Best Performances Yet From Senior Bowl Practice

<b>MOBILE, Ala. - </b>Today's final practice in full pads for the North was the most intense yet and featured some of the best performances at the Senior Bowl. Coached by the Houston Texans staff, the senior prospects from the North hit hard and play intense football for 90-minutes and these have been the top sessions of the week.<br><br>

A pair of defenders separated themselves from the rest of the pack and along with Carson Palmer of the South, stand atop the others.

Oklahoma State defensive tackle Kevin Williams was absolutely unstoppable this afternoon and may have moved himself into the first round.  Big and strong, Williams offers outstanding athleticism and plays with a large degree of explosion.  He ran over blockers and around them on his way into the backfield.  The end result had scouts saying "wow" every time Williams put his hand on the ground and destroyed the opposition.  One prominent Oakland Raider scout put it best when he told us, "Williams is a monster."

The other player getting a lot of attention, and deservedly so, is Marcus Trufant of Washington State.  A true shut down corner, its' been rare for Trufant to allow a reception this week and his skills are impeccable as is the intelligence he plays with.  He has caught the eye on many teams, possibly none more than the Kansas City Chiefs as general manager Carl Peterson and coach Dick Vermiel had a long discussion with the cornerback after practice.

Another North defender garnering praise is Michael Haynes, who again pressured quarterbacks up the field.  Haynes is starting to dispel the rumor he cannot defend the run as every time opposing blockers try and get a hand on him Haynes slides off to the inside and makes a play.  On a number of occasions during the scrimmage Haynes was in the signal callers face but had to pull up as hitting the passer is not allowed.

Arnaz Battle and Bobby Wade both caught the ball well on offense yet scouts seemed most intrigued by 6-foot-4 Tyrone Calico of Middle Tennessee State who has improved all week.

Michigan's Victor Hobson had a good session at linebacker as did Nebraska defensive end Chris Kelsay, who was briefly used with the middle line defenders for a short period.  Fullback Ovie Mughelli opened running lanes all day with fierce blocks up the middle.

The quarterback play for the North has been erratic.  Kyle Boller of Cal has a strong arm, possibly too strong as rarely does he take anything off his throws and receivers have a difficult time handling the pass as it zips through their hands.  Dave Ragone of Louisville looks masterful on one snap then comes back and plays horribly on the next play.  Finally, much like his teammates, Seneca Wallace has the physical skills to compete but sprays his throws and has trouble seeing over the line of scrimmage at barely 5-feet 11-inches tall.

Overall it was a good day of work for the North and the players who improved their draft stock far outweighed those whose rankings may have diminished.


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