Senior Bowl North Team Practice Reports

*UPDATED* 1/24/07 - Daily practice reports from the North Squad practices.

 

Player Pos School Height Weight Waist Hand
Tyler Palko QB Pittsburgh 6007 215 32 1/4 9 7/8

 

Monday Practice Notes: He clearly showed that his arm lacks strength and velocity although his passes were accurate for the most part
Tuesday Practice Notes:   He showed a little improvement with his accuracy but his lack of overall arm strength is clearly evident. His footwork was better on the second day and he seemed more comfortable in the offense. Palko still doesn't have an NFL arm and that's been clear from his first throw in the first practice on Monday. 
Wednesday Practice Notes: This was clearly his best practice of the week so far. He threw with great accuracy and also improved on his deep throws. His foot work and pocket awareness were also better.
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Analysis: 
Troy Smith QB Ohio State 5112 214 32 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: He was by far the best quarterback on the field today at the North practice. The ball jumped out of his hand and he was quite accurate. His decision making was also good. Smith helped himself today.
Tuesday Practice Notes: He still was the best quarterback on the field for the second straight day. He showed an overall command of the offense and he was very accurate. Smith clearly was the most polished of the three signal callers on the North squad. The only negatives were he was off a little on some deep throws but his intermediate throws were mostly right on the money.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He was much better in the early portion of practice in non-team specific drills. In one on one drills he was much more accurate. Smith tended to be off on his throws in 11-on-11 drills and had several deflected or picked off.
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Drew Stanton QB Michigan State 6027 226 30 3/4 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: His throws were inconsistent through out the practice session. Stanton would set up well but was off on his mechanics.
Tuesday Practice Notes: His throws were erratic at times and wobbled past 15-20 yards. He did show improvement with his footwork and he did a better job of going through his progressions. Overall, Stanton needs to show more improvement the rest of the week to help his draft stock.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He did a good job of moving in the pocket and he was mostly on target on short to intermediate throws. His longer throws still tended to wobble a bit which has been an issue for him this week.
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Tony Hunt RB Penn State 6016 239 31 1/4 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: He used his size effectively in short-yardage work and showed to have good hands in drills where he was asked to catch the football.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Hunt had a solid day today looking good in many aspects of the game, especially running between the tackles. Has great vision inside the line, finds the hole and powers his way through the congestion. Does not have a high-end gear, which hurts him trying to get around the corner and once he gets into the second level, and runs upright when tired. Decent hands out of the backfield, and got better at blocking in the team drills after a poor performance in one-on-one blitzing with the linebackers.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He clearly lacks break away speed and is usually caught by defenders when trying to get outside. Hunt does hit the hole hard and doesn't dance and he knows how to use his large frame.
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Kolby Smith RB Louisville 5112 214 32 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: He moved around well and was the best back on the field today. He cut and ran to daylight on several runs.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Seemed stiff all day and almost too muscular for a running back. Did not seem smooth in his running, but still runs downhill and with force. Runs well up the middle, but there is a tendency to bounce his runs outside even to the point of overrunning his hole. Loves to use his stiffarm for runs to the outside, and strong enough to get away with it. Good pad level at the point of contact, can get some major yards afterwards, but is a two down back.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Used at both fullback and running back.
Thursday Practice Notes: He had a rather non-descript practice which has been the case for him this week for the most part. Smith has a little shiftiness to his runs and gets through the holes fairly well. It should be noted that he has played some fullback here this week.
Analysis: 
Garrett Wolfe RB Northern Illinois 5073 182 29 1/8 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes:  He had trouble getting through the hole. He also went down fairly easily after first contact.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Did not practice and found out after the practice he is injured with Thomas Clayton coming for him tomorrow.
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Thomas Clayton RB Kansas State        
Filled in for the injured Garrett Wolfe.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He started off quite well and showed a tremendous burst to and through the hole. Clayton also did a nice job in one-on-one drills against linebackers when asked to catch the ball. In team drills, he had a few good runs including one around end. His negatives were that he fumbled on a run and dropped a pass or two in team drills. Although this was his only true practice, he certainly has helped himself.
Analysis: 
Brian Leonard FB Rutgers 6010 224 30 1/4 9 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: He clearly will need to put on weight if he's going to fullback at the next level. He ran fairly well during the practice session and was able to find some running room.
