the best pass catcher in Mobile this week. He is great in space, explosive, and uses a jump cut to get away from defenders. There were some ball security issues that popped up today and he doesn’t always run underneath his pads, so he exposes himself to extra contact. The back made linebackers look silly in pass drills with his quickness and soft hands though.
WR Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas
He started the day slow, dropping passes early. Once Lewis gets those out of his way, the receiver plucked the ball out of the air. The wide out runs crisp routes, gets separation down the field, and has good sideline awareness. He is raw, but might make an NFL team if he becomes more consistent.
WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
This offensive weapon continues to impress me with his double moves and quick change of directions skills. Lockett plays bigger than his size and is willing to catch passes in the middle of the field. He adjusts well to the ball in the air and can put on the burners to run underneath a rainbow throw. The receiver hustles on every play and fights for the ball.
WR Donatella Luckett, Harding
The young receiver did not impress like he did the day before. He got plagued with drops, and double caught the pigskin. Luckett improved a bit when facing press coverage, but needs to get more consistent.
DE/LB Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
The hybrid defender is a fluid athlete who did a good job keeping up with running backs out in the flat. He flows to the ball well and can disengage from blockers quickly.
S Cody Prewitt, Mississippi
The safety had a good day providing support over the top with good back pedal and vision, then also looked good covering tight ends. I think he will be a better free safety than a strong safety at the next level.
TE Clive Walford, Miami
This tight end had a great day of practice. He used double moves on safeties clearing out space or swam away from physical coverage. Walford has good hands, catches the ball in stride, and uses excellent body control to contort himself making difficult receptions.
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