Senior Bowl: Day 3 - North practice

Bear Report continues its coverage of the 2012 Senior Bowl from Mobile, Ala. Jeff Curts analyzes today's practice session for the North squad.

-North cornerbacks Leonard Johnson (5-9, 198) of Iowa State, Boston College's Donnie Fletcher (6-2, 201) and Nebraska's Alonzo Dennard (5-10, 203) showed they aren't afraid to mix it up, dominating in one-on-one blocking drills against the wide receivers. Each showed an aggressive nature. Dennard and Johnson have been solid throughout the three days of practice, and Fletcher has rebounded after a shaky Monday workout to display better instincts and "field fast" speed.

-Ohio State's mammoth Offensive Tackle Mike Adams has been steady. For a large man (6-7, 323) he demonstrates excellent balance and footwork. His 33 ¾-inch arms make him a viable left tackle candidate. At this point, he's better in pass protection than driving defenders off the line of scrimmage. Look for his name to be called late in the first round. If the Bears want to go the offensive line route, Adams is a prime prospect.

-Iowa State's Kelechi Osemele (6-5, 333) is an intriguing prospect. He has steadily improved in one-on-one drills, flashing the ability to anchor and a competitive nature. He also possesses the versatility to kick inside to guard. He appears very athletic and has long arms (35 ¼ inches). Generally effective in one-on-one drills, demonstrating good balance and footwork.

-Underrated Utah State LB Bobby Wagner impresses. He's solidly built at 6-2, 241 pounds and lays the wood. In one-on-one drills against running backs, Wagner stopped the route immediately with his physical nature. Wagner's more suited to the inside and could garner some interest from the Bears as they search for depth at the position. Wagner has probably moved up from the late rounds to third- or fourth-round consideration after his week of workouts.

-Nebraska's Lavonte David (6-0 225)is a tailor-made fit for the Bears' Cover 2 scheme. He appears equally comfortable at either the Sam or Will positions. David is fast and physical with the athletic skills the Bears covet.

-Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson shows a live arm. He's undersized (5-10, 203) but showed command of the huddle and delivers the ball on target with some pop. Intangibles alone will merit Wilson consideration in the fifth- to seventh-round range.

-Conversely, Boise State's Kellen Moore may be playing his way out of the draft. Moore appears small and overwhelmed by the surroundings. He's had trouble with the snaps and his arm appears substandard.

-Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins was steady. He possesses a good, not great, arm but has the size and poise to succeed at the next level. Cousins delivers the ball accurately and had zip on his throws. A Chicago-area native, Cousins is trying to work his way into second-round consideration.

Brief comments from Cousins: "I feel very good about my chances here. There are some things that are different than what I expected. The practice style is the same as college but the terminology of the playbook is something that needs to be picked up. It is like learning a new language. The meaning of the language is the same but it is a matter of learning the new words that go along with the execution."

-Cal's Marvin Jones (6-1, 198) is a long strider with a smooth and fluid style. He's flashed all week with solid hands and crisp route-running. Jones isn't an elite talent but a mid-round draftee with the arrow pointing upward.

-Boise State RB Doug Martin has quick feet, good awareness and natural body lean. He's been productive and has added value as a receiver. Martin has generated buzz from onlookers all week. He may not pass the eyeball test (5-9, 219) but Martin has a business-like attitude on the field. Martin would fit nicely into a Bears backfield that could use added depth behind Matt Forte.

-Utah OT Tony Bergstrom suffered through a miserable practice. He appeared slow-footed in one-on-one drills, consistently getting beat. Bergstrom could be a liability in pass protection.

-Tough Michigan DT Mike Martin (6-1, 307) has been steady all week. He plays with a non-stop motor and has showcased quickness, strength and penetration. His one-on-one matchups with Ohio State C Mike Brewster have been "must see" action.

Comments from North head coach Leslie Frazier on the padded practice sessions:

"It has been a great three days of work," said Frazier. "It has been great to be around the young men that are participating in the Senior Bowl. There have been so many good players that have come out of this game and gone on to play in the National Football League. As a coaching staff, we are really excited about being here to work with the players."


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.

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