Post by goldenratio on Jan 22, 2020 7:10:39 GMT -5
CORNERBACKS Best player: Darnay Holmes, UCLA
After practice, I talked to Darnay Holmes about his competitive mentality because he was in a wide receiver’s face after each man coverage rep in the one-on-one drills. Confidence is half the battle of the cornerback position, and Holmes does not lack any of it – talking smack to anyone and everyone he went up against. He played aggressively and efficiently making several plays on the ball in press man alignment throughout the practice. Holmes’ speed allows him to comfortably stay on top of vertical routes, and his margin for error is much wider than other cornerbacks because of his ability to recover so quickly.
Post by goldenratio on Jan 22, 2020 7:10:56 GMT -5
LINEBACKERS Best player: Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
A safety-linebacker hybrid, Akeem Davis-Gaither was flying all over the field in the South team drills Tuesday. His speed and range in space immediately stood out, and he quickly asserted himself as the top cover linebacker on the South squad in the one-on-one drills against tight ends and running backs. In team drills, Davis-Gaither played everything from inside linebacker to slot defender, aligned across several spots in the defense, and looked incredibly poised handling these various roles. Whether it was quickly chasing down a screen play or running vertically with TEs in man coverage, Davis-Gaither showed people the traits he displayed on tape and why he is worthy of becoming a top-100 selection.
Post by goldenratio on Jan 22, 2020 7:11:47 GMT -5
SAFETIES Best player: Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
Kyle Dugger came into this year’s Senior Bowl with a lot of questions. The first was how he would adjust to the speed of higher-level competition. The second was uncertainty surrounding his role and position for an NFL defense. We got a glimpse of the answers to both on Day 1. He performed extraordinarily well in man coverage against the South tight ends and as a deep safety in his zone drops. Some analysts previously believed Dugger would have to move to an off-ball linebacker role at the next level, but he put away any concerns about his ability to move and cover in space at this first practice.
Post by goldenratio on Jan 22, 2020 7:14:41 GMT -5
LINEBACKERS Best player: Josh Uche, Michigan
Josh Uche might have been one of the best players on the field for Day 1. He dominated tight ends in pass protection drills then hopped over to the offensive line/defensive line one-on-one drills and whopped on a couple of tackles as well. He beat UConn’s Matt Peart with speed to power on the right and slipped him with a hesitation outside rush on the left — and Peart didn't lose too many other rushers for the remainder of the day.
Chase Goodbread ✔ @chasegoodbread Michigan's Josh Uche with a burst here that's too much for UConn's Matt Peart.#SeniorBowl
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Flash reps: Zack Baun, Wisconsin
I could have flipped Zack Baun and Uche, or just made a second "best player." But I gave the nod to Uche because he's a better mover on zone drops, and accordingly has more of that linebacker/EDGE versatility, whereas Baun — who told me before the session he was going to be a 4-3 WILL for the majority of practices — doesn't have the same fluidity and bend.
Baun should be a primary pass-rusher, in my eyes, but he's being tasked with a lot this week and still doing exceptionally well regardless. He nearly had a pick on 11s by reading Anthony Gordon's eyes and sinking underneath a shallow crosser. Baun won on an inside spin on offensive line one-on-ones; he blew up tight ends during pass protection drills. There's very little he can't do.
Post by goldenratio on Jan 22, 2020 7:15:04 GMT -5
CORNERBACKS Best player: Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame
We came into the week very concerned with the state of the cornerback room, as a few top players had dropped out over the last several weeks. Tony Pride Jr. is far from a top player. He's grabby when he loses at the line of scrimmage and doesn't have a good awareness of the ball in the air.
But the athletic potential has always been there, and he was competitive and confident on Day 1. It was illustrated in some dominant reps. Pride is a sticky player who gets up into player’s kitchens early and stays there for a while, forcing them into multiple efforts of redirection and releases to get outside of his reach. Nobody disrupted more route timing in the one-on-one drills than Pride. He has the early lead out of the gate.
