The south team took to the practice field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium Wednesday afternoon and there were several players who gave NFL coaches, general managers and scouts something to look at on day two of the weels practices.
Several of the players who stood out are in positions of need for the Tennessee Titans and could be targeted by the Titans when draft day arrives.
A pair of SEC cornerbacks had very productive days on Wednesday for the south team, as did a pair of former Alabama defenders and an Eastern Kentucky product.
Of the five players TitanRedZone is watching closely, there were some good and bad in them Wednesday.
Running back Kenyan Drake showed great burst when running the football along with quick feet, a spin move and the ability to run away from a defender in the open field, However, he struggled mightily in pass protection which raises doubts as to his ability to be on the field on third down if he is required to protect the quarterback. He has great ability on special teams, so he will still likely be a mid-round selection, but pass protection could cost him money.
Former Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell- who measured in shorter that listed at 5'11" rather than 6'1"- showed the ability to gain separation on one-on-one drills and great speed, which is what he is noted for. He showed good hands making catches and while he is still a late round pick, he has helped himself so far with his performance in Mobile.
Duke safety Jeremy Cash, who we had the Titans selecting in our first TitanRedZone mock draft has been solid but not spectacular so far. However, it is hard to be spectacular in practice as a safety with limited reps and considering how the practices are structured to teach players the game planning in such a short time.
The south team will practice Thursday afternoon at Ladd- Peebles Stadium. It will be the final practice open to the public as the teams prepare for Saturdays game.