Nittany Lions in the Senior Bowl

Keep up to speed with the Penn State products who are prepping for the NFL all-star game.

Four Penn State products are on the North team in the 2015 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Scout.com gives the lowdown on their progess and where they ranking among other players at their respective positions on the North squad (and any change from the previous day's ranking).


S Adrian Amos (No. 4)

POSITION RANKING: 4 (same)

HT/WT: 6-0.4/214

DAY 1 ANALYSIS: While rated by most as the second-best safety on this team, he had a rough opening practice, getting beat on some pass plays. He played both cornerback and safety at Penn State, but projects more as a safety in the NFL because of questions about his pass defense. He's got some size for run support, but whether he attracts NFL interest could depend upon how he rebounds from some shaky plays in his first workout.

DAY 2 ANALYSIS: He didn’t get burned like the first practice, but also didn’t make any noteworthy plays, either. That translates to a slow start. But there’s still plenty of time for him to show why some draftniks have him rated rather high at his position.

DAY 3 ANALYSIS: Amos had a rather uneventful morning in what has been a so-so week. But the game should provide enough evidence to justify his loftier ranking on some NFL mock draft boards or suggest he’s not as much of a prospect as suggested.

COVERAGE:

Video interview with Amos.


DE Deion Barnes (58)

POSITION RANKING: 3 (+1)

HT/WT: 6-3.7/260

DAY 1 ANALYSIS: Barnes has great strength but didn't really flash on Day 1. He needs to develop better technique.

DAY 2 ANALYSIS: Barnes had a solid day, but there wasn’t much to write home about. He does have some pass-rush moves in his tool box that NFL teams covet, but needs to showcase them more consistently while at the Senior Bowl.

DAY 3 ANALYSIS: Barnes looked really good on Thursday, leap-frogging his No. 4 positioning yesterday. He has quickness off the snap and had his nose around the ball in team drills.


LB Mike Hull (No. 43)

POSITION RANKING: NR (see below)

HT/WT: 6-0/231

DAY 1 ANALYSIS: Hull, who is an outside linebacker, made the biggest impression during his North team's practice. Undersized in some people's opinion, Hull showed great feet and quickness during individual drills. He seemed to be comfortable in every drill and showed great hands in the process.

DAY 2 ANALYSIS: Hull’s performance did not slip from Day 1 to Day 2; it was the improved performance of Hayes Pullard (USC) and Jeff Luc (Cincinnati) that dropped Hull from yesterday’s top spot.

DAY 3 ANALYSIS: Hull has withdrawn from the game because of knee issues from a scope he underwent two weeks ago. That is bad news for Hull, who was one of the most impressive players at his position through the first two days.

COVERAGE:

Video interview with Hull.

Hull makes an impact.


OT Donovan Smith (No. 75)

POSITION RANKING: 2 (+1)

HT/WT: 6-5.6/341

DAY 1 ANALYSIS: Smith was solid but unspectacular in his first Senior Bowl practice. He needs to show a strong work ethic and willingness to learn and improve.

DAY 2 ANALYSIS: Many believe that Smith needs a lot of work to iron out his kinks as a pro prospect, but he held his own on Wednesday, both in one-on-ones and in group drills.

DAY 3 ANALYSIS: Smith jumps from his No. 3 spot to be the No. 2 tackle on the last day of full practices. Has size and physicality but some of his technique needs polishing.


Scout.com’s Greg Arias, Chad Jensen, Nate Latsch, Jamie Newberg, Phillip B. Wilson and Tim Yotter contributed to this report.


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