Tuesday Practice Notes:   A hybrid running back and fullback, that question mark could hurt him in the draft unless a team feels he can fit their philosophy. Needs to add weight, especially in his upperbody, to be a good blocking fullback. Best with the ball in his hands, can actually move very well for his size. Great awareness without the ball, can pass block well, has natural hands catching the ball, and runs well behind his pads up the middle. Changes direction better than expected. Best system would be as a running fullback or power singleback set.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Used at both lead fullback and running back.
Thursday Practice Notes: He showed to have soft hands in most drills which has been the case most of the week. Leonard, for a player of his size, runs with vision. He still needs to put on 15-20 pounds if he wants to make it at the next level.
Analysis: 
Scott Chandler TE Iowa 6065 268 34 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: He showed to have average speed and was slow at times out of his breaks. He did catch mostly all passes thrown his way.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Caught the ball very well today even making some difficult receptions with defenders draped on him.  Gave effort blocking but his lack of strength is apparent as is his overall lack of speed and quickness.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Caught the ball well and improved as a blocker.  Blocks with solid fundamentals and gives a lot of effort.  Still lacks true strength at the point but that should come in time.
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Clark Harris TE Rutgers 6053 257 32 9 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: He did a good job getting down the middle on a few plays and showed to have good hands. He's just a tad too slow.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Will be leaving after suffering with turf toe.  His replacement will be Ben Patrick of Delaware.
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Ben Patrick TE Delaware        
Filled in for the Injured Clark Harris.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Looked effective catching the ball all day.  Fell asleep at one point and waited for the ball to get to him instead going to get it and the pass was picked off.  Showed decent route running skills as well.
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Aundrae Allison WR East Carolina 6001 197 32 8 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: He did a decent job of getting in and out of his breaks and had a better than average showing.
Tuesday Practice Notes: He has quick feet, great acceleration and stellar field awareness. He runs crisp routes but lacks deep speed.     
Wednesday Practice Notes: Has terrific quickness and excellent body control. He runs precise routes, is always aware of his placement on the field and is capable of making spectacular catches. He struggles to create separation downfield and is far less effective in the red zone.  
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David Clowney WR Virginia Tech 6003 184 31 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: While he didn't have a problem getting open, Clowney had at least five drops during the practice session. Two of them were without anyone covering him and he showed to have a lack of concentration. He did show that he has good speed and he was able to get off of the line well.
Tuesday Practice Notes: He has quick feet, runs precise routes and consistently creates separation. He has great acceleration but needs to work on his hands. He tends to catch the ball with his body and needs to do a better job protecting it after the catch.  
Wednesday Practice Notes: He shows excellent footwork and knows how to beat a jam at the line of scrimmage. He has excellent speed and acceleration and creates ample separation on a regular basis. He is terrific in the red zone as well, but he must be more consistent catching the ball.   Showed a lot of improvement today.
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Jason Hill WR Washington State 6004 204 32 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes:  He was one of the better receivers on the day and did a good job of getting open and running after the catch.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Has some deep speed and can catch the ball over his shoulder, although he does best on underneath routes. He tends to round off his routes and catch the ball with his body.  
Wednesday Practice Notes: He is quick off the line of scrimmage and is a long-strider with deceptive seed. He is sure handed, locates the ball quickly and will fight for it once it's in the air. Needs to improve his consistency and run more precise routes.   
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Rhema McKnight WR Notre Dame 6007 207 32 1/4 10
 
Monday Practice Notes:  The coaches were working with him about improving his route running and he seems to improve in that area as the session went along. He did a decent job of catching the ball.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Will make some incredible catches but will drop some easy ones, too. He is quick off the line, competes for every ball thrown his way and catches the ball well over his shoulder.  
Wednesday Practice Notes: Does a nice job beating the jam at the line of scrimmage and makes himself available to his quarterback once downfield. He tends to round off his routes and too often lets the ball into his body, but will fight for any pass thrown in his direction.  
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Brandon Myles WR West Virginia 6007 183 33 1/2 8 1/8
 
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Tuesday Practice Notes: Has excellent hands and will snag anything within his wheelhouse. He gets his head around quickly but needs to be quicker coming out of his breaks.   
Wednesday Practice Notes: Has terrific hands, body control and awareness of his placement on the field. He shows quick feet and is fast coming in and out of his breaks. He does a nice job of making himself available to his quarterback and is very effective in the red zone.
