Senior Bowl South Team Practice Reports

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

Player Pos School Height Weight Arm Hand
Kevin Kolb QB Houston 6027 220 31 3/8 9 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Very erratic. Stares down primary targets. Trouble with the out routes. Seems to direct his throws more than just letting them go.
Tuesday Practice Notes:   At times he looked like the best quarterback on the field but he tended to aim his passes a little too much at times. Kolb moved around the pocket well and was able to read the defense correctly most of the time. Kolb also didn't look to have that strong of an arm.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He's been pretty consistent with his throws all week and the accuracy has been solid. He throws a pretty good spiral. His footwork was good as was his mobility. Deep throws were an issue.
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Jordan Palmer QB UTEP 6053 229 33 9 7/8

 

Monday Practice Notes: Solid arm but sprays his throws. Very indecisive. Threw his obligatory pick which was a trend in his collegiate career.
Tuesday Practice Notes: He was inaccurate most of the practice session. Palmer looked to be off on his mechanics which caused his passes to be off. He also looked to struggle reading the defense which also caused some deflected passes and one that was picked off.
Wednesday Practice Notes: His footwork and mechanics have been off which has caused inaccuracy with his throws. While he has an above average arm he missed open receivers through out the session.
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Chris Leak QB Florida 5117 203 31 1/4 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Throws a nice ball. Very crisp on outs with good zip. Can get the ball downfield, but sprays the ball all over the place. Downfield passes are not accurate.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Out of the three signal callers, Leak was the most efficient during the Tuesday session. For the most part, Leak was accurate and he did a good job of reading the defense. His timing was off a few times with the receivers but that could be because the receivers may not have run the correct route. Leak also did a nice job on his deep throws.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Accuracy continued to be an issue with him and his throws were inconsistent throughout the session. Leak did a good job of moving in the pocket but reading the defense was also an issue.
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Kenny Irons RB Auburn 5101 188 31 3/4 10 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Showed a gear not seen this season. Exploded through the hole better than any back on the south roster. There is a competency for catching the ball, though does not seem entirely comfortable running routes.
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Wednesday Practice Notes: His cutting and slashing style worked well for the most part but he did dance through the hole at times which had him run in to defenders. He had a bunch of good runs around end where he found daylight. His only problem was catching the ball out of the backfield where he dropped a few passes.
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Lorenzo Booker RB Florida State 5103 188 30 3/4 9
 
Monday Practice Notes: Lot of quickness and cutting ability. Because of size he naturally gets lost behind his blockers. Also showed a competency for catching the ball.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Shows a lot of wiggle in his running and an excellent burst.  Lacks any strength carrying the ball and easily brought down at the point of attack by the first defender.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He ran hard and well for most of the session. Booker looks more like a change of pace/No.2 back at the next level, not a feature back.
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Kenneth Darby RB Alabama 5101 211 29 1/2 9
 
Monday Practice Notes: Was able to turn the corner but was indecisive at times with his cuts. RB coach corrected him on multiple occasions in regards to being off balance and cutting off the wrong foot.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Solid day yet needs more consistency.  Ran the ball well and did the same catching in.  Made several nice receptions yet at the same time dropped some very easy/catchable throws.  Struggled pass blocking.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He ran with good power and speed and ran very well inside. Darby's powerful build helped him get through several tacklers. While he's not fast, he ran with good vision.
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Le'Ron McClain RB Alabama 6000 265 32 9
 
Monday Practice Notes: Caught the ball well but he?s big, stiff, and not fast. Will bury his nose in a linebacker?s grill on isolation blocks.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Fierce blocker very strong at the point.  In one-on-one drills rag-dolled his teammate Juwan Simpson.  Also caught the ball relatively well.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He basically played fullback the entire session which will be his role at the next level. He did catch the ball well when out of the backfield.
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Martrez Milner TE Georgia 6036 256 34 9
 
