Senior Bowl – Day 2 – North

Josh Allen was the headliner again today, but this time for very different reasons. He struggled on Tuesday, but took a big step forward today. Allen wasn’t perfect to be sure, but he played well.

Allen and receiver Daesean Hamilton connected over and over. There were short, intermediate and even deeper throws. The passes were tight spirals thrown with good velocity. More important than anything, they were accurate. Allen looked like an NFL QB today.

Allen made the throw of the day. He “dropped it in the bucket”, as the saying goes. for a long TD to Allen Lazard. That showed touch and accuracy.

When practice shifted from individual and group periods to 11-on-11, things got rocky. Allen was back to being erratic. He threw a wobbly INT. Luckily, Allen bounced back from that and had some good throws in the 11-on-11 period. He made one terrific throw on the move. The pass was incomplete, but was 20 or more yards downfield and right against the sideline. Allen gave his guy a chance to make a play.

I still wouldn’t touch him #1 overall, but Allen showed a lot of improvement today and that was very encouraging.

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Hamilton had a strong day. He regularly got open and caught the ball very well. He has excellent body control and is a natural hands catcher.

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Baker Mayfield had a solid showing, but wasn’t at Allen’s level. Mayfield was consistent, doing well in drills, in the 7-on-7 period and in 11-on-11. He was good on throws to WRs, TEs and RBs.

Mayfield measured in at just over 6-feet tall. That was critical for him. Teams are scared of QBs under 6-feet, no matter the resume. Mayfield hit that benchmark and it will help his draft status.

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DT Nathan Shepherd had a good showing on Tuesday. He was playing well again on Wednesday, but broke his hand. NFL teams saw enough to know he’s not just a small school star. Shepherd is a legit NFL prospect.

I thought Shepherd held up well against double-teams on Wednesday. He’s got athleticism, strength and he’s willing to do the dirty work.

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If you want a prototypical slot receiver, Braxton Berrios is your guy. He measured in at 5-9, 177. He is quick and shifty. There was one play today where he just faked a CB out of his shoes to create separation and get open. Berrios doesn’t have the speed or size to play outside, but he can be a valuable role player for NFL teams.

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Army OT Brett Toth had a strong showing. He absolutely stoned a couple of DEs trying to beat him in 1-on-1 drills. There was another rep where Toth shoved Jalyn Holmes to the ground. Toth did get off-balance on one play and the DE put him on the ground. Toth spent the vast majority of his college career as a run blocker. He’s shown the ability to pass protect and run block so far in Mobile.

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Tyrell Crosby was the Pac-12 OL of the Year in 2017. He had some good moments on Wednesday, especially when going against Jalyn Holmes. There was one play where Crosby put Holmes on the ground. Crosby has very good size at 6-5, 319.

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ILB Nick DeLuca had some good moments. He picked off a pass from Tanner Lee. I have no idea how Lee didn’t see him. DeLuca also made a good tackle of a RB in 11-on-11 period.

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DT Justin Jones had a good day. He drove Cole Madison backward on one rep. Jones got penetration on another play. He caught my eye several times. Always good when a DT does that.

NC State teammate B.J. Hill also had a good day. He got the best of Mason Cole on one rep and later did the same to Sean Welsh. Hill showed up in 1-on-1  and team drills. He is a powerful DT, but also has a good motor and will hustle in pursuit of the ball.

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RB Kalen Ballage had some nice plays. He caught a downfield pass, getting the best of Obo Okoronkwo. Ballage had a good run in an 11-on-11 session. He has an impressive combination of size and speed.

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Trayvon Henderson is the DB who picked off Josh Allen. It was a bad throw more than anything, but you like DBs who catch the ball when it comes their way.

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Kemoko Turay played DE at Rutgers. He is listed at LB for the Senior Bowl. He got a chance to show his pass rush skills in the 1-on-1’s and didn’t disappoint. Turay was quick off the ball and used a good shoulder dip to get by multiple blockers. At 6-4, 252, Turay could be a 3-4 OLB or a 4-3 DE.

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CB Duke Dawson played in the slot and outside. He was ill on Tuesday and didn’t practice, but covered well today.

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I continue to be impressed with Jaylen Samuels as an inside runner. He is patient and has good vision. When the hole is there, he will attack it and get upfield.

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LB Fred Warner showed his athleticism on a run play in 11-on-11’s. The offense tried to run outside and Warner flew over to get the TFL. He is a good athlete.

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