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Analysis: 
Paul Williams WR Fresno State 6010 200 35 10 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: He had issues getting out of his breaks but he did do a good job of catching the ball.
Tuesday Practice Notes: A long-strider with deceptive speed, he does a good job tracking deep passes. He runs crisp routes but fails to consistently create separation.       
Wednesday Practice Notes: He has smooth hips and utilizes his admirable stop-and-go speed to sell his routes well. He works to make himself available to his quarterback and will fight for the ball once it's in the air. A physical player, he gives smaller defenders fits.
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Analysis:  D
Levi Brown OL Penn State 6053 323 34 1/2 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: Great feet and pretty agile, moves like a player closer to 300 pounds.  Can get to be off-balanced against inside moves and slants.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Better feet than expected. Slid well in pass protection and was able to move well enough to ward off all the North's pass rushers.   Lacked any type of punch in pass blocking, and his hand play overall was awful.  Definitely flashed the talent which would make some scouts think highly of him.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Starting to beat a dead horse here, but Levi really needs to work on his handplay.   It is a problem not only in his pass set but in his running blocking as well.  One particular play he was driven back because he did not shoot his hands, could not anchor once the defender got into his body, and was beat.  While his hands are a question mark at this point in the week, his feet are very good.   Once again showed the ability to slide well, keep his shoulders in proper position, and mirror in pass protection.
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Ryan Harris OL Notre Dame 6046 299 33 3/4 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: Excellent leverage player, plays low in run blocking which can get him overextended.  Very strong hands, nimble feet, could be a tackle or guard in NFL.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Technically sound in regards to his initial steps and hand play, but from there everything tends to break down.   His stance is a pet peeve simply because he angles himself even before the snap and thus tends to turn his shoulders a little early.  If he hits his punch in pass protection then he was fine today, but if he did not; then showed no recovery ability.  Saw action at both tackle spots.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Very solid morning playing both right and left tackle.  Again, technically he performed very well especially in his pass sets.  Showed very nice positioning all day in regards to the passing game and was very strong to his post leg.  Much better day today and did not get beat often.
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Analysis: 
Marshal Yanda OL Iowa 6037 304 32 1/4 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes:  Plays well within his body and balanced off the ball.  Excellent against speed and technique, but power rushers can overpower when he plays too tall.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Well coached in his fundamentals but plays stiff and as a result tends to get too high.   Does a nice job especially in pass protecting keeping his back flat, shooting the hands, and getting a nice fit.   Playing right tackle for the first unit, and playing some guard with the second unit.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Very nice day overall, arguably the best of the unit.  Again, received reps as both a guard and right tackle.   Though limited athletically, his fundamentals continue to shine at times especially in his pass sets.  Had the block of the day when he drove a linebacker fifteen to twenty yards downfield to spring the running back for a big gain during the inside drill.
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Josh Beekman OL Boston College 6016 315 31 1/2 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Very active on play side especially with double-teams.  Good hand technique, but obviously learning the playbook still.  Loves to get to the second level.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Saw reps at both center and left guard.  Beekman showed tendencies to be overaggressive all day.   In regards to his run blocking this is a positive as he finishes his blocks with a nasty demeanor.   Pass protection though, his lack of patience forced him to be beat clean a couple times. The area he suffered most this morning was not being able to hold blocks after initial contact.  Also his second level movement and angles was a bit suspect today.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Overall inconsistent day.  While run blocking especially struggled in his recognition passing defenders off with his follow lineman.   This is something which can become better with regular line continuity; but it would be nice to see better overall timing on these blocks from this talented player.  Pass protection was better today but still needs to bring his hip underneath himself.  Initial contact and pass set are good, but will lose defenders after the try to make countermoves.
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Doug Datish OL Ohio State 6037 302 32 1/2 9 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Ground it out all day, but seemed a step slow compared to other players.  Had a great fire burning and looked better in team action than one-on-ones.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Started out the day ay guard and eventually got some reps at center.  Datish is technically sound in regards to his hand play and footwork but struggles with staying low.   A bit stiff in the hips.  This was especially apparent when asked to pull and he was much too high trying to find defenders at the second level.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Still receiving reps as both a guard and center.  While runblocking he took nice angles to the second level and cutting off backside defenders.  Continues to hold his blocks.  Struggled a bit with his lateral quickness and not sinking his hips in his pass set.