Monday Practice Notes: Very athletic and made several athletic catches. Made a difficult catch over the middle while being slammed by the safety.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Once again showed his terrific athleticism catching just about everything thrown his way.  Was both quick and fast.  Displayed terrific route running skills, getting separation from opponents after sharply getting into breaks.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Improved as a blocker giving good effort and showing better strength than earlier in the week.  Fluid moving about the field as a pass catcher.
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Joe Newton TE Oregon State 6065 257 34 1/2 10 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Solid hands, caught everything. Not quick of the line, lacks speed, and a poor route runner.
Tuesday Practice Notes:   While he catches the ball well Newton looks sluggish and slow.  He is slow releasing off the line, slow into routes and just has a general malaise to his game.  Also looked poor blocking.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Better all around job as a pass catcher and blocker but still shows limited athleticism which will hurt his draft stock.
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Courtney Taylor WR Auburn 6015 200 31 3/4 9 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Very good. Caught most balls his way. Made quite a few tough catches. Stayed with the action and worked hard.
Tuesday Practice Notes: He will occasionally round off his routes but shows the ability to get open and become available for his quarterback. He lets too many passes into his body but has excellent hands, body control and awareness. He seems more comfortable with underneath routes. 
Wednesday Practice Notes: He runs precise routes and is always where his quarterback expects him to be. He knows how to find soft spots in the defense and show his numbers to his quarterback. He doesn?t create much separation, but he always finds a way to make the play.  
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Dwayne Bowe WR LSU 6022 222 33 1/4 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: Good practice. Marginal route runner, but caught everything thrown to him. Worked his routes and physically beat down opponents for balls. Was the interest of several teams at hand.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Capable of making some incredible catches, Bowe also dropped a few easy ones. He has the ability to run ankle-breaking routes but often loses focus and runs them sloppily. He does fight for the ball and has great field awareness.  Overall his play has stood out.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Shows terrific hands and the ability to consistently create separation. He has big, soft hands and catch passes smoothly. He excels at getting a smooth release and will fight to catch anything near him. He?s a definite red-zone threat.
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Chansi Stuckey WR Clemson 5101 193 31 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Showed good route running and quickness. Average speed and hands. Too often double clutched on a balls thrown his way.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Runs  undisciplined routes. He has quick feet and looks most comfortable working along the sidelines. He fails to create enough separation for his quarterback and drops too many balls even when he does.  
Wednesday Practice Notes: Is an undisciplined route runner who is too easily knocked out of his routes at the line of scrimmage. He has very quick feet and the ability to beat cornerbacks both inside and downfield. He drops too many passes and his overall consistency must improve. 
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Johnnie Lee Higgins WR UTEP 5112 183 31 3/8 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: Showed good quickness and route running skills. Corrected by the coaches throughout the day for poor fundamentals. Little too flashy for his own good.
Tuesday Practice Notes: He?s capable of making some exciting catches but too often loses focus on the easy ones. He has great body control and field awareness yet fails to consistently create separation. His quickness is admirable but he needs to show more straight-line speed.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He will fight for catches and is surprising effective in the red zone for a player of his size. He?s capable of making some exciting catches but too often loses focus on the easy ones. He has great body control and field awareness yet fails to consistently create separation. 
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Dallas Baker WR Florida 6030 203 35 3/4 9 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Caught the ball well. Nice adjustments. Lacks speed and explosion. Rounds off routes.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Does an excellent job selling his routes and getting defenders to bite on fakes. His hands, body control and field awareness are all excellent. He still body-catches too many balls, but not many of them hit the ground.  
Wednesday Practice Notes: Runs crisp routes and does a good job selling his fakes. He tends to let the ball into his body but his hands are excellent when he uses them. He will fight for the ball and excels at creating separation by utilizing his quickness coming in and out of break.
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Chris Davis WR Florida State 5102 180 29 3/4 9 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Very quick, ran exceptional routes. Got separation and displayed good speed. Very inconsistent hands. Early in the practice dropped a lot of balls, but later made some nice acrobatic receptions.
Tuesday Practice Notes: An exceptional athlete. He has quick feet and in sharp coming in and out of breaks. He has terrific acceleration and his suddenness draws attention downfield. However, he runs his routes inconsistently and needs to prove he can haul challenging receptions.
Wednesday Practice Notes: An incredibly fast athlete with quick feet and terrific acceleration. He tends to run undisciplined routes but is good at finding soft spots in the defense and making himself available to his quarterback. His suddenness and willingness to fight for the ball are impressive.
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Joe Staley OL Central Michigan 6055 296 34 1/4 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Obviously very athletic. A scout mentioned he played not only tight end in high school, but some wide receiver as well. Smooth in his pass protection. Nice punch, but can windup at times. Does lack hip explosion. Not powerful at the point of attack.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Excelled in zone blocking today.   Really showed the ability to work his way down the line, hook defenders, and drive them laterally down the field; and overall testament to his athletic ability.  Struggled with his handplay today.  At times can look like an albatross winding up for takeoff.  Can be corrected, but it will hurt him at times during this particular week. 
Wednesday Practice Notes: Really worked hard early in the practice on his pass set and was eventually applauded by his coaches for perfect form in this one area.  Slides very well in pass protection and the athleticism shown so far this week would make one believe he could easily play the blindside at the next level.
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Analysis:  D
Justin Blalock OL Texas 6033 331 33 1/2 10 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Got reps as both guard and right tackle. Loved to bury his head at all times. In pass blocking drills was beaten off the edge because did not get depth on his initial kick step. Also struggled today with getting arm extension.
Tuesday Practice Notes: This afternoon Blalock did not sport the extra wrap on his knee as he did yesterday.  One thing is certain; his overall lateral quickness is still affected as evidenced in his subpar pass protection.  Saw reps at both guard and tackle again.  Did not lead with his head as much today, but at times he would stop his feet after initial contact. 
Wednesday Practice Notes: Bit of a struggle for Blalock today.  He was corrected in multiple facets of his game, especially when overhearing the line coach yell, ?When you?re wide, you?re week?.   Obviously his base was too wide and he suffered in his run blocking because of it. On his zone blocks was not able to get his head across.   His lateral quickness today was better, but is still lacking.  The one area where Blalock did look better was in his overall pass sets especially in his patience when engaging the defender.
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Tony Ugoh OL Arkansas 6054 301 36 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Athleticism on the island is apparent but needs some refining in his technique. His punch can be very good but he is inconsistent with it. Needs to keep his shoulders square before committing in his pass set. Seemed comfortable making blocks in space.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Had the block of the day when pancaking Chase Pittman in one on one pass rush drills.   This particular play showed Ugoh?s strength to his post leg as he just slammed the defensive end to the ground.  Does need to bring his feet with him in run blocking though. 
Wednesday Practice Notes: Again struggled with technique.  Did not keep his feet pumping today. Initial punch and hand placement were erratic at best.  Had a fantastic block on the backside of a zone play, creating a very large hole for his running back to hit.