Austin Silvey @silveyesp James Proche vs Troy Pride Jr #SeniorBowl
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Post by goldenratio on Jan 22, 2020 7:19:59 GMT -5
Five stars from Day 1 of Senior Bowl practice Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina. Kinlaw was ruining people during Tuesday's practice. His length and size were just too much for the competition, and he played with a lot of momentum. He projects as a first-round pick. The question is, how early will he be picked in the opening stanza? He measured 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds with an 84-inch wingspan on Tuesday morning, so just walking across the stage at the weigh-in pushed him up the board. This guy has some rare physical traits. If he convinces teams he can rush the passer during the pre-draft process, he can push himself toward the first half of Round 1.
Post by goldenratio on Jan 22, 2020 7:42:23 GMT -5
My 2 cents of Day 1... There are a ton of good players in this year's senior bowl from what i saw on TV, which was very limited coverage. I was very impressed with the overall play speed of these players this year. The game just keeps getting faster... It's crazy... soon it will be played at actual light speed and maybe even Ludicrous speed. lol
The WRs are the Real Deal. It's like Daniel jermiah said . it will be grocery shopping in this year's draft. You want a speed guy, just grab one. If you want a big body guy... next aisle over. (claypool or pittman) .
I think that is the theme of this draft at the deeper positions like CB, WR and OT... it will be grocery shopping depending on what kind of skill set you prefer. Most of the draft arguments between fans and scouts alike boil down to preference/confirmation bias of differing skill sets...
Cushenberry is a guy the Giants should definitely be looking at.
Agreed. J Kinlaw is a crazy good bull rusher and in the 1 on 1 I saw, cush although an ugly rep got his anchor and won the rep... I think Kinlaww got him on the next rep a bit ...but Cush competed well in the 3 reps they showed against the best pass rushing DTs in the draft.... I like what I saw.
daytripper: NFT= non football topic? i didnt know that. im old and trying to keep up lol
Jan 23, 2020 10:35:16 GMT -5
56801steve: and he's staying as classless as he is
Jan 20, 2020 11:48:56 GMT -5
56801steve: so he'll pay a fine.
Jan 20, 2020 11:39:28 GMT -5
56801steve: he actually slapped a cops but, hard. he was 'lit up', but forgiveness isnt given for being drunk a bit.
Jan 20, 2020 11:39:18 GMT -5
rjb2006: The Eagles just made chicken salad with 1/2their team consisting of subs and practice squad players...
Dec 29, 2019 20:04:02 GMT -5
frateb: man, for a second i thought detroit was going to pull this one out... i think that would have given us a chance to get as low as 2nd again?
Dec 29, 2019 16:19:47 GMT -5
56801steve: i really like your signature, negative v positive outlooks.....its so true
Dec 29, 2019 16:10:20 GMT -5
UncleJoe10: I thought Buck Allen ran hard and would keep him aboard as a nice power running back up to Saquan.
Dec 16, 2019 17:16:56 GMT -5
bronxpinstripes: Danny Dimes solved the fumbling problem against the Packers by throwing 3 INTs instead.
Dec 2, 2019 11:05:46 GMT -5
rodney27: You're right about the fumbling problem, tl65taog. I just don't think it can be fixed. He had in preseason, has it at a record pace now, and had the same problem at Duke. If he hasn't fixed it in all that time...I just don't know if he can.
Nov 29, 2019 8:26:07 GMT -5
tl65taog: yes the fumbling problem has to be fixed, but you have to be fair about it
Nov 26, 2019 0:40:25 GMT -5
homerj45: Any other members go thru prostate cancer ?
Nov 8, 2019 10:04:09 GMT -5
soullessnight: welcome to the board.
Sept 2, 2019 14:33:34 GMT -5
GordonG: Have fun and be safe
Jun 22, 2019 13:34:10 GMT -5
lastnamejaded: Summer is here! Who's vacationing and where? I'll be doing a southern tour visiting Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas, hiking trails in every state.
Jun 10, 2019 11:01:04 GMT -5
gmenfan: Jeez - the original post was about Zeke Elliott.
May 23, 2019 14:39:51 GMT -5
homerj45: Normally I would ignore a post with arrived to camp with a helicopter but,,,,back at ya,,,
Feb 14, 2019 19:09:22 GMT -5