* The most impressive player for the South that I saw was WR Phillip Dorsett. He was explosive and got open with ease on a regular basis. One GM raved about him as we watched practice. When CBs had to play off-coverage, they had little to no chance to cover Dorsett. He came off the ball and then just exploded by them. Blake Sims tried to hit him with a pass down the sideline. The ball ended up on the ground behind Dorsett. Sims has good WRs to work with, but no one as fast as Dorsett, who some think will run in the 4.25-4.30 range.
* Let’s talk about Blake Sims. He had an up and down day. I thought he was at his best throwing on the run and on short passes. He looked comfortable and was accurate with good velocity. I didn’t see many good throws down the field. You can see that Sims is a gifted player with potential, but he has to play better to show that he should be the #3 QB in this class.
* QB Garrett Grayson looked a bit stiff and awkward when I watched his tape this year, but he grew on me today. He showed the best arm of anyone in Mobile. He had a couple of good deep throws. Grayson got his week off to a good start.
* Auburn star Sammie Coates had a solid showing. As one NFL scout summed up the situation today, you basically have to teach him how to run routes, but the guy is physically gifted. Coates only measured in at 6-2, 213, but he seemed stronger and more physical than other receivers and DBs. He didn’t show great hands, but made a couple of nice catches. He looked comfortable catching short stuff as well as going deep. Serious potential, but needs a lot of work.
* CB Kevin White looked the most natural of the CBs today. He was instinctive and showed good cover skills. Unfortunately, White is just 5-9, 180. Will some team give him a chance outside or is he doomed to a life in the slot? White is physical with WRs. He is tough and athletic. White was at his best playing press coverage.
* Ole Miss star Senquez Golson is another undersized CB who stood out today.
* I loved watching Clayton Geathers, the FS from Central Florida. He played in the box and back deep. He was impressive in man coverage. Geathers looked athletic in the drills. He showed fluid hips and looked agile. He had good hands. Good start to his Senior Bowl week.
* Jaquiski Tartt is a big Safety at 6-1, 220. He can hit like a ton of bricks. I was curious to see how agile and athletic he might be. As you would imagine, 220-pound DBs rarely have the same movement skills as smaller DBs. I did think Tartt moved okay and had a good overall day. He broke up one pass in the team drills and just missed picking off another one.
* ILB Denzel Perryman had the biggest hit of the day. I didn’t get to see it, but did hear the crowd go wild when it happened.