Senior Bowl: South Day 4 Recap

We break down all the on-field action from the South team's fourth and final practice, a session in shells that featured aerial playmakers on both sides of the ball.

The fourth and final practice for the Senior Bowl's South team is in the books. The players were not in full pads, instead working out in shorts. We break down all the action from this afternoon's session.

-Florida State OLB Telvin Smith is 6-3, 218. That's very light for an outside linebacker and it shows. Smith looks more like a wide receiver than a linebacker. He has plenty of speed and quickness but it's hard to picture a player of his size being effective off the edge against the NFL's mammoth offensive tackles.

-Notes on the quarterbacks: Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) has the quickest release of the South's three quarterbacks. The ball comes back to his ear and never behind his head. Derek Carr (Fresno St.) has the best footwork and posture of the signal callers. He consistently uses a wide base with sunken hips and the ball near his chin. David Fales (San Jose St.) has room to improve in the footwork department. He's far too flat-footed in the pocket, which won't serve him well at the next level.

-Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach George Yarno lined up each offensive linemen and put them through "squat" drills, a test given at the Scouting Combine to test leg, knee and ankle flexibility. Players stood shoulder-width apart with toes forward and had to squat down as far as possible, with feet flat and chest up. I was up close during this test and it appeared to me that Vanderbilt OT Wesley Johnson was the most flexible of all the blockers.

-BYU WR Cody Hoffman caught four touchdowns by my count. The big-bodied wideout (6-4, 210) knows how to use his body to shield defenders, and has great leaping ability and body control. His size also makes him a weapon on underneath routes, as he can absorb contact and still make plays when the ball is in the air.

-Colorado St. TE Crockett Gillmore was the most impressive player on the field today. He was unstoppable in red-zone one-on-one drills, catching touchdowns on crossing routes, on out routes and on jump balls. He has great size (6-5, 253), is very fluid and has solid hands. He's a third-day prospect who definitely helped his draft stock.

-Texas WR Mike Davis has been up and down all week. He has showcased very good speed and an ability to create separation from defenders but he doesn't do the little things well. His routes are sloppy, he falls down far too much and his hands are inconsistent. He has the skill set to be a starter at the next level but he must refine his game.

-Georgia Southern CB Lavelle Westbrooks has a lot of potential. Athletically, he's off the charts. On one corner fade route, Westbrooks climbed the ladder and rose four feet in the air to knock down the pass. Yet he's far too "handsy" in man coverage and likely would have been called for pass interference on each snap he took in one-on-one drills. He's a late-round prospect who, with some solid coaching, could develop into a quality defender in the NFL.

-On the first play of 11-on-11 drills, Carr hurled a pass deep down the right sideline. It was overthrown but notable was the lack of a safety anywhere near the ball. LSU's Craig Loston was the free safety on the play and it was his job to keep the play in front of him. A safety that lets receivers get behind him won't last long in the NFL.

-The fastest defender off the ball is Auburn DE Dee Ford. Yet throughout the week, he has used almost nothing but an outside speed rush and appears to be a one-trick pony. The first two days of practice, his speed helped him turn the corner, yet the offensive tackles had him figured out today. On almost every snap, they raced him to corner and did not allow him to get penetration. He must develop more of a pass-rush arsenal if he's going to be effective at the next level.

-North Dakota State OT Billy Turner had a great day. He showed quick feet and was dominant during one-on-one drills. On two straight snaps, he stymied Ford and then Arkansas DE Chris Smith, two of the speediest pass rushers on the South team.

-California DT Deandre Coleman has a decent bull rush but he lacks explosion off the ball. At 6-5, 315, he appears best suited as at nose tackle.

-During red-zone drills, Florida St. LB Christian Jones undercut a pass at the goal line and made a great interception before returning it for a score.

-Florida St. C Bryan Stork is an active pivot player with a powerful punch. Yet against the bull rush, he looks like he's on roller skates. He must learn to sink his hips and be more stout against powerful defensive tackles.

-During red-zone drills, the offense ran a pass-back reverse in which the receiver, after receiving the handoff, turned and threw the ball back across the field. Liberty CB Walt Aiken read the play and was in a position to pick up a PBU, yet he tipped the ball upward, allowing Coastal Carolina RB Lorenzo Taliaferro to make a diving touchdown grab. Aiken made up for it during 11-on-11 drills, running stride for stride with the receiver on a fly route and forcing an incompletion.

-Florida WR Solomon Patton (5-9, 169) is very small yet he's extremely quick. On zero screens, his speed and diminutive size could make him deadly in the NFL.

-Playing left tackle, Virginia's Morgan Moses has shown very good athleticism. On a pitch play today, Moses got out in front of the ball carrier and made a lead block that sprung the running back for a touchdown. A player of his size (6-6, 325) that can move down the line will have a long career in the NFL.


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