Senior Bowl: Day One South Evals

It's no surprise that Tyler Wilson and Landry Jones were day one standouts for the South squad at the Senior Bowl. Who were the others?

(QB) Tyler Wilson (Arkansas), Landry Jones (Oklahoma)
In the limited time I saw these two throw the ball they both threw it well. What was impressive was the way they moved out of the pocket, showing mobility and the ability to throw on the run. Both were relatively sharp, showing good velocity and accuracy on their passes in the scrimmage. Wilson did though have one pick six.

(RB) Mike Gillislee (Florida), Andre Ellington (Clemson)
Both Gillislee and Ellington were impressive. These are two very speedy backs that are not afraid to run between the tackles. They both have excellent quickness and very good vision to find space. Gillislee and Ellington both possess a great burst or extra gear when they need to get out of trouble and find daylight. On several different occasions they busted out long runs from scrimmage.

(WR) Tavarres King (Georgia)
King was the first to grab my attention during the early portion of practice, after he appeared to be playing flag-football with the defensive backs. Though there were no pads in practice, King was rarely touched after he hauled in a pass, bobbing and weaving his way up the field. You can't teach his wiggle.

(WR) Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech)
Patton was the star of the entire day and he did it different ways. The Louisiana Tech standout was able to get behind the defense with sheer speed, make big grabs over the middle, and even simply out-muscle a defender for the ball. He may be the most polished wideout on the South's roster despite the ceiling of Terrance Williams. Powell run crisp routes and knows how to finish plays by attacking the ball.

(OL) Oday Aboushi (Virginia)
Aboushi more than held his own during the one on one session. In fact, he defeated the highly touted BYU defensive end Ezekial Ansah on consecutive reps. He stands 6-foot-6 and 310-pounds. Aboushi showed quick feet and good balance.

(C/OG) Brian Schwenke (Cal), (C) Dalton Freeman (Clemson)
Schwenke and Freeman did well in one on ones, although they did have some trouble when they battled John Jenkins. They are strong and show a good base. Both players anchor down and are tough and physical.

(DT) John Jenkins Georgia
Simply put this kid is an absolute bull. Jenkins, 6-foot-3 and 358-pounds, is incredibly strong and was so tough to handle for all the South interior offensive linemen in one on one drills. Jenkins gets off the ball surprisingly well for a player his size, moves well and is very powerful.

(DE) Ezekial Ansah BYU
While he may have underperformed a tad during one on ones Ansah was a nuisance for the offense during the scrimmage. On one play he extended his arms, got underneath a tight end, and drove him off his feet and on his back. A few plays later he batted down a pass. Ansah is big, long and runs very well. I see what all the pre-draft hype is all about.

(DE) Cornelius Washington (Georgia), Malliciah Goodman (Clemson), Lavar Edwards (LSU)
They are all three cut in the same mold, all standing in the 6-foot-4, 6-foot-5 range and 260-pound or so. Each gets off the ball quickly and up field. Each made plays rushing the passer during the scrimmage, showing the pass rush skills off the edge.

(LB) Nico Johnson (Alabama)
Johnson proved versatile on day one. He was quick to the ball no matter the drill or situation, all while staying within his responsibility. He's not going to wow with speed or power, but he seems to do the little things right more times than not.

(LB) Vince Williams (Florida State)
Williams was the most vocal linebacker of the group. Most of it seemed like it was for fun, but it translated well for him as the practice progressed. He was able to get in on running lanes and hold his own in zone coverage. The same can be said for Zaviar Gooden (Missouri), who may be the best athlete in the position group.

(S) Robert Lester (Alabama)
Lester was solid on day one, as was his SEC counterpart Bacarri Rambo (Georgia). Each made nice breaks on the ball over the middle, and each showed good reaction and range from sideline-to-sideline against the run. Lester was a tad quicker to the ball on the ground while Rambo had the slight edge with the ball in the air.

(CB) Leon McFadden (San Diego State)
McFadden was my surprise of the day. He's not very big, but he seems to understand coverage better than most at his position. He seldom was scolded for blowing a coverage called on Monday while managing to get his nose around the ball most of the time when he was getting reps. If his one-on-one technique and physical presence improve in time he could be a steal for an NFL Franchise.


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