South Practice – Day 1

4 players were practicing catching punts. Ryan Switzer caught the ball really well. Cam Sutton and Donnel Pumphrey also looked natural. CB Demontae Kazee struggled.

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TE O.J. Howard might have been the star of the day. He ran good routes, got open and showed the ability to stretch the field. He caught just about everything thrown his way, including making a pair of one-handed grabs. On one of those it looked like he could have gotten the other hand on the ball, but was almost showing off.

Howard has size, athleticism, he can block and he’s a good receiver, He should be the top Senior TE taken.

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DE Tanoh Kpassagnon was unblockable this year, but Villanova plays at the FCS level. How would he fare against big time competition? Just fine. TK lined up at DE on both the left and right side. It was wild to watch him on the back side of run plays. He took 2 steps and already seemed to be on the other side of the formation. He’s 6-7 and just eats up ground.

TK had some good moments in the 1-on-1 drills. He threw highly-regarded OL prospect Forrest Lamp to the ground on one rep. He gave RT Justin Senior fits on a few reps. TK is still raw and has some moments where he looks awkward due to his size, but he is a really impressive prospect.

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Let’s talk WRs.

Clemson’s Artavis Scott was the smoothest receiver for the South. He ran good routes and caught the ball well. Clemson WRs have done well in recent years. They just seem to know how to play, while also being athletic and skilled

Ryan Switzer looks like a slot receiver, but that’s not a bad thing at all. He reminds me of Jamison Crowder, who starred at Duke, lit up the Senior Bowl a few years back and is now playing really well for the Skins. Switzer makes crisp cuts and has excellent burst out of them. He caught the ball well today, even going to the ground for one low throw,

Chad Williams from Grambling did not start off well. He dropped the ball a few times early in practice. Even when he did make the grab, Williams seemed to be fighting the ball. Give the young man credit, though. He got better as practice went along. His highlight moment came when he ran by CB Kazee and hauled in a long TD.

Josh Reynolds measured in a bit smaller than expected at just under 6-3 and 187 pounds. He really struggled early in practice, but it was like a light switch went on when he had a CB on him. Reynolds caught everything thrown his way, and some of those throws were up high. He really extended for the ball and made some impressive grabs.

Taywan Taylor caught my eye a few times. I’ll watch him more closely the rest of the week.

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Forrest Lamp was up and down. He struggled at OT a few times. He played better at OG, although he did get beaten in there at least once. Lamp played LT in college. He was all over the OL today. Due to his short arms and overall build, teams want him to play OG.

After practice, Lamp talked about the adjustment. At OT, he could sit back and let the DL come to him. That isn’t the case on the inside. The DL is already on you at the snap. You must use your hands really well. That is something the coaches are working with him on.

Lamp was asked about playing OT vs OG and said he didn’t care. He just wanted to start for an NFL team. I was impressed with that attitude and also his willingness to admit specific issues with his game that must be improved. Real good prospect. I expect him to get better each day.

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CB Tre’Davious White was up and down. He picked off the first pass of the day when he jumped a short route. White got a good break on the ball on a few routes. White gave up some completions as well.

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QUICK HITS

ILB Harvey Langi had some good hits and played inside runs well. He is a big, physical LB.

None of the South QBs stood out to me. Davis Webb looked the best. Antonio Pipkin looked the worst. Josh Dobbs had good moments, but also struggled at times. Pipkin is a small school guy and sometimes it can take those guys an extra day to adjust to the level of competition. We’ll see how he does the next 2 days.

DE Daeshon Hall had a good day, mixing in speed rushes, inside moves and spin moves.

Montravius Adams showed big time ability on a couple of reps. He is a big, gifted DT.

OG Danny Isidora had a pretty good day in the 1-on-1 drills. He is stout.

DE Keionta Davis had a good day. He used speed and power to beat blockers, both left and right sides.

S Justin Evans broke up a downfield pass. The ball was over toward the sideline and he showed good range in getting there.

Tony Garcia really looks the part of a LT. He has a great frame and is a gifted blocker. There were times today when he was outstanding, but he also got beat by Hall on a couple of reps.

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