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James Marten OL Boston College 6073 303 34 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Played guard and looked way too big to play along the interior, but his footwork was not great for tackle.  Beaten several times by bullrushers.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Played predominantly a tackle today, seeing most of his reps at right and a few at left.   Marten again showed a nice nasty streak as evidenced by getting in a fight with defensive tackle David Patterson after finishing a block.  Marten looked athletically limited and struggled at times when his technique broke down:  hands too wide, lunging, timing.  But when he was able to get a nice fit on a defender, he got nice extension and able to ride them out.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Continued to play both tackle spots.  Was more sound in his overall technique than the previous day.  The one area of improvement seen from yesterday to today especially was his ability to reposition himself after initial contact in his pass sets and defenders attempted a countermove. 
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Dan Mozes OL West Virginia 6023 300 31 1/2 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Battles off the ball with big, strong hands.  Sets up very well after the snap, and can be a primary blocker with his speed.  Did have trouble with DTs swimming over him.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Mozes was unfortunately the first lineman whom got thrown around like a rag doll on a couple of occasions.   He was not strong at the point today and could not hold his ground very well. One of his problems as seen is his inability to shoot his hands which does not help his situation.   Not only played his traditional center spot, but some action at guard this morning. 
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Physically is just overwhelmed at times throughout the practice.    Completely lacks strength at the point of attack.  This is a result of not shooting his hands quick enough and letting defenders in his body as well as playing too high at times.  Does move nice laterally down the line and in space to counter his weaknesses in other areas.
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Manny Ramirez OL Texas Tech 6027 335 32 10 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: Let a defensive players get inside his body and control him along the line, but settled down and did well blocking on pulls and traps.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Very slow off the snap.  Makes up for his lack of explosion by being strong as a bull.   But like most brute strong athletically limited guard prospects, Ramirez has a tendency to try and overpower all his opponents and usually ends up in wrestling matches.   Especially when you consider he does not get any extension in his follow through. 
Wednesday Practice Notes: Big, physical, straight ahead drive blocker. Would excel in this area even more if he were to just get his hands inside and use his strength.   Even showed some ability today to get to the second level when uncovered. Did have his helmet popped off by a linebacker who got underneath Ramirez's chin at one point.
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Samson Satele OL Hawaii 6022 294 31 3/4 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Does not have the look of a great lineman, but he will block with the best of these guys.  Tags well on seals, has great hand placement, and good footwork.  Very well coached.
Tuesday Practice Notes: The question as to whether this Hawaii prospect can run block or not coming out of that system has yet to be answered.   Overall run blocking today was subpar.  In pass protection, Satele overset on multiple occasions giving up his inside to interior pass rushers.  Also saw action as both a center and guard.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Continues to show overall athletic by coming off the ball quick and hard, but struggles after making initial contact.   Looked to wall off more than drive opponents off the ball today.  One area of inconsistency this morning was Satele's timing on his punch.
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Analysis: 
Nick Leeson LS Virginia Tech 6014 258 31 1/4 9 1/2
 
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Victor Abiamiri DL Notre Dame 6044 271 33 1/2 10 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Gets upfield very well for a player of his size with great reaction to the ball.  Does not move very well laterally against the run.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Athletic prospect who shows the ability to change directions well.   Dips his shoulder off the edge in his pass rush.  Does struggle to get off of blocks when engaged and needs to be quicker on his counter moves in his pass rush.    Some teams have inquired about him possibly being a 34 outside linebacker.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Athletically looks the part but had a quiet day.  Part of the reason is because he struggled to get off of blocks.  Change of direction during pass rush drills was not as stellar as was perceived during yesterday's practice.
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Adam Carriker DL Nebraska 6057 292 33 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: Long arms, but more of a power player at this point in time.  Good reaction in the backfield, and rides the hips of defenders well.  Needs to find a home between DE and DT.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Arguably the most consistent player among both sides of the lines today.  Strong at the point of attack, reads plays very well, uses his long arms well, and even showed some ability to get to the quarterback.  Even registered one practice tackle for loss.  Does need to fight through trash a little better. 
Wednesday Practice Notes: Consistently stellar.  Does all the little things rights.   Today for example, he is one of the few players who sets up their pass rush moves with an effective initial club.   The one area which could improve as this week continues is his overall ability to the get the quarterback, which he has shown an ability to do but is not a premiere pass rusher.   Coach Gruden even pointed out Carriker as one of the most impressive on the field during yesterday's press conference.
