After watching both the North and South teams practice today in Mobile, a few thoughts on what I’ve seen:
1 – Carson Wentz is the real deal. The QB from North Dakota State answered at least for this day the questions about level of competition. The Senior Bowl is full of players that are going to play in the NFL and on the North team (that the Cowboys staff is coaching) Carson Wentz was the best player on the field. He showed an NFL arm and top notch accuracy on his short and intermediate passes. In 7 on 7 he completed a couple of checkdowns, an outside stop route and a throw down the seam without throwing an incompletion. In 11 on 11 he made a throw rolling to his left to the outside that was spot on that Tajae Sharp (UMass WR) couldn’t hold on to, but the throw was money. I told Stephen Jones I thought Wentz looked pretty good, he corrected me with “I thought he was outstanding.”
2 – The defensive line for the South squad is stacked. Jacksonville’s coaching staff is working with them. Sheldon Rankins (DT – Louisville) was unblockable in the one on one situations.
3 – The best pass rusher in this draft class to me is Noah Spence from Eastern Kentucky. The former Ohio State man has an athleticism and burst to him going through drills and in live practice that the other members of the team can’t match.
4 – Braxton Miller (Ohio State WR) is a phenomenal athlete. He’s going to get picked in one of the first two rounds. Even with the other top seniors in the country surrounding him, his speed and quickness stand out going through the agility drills. He has natural hands as well. He’ll need to develop as a route runner but the physical tools he is working with are outstanding.
5 – Reggie Ragland (Alabama LB) is built like a truck. He’s so thick and powerful in the lower body. He’s working at OLB here and working some as a pass rusher. He’s going to appeal to a 4-3 or 3-4 defense as either and ILB or OLB. Running backs trying to block him off the edge didn’t have a chance.
6 – A couple of wide receivers did a nice job today in 7 on 7 and 1 on 1. Jay Lee from Baylor, Leonte Carroo from Rutgers, Tajae Sharp from UMass.
7 – On the defensive line, Adolphus Washington (Ohio State DT) had a nice day pass rushing and Austin Johnson (DT Penn State) confirmed himself as a powerful player both pass rushing and making plays in the run game. Carl Nassib (DE Penn State) also did really well for himself in 1 on 1 work, winning outside and inside.
8 – In the secondary I thought Deiondre Hall (Northern Iowa CB) and Maurice Canady (Virginia CB) had nice days. They both have the size teams covet on the outside and showed a willingness to be physical and covered well for the most part.
9 – Seeing Shawn Oakman (Baylor DE) in person makes you want to give him every chance in the world to show you he’s worth drafting with a high pick. He has so much length, muscle and athletic ability in there. It flashes on tape but is entirely too inconsistent.
10 – The North team led by the Cowboys coaching staff had a much more competitive and intense vibe to it than the South practice did.
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