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Arron Sears OL Tennessee 6031 317 34 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Flashed more overall talent than any other lineman on his squad, but was wildly inconsistent. Was shifted to guard for the day. Very quick to the second level, but once in contact with a defender he does not bring his feet. Often lunges. Fires off the ball very hard and very strong at the point of attack but showed a tendency to lead his head too often as well.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Everything stops and started with footwork this afternoon.  The coaching staff consistently corrected Sears on proper power steps.  Had trouble taking the proper angles and getting to the second level.   One scout pointed out Sears is very strong and does have a great punch.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Very good practice for Sears today.  Really started to put everything together.  Strong at the point of attack and the issue of his feet has slowly started to fade.  Only once was his footwork questioned today by coaches and that was in his pass set where the back foot was drug instead of planted properly.  Sears was even able to collapse the side of the line on one occasion with his power on a downblock.
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Ben Gubbs OL Auburn 6030 315 33 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: Footwork was an issue throughout the day. Often got too wide in his stance, and followed through by staying wide when engaged in blocks. Did show ability moving in space today. Much like his Auburn teammate, he struggled with overall technique.
Tuesday Practice Notes: A trend is starting to appear with Grubbs? footwork and the coaching staff trying to correct it.  Plays with his base way too wide at times.   Also lead with his head at a few points in the running game today.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Very solid performance this afternoon.  Grubbs especially exhibited a very strong initial punch.   While his footwork has been a concern all week, Grubbs did improve and his ability to recover after getting too wide a base.  Still struggled slightly with getting to the second level on a consistent basis.   One time he whiffed on his block, while he sprung a big run up the middle by reaching the middle linebacker.
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Tim Duckworth OL Auburn 6032 304 32 1/2 9 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Was corrected all practice on bad technique by the position coach. Started with a bad stance, never gets the hips under himself and too much of a waist bender. Not very agile getting to the second level and he just loves to wrestle with the defenders once engaged in blocks.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Hand play was an issue for Duckworth today.  Never shot his hands to get a solid fit on the defender.  At times he would lead with his head.   Also looked a little lost when asked to block in space.   Struggling with technique is his main focus at this point and has been consistently coached up.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Continues to work hard but has not put everything together in regards to his overall technique.  For instance when asked to pull Duckworth needed to get lower working his way down the line and into he second level; but he was still able to get a nice seal block on a scraping linebacker.  At other times in both his running and pass blocking his hands would often get too wide and his feet would stop.  
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Leroy Harris OL NC State 6024 298 33 10 3/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Worked with the quarterbacks early taking snaps, but spent the rest of the day at left guard. Struggled immensely in pass protection. Did not show the patience to engage a defender on his initial punch. Also struggled working in in space. Showed the athleticism to get to the second level, but seemed lost at times picking up defenders.
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Wednesday Practice Notes: Not dressed again today due to a possible knee injury.  Severity is not yet known.
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Ryan Kalil OL USC 6027 291 32 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Technically sound. Quick off the ball. Hands are very good and well placed. Excels in space. Arguably had the best day of practice for a mediocre group of South offensive linemen.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Easily the most consistent and talented lineman on his particular squad.  Was impressed to see the 291 lbs. center drive the 323 lbs. Tank Tyler a couple yards downfield with great technique. Kalil showed very good quickness especially with zone blocking and was able to get to the second level to make blocks with ease.   The one time he was blown off the ball, he regrouped himself and regained perfect position to wall off the defender.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Again his quickness along the interior of the line was very evident.   Really excelled in recognizing and reaching the second level to make blocks.  One area his lack of size is currently hurting Kalil is the inability to true anchor in pass protection in the middle versus bigger defensive tackles.   He often can wall them off due to good technique, but tends to be driven back a bit too far to begin with. 
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Mansfield Wrotto OL Georgia Tech 6030 316 33 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: As one scout described him, ?He?s a project?but a good project.? Plays very compact and does not get great extension with either his arms or his pass sets. In his pass sets today he tended to overset and gives an open lane to compensate.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Still erratic, especially with the timing in his punch, needs to be quicker.  Did show a strong post leg when presented with an underneath rush.  Excelled today in run blocking as he was able to drive a few defensive tackles off the ball on downblocks.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Saw reps predominantly as a right tackle, but moved inside for a couple snaps during one on one drills.  Today slid better in his pass set and once again showed a very strong post leg.   Still plays a bit too compact and needs to get more extension after his initial punch.
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Dustin Fry OL Clemson 6023 326 33 1/8 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Another line prospect who got off on the wrong foot with his position coach. Immediately was corrected for standing straight up while working the boards. Lacks much of a punch and is only effective in very limited areas.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Struggles with locking out the arms.  Does a nice job getting his hands inside a defenders body, but never gets the proper extension to control said defender.  Loses a lot of his power because of it.  As such he was driven back off the ball by larger defensive tackles.  In pass protection, Fry needs to keep a solid base and work on his lateral movement.
Wednesday Practice Notes: An area which has been noticeable all week but has yet to be mentioned is Fry?s hand strength.  While he certainly needs to work on his extension, Fry places his hands well in tight and can hold with the best of them.  Also showed better lateral quickness today after making the snap.   Still needs to work on getting lower and needed to be corrected by the coach in this area.
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Quentin Moses DL Georgia 6047 249 33 1/2 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: Indecisive most of the day in his pass rush. At times Moses slowed down so much during his possible countermove, you could almost read what he was thinking. Can be engulfed at the point of attack in the run game and did not make much of a presence their either.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  A lot of flash with not much substance.  Tends to overwork his pass rush moves, thus accomplishing nothing.  Did show some very nice quickness off the ball and laterally.   Held his own against bigger offensive linemen in the running game.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Let me repeat myself, a whole lot of flash without much substance.  Moses has not excelled in any one area.  Plays too high, has trouble fighting pressure from offensive lineman, and gives up his body to those blocking him. Only once did he finally put a good pass rush move during drills.
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Chase Pittman DL LSU 6044 272 32 3/4 10 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Looked like he wasn?t working hard in drills. Does not have the strength at the point of attack to handle double teams by a tackle and tight end. Overall was basically invisible for most of the day.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Just not a great athlete and compounds the situation, especially in his pass rush, but taking too wide of a route to the quarterback.  Likes to use his hands though and does so well.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Showed some strength at the point of attack today as well as in his pass rush.  Started using his long arms to his advantage.   Athletically limited prospect who has struggled against superior talent to this point.
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Tim Crowder DL Texas 6037 271 33 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: The only defensive linemen today to show a competency for pass rush moves. He showed the ability to set up and use a variety of moves, as well as counter the lineman?s initial punch. Was corrected though on his overall lack of hand usage.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Very quick off the edge, even registering a practice ?sack?.   While he has shown quite an aptitude for rushing the passer, he tends to struggle with getting linemen?s hands off of him once they are established.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Again, the most consistent pass rusher on the South unit.  Crowder uses his long arms very well when getting after the quarterback and actually displays counter moves on a consistent basis as well.   Has not made many plays against the run, but flashes enough strength to hold up at the point of attack.  Also displayed a nice motor today hustling after plays were past him.
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Ray McDonald DL Florida 6033 282 33 1/4 10
 