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Jay Moore DL Nebraska 6045 276 32 9 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Guessed a little too much throughout the day on snap counts.  When he was on, he was in the backfield.  When he was not, easily stopped at the line.  His reaction time is subpar.
Tuesday Practice Notes Another defensive end that showed multiple moves in his pass rush, some athleticism off the edge; but struggled to get off of blocks.   One area where he excelled is being very disciplined much like his Nebraska counterpart. 
Wednesday Practice Notes: Very quick off the ball but continues to struggle shedding blocks.  Even with his quickness, Moore simply did not bring anything on contact.  If allowed to move laterally or "run the ring" in his pass rush, then he can make plays; otherwise he has struggled.
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Anthony Spencer DL Purdue 6024 266 32 3/4 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Shows an inconsistent effort. Looks more comfortable playing downhill than in space.  More powerful than quick, but wants to use his quickness on the backside of the line.  Once he learns this, he could be a good one this week.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Solid day.  Showed some speed off the edge and was able to set up his moves in pass rushing situations.   Against both the run and pass showed a competency to get off of blocks. 
Wednesday Practice Notes:  More of a pass rusher than a run stuffer.  Exhibited the ability to stay skinny in his pass rush as well as major quickness off the edge.  Against the run he will give effort coming off low and getting underneath the pads of taller linemen.
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LaMarr Woodley DL Michigan 6013 269 34 1/4 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Loves to use his upperbody strength almost exclusively, and with his sheer muscle he can get away with it.  As a result, he can play high and get pushed back some, but his reaction and hand quickness is excellent.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Did not practice today due to a tweaked hamstring which occurred very early in warmup drills.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Did not dress after injuring his hamstring yesterday.
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Analysis:
Brandon Mebane DL California 6010 304 32 1/2 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Quick hands, plays low off the ball, powerful lower body, and could be a two-gap player in the right places.  Very good work ethic.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Excelled in passing situations, but struggled against the run.  Has nice hands and quickness off the snap and gave some of the interior offensive linemen fits in passing drills.   Needed to hold his ground better against the run overall.   Looked very much like a one gap defensive tackle today.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Easily the best player on the field today for the North squad.  A complete disruptive force which was barely slowed down, let alone stopped at any time.  Did all this as a one technique.  Fired off the ball hard, used his hands well, and shed blocks.  Registered a handful of practice tackles for loss.  The single knock from today's practice was his inability on a couple of occasions to anchor on downblocks.
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Amobi Okoye DL Louisville 6020 287 34 10 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Has a great swim move playing over the center, but leaves his body open for blocking as he uses his hands.  Want to see him add a little weight to play nose.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Fires off the ball low and hard and is very quick off of the snap.   Really gave some of the interior blocks fits at times this morning.  But if he does not beat his man initially he can be overwhelmed at the point of attack especially playing as a 1 technique.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Again, really was coming off the ball at the snap.  Despite his perceived lack of size at this point; Okoye really fought against pressure quite well this morning.  His initial pass rush moves are effective but needs to work on improving his counters after contact.  Did register a practice sack.
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David Patterson DL Ohio State 6017 274 32 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Best motor on the team, he never stops.  Plays very wide and can take on double teams well keeping his ground.  Can get to the backfield quickly as he loves to shoot the gaps.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Again, showed the best motor on the field.  Works against pressure and just does not stop.  Though at times he can be erratic and that same persistence can get him out of position.  Also struggled in pass rushing drills with his overall lack of moves.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Not only does Patterson work his tail off, but he is a fighter.   He will not give up on a play.   Granted at times today he never gave up on a play, but he was driven outside of his lane.  Was pushed off the ball by doubles at times today.  Also needs to learn to finish his pass rush moves for them to be most effective.
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Analysis: 
Quinn Pitcock DL Ohio State 6023 301 32 9 3/4

Weigh-In Notes: 

Monday Practice Notes: Plays smaller than 300 pounds, wants to do too much in too little space.  Still, has the potential to be a great one.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Corrected by the staff on multiple occasions for not being able to split double teams.   Simply does not dip the shoulder to break through them.  Does use his hands well in pass rushing situation though.  Very strong at the point of attack and was able to reestablish the line of scrimmage on multiple occasions.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Really struggled with the change of direction drills early in practice.  Allowed linemen to turn his shoulders to the play.  Pass rush skills are marginal.  Will get stuck on blocks and cannot get off of them.  Did have one nice place in team which stood out as he burst through the line with a practice tackle for loss.
