During the North Squad's practice in Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday, a pair of defensive tackles were commanding some discussion and note-taking by scouts of the New York Giants.
Notre Dame's Trevor Laws, a 6-foot-1, 301-pounder, and North Carolina State's DeMario Pressley, who is listed at 6 feet 4, 295 pounds, head into Senior Bowl week expected to be early Day Two picks. Presley was immediately approached by a Seattle team official as the practice ended, and the pair had an extensive conversation. Meanwhile, Laws answered questions for a Ravens scout.
Following the practice session, team officials flooded the field and sought out the players they wanted to interview. Here's a list of who I was able to spot paired up in conversation:
- East Carolina RB Chris Johnson: Browns and Redskins
- Boston College OT Cherilus Gosder: Chiefs and Browns
- Purdue DE Cliff Avril: Chargers
- Eastern Michigan DE Jason Jones: Chiefs
- Missouri TE Martin Rucker: Saints, Browns and Jets
- Michigan State TE Kellen Davis: Chargers
- Virginia Tech WR Eddie Royal: Redskins
- Colorado MLB Jordon Dizon: Jaguars
- USC CB Terrell Thomas: Vikings
- USC TE Fred Davis: Chargers
- USC DE Lawrence Jackson: Chiefs
Michigan's Shawn Crable
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One of the biggest hits of the morning session was delivered by Michigan linebacker Shawn Crable, who really popped West Virginia running back Owen Schmitt after he made a good catch out on the right flat. Some of the crowd in the area let out an easily heard "Ohhhhh" following the hit.
Ohio State offensive tackle Kirk Barton looked sharp on a couple of snaps working against Eastern Michigan defensive end Jason Jones during pass protection drills. On his second try against Barton, Jones tried to beat him with speed to the outside, and then ripped at his arms to try push past him to the inside. But Barton was having none of that. He showed nice lateral movement and managed to stay locked on, keeping Jones in front of him.
One speedy defensive end who was able to blow by Barton on a play was Virginia Tech's Chris Ellis, who was so anxious to show off his quickness that he initially jumped offside. But then when the whistle blew, he burst across the line so fast and wide that the Ohio State lineman barely got a hand on him until he was already past his right shoulder and well into the backfield.
Nebraska's Carl Nicks won the first of two battles against USC's Lawrence Jackson when they squared off during the same drill. Nicks dominated Jackson so well on their first engagement that he actually turned Jackson around during the ruckus and gave him a shove to send him back towards the line of scrimmage. But Jackson retaliated with a quick move to the outside on the next snap, leaving Nicks no choice but to try to hook him around the neck briefly in an attempt to slow him down, but even that didn't stop the determined defensive end.