Senior Bowl – Day 1 – South

OT Alex Cappa had some buzz coming into the Senior Bowl. He was dominant at his level and just abused the players he went up against. It was interesting to see him go up against good competition. Cappa had a good showing in the 1-on-1 drills. He looked comfortable as a pass protector and moved well.

I thought Cappa struggled a bit in the 11-on-11’s. I saw him beaten by LB Shaquem Griffin and DE Kylie Fitts. The problem on both plays appeared to be Cappa not using his hands well.

There is no doubt that Cappa is a legit NFL prospect and has a bright future.

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I liked what I saw from OG Colby Gossett and OT Joe Noteboom. Noteboom especially caught my eye. He looked athletic in the movement drills and then blocked well in the 1-on-1’s.

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Auburn MLB Tre’ Williams had the hit of the day. He blew up a RB in the hole. If you watch Williams tape from the season, that’s what you see. He’s a thumper who is at his best on inside runs. Unfortunately, I thought Williams looked a bit stiff in coverage today. I love his physicality, but don’t see him as a 3-down LB.

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I did like Darius Leonard, the LB from South Carolina State. He measured in at 6-2, 229. Leonard played the run well in 9-on-7 drills and also looked comfortable in coverage.

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LB Micah Kiser had a great career at Virginia. He has a thick build and I thought he moved okay in some drills. He didn’t look good in coverage.

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WR James Washington measured in at 5-11, 210, slightly different from his college program size of 6-1, 205. I thought Washington had an outstanding day. He caught the ball really well and looked like a polished receiver. He made a really impressive catch on a deep ball.

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I was also impressed by WR Byron Pringle. He was a big play receiver at Kansas State and continued that today by hauling in a deep ball. I also saw him catch several underneath throws. He wasn’t bothered by contact or tight coverage.

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None of the South QBs stood out. I probably liked Mike White the best. He looked natural and moved well. He was good on short throws. The problem is that he doesn’t have a strong arm and also struggled with downfield throws.

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WR Tre’quan Smith caught the ball well today. Both Marcell Ateman and J’Mon Moore struggled. Moore really seemed to be fighting the ball. Hopefully he’ll be better on Wednesday. We see a WR or two every year who struggles on the first day, but gets better.

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I was hoping DE Marcus Davenport would have a strong showing, but he failed to stand out when I watched him. He is explosive and has an outstanding dip move. When the coaches were working on some drills to get DL to use their hands, it appeared Davenport kept using the dip. He’s got to work on other moves.

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Texas DT Poona Ford has some heavy hands. He was killing the bags in the DL drills. Ford reminds me of former Eagles DT Mike Patterson. Both were undersized, strong as bulls and quick off the ball. Ford won’t be an early pick, but he’s a talented kid.

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TE Ian Thomas measured in at 6033, 256. That’s not ideal height for a TE. He is a talented pass catcher and looked good as a receiver on Tuesday.

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CB Danny Johnson had some good reps today. He’s only 5-9, 182, but showed the ability to mirror receivers. That size likely makes him a nickel in the NFL, but that’s become a key position.

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M.J. Stewart is a smart, veteran CB. He had a solid day and you could see his cover skills. One possible concern is deep speed. He had one receiver get by him and Stewart could not catch up.

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LB Shaquem Griffin was a dominant player for UCF the last two years. He’s awkward for the NFL because he rushed the passer a lot, but is only 6-0, 223. That’s more like a DB than a pass-rushing LB.

There is also the matter that he’s only got one hand. NFL teams want to see if he can play, but have to be concerned about that.

I thought Griffin had a solid day. He showed excellent quickness when he was rushing upfield. He took on blockers in 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. I didn’t see him in coverage.

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2 Responses to Senior Bowl – Day 1 – South

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  2. James Adair says:

    Keep it coming Tommy. Watched the NFL Network’s coverage.

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