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Analysis: 
David Harris LB Michigan 6022 239 32 1/2 9 3/8

 

Monday Practice Notes: A powerful player who diagnoses plays quickly and shows power in taking on blockers. He fails to distinguish himself in coverage.
Tuesday Practice Notes:   Looked really strong at the point.  Also showed good footwork in pass-cover drills though he rarely made any plays on the ball in scrimmage.  Showed a lot of range and covered a good amount of area in scrimmage which is a big positive.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Around the ball a lot, though he did not make many plays.  Again showed good range and covered a nice amount of area on the field.
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Analysis: 
H.B. Blades LB Pittsburgh 5106 237 31 5/8 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: He is powerful at the point of attack and shows soft hands in coverage. He is very aggressive, but can be too aggressive and run himself out of plays. 
Tuesday Practice Notes: Stout and built strong.  Looked fluid in drills and was around the ball a lot in scrimmage.  Not really quick or explosive for a "smaller" linebacker.
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Thursday Practice Notes:   Again- is able to stay on his feet and get to the play but really shows limited speed to the flanks.  Beaten on several occasions to the sidelines on running plays.
Analysis: 
Stewart Bradley LB Nebraska 6035 256 32 3/4 9 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Has stiff hips and looks uncomfortable playing in space.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Solid day.  Big, strong athlete who played that way.  Took on and shed blocks.  Did a much better job that expected in pass coverage.  Lacks the great change of direction but his smarts and ability to diagnose the action helped him make up for it.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Consistently left a trail of blockers in his wake as he moved towards the action.  Stout against the run all morning.  Shows marginal speed to the sidelines and struggled cutting off the flanks from ball carriers.
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Analysis: 
Prescott Burgess LB Michigan 6031 246 33 1/4 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: He diagnoses plays quickly, maintains good position and shows soft hands when given the opportunity. He is not physical enough at the point of attack.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Solid in run defense and did an adequate job in coverage.  Looks strong and plays that way.
Wednesday Practice Notes: More active today making a lot of plays against the run and pass.  Does get caught out of position and at times looks stiff but worked hard.
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Kevin McLee LB West Virginia 5116 239 31 1/4 8 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Is aggressive and shows good speed as an edge rusher. He is a fluid player who is comfortable turning and running with receivers downfield, but looks unnatural catching the football.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Struggled right from the get go.  Did not look quick at all during drills and looked even tighter in coverage during scrimmage.  Has difficulty trying to shed blocks.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Too his credit McLee has given great effort all week but he does not have the speed or strength to hold up.  Was beaten several times to the flanks by ball carriers or pass catchers and consistently blocked from the action.
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Analysis: 
Paul Posluszney LB Penn State 6012 237 32 1/4 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: He is physical and aggressive with excellent footwork. He never quits on a play but struggles to sift through the garbage inside.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Strong, stout and intelligent but did not show much ability outside the box.  Forced the action up the field and made a lot of plays against the run but really struggled in reverse.  Several times he was beaten by Scott Chandler in scrimmage and could not cover the tight end off the line.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Did a great job against the run today.  On several occasions he over ran blocks by bigger linemen and got to the ball.  Very intelligent as well.  Struggled a bit in pass coverage though not as much as yesterday.
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Analysis: 
Leon Hall DB Michigan 5110 193 32 9 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: He is a smooth player with good deep speed, soft hands and the willingness to attack the ball at its highest point. He can be fooled with double-moves and doesn't always get his head around when the ball is in the air.    
Tuesday Practice Notes: Has great hands and becomes a receiver once the ball is in the air. He lacks elite speed and although he can maintain tight coverage, he does so only sporadically.
Wednesday Practice Notes: His techniques is impressive; he has terrific footwork and the speed to run stride for stride with receivers downfield. He diagnoses plays quickly and has great anticipation, then becomes a receiver once the ball is in the air. He needs to be more consistent in playing up to his abilities.  
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Daymeion Hughes DB California 5101 192 31 3/8 8 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Has terrific speed and suddenness. He is a fluid and aggressive who attacks the ball and breaks up a lot of passes. He has stellar anticipation, too.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Has a tendency to give too big a cushion and can be had on underneath routes. His quickness and closing speed are both elite.  
