The nerves and pleasantries of the first day of Senior Bowl practice are now over, and now we can get down to it and start getting a real sense how good these prospects are for both teams. I was at day two of practice today, and a couple of things stood out to me.
Here are some of my observations from Day Two of Senior Bowl practice:
- The South’s offense struggled a bit today, but that’s probably because the South’s front seven has been performing very well so far this week. Guys like Dee Ford from Auburn and Chris Smith from Arkansas really dominated off the edge, blowing by tackles with dynamic speed rushes.
- A couple defensive tackles had really good days today. Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh again starred for the North, creating stalemates against double teams and sometimes even splitting them. His athleticism was really on display. Justin Ellis from Louisiana Tech, who played in the East/West Shrine Game this past weekend, showed how disruptive he could be, and Daniel McCullers from Tennessee showcased his massive size, as he stands at 6’8, 351lbs.
- The wind down here in Mobile affected the players a bit. It had an impact on the passing game, and the quarterbacks that were really searching for accuracy yesterday definitely couldn’t find it today.
- A few defensive backs caught my eye today. Keith McGill from Utah is the tallest corner here standing at 6’3 and had a good day, and so did corner back Dontae Johnson from NC State.
- The one linebacker that stood out to me today again was Chris Borland from Wisconsin. He’s got similar size to Zach Thomas, and so far he’s looked a little bit like Luke Kuechly the way he gets to the ball carrier. He’s not that big of a guy, but he’s always finding a way to make a play on the guy with the ball with good sideline-to-sideline speed.
- One of the guys who hasn’t gotten much press coming out of a small school is Lorenzo Taliaferro from Coastal Carolina, and he showed up to play today. He ran and caught the football well and found space in a South defense during practice that didn’t allow too many holes to open.
- As far as offensive linemen go, the best of a weak performance by the South offense as a whole today was Morgan Moses from Virginia. On the north side, Zack Martin from Notre Dame and Cyril Richardson from Baylor were the best offensive lineman of that bunch.
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