The North squad has wrapped up its practice for Tuesday. Full pads today under partly cloudy skies and temperatures this morning in the low 60s with a breeze.
In team drills, the defense clearly had the advantage. There were a lot of bad center/quarterback exchanges which need to be ironed out. Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson and Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins were OK, but Boise State's Kellen Moore continues to struggle. It's only Tuesday but he looks out of place against top competition. His throws flutter and missed the mark frequently. Moore displays poor footwork, possibly a result of not taking many snaps under center while at Boise.
Nebraska LB Lavonte David was impressive in one-on-one drills where defenders pass rushed against running backs. David (6-0, 225) overpowered Washington's Chris Polk, demonstrating quickness and explosion. He's the kind of OLB that could interest the Bears. David shows good instincts and appears to be a good blitzer.
Wide receiver Brian Quick (6-3, 222) has earned notice from scouts and onlookers with his size and smoothness. He's a big target who demonstrates a fluid running style and can wall off defensive backs with his big frame. Quick possesses good hands, although he's had a couple of drops. He's not a blazer but has enough speed to gain separation.
Fellow wideouts Marvin McNutt (6-2, 216) and Arizona State's Gerrell Robinson (6-3, 223) have also had their moments, especially McNutt. He's a physical hand catcher with the athletic ability to get deep or excel on the quick slant.
Nebraska CB Alonzo Dennard struggled on day one but rebounded with a nice effort today. He's a physical corner who excels in press coverage. His ball skills are questionable but he could interest a team that plays a Cover 2 scheme like the Bears. Dennard plays confidently and isn't afraid to support the run. He used his hands generously to jam the wideouts in one-on-one drills.
Boise State safety George Iloka (6-3, 222) made a nice pick during team drills. Iloka is versatile, having played both safety and corner. He needs to show his change-of-direction skills to move up.
Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler had a solid practice. He held up better in pass protection drills, displaying better fundamentals with hand placement.
Ohio State's Mike Brewster also improved after a shaky debut on Monday. Brewster, a four-year starter at center for the Buckeyes, flashes a mean streak and has an aggressive, physical style. It was fun to watch him match up in one-on-ones against Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin. Brewster plays to the whistle, and then some. He checked in at yesterday's weigh in at 6-4, 310. He still has room to improve in pass protection.
Connecticut DT Kendall Reyes has been a pleasant surprise, showcasing his talent in both days of practice. He simply hasn't been blocked. Reyes (6-3, 300) displays a strong motor with good initial quickness and the ability to use leverage to get into the backfield. He's a fast riser and could interest the Bears if they want to stockpile additional depth on the interior of the defensive line.
Jeff Curts has written for the Bleacher Report, Examiner.com, NFL Draft Dog and published The Slant...NFL Draft Newsletter. Curts is a graduate of Sports Management Worldwide, having completed the Scout & General Manager course under the direction of former NFL scout and current Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande. Jeff is founder and publisher of the Web site Bears Claws and hosts the program "Bears Claws" on BlogtalkRadio. He is a regular contributor to BearReport.com.