1. Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
As the week progresses and more contact is allowed, Weatherspoon will stand out even more than he has during the first two days. A very smart player, Weatherspoon is hitting gaps at good angles to get into the backfield. He doesn't always make the tackle, but he disrupts the flow of the running back to give his teammates more time to wrap the runner up. His aggressive style can occasionally cause a miscue, such as when he overran a tackle after reacting to a short pass to the flat.
2. Daryl Washington, TCU
Washington's showcasing his speed, especially in open-field pursuit. He brings the right amount of aggression to the game, allowing him to bully his way through the clash in the trenches without getting bogged down in it. So far this week, his coverage skills have been very reliable.
3. Donald Butler, Washington
He's very focused prior to the snap of the ball and is reading the flow quickly. Butler's been getting into the backfield, working through clutter with minimal disruption to his planned route of attack. His stock is on the rise.
4. Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State
Chaney's showing good instincts against the run, but he's also maintaining tight coverage in the passing game, knocking some throws to the ground. He's a bit choppy at times when running, but he's quick in pursuit and consistently displays a high energy level.
Iowa LB A.J. Edds has a nose for the football.
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5. A.J. Edds, Iowa
Edds drops into coverage with good lateral movement. A blue-collar player with good recognition skills, the Hawkeyes linebacker repeatedly smelled out plays where the opposing offense wanted to dump off a pass to an outlet receiver or running back. He holds his ground well against offensive lineman, keeping his eye on the ball carrier while engaged.
6. Koa Misi, Utah
He's been very impressive in pass coveage, using his speed to close quickly once the ball leaves the quarterback's hand. Misi picked off a pass this week and has been steady against the run.
7. Dekoda Watson, Florida State
He's been showing good shadowing skills this week when covering tight ends and running backs. During a linebackers drill, he made a nice catch low to the ground. Watson shows good aggression during run plays, but he's also lost some battles versus tight ends.
8. Darryl Sharpton, Miami
Sharpton's blended in a bit this week, but that should change once he's able to unleash some full-speed hits. He's doing a good job of keeping up with the running backs who come out of the backfield on pass routes. A sure-tackler in the open field, Sharpton's faster than he is agile.
9. Roddrick Muckelroy, Texas
He's got very good footwork, but has been a bit slow at times in reacting to the tight ends' breaks on short routes in front of him. Muckelroy is very effective using angles to stop opposing runners at the line of scrimmage.
10. Eric Norwood, South Carolina
Talented player with lots of ability, but he's been erratic during his first two days of practice. Norwood got burned badly by a running back for a deep pass--he wasn't even close. He also missed an interception opportunity, allowing a pass to carom off of his hands and into the hands of the receiver. Norwood's got great agility and football smarts, but they haven't shown up yet in Mobile.
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