Senior Bowl: Day 2 South Recap

The second practice for the Senior Bowl's South team is in the books. We break down all the on-field action, including a play-making cornerback, two speedy edge rushers and more.

The Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff today put the Senior Bowl South team through their second practice of the week. Here are notes and observations from Tuesday's session.

-Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin suffered a torn ACL to his right knee while covering a receiver on a post route. The injury happened when Colvin planted to break on the route and he immediately fell to the ground. Several tests on his knee were performed on the field and again on the sideline before it was stabilized with a tight wrap/brace and he limped out of the stadium.

-Tennessee OT Ja'Waun James (knee strain), Fresno St. TE Marcel Jenson (abdominal strain) and Alabama DE Ed Stinson (groin strain) did not practice. Colorado St. TE Crocket Gillmore will join the South team tomorrow in place of Jensen.

-Oklahoma WR Jalen Saunders, Auburn CB Chris Davis and Florida WR Solomon Patton took turns fielding punts on a blustery day.

-Arizona State DT Will Sutton showed the ability to anchor and hold his own against double teams, but he also lunges and gets off balance at times.

-For the second straight day, Auburn DE Dee Ford and Arkansas DE Chris Smith were the cream of the pass-rushing crop. Ford continues to beat blockers with pure speed, both in the legs and in cutting down the outstretched arms of offensive linemen before they could get into him.

-Smith also uses his speed well, but he implements a quick spin move like few others and has the ability to set up blockers with his speed and then bull rush them on the next turn – a dangerous combination. Smith also showed good read-and-react skills while working on inside rushing drills.

-Florida State LB Christian Jones also had a good day, especially during one-on-one pass-rush drills. Twice he left a running back essentially reaching for air when they were working on picking up the blitz. However, later in team drills, Jones was called out for a missed assignment.

-Alabama LB Adrian Hubbard did a good job reacting to the action in front of him when he left his initial responsibility in pass coverage and quickly reacted to a pass in the flat.

-LSU's Lamin Barrow, BYU's Kyle Van Noy and Florida State's Jones appear to be the starting linebackers for the South squad.

-Florida CB Jaylen Watkins was the best player on the field for the South team today. He started practice with an interception in one-on-one drills. He used textbook trail technique and broke under the receiver on an in route, snatching the ball out of the air. He then had at least five pass breakups in both 7-on-7 and team drills, and finished the session by stripping Texas WR Mike Davis and forcing a fumble. Watkins is an instinctive ball hawk who plays with physicality and confidence.

-Tennessee DL Daniel McCullers is a massive human being (6-7, 348). Due to his size, he's not quick off the snap but once he gets going, he's nearly impossible to stop. During one-on-one drills, he worked against the offensive guards as a defensive tackle and no blocker could handle him. He doesn't have much of a pass-rush arsenal but with his combination of sheer size and power, he'll command a double team on nearly every play.

-During blitz drills, BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy showed very well, twice dropping a spin move that resulted in a free run at the quarterback.

-Also during blitz drills, Western Kentucky RB Antonio Andrews was easily the best blocker at his position. He sinks his hips well and has active feet and hands. His ability to block will go a long way with NFL teams.

-Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews had the catch of the day during one-on-one drills. On a fly route down the sideline, Matthews adjusted to a pass over his outside shoulder and made a highlight-reel, leaping grab.

-The most impressive receiver in practice was Alabama's Kevin Norwood. He ran good routes, was physical against press coverage and consistently high-pointed the ball on deep routes. On one snap, he leaped over the defender to grab a pass near the sidelines, showcasing his athleticism and an ability to track the ball down the field.

-Georgia Southern CB Lavelle Westbrooks struggled in one-on-one drills and was beaten repeatedly.

-BYU WR Cody Hoffman is a big wideout (6-4, 210) who is very physical and can brush off contact when the ball is in the air. He'll be a red-zone weapon at the next level.

-Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon showed outstanding field vision and an ability to cut on a dime. He was patient approaching the line of scrimmage and showed a great burst once the holes opened.

-Virginia DE Brent Urban has the ideal body type (6-7, 298) to be a 4-3 defensive end at the next level but needs to show more of a pass rush arsenal. Against the run though, he's tough to move.


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