South Practice – Day 2

The star of the day was CB Tre’Davious White. He is the best CB in Mobile and has played up to his reputation. White smothered receivers all day on Wednesday. No matter who he went up against, White got the best of them.

White is a physical CB, but in a reasonable way. Some college corners do too much grabbing and holding. White is more subtle and uses his size, speed and cover skills to get the best of receivers. He did draw one holding call today (there were officials at practice).

White isn’t just a size/speed guy. He has terrific instincts. He runs routes as well as the receivers at times. White has excellent body control and that allows him to mirror receivers who try to shake him with quick cuts or double moves.

Unfortunately White got hurt late in practice. He slammed his helmet on the bench, but then calmed down and walked off with a trainer. I’m guessing he is done for the week. White should be a 1st round pick.

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WR Ryan Switzer had a rough day. He has the ability to be a dynamic PR and outstanding slot receiver in the NFL, but things weren’t so great on Wednesday.

Switzer struggled to get open against White and some other CBs. There were several passes that were thrown too high for him to catch. Obviously the QB is at fault for being off-target, but it also shows the problem with having such a small target (5084, 179 and with 28-inch arms).

Switzer looked outstanding in individual drills. He is quick, fast and has good hands. He just isn’t going to beat top CBs on the outside very often.

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Let’s talk about other WRs.

Artavis Scott had another solid day. He is a smooth, talented receiver.

Fred Ross from Mississippi State had a good day. He has good feet and also catches the ball well.

Chad Williams was better than on Tuesday. He still looks raw, but his speed is real. Could be a good developmental project.

Travin Dural is a player I don’t have a good feel for. He doesn’t make mistakes, but also hasn’t stood out to me very much. He did make one impressive grab on Wednesday.

One guy that has really grown on me is Taywan Taylor from Western Kentucky. He was smaller than expected at 5-11, 198, but has played really well. Taylor is fast and runs good routes. He cuts well and shows a feel for getting open.

Taylor made an impressive catch on a deep fade down the left sideline. He later caught a pass that was thrown low. He has good hands and adjust well to the ball. I need to watch more tape of him.

*****

I like CB Demontae Kazee quite a bit, but he struggled today. Kazee got beaten several times. There was one play where he gave up a short catch and then the WR used a stiff arm to get the best of Kazee and gain an additional 5 yards.

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CB Ezra Robinson made some plays today. There was one where he had tight coverage and broke up a pass intended for Chad Williams. Unfortunately Robinson’s back was to the QB and it was sheer luck that he knocked the ball away. He has talent, but locating the ball looks like something he needs to work on.

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TE Evan Engram had some good moments. He caught a short pass on a bootleg play and turned that into a nice gain. Later on he was downfield and plucked a ball that was away from his body. He had to extend for that, but did and made a clean grab. Engram is a gifted receiver.

 

O.J. Howard (not Williams as I called him yesterday) had another good day.

I saw Gerald Everett drop one pass, but overall he (like the other TEs) played well. He showed the ability to adjust to off-target throws. He made an impressive downfield catch late in practice. He does look like a WR at times,

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ILB Alex Anzalone had a couple of standout plays. He read a screen pass well and was there to put the RB down for a loss. After that, he stuffed an inside run.

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OL thoughts.

G Jess Dunker had some good blocks. He has okay size at 6-4, 306, but is tough and physical on the inside. He got the best of DT Montravious Adams on one rep.

C Ethan Pocic was up and down. He won some battles and lost a couple as well. He is a tall interior blocker and at times DL can get under his pads.

LT Connor McDermott got the best of DE Raeshon Hall in several 1-on-1 matchups. McDermott reminds me a lot of former Eagle Jon Runyan, except he’s more athletic and not as nasty.

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CB Marquez White has played better than I anticipated. His Senior tape did not overly impress me. White has covered well so far in Mobile. The only potential issue I’ve seen is deep speed.

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DE Tanoh Kpassagnon had a solid day. He is a raw player and will make mistakes here and there. He failed to contain a bootleg on one play and the QB was able to make an easy throw. There was another play where TK failed to handle the option well and that led to a good gain.

He has some impressive moments in the 1-on-1 drills. He uses his length to get the best of blockers. Even when they seem to “win”, TK is in the backfield and would be affecting the QB. He did show a good rip move today and used that to beat stud LT Tony Garcia in a rep.

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