Virginia linebacker Clint Sintim received extra attention after practice by a member of the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff (the Bengals are coaching the North team), after he had a less than stellar showing Monday afternoon. At 6-foot-3, 249 pounds, Sintim, who starred for Virginia in their 3-4 defense, is trying to digest the 4-3 scheme the Bengals coaching staff has installed. When asked if the transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 would be a challenge for him at the next level, Sintim said, “I don’t think anything is out of my realm as a football player; you never want to limit yourself. A 4-3 defense is different; it’s definitely different, but I knew that it was going to be a challenge when I came here. I’m just excited for the opportunity to play in this game and I’m trying to get better in the 4-3 by using my versatility." The fact that Sintim is in Mobile - unlike some of the other top linebacker prospects - learning a 4-3 scheme is a plus. But it's obvious that he fits a 3-4 defense the best and in my most recent mock draft, I foresee Sintim being selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 25th pick in the draft.
Hood's ability to create havoc in the backfield was highlighted by his five sacks and team-high 12 QB hurries .
Missouri DT Evander Hood adjusted well to the scheme the Bengals have in place and was a standout on Monday. Hood had a tremendous burst off the line and showed a variety of moves inside, which included an insane spin move against California center Alex Mack. The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Hood is a strong penetrating inside force, who had a consistent career at Missouri. He had a strong senior campaign for the Tigers, as he recorded 62 tackles, seven for a loss and five sacks. Although it was only the first day of practice for the players in Mobile, Hood’s performance on Monday was reminiscent of the strong start former Notre Dame DT Trevor Laws (drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round) showcased last year.
Another lineman who impressed during the afternoon session was Connecticut OT William Beatty. Beatty, who measured in on Monday morning at 6-foot-6 and 291 pounds, looked fluid during position drills and displayed quick feet. He has outstanding lateral movement and was by far the quickest offensive lineman on the practice field. The biggest knock against Beatty is his overall strength and one NFL scout said, “I don’t think there’s a better athlete among the tackles, but if he doesn’t get stronger he will get lit up at our level.” Beatty is currently the seventh ranked OT on Scout.com’s Draft Rankings and a projected second round selection.
Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber displayed a live leg during the North team’s special teams practice. He launched a 65-yard punt that Penn State WR/RS Derrick Williams mishandled and a 61-yard punt that was placed perfectly in bounds on the right sideline. This past season, Huber finished with a 45-yard average, which placed him seventh in the country. The 6-foot-1, 227-pound Huber is projected to be a fifth – sixth round pick and the first punter taken in the draft.
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