Monday Practice Notes: The bionic man. McDonald walks on the practice field with a large brace on both knees, as well as his right elbow. Early in the practice his head was not into it and jumped offside on multiple occasions. Had trouble keeping his feet on numerous occasions. Played at left defensive end all day, and struggled in his pass rush because of a lack of overall moves.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Strong for his size and comes off the ball hard.   Today McDonald let defenders into his body, could not get off of blocks, and lost his footing a few times.  Finally saw a couple reps as a defensive tackle.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Every day so far has had the bad habit of jumping offsides and anticipating too much instead of making proper reads and reacting.  Powerful as a defensive end, throwing the opposing tight end around on a few occasions.  Rushed the passer some from defensive tackle.  Absolutely loves power moves when getting after the quarterback.  
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Antonio Johnson DL Mississippi State 6027 305 33 3/4 9 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: Solid day overall. Used his hands very well, and was able to beat interior blockers in pass rush drills. Very quick off the ball today.
Tuesday Practice Notes Fantastic job today with his pass rush.   Broke off two picture perfect spin moves to frustrate the opposing blocker.  Received reps as both a three and one technique.  The one area of concern today was Johnson?s ability to feel a downblock and was driven down on a couple of occasions.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Disappointing practice after two very solid days.  Had trouble getting off blocks all practice.  Also struggled with recognizing and fighting pressure.   Never gives up on a play though and always fires off the ball hard.
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DeMarcus Tyler DL NC State 6021 323 33 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: All power and no finesse. Showed no moves to get off of blocks in either the running game or in his pass rush. Was corrected multiple times on his gap and making the right read.
Tuesday Practice Notes: The nickname of Tank certainly applies, it is always straight ahead while trying to overpower everything in front of him.  The one nice thing was his ability to get extension, but was never able to get off blocks after doing so.
Wednesday Practice Notes: FINALLY showed some pass rush moves.  He coupled this with great burst off of the snap during today?s practice.  Solid day and starting to show improvement.
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Ryan McBean DL Oklahoma State 6045 277 32 1/2 10 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Makes up for his lack of size with very good quickness off the ball. Did have trouble making his proper reads and was corrected on it. Does some of the little things right. For example, just getting his hands up to disrupt a quarterback.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Once a lineman got his paws on McBean, he was done.  At times during the practice his head did not seem into it as he jumped offsides on numerous occasions.  Even got a couple reps as a defensive end, only in pass rushing situations though.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Received action from his traditional defensive tackle position, as well as lining up as a defensive end in some pass rush drills.  Today was much better using his hands to shed blockers.  Because of his size, McBean has trouble anchoring against downblocks.
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Kareem Brown DL Miami (Fla.) 6040 303 33 1/4 10 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: Often came off the ball low and hard, but showed no ability to counter, get off blocks and redirect. Was able to get a semblance of a pass rush with his own bulrush.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Works very hard, but his overall play does not always equal results.   At times he will give up his chest to opposing linemen.  Saw action as both a one and three technique as the practice progressed.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Really struggles with getting off any and all blocks.  This inability has really hindered his overall play.   The talent is there and you see it when he fires off the ball so hard an offensive lineman cannot make a proper block, but more often than not Brown is usually ends up in a wrestling match against the opposing lineman.
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Buster Davis LB Florida  State 5093 244 31 1/8 10 1/2
 
