Senior Bowl Practice/Tuesday P.M.

From Mobile, Alabama

Everyone was back at Ladd-Pebbles Tuesday afternoon for the South team’s practice under the direction of Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey and his staff.

We spent most of our time eyeballing the South offense. The play of the P.M. practice came from TE Luke Stocker (Tennessee) who made a nice catch over the middle, took a fairly hard hit from Safety DeAndre McDaniel (Clemson) and held on to the ball.

Here are some other observations from the 90-minute session:

QUARTERBACKS – Check out my report on all the Senior Bowl QBs coming Wednesday morning. Quick analysis on the South three – Christian Ponder (Florida State) looked the most polished of the trio and showed a strong deep ball. Greg McElroy (Alabama) was accurate on the short balls, not so much on the longer throws. Andy Dalton (TCU) showed the most mobility when chased out of the pocket.

TIGHT ENDS – the South group is a step up from the North squad at this position. Stocker is big – 6-5, 255 pounds – runs well and as he showed, has good hands. D.J. Williams (Arkansas) is more of a receiving TE and runs very well, more like a wide receiver than tight end. Preston Dial (Alabama) lumbers a bit when he runs his route, but seems to have a good pair of hands.

WIDE RECEIVER – a fairly pedestrian group compared to the North squad, the player that comes in with the biggest reputation is Leonard Hankerson (Miami). Tuesday afternoon, he looked very average in his route running and his catching, dropping one pass and bobbling another. Maybe the best all-around afternoon came from Greg Salas (Hawaii), as he ran good routes and seemed to be able to separate from coverage.

RUNNING BACK – everyone was talking about the mighty-mite Noel Devine (West Virginia), who at 5-7, 160 pounds is but a wisp of a runner. But Devine isn’t afraid to run between the tackles, you just wonder if he’ll come out of the experience alive. The best overall back on the South team is Derrick Locke (Kentucky) who is 5-8, 186 pounds. Locke showed a nice burst and a wiggle in his run.

OFFENSIVE LINE – just as is happening with the other team, the South squad is mixing and matching different combinations on the offensive line. The idea is to give the NFL personnel folks a idea of the versatility of these blockers. The No. 1 line had LT Derek Sherrod (Mississippi State), LG Danny Watkins (Baylor), C Jake Kirkpatrick (TCU), RG DeMarcus Love (Arkansas) and RT Marcus Gilbert (Florida). In that group, Watkins had the best afternoon, as he was especially effective in pass protection. One blocker who struggled was James Carpenter (Alabama), who had a tough time in pass protection, as he was beaten by DE Sam Acho (Texas) and DE Brooks Reed (Arizona).

FROM THE DEFENSE – The South squad’s front seven on the No. 1 defense had Brooks Reed (Arizona) and Phil Taylor (Baylor) at end, with Cedric Thornton (South Arkansas) and Pernell McPhee (Mississippi State). At linebacker were Von Miller (Texas A&M), Nate Irving (North Carolina State) and Kelvin Sheppard (LSU) … the stud of the South defense and quite possibly the entire week is Miller. He’s very explosive off the edge and has shown speed, quickness and power when rushing the passer … another Big 12 pass rusher who has draw attention is DE Sam Acho, who has been very good in pass rush drills.

Wednesday morning, we’ll keep our eyes on the North offense, and we’ll zero in on the South defense in the afternoon.

2 Responses to “Senior Bowl Practice/Tuesday P.M.”

  • January 25, 2011  - harvey says:

    RB Locke is blazing fast.

  • January 26, 2011  - Michael says:

    He won’t be there when the Chiefs pick, but it would be awesome to have OLB Miller on the other side of the linebacking crew from Hali. Speaking of Hali, Bob do you have any idea what’s going on with him? Not just about a new contract, but his not playing in the Pro Bowl. Everyone mentions he was playing with multiple injuries in December, but that’s not the reason he’s not playing; it’s something personal.

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