Practice Recap: 2007 Senior Bowl

NC State players Leroy Harris, Tank Tyler, and A.J. Davis participated in the 2007 Senior Bowl. Practices began last Monday and here are the final updates on how the trio performed throughout the week.

Leroy Harris OL NC State 6024 298 33 10 3/8
Weigh-In Notes:
Thick but no definition.

Monday Practice Notes: Worked with the quarterbacks early taking snaps, but spent the rest of the day at left guard. Struggled immensely in pass protection. Did not show the patience to engage a defender on his initial punch. Also struggled working in in space. Showed the athleticism to get to the second level, but seemed lost at times picking up defenders.

Tuesday Practice Notes: No update.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Not dressed again today due to a possible knee injury. Severity is not yet known.

Final Analysis: Really struggled initially and the problem was compounded when he became injured and sat out the rest of the week. Harris is physically talented, but this week did not help his case one bit.

Demarcus Tyler DL NC State 6021 323 33 9 3/4
Weigh-In Notes:
Sloppy with lots of rolls. Needs to wear the "bro".

Monday Practice Notes: All power and no finesse. Showed no moves to get off of blocks in either the running game or in his pass rush. Was corrected multiple times on his gap and making the right read.

Tuesday Practice Notes: The nickname of Tank certainly applies, it is always straight ahead while trying to overpower everything in front of him. The one nice thing was his ability to get extension, but was never able to get off blocks after doing so.

Wednesday Practice Notes: FINALLY showed some pass rush moves. He coupled this with great burst off of the snap during today's practice. Solid day and starting to show improvement.

Final Analysis: A large man who is hard to move around at the point of attack. This strength also proved to be weakness since Tyler tends to use only his strength, lowering his head, and bulling his way through the line of scrimmage. As such he greatly struggles getting off of blocks at times. As the week progressed he did get a little better in that regard. A potential two gap prospect if he learns to uses his hands better.

A.J. Davis DB NC State 5102 180 29 3/4 9 3/8
Weigh-In Notes:
Bird legs and thin upper body.

Monday Practice Notes: Looked bad. Gave up a lot of receptions. Showed some quickness in his break but got beat most of the day.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Tends too leave too generous a cushion and needs to close on passes much faster. He shows good recognition skills and does a good job of anticipating the play. His technique is solid but as a prospect he seems unspectacular.

Wednesday Practice Notes: A slower player who is often late to break for the ball, Davis must do a better job getting in front of receivers. He lacks the anticipation and play recognition necessary to be an elite defender. He is a fluid athlete, though, and his fundamentals are sound.

Final Analysis: Tends to leave too large a cushion and fails to close it quickly enough. He is a heady player who rarely gives up the big play but doesn't make many plays on the ball, either. He is slow coming out of his breaks and needs to show better anticipation.

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