Monday Practice Notes: Very explosive and quick. Covers a lot of area. On one particular play Davis had his helmet knocked clean off, literally popping into the air after contact with Alabama FB Le?Ron McClain.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Did a terrific job leading the defense today and getting his teammates in proper position.  Plays with a lot of quickness firing up the gaps to penetrate the backfield or immediately getting to the sidelines.  Does get caught up in the trash and can be easily blocked from the action.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Best practice of the week. Very explosive and fast to the action.  Did a great job reading plays and quickly getting to the spot.  Took great angles to the play.
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Patrick Willis LB Mississippi 6010 240 32 3/4 9 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Vocal leader on field. Made sure everyone was in the right spot. Tough in run defense. Looked strong at the point but stiff in coverage and lacked sideline to sideline speed.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Once again Willis was very stout in run defense and excels in the box.  His change of direction is slow and his hips are stiff.  He has not played like the first rounder everyone has anointed him to be.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Did not distinguish himself in coverage.  Did more turning and running in coverage than backpedaling.  Lacks skills in pursuit.
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Tony Taylor LB Georgia 6005 237 32 9
 
Monday Practice Notes:  Looked very stiff all day.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Taylor really struggles to get outside the box and make plays.  He has limited mobility and skill in coverage.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Showed a little more mobility today and gave effort yet rarely made plays on the ball.
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Earl Everett LB Florida 6021 235 32 1/4 9 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Athletic and showed good sideline to sideline range. Easily blocked. Does not play to his size. Inconsistent.
Tuesday Practice Notes:   Was chastised by coaches early in the day for playing with poor technique.  When he finally employed the proper fundamentals his playing speed and quickness reduced by one-third.  Really did not make many plays on the field today.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Again; did more chasing than actual play making.
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Juwan Simpson LB Alabama 6023 223 33 10 1/4
 
