North squad Senior Bowl notes

The North squad went through their second Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday morning. The quarterback picture is starting to come into focus, and we note other observations from Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

During a chilly and sometimes-breezy morning practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the quarterback situation for the North team has come into a bit clearer focus – which is to say there are no high-round picks likely to come from the North squad.

Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell said one of his goals is to show that he can be an NFL-style quarterback, more than just a player who lines up in the shotgun and dispenses the ball quickly. So far, he has shown there is work to do with a three-quarters-style release.

Sam Houston State QB Rhett Bomar has a cannon for an arm, but his release is all arm and no body. That makes it appear as if he has a quick release, but his mechanics would likely be tweaked at the NFL level.

Bomar did make one nice scramble that showed he has some pocket awareness and running ability.

Moving down the North roster, Central Arkansas QB Nathan Brown doesn't appear to have much of an NFL career ahead of him. His arm strength doesn't seem to be enough to get it done at that level, something several bystanders noted.

Other observations from Tuesday morning's North squad practice:

  • Oklahoma linebacker Nic Harris looked the smoothest of the bunch with a good hip turn and seemed to impress the Bengals coaches with his tackling technique during drills. When the practice moved to full-team work, he made a couple of nice open-field hits as well.

  • Washington State receiver Brandon Gibson made some nice catches, one of them of the diving variety, but he also dropped an easy pass during team drills.

  • USF linebacker Tyrone McKenzie had a tendency to get too high when making tackles and was instructed a couple of times about that flaw.

  • Western Michigan defensive back Louis Delmas laid a big hit on Cal-Poly receiver Ramses Barden during team drills. Both ended up on the ground but got up without incident.

  • Connecticut cornerback Darius Butler looked good in pressing receivers at the line of scrimmage and is quick to recover in coverage.

  • Ohio State receiver Brian Robiskie had one dropped pass in the middle of the field, but the chilly and breezy conditions seemed to play with a couple of receivers' confidence. Robiskie has shown solid route skills and confidence in traffic in the first two practices.

  • Oregon State cornerback Keenan Lewis made one very nice break on a pass to bat away the ball.

  • Oklahoma offensive tackle Phil Loadholt whiffed during one one-on-one drill, but other than that he looked very solid locking onto rushers in individual and team drills.

  • Purdue defensive lineman Alex Magee showed great quickness off the snap in back-to-back individual drills, first taking an outside rush and beating his man and the next time splitting two defenders inside.

  • Oregon offensive lineman Max Unger appeared adept at not letting a defender loose once he has him engaged.

  • Connecticut offensive lineman William Beatty appears to have good feet, but he was bulled-rushed off balance by Northern Illinois defensive lineman Cody Brown on one occasion.

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