The second practice for the Senior Bowl's North team is in the books. We break down all the on-field action, including a standout wide receiver, an aggressive Pac-12 safety and more.
The Senior Bowl North team was put through the paces again this afternoon by the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff. Here are our full notes and observations from today's session.
Northwestern WR Kain Colter started practice off right with an acrobatic one-handed catch on an out route just before reaching the sideline. Not long afterward, Colter adjusted quickly to a low throw across the middle and made a sliding catch.
Utah State CB Nevin Lawson has good instincts in reacting to the ball in the air, but he tends to clutch and grab at receivers too often – often enough to be noticed as a repeat offender. That likely will be called in the NFL and something he needs to clean up.
Iowa LB Christian Kirksey got a North running back off balance and completely trucked him on a bull rush during blitz drills.
Washington State safety Deone Bucannon wanted to show he could be physical and hit a running back out of the backfield, but doing that in a non-contact portion of practice against a teammate could draw mixed reviews from the coaches.
Notre Dame OT Zack Martin displayed good footwork and handled the spin moves of defensive linemen like a veteran.
Miami OT Seantrel Henderson has impressive natural ability, but he was getting plenty of advice from Atlanta Falcons OL coach Mike Tice throughout the one-on-one drills about his technique and hand placement.
Tennessee State G Kadeem Edwards proved he can stop defensive linemen in their tracks. When bull-rushed, Edwards held his ground stoutly.
Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman pulled off a beautiful swim move to split a double team during combination blocking drills. Later on, he ran right over Miami G Brandon Linder during one-on-one drills, knocking the blocker on his butt.
Wyoming WR Robert Herron demonstrated sketchy hands throughout practice. He dropped two passes during positional drills and another during the one-on-one portion.
Wisconsin LB Chris Borland was one of the most impressive players on the field. During pass-rush drills, Borland was nearly unstoppable as a blitzer up the middle. On one snap, he executed a spin move that left the running back stunned. During team drills, he was very aggressive against the run and was fearless filling his gaps. He's a throwback linebacker who will be an asset to an NFL team on 1st and 2nd down.
UCLA WR Shaquelle Evans (6-0, 210) isn't imposing on paper but he's a very physical pass catcher. On one snap during one-on-one drills, Baylor S Ahmad Dixon tried to shuck Evans as he went into his break. Evans simply reached out and knocked Dixon on his behind. Later in the same drill, he demonstrated good speed flying past Michigan State S Isaiah Lewis on a go route for an easy score.
Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis is a solid route runner who has the strength to fight off defenders and make catches in traffic. He also did very well finding soft spots against zone coverage. He's not a speedy wideout but there's no doubt Abbrederis has the skill set to be a starter at the NFL level.
During blitz drills between tight ends/running backs and linebackers/defensive backs, Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz was by far the best blocker, showing good balance and a lot of power. He dropped an easy pass during team drills but he'll serve an NFL team well as a blocking tight end.
After a dominating performance yesterday, Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald was double teamed on nearly every snap during team drills today. Yet that didn't stop him from making plays. On one snap, he drove both offensive linemen backward before splitting the double team. Donald has been the best player on either side of the ball the first two days of North practices.