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Tuesday Practice Notes: Simpson is a solid athlete who covers a lot of area on the field and plays with terrific quickness.  That said something is lost in the translation of reading the action and getting to the play as he was usually a half-step late arriving to the spot, especially in coverage.
Wednesday Practice Notes: While this was his best practice Simpson is constantly late getting to the ball.
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Rufus Alexander LB Oklahoma 6007 227 33 9 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Looked solid in run coverage, solid in pass coverage. Showed explosion in run defense but cannot get off blocks.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Very athletic and covers a tremendous amount of area on the field.  Showed terrific speed to the flanks in coverage and a lot of quickness up the field in run support.  That said he is easily caught up in the wash or blocked from the action.  All and all you've got to say Alexander has helped himself today.
Wednesday Practice Notes:   Solid session; looked explosive and made a number of plays on the ball.
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A.J. Davis DB NC State 5095 192 30 1/4 8 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Looked bad. Gave up a lot of receptions. Showed some quickness in his break but got beat most of the day.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Tends too leave too generous a cushion and needs to close on passes much faster. He shows good recognition skills and does a good job of anticipating the play. His technique is solid but as a prospect he seems unspectacular.     
Wednesday Practice Notes: A slower player who is often late to break for the ball, Davis must do a better job getting in front of receivers. He lacks the anticipation and play recognition necessary to be an elite defender. He is a fluid athlete, though, and his fundamentals are sound.     
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David Irons DB Auburn 5107 198 31 8 3/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Terrific Practice. Arguably the best DB on the South all day. Showed a lot of quickness and speed. Several nice plays on the ball. Was commended by the coaches for the effort he gave.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  He has the potential to be a shutdown corner. He has good speed and consistently maintains tight coverage. He makes aggressive breaks to the ball and will challenge for interceptions, but his aggressiveness also makes him penalty prone.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He?s a fast player, capable of shadowing receivers downfield. He tends to throttle down too much when changing direction and has a tendency to hand-check players downfield. Still, his awareness and ball skills are excellent and he is willing to get physical at the line of scrimmage. 
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Fred Bennett DB South Carolina 6007 196 33 9 1/4
 
