Senior Bowl – South Day 2

THE SOUTH

QBs are usually the headliners so let’s star there. I’m not a huge fan of the South QBs. I don’t think any of them are likely to be Top 100 picks. Forget about 1st round consideration.

Brandon Allen is the best. Dak Prescott is the worst. You can argue for Jake Coker and Jacoby Brissett, depending on what you like in a QB.

Allen had another good day as a passer. It was cold and windy in Mobile on Wednesday, but Allen’s passes still had good zip and were accurate. I hoped Coker would get going today, but it didn’t happen. His motion is slow and it feels like he is being too deliberate for some reason. He threw a couple of deep balls that were accurate and had good touch, but they also had too much air under them. Any decent FS would have gotten to the passes. In 1-on-1 drills, there is no FS.

Eric Striker was a terrific college player. Oklahoma listed him as a 6-0, 222 LB, but he really was mainly a pass rusher (23 career sacks). Striker would fly off the edge and seemed unblockable at times. He came to Mobile and turned into a 5-11, 228 conventional LB. Striker isn’t a great athlete. He doesn’t have great movement skills. You watch him in the LB drills and he doesn’t stand out. His backpedal is pretty good, but there are 250-pound guys that look more agile than him. He was okay in the pass rush drill (where he went up against TEs/RBs), but not as good as I expected.

Reggie Ragland measured in at 6-1, 259. He had a big reputation heading into the week and hasn’t disappointed at all. He stuffed a run play in a team drill, showing his ability to set the edge and even get off blocks. He ran over a RB who tried to block him in the pass rush drill. Ragland wanted a chance to show teams he could play an edge rusher role so he got some reps in the OL/DL drills. He did not stand out as a rusher when being blocked by an OT. Ragland has shown an impressive motor all week and brings a lot of energy to the field.

WR Sterling Shepard made a terrific catch. The ball was up high. He hauled it in while on the run. He somehow located the ball, reached up and grabbed it while staying on the move. Impressive.

Another WR who has done some good things is Jay Lee from Baylor. He played in the shadow of Corey Coleman, but Lee is 6-2, 214, looks to have pretty good speed and is athletic. He’s made some tough grabs. I need to watch more of him.

CB Jalen Mills broke up a couple of passes along the sideline. He played S and in the slot some at LSU, but is mostly playing CB in Mobile. At 6-0, 194, he is better suited to play CB. He also seems to have a good feel for coverage.

I looked down to one end of the field where the OL were to check out Cody Whitehair. I couldn’t see him anywhere. Most of the field was being taken up as the team practiced covering and returning KOs. I glanced to that end for one moment and saw Whitehair was the only OL down there. He was in the role of a lead blocker for the KOR. Interesting. One of his strengths is blocking on the move or out in space so using him that way does make some sense.

Whitehair spent most of the day playing LG. And he was outstanding. He blocked a variety of DL and handled them all. The thing I like most about him is how smart he plays. Whitehair does a great job with positioning and angles. You don’t have to physically maul your defender. Just block him. Whitehair gets that and does what is needed on each play. He has good movement skills, but is efficient with what he does and always has a good base. That allows him to handle bigger guys.

I kept a close eye on Whitehair during individual and team drills. I didn’t see him get beat once. That isn’t to say I couldn’t have missed a rep here or there, but I didn’t see a bad rep. I’m really impressed with him.

Spencer Drango played LT for Baylor for the last 37 years. Or maybe it just seems that way. He did well in the 1-on-1 drills, even when facing some good edge rushers. Drango really struggled in team sessions. He got beat numerous times. Speed rushers really got the best of him. I think he can play LT in the NFL for the right team, but I don’t think he would thrive. I think he’s more likely to be at his best at OG.

A pair of edge rushers really stood out. Dadi Nicolas and Noah Spence were flying off the edge and giving blockers fits. Nicolas is only 6-3, 235, but he has 10 1/2 inch hands and 35 1/4 inch arms. Those are great physical traits for an edge rusher. The question with Nicolas is how much bigger he can get. He has a good frame, but is already very muscular. I’m not sure he can carry 260 the right way. Nicolas was disruptive all day when coming off the edge. He will be a valuable pass rusher in the NFL. Can he get big enough to be a starter, or is he able to play LB in base sets and then rush on passing downs?

Spence began his career at Ohio State, but had some issues and ended up at Eastern Kentucky. He is 6-3, 254 and has big hands. He can absolutely fly off the ball. He also has good power. He beat blockers all day long.

Sheldon Rankins is a player I’m not as high on as others, but he was outstanding on Wednesday. Rankins used a combination of methods to give blockers fits. He used a quick burst to beat some. He used a powerful bull rusher to drive blockers backward. Rankins also used his hands to win. He would come off the ball quickly, swat the hands of the blocker and then just beat him with ease.

Quick Hits

K.J. Maye put a nasty move on a CB and got loose for a long bomb. Maye is slow, but he knows how to get open.

Charone Peake showed good hands a few times. He can really pluck the ball.

Le’Raven Clark was good on Tuesday, but more up and down on Wednesday.

John Theus seemed to mostly play RT. He struggled for most of the day.

Glenn Gronkowski had a very good block in the pass rush drill. They call him a TE, but at 6-2, 230 he’s more of a FB.

S Kevin Byard picked off a downfield throw that was put up for grabs. Nice catch. Not his strength on tape.

OL Vadal Alexander struggled with speedy edge rushers.

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