MOBILE, Ala. –
– Just back from this morning’s North team practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Some guys missing, some guys flashing and a whole lot of on lookers watching.
– First, from a Rams perspective, here’s something I found interesting. GM Les Snead, Director of College Scouting Taylor Morton and a couple others from the scouting staff take a little different approach to scouting here. Rather than sitting in the stands and getting a big picture view, Snead likes to be down on the field, right in the mix. It allows him to stalk the sidelines, see how guys interact and evaluate players up close. Plenty of people come down here for the networking but make no mistake, Snead and Co. are all business.
– Between after the practice interviews on the field and the formal interviews at night, the Rams will have someone talk to pretty much every player in attendance at this Senior Bowl. The formal interviews take place for about two and a half hours every night at a local hotel.
– As for today’s practice, there were a few players either not in attendance or not practicing worth noting in the morning session. Oregon OT Kyle Long, brother of Chris, was nowhere to be found during the practice. No word on his whereabouts but he wasn’t there. Same for Ohio State DT John Simon.
– Linebackers Arthur Brown (Kansas State) and Trevardo Williams (Connecticut) also did not participate in practice.
– A few former Rams are walking the bleachers here. Former wideout/safety Mike Furrey is here. He’s now the head coach at Kentucky Christian University. Although he doesn’t have a defined role yet, former Rams CB Todd Lyght is a part of the Eagles’ coaching staff and down here talking to prospects on their behalf. Another former CB, Travis Fisher, has also been spotted down here. I’ll try to catch up with him for an update.
– It’s an interesting mix this week at quarterback as none of the signal callers seem to stand above the rest. The North features Miami (Ohio)’s Zac Dysert, North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon and Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib. Glennon hit some big throws during team drills and seven on seven but nobody really seemed to stand above the rest.
– North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams is an impressive player. He’s also a St. Louis native with an interesting story. I plan to have more on him in the coming days.
– Another local guy playing DT who is drawing some buzz is Missouri Southern’s Brandon Williams. He’s built solid despite weighing in around 340 pounds and he has the look of a small school gem.
– Some talented receivers showed up for the North during the Tuesday morning practice. Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton can absolutely fly. He made some big catches down the field in team drills and during seven on sevens. Of course, nobody looks more athletic than Texas’ Marquise Goodwin. This is an Olympic level athlete with the burst and explosion that could make him a big time performer if he gets the fundamentals down.
– Kansas State WR Chris Harper brings a little different dimension. Harper has great size and strength. He’s not the fastest guy here but he’s solid and made some nice grabs.
– Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher is as advertised. A big, long limbed, quick footed tackle. Scouts say he may lack the punch and power to be a dominant run blocker but he has the pass protection skills to step in immediately.
– Michigan WR/QB Denard Robinson is still wearing the no contact jersey. He’s struggling a bit to adjust to his new position and he really struggled with trying to catch punts at the end of practice.
– Of course, everyone who tried to catch punts at the end of practice really struggled.
– Off to get a look at the South team. It seems this is where the major talent is as many of the bigger “names” reside on the South squad. Back with an update on that and much more after this practice.
– Thanks for reading.
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