There was rain in Mobile on Thursday so the practices were moved from Ladd-Peebles Stadium over to the University of South Alabama’s indoor practice facility. USA isn’t a huge school, but that is a really nice facility.
Jeremy Chinn measured in at 6-3, 219. You would think that makes him a box safety, but that’s not the case. He has played in the slot, in the box and back deep. Chinn is good on TEs with his size and athleticism.
He got matched up with bigger WRs today in some of the drills. Chinn was able to be physical with them and stay close. I was hoping to see him against smaller, speedier guys, but that just didn’t happen.
Adam Trautman is one of the top TEs in this class. He has good size at 6-5, 251. He is a good athlete and terrific receiver. He made one really impressive grab today when he went up for the ball. You love big guys who can still go up and get the ball.
Trautman has excellent hands. He catches the ball very smoothly. I do not have a good feel for his blocking ability. But the team that picks him will want Trautman for his ability to catch passes.
Here is a clip from earlier in the week.
I am a HUGE Adam Trautman fan (Dayton TE). He has a really good feel as a route runner and he’ll more than hold up in the run game. pic.twitter.com/zaTuBXzobf
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 23, 2020
WR Denzel Mims has had a great week and continued that on Thursday. He is 6-3 and has 33-inch arms so that gives him a big catch radius. Mims does a great job of finding the ball and then extending for it. He also adjusts to the ball well.
Mims has definitely helped himself this week.
WR James Proche has been terrific this week. He gets open and seems to catch everything thrown his way. I think he’s best suited for the slot. Here is a clip of him making a catch today. The Auburn CB actually made contact with me on this play. It isn’t my video, but I was just a few feet away. You really appreciate how big and fast these young men are when they come at you full speed.
— Daniel Valente (@StatsGuyDaniel) January 23, 2020
KJ Hill is another receiver who is great at getting open and then seems to catch anything that is near him. He made one impressive catch in traffic today and then made one that words just don’t do justice.
KJ Hill really just did that pic.twitter.com/wkR32Infah
— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) January 23, 2020
QB Shea Patterson hasn’t wowed anyone this week. He did make one beautiful throw on the move today. You can see his physical gifts. He does need a lot of work, though. He’ll be an interesting project for some team.
LB Malik Harrison had an impressive pick on a pass thrown over the middle. If you watch Ohio State, you’ll know that’s not an accident. Harrison broke up 4 passes each of the past two seasons.
I went up to C Nick Harris after practice to get a closer look at his frame. He weighed in at 293 on Tuesday and I was curious to see if he had room to add more bulk. Harris looks pretty maxed out. He might add a few pounds, but he’s not getting much bigger.
I haven’t said much about Justin Herbert so far but he is the best QB in Mobile. He has the strongest arm and just throws lasers. When he grips it ‘n rips it, that is a thing of beauty.
Herbert could be as high as a Top 10 pick. He has all the physical tools you would want in a franchise QB. My concern with him involves decision-making.
Thursday was a good day for Herbert. He made some terrific throws. He showed the ability to throw darts, but also put good touch on some passes. He also made a beautiful throw on the move to the right side.
My ranking of the QBs in Mobile:
1 – Justin Herbert
2 – Jordan Love
3 – Jalen Hurts
4 – Shea Patterson
5 – Steven Montez
6 – Anthony Gordon
Jalen Hurts throws a nice ball. He doesn’t have the same type of arm as Herbert, but he can put some RPMs on the ball. I’ve been most impressed by his touch throws. Hurts throws a very catchable pass. He’s also accurate when lofting the ball to a specific target.
RB Antonio Gibson also played some WR at Memphis. He is 6-1, 223 and his legs are definitely RB legs. He is thick and muscular.
Gibson has been pretty good as a pass catcher in Mobile, but he has had a couple of disappointing drops. He does run well and has a chance to be an excellent role player for an NFL team.
Florida DE Jonathan Greenard showed off his speed today. Greenard lined up on both the right and left side. He got by OTs on both sides by flying off the edge. It looked like he also got some reps at LB.
Safety Kyle Dugger continued his great week. Today he lined up in the middle and then came up quickly on a run play. Dugger punched the ball out of the RB’s hands.
Dugger has shown the ability to cover, tackle and make plays. Big time performance from him this week.
DT Robert Windsor had a “wow” moment when he got an OG off balance and slung him to the ground. The OG handled the situation the right way. He got Windsor off balance on the next play and put him on the ground. I think it was Damien Lewis from LSU, but my angle was somewhat blocked so I couldn’t be sure.
Jauan Jennings is one of my favorite receivers in Mobile. He’s been okay this week, but hasn’t really stood out. Jennings had a good day on Thursday, catching a lot of passes and looking good in doing so.
He had a couple of odd moments. Jennings caught a pass in the end zone and then tossed the ball to a guy standing to my right. There was an NFL scout on my left. He asked the guy if he was friends with Jennings. The guy said “no” and had no idea why Jennings did that. The scout had a puzzled look on his face.
Earlier in the day, Jennings caught a pass for a TD, spun the ball on the ground and then slapped hands with another person beside me. Totally random.
Jennings has a big personality and was trying to have some fun. Some teams won’t have a problem with that. Others will point out this was a form of a job interview and those were strange things to do.