Monday Practice Notes: Struggled all day. No quickness. Lacks ball skills. Late in location of ball. Lot of passes completed against him.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Does a poor job of redirecting players at the line. He seems most comfortable playing center field but his reaction time is sub-par. His balls skills are lacking and he needs to do a better job of distinguishing himself.  
Wednesday Practice Notes: Does a poor job of redirecting players at the line. He struggles in man-to-man coverage and is fooled too often by double-moves. His balls skills are lacking and he needs to do a better job of distinguishing himself. 
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Analysis: 
Aaron Ross DB Texas 6004 192 31 1/4 9

 

Monday Practice Notes: Inconsistent. Athletically looks very good. Good footwork. Shows the ability to plant and break. Struggled in drills. One play Courtney Taylor run away from him and another Taylor won out on a jumpball; but then came back to make a great pick in full scrimmage.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Is very comfortable in man coverage. He is powerful and near-dominant when jamming receivers at the line. He has excellent speed and consistently shadows receivers downfield. He is aggressive in going after the ball and has the potential to be a shutdown cornerback.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Is very comfortable in man coverage. He is powerful and near-dominant when jamming receivers at the line. He has excellent speed and consistently shadows receivers downfield. He is aggressive in going after the ball and has the potential to be a shutdown cornerback.
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Kevin Payne DB Louisiana-Monroe 6001 215 30 8 7/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Technically sound, but struggled due to lack of quickness and speed against superior talent.
Tuesday Practice Notes: He?s a steady player who needs to do more to distinguish himself. He has solid hands and takes good angles to the ball but appears slow in and out of his cuts and looks uncomfortable given too much space. He appears penalty prone, too.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He is aggressive in going after the ball and will challenge receivers over the middle of the field. He is a bit slow and does not get out of his breaks quickly enough. He is a physical player who appears better covering underneath routes.
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Brandon Meriweather DB Miami (Fla.) 5105 192 30 8 5/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Inconsistent day. Constantly corrected early in the day on poor fundamentals. Really did not make a lot of plays.
Tuesday Practice Notes: He shows terrific quickness. His technique is solid and he is always around the ball. He looks crisp coming in and out of breaks but will sometimes be caught guessing. He has the confident attitude you would expect from a Miami player.      
Wednesday Practice Notes: He shows terrific anticipation. He reads the quarterback?s eyes and makes breaks on the ball at an incredible speed. His footwork is very solid and he is extremely aggressive in going after turnover. He?s also a talker with no shortage of confidence.      
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Brett Goode DB Arkansas 6012 232 31 1/2 9 1/2
 
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Michael Griffin DB Texas 5114 195 31 7/8 10 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Solid sideline to sideline range. Made a very nice play on Kenny Irons in run defense. Showed good ball skills. Solid day overall.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Does a good job of disguising coverage. He will attack the ball at its highest point, but needs to make more assertive breaks and increase his playing speed if he wants more opportunities to do so. His coverage is solid but he needs to author more big plays.
Wednesday Practice Notes: He?s a physical player who is equally capable against the run and pass. In run defense, he diagnoses plays quickly and is eager to deliver the big hit. In pass defense, he shows good discipline and a nose for the ball, although his quickness leaves something to be desired.
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Jonathan Wade DB Tennessee 5097 192 30 1/4 9 1/8
 
Monday Practice Notes: Athleticism on field was apparent as he could run with anybody, but mechanically and mentally he?s just not there. Gave up many receptions . Better athlete than football player.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Shows playmaking potential, although the consistency isn?t quite there yet. He is sharp coming in and out of his break and is aggressive in going after the ball. He is quick to diagnose plays and has stellar anticipation. His quickness is admirable.     
Wednesday Practice Notes: Is an aggressive player who?s always looking to make a play on the ball. He is quick coming in and out of his breaks and has excellent anticipation. His ball skills are impressive and he has the ability to shadow receivers downfield.     
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Daniel Sepulveda P Baylor 6021 228 31 1/4 10
 
Monday Practice Notes:  Big leg. Kicking fifty yards with ease and had great hang time.
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Wednesday Practice Notes:  Displayed skill when asked to pooch punt and directional kick.
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Nick Folk K Arizona 6011 220 31 1/8 9
 
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