Day 2 Practice Wrap Up- North Team- Backs and Linebackers Update

Posted: January 23, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Tuesday was billed as the most important day of the week in a lot of these players post season draft process. The day was heavy with 1 on 1 drills and team sessions. Wednesday’s practice will be tough but this day is all about pushing the competitive spirit of each player to the limit. The North squad had some of the usual elite performers that carried over from Day 1 but also some guys who fell off from their performance on Monday.

The first groups we saw for the day were the Running Back/ Tight End group for the North team pitted against the Linebacker/Safety. Here are some of the players that stood out… some for good reason and some for the not so good.

-Harding’s Ty Powell was a late addition to the squad. He is listed as 6’3″ and 250 pounds and was used as a stand up rush linebacker in college. He hasn’t played against elite competition in his career  and that is something that did NOT show today. He showed an array of pass rush moves to win almost all of his reps against the running back and tight ends he faced. He showed great speed off the edge and an excellent, quick, spin move to beat his man in a very convincing fashion. He has great size and burst for an outside linebacker/rush end and it will be interesting to see him in coverage  He reminds me a lot of Cameron Wake of the Miami Dolphins.

UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin

UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin

-UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin continues to impress in his all around efforts in practice. He has great quickness and runs behind his pads. He ins’t the biggest guy at 5’10” 201 pounds, but that is plenty big as a running back. He really helped himself today with his pass blocking skills. Franklin today showed great patience and footwork in one on one drills against the best defenders that they could throw at him. Couple that with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield make him a viable option as a third down back in the NFL. He is slowly proving to be an all around back and setting himself apart from the rest of the running back field. 

-A guy that continues to struggle is Robbie Rouse from Fresno State. He is a little guy at 5’5″ and 186 pounds. His size doesn’t mean I don’t think he can play at the next level (see Quizz Rodgers, MJD,LaMichael James) but what is holding him back now is his all around skill set. He did a very poor job in pass protection today, pretty much solidifying the fact that he would be a liability at the next level if asked to help in pass protection. If you couple that with the fact that he really has had issues hitting the hole and showing burst in his running abilities this week, Rouse has really made it tough on decision makers  to take a chance on him. I know this is part of the evaluation, and I will have to look at more film, but he is no more then a priority free agent as of right now.

-Another defensive player who moved around a lot was Nevada’s Duke Williams. He played some off the edge and he played down in a 6 technique rushing against the tight ends. He has enough burst and snap count anticipation to warrant a lot of attention. He had great speed off the edge and some good pass rush techniques that you may not think a safety would have. The next thing is seeing him in coverage, because you cant bring the safety on a blitz every play. At the very least, he looks like a great special teams/Nickel package guy right now.

Nevada's Duke Williams

Nevada’s Duke Williams

Quick Notes… Mike Glennon had the best day of the quarterbacks  by far, and showed great touch on the deep ball. He moves around the pocket very well for a big man… Zac Dysert had some major issues with the ball sailing on him and looked to be pressing a little…Harvard’s Kyle Juszczyk had the hit of the drill on Rutger’s Khaseem Greene in the one on one’s and he definitely showed added value in the pass protection game… No TE’s, in my opinion, have really done too much to stand out. They all have some limitations and a lot more film study will have to be done to evaluate these guy’s skill sets… UNC’s Kevin Reddick is the best LB by far, it seems, and he has really shown a good all around skill set during one on one drills and team. He should be a top 70 pick for sure when it is all said and done.

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