Wednesday Practice Notes: Was injured midway through the practice session.
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Analysis: 
Tanard Jackson DB Syracuse 6000 192 31 8 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Appears fluid in coverage and can change direction seamlessly. He has soft hands but needs to be more aggressive in attacking the ball.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Gets a good jump on the ball and is aggressive in going after it. He shows good hands but needs to improve his coverage against the deep ball.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He's very aggressive; he's quick out of his break, has terrific closing speed and will attack the ball at its highest point. He is quick in and out of his breaks and is very physical, willing to take on larger receiver. Needs to be careful not interfere with receivers downfield. 
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Analysis: 
Marcus McCauley DB Fresno State 6005 200 31 1/2 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Is physical at the point of attack and has great leaping ability. He lacks closing speed, can be fooled with double-moves and doesn't always attack the ball at its highest point.
Tuesday Practice Notes: He does a good job jamming receivers at the line and is great against quick hitters. However, he lacks acceleration and cannot maintain tight coverage for very long.  
Wednesday Practice Notes: Showing the ability to play tight in man coverage. He is very physical at the line of scrimmage and is aggressive in coming forward and attacking underneath routes. He needs to do a better job of getting his head around and looking back for the ball.
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Analysis: 
Josh Wilson DB Maryland 5091 188 30 9 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Has excellent speed and shows good footwork. He struggles against larger receivers and can play out of control at times; he has a hard time defending underneath routes.       
Tuesday Practice Notes: Has soft hands and the ability to stay with receivers deep. He is not often fooled by double-moves but is a sure bet for a pass interference call when it happens.  
Wednesday Practice Notes: He really struggles both in the red zone and against taller receivers. He is fast and quick when breaking out of his backpedal, but he takes too long to locate the ball once it's in the air. He is disciplined in his coverage and will not bite on double-moves.
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Analysis: 
Josh Gattis DB Wake Forest 6010 206 32 1/2 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: He is a smooth player with the good speed and awareness. Has questionable hands and needs to be more aggressive attacking the ball.
Tuesday Practice Notes: He looks uncomfortable in man coverage and struggles to get a good jam on receivers at the line of scrimmage. He's a leader in the secondary and appears most comfortable patrolling center field.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He is best working in a confined space, in which case he is aggressive in going after the ball. Otherwise, he appears indecisive and is slow in reacting to the ball. He is typically in good position but lacks ball skills and cannot be trusted in man-to-man coverage.  
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Analysis: 
Aaron Rouse DB Virginia Tech 6035 218 33 3/8 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Shows stiff hips and struggles in coverage.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Needs to diagnose plays quicker; he will bite on double-moves. Has the speed to cover receivers downfield but needs to do a better job of looking back for the football.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Is aggressive in going after the ball and shows good hands in attacking it at its highest point. He diagnoses plays quickly and shows great anticipation. He has terrific closing speed but needs to be more disciplined and play more consistently.  
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Analysis: 
Eric Weddle DB Utah 5112 205 30 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: He is an aggressive yet disciplined player with good power at the point of attack. He is not a flashy player but shows soft hands in pass defense.           
Tuesday Practice Notes: Has a tough time staying with receivers downfield and appears uncomfortable in man coverage. He is much better near the line of scrimmage and is rendered ineffective in space.  
Wednesday Practice Notes:  He's a smart player with good anticipation. Always in the right position, he is a disciplined defender who does a nice job reading the quarterbacks eyes. He is aggressive in coming forward and is always looking to make a play on the ball. He does struggle in man-to-man coverage, though.
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Analysis: 
Mason Crosby K Colorado 6010 214 29 1/2 9 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes: Struggled with his kick-offs and never reached the end zone.  Hit a 50-yarder at the end of practice with a lot of room to spare.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Did not kick-off in practices today.  Did kick field goals and drilled them down the middle from 50-yards late in the session with room to spare.  Has a huge leg but poor follow-through.  As a result his long field goals had very poor trajectory.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Adam Podlesh P Maryland 5106 203 29 1/2 8 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: His hangtimes are inconsistent but occasionally terrific. He shows good control with a quick one-step delivery.
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Wednesday Practice Notes: Very inconsistent.   Booted a moonshot of almost sixty yards early in practice but then really got off some ugly punts later in the day.  His ability to get quite a bit of hangtime for the most part was his greatest strength.  If he could get the ball to turn over consistently, his average would certainly rise.
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