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Joe Marino’s Day Three 2016 Senior Bowl Notes and Lunch

Written by Joe Marino on January 28, 2016

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The final day of Senior Bowl practices got underway in much warmer temperatures here in Mobile, much to the delight of all attendees. In case you missed any of my previous practice notes, links are below.

Day One Practice Notes

Day Two Practice Notes

North Practice Notes

-LA Tech DT Vernon Butler showed up just under 6’4”, 325 pounds and is a true dancing bear. He has show good movement skills and power.

-LA Tech RB Kenneth Dixon was the clear-cut best running back here all week and is making his case to be a day two selection. Dixon has a very translatable skill set with tremendous burst and is an excellent pass blocker.

-To continue my thoughts on LA Tech players, QB Jeff Driskell has the strongest arm of any QB here not named Carson Wentz. He is a developmental prospect but also very “toolsy”.

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365 Draft Podcast: Senior Bowl Recap, Days 1 & 2

Written by Bryan Perez on January 27, 2016

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Kyle Crabbs and Joe Marino are joined by Draft Breakdown Senior Analyst Bryan Perez and Bleacher Report NFL Draft Featured Columnist Luke Easterling to recap the first two days of the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl.


2016 Senior Bowl: Day Two Practice Recap

Written by Bryan Perez on January 27, 2016

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The second day of the 2016 Senior Bowl was — in one word — cold.  The start times for the practices were pushed back because of the early morning rain, with the North Team taking the field at 12:00 p.m.  The South Team started their session at 2:30, resulting in 4.5 hours of nearly non-stop evaluations.

Before I touch on who stood out today, I first want to acknowledge the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff for the pace and tone of their practice sessions.  For the second consecutive day, Coach Garrett and company have run an intense and fun-to-watch two hours.  They are winning the battle between the coaching staffs, and quite frankly, it isn’t even close.

I focused my attention on the quarterbacks and receivers yesterday, and my summary of Day One can be found here.  Today’s target was the offensive and defensive lines.

 

The Good

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Joe Marino’s Day Two 2016 Senior Bowl Practice Notes

Written by Joe Marino on January 27, 2016

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North Team Practice Notes

The competitive, up-tempo North Team practices of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett got the day started at Ladd-Peebles Stadium this afternoon. It was a frigid and brisk day here in Mobile, Alabama and I focused today more on QB’s, WR’s and DB’s while peeping the offensive and defensive lineman.

-Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge’ weaknesses were exposed today. He doesn’t have enough burst to eat up yards throughout his stem or quickness to separate out of his breaks. Additionally, he dropped multiple passes in drills.

-Ohio State TE Nick Vannett looks great on the hoof and his soft, natural hands continued to be on display. Vannett has also shown the ability to find/sit down in zones to provide a security blanket to his quarterback.

-UCLA WR Jordan Payton has quietly displayed a solid skillset. A few times today he showed good route-running skills and adjusted (read more…)


Kyle Crabbs’ Senior Bowl Recap: Day 2

Written by Kyle Crabbs on January 27, 2016

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Day 2 is in the books. Now that my fingers and eyelids have thawed and I’m able to fully function (it was in the low 40s with frequent gusts of wind blasting us for four hours this afternoon); it’s time to look over my thoughts of the day. Structure in comparison to yesterday’s recap will be a little different, I’d like to take the opportunity to recap more players. North Squad – 12 PM – 2 PM CST

  • OT Jason Spriggs looks the part of a 1st RD Offensive Tackle. He’s doing a very nice job against a talented collection of pass rushers in 1 on 1’s and has rarely been challenged (minus a strong inside spin move by Utah DL Jason Fanaika on the last rep of the day). Spriggs is difficult to force off of his balanced pass set thanks to natural athleticism and foot quickness.
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2016 Senior Bowl: Day One Practice Recap

Written by Bryan Perez on January 26, 2016

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Day one of the 2016 Senior Bowl practices is in the books.  It was a long day that started with the National Scouting Weigh-In at 8:30 a.m. and concluded with the final practice whistle at 5:15 p.m.  Simply put, it was the perfect day for an NFL Draft analyst.

The first practice was held at Fairhope Stadium, where the South Team was put through their paces by the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff.  While it wasn’t nearly as intense of a session as the North Team experienced, it still offered a valuable first look at many of the Nation’s top seniors.  The second practice was at Ladd Peebles Stadium and featured some pad-popping moments and an overall better viewing experience.

I focused my attention today on the quarterbacks and receivers, largely because the big uglies tend to increase their intensity as the week progresses.  I was excited to get an (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Day One 2016 Senior Bowl Notes

Written by Joe Marino on January 26, 2016

Weigh-Ins

Starting your day by watching 110 men in their underwear get measured in a room full of NFL coaches, scouts, executives and media personnel sounds odd but there was lot on the line for the NFL prospects invited to participate in the 2016 Senior Bowl.

All of the weigh-in results can be found in the results page: Senior Bowl Weigh-In Results

Other notables outside of what you can read on the chart:

-I was sitting next to an AFC offensive line coach. When LSU OL Vadal Alexander walked across the stage he wrote down one word to describe his body:  sloppy. I also had the word sloppy written next to BYU DL Jason Fanaika, Western Michigan OT Willie Beavers and Arkansas G Sebastian Tretola.

-Alabama LB Reggie Ragland had a disproportionate frame. He is built like a defensive tackle in the lower half but slender up top.

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Kyle Crabbs’ Senior Bowl Recap: Day 1

Written by Kyle Crabbs on January 26, 2016

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Today was the first time I’ve tasted Mobile, Alabama in all of it’s glory. The entire atmosphere here is overwhelming; there are NFL executives and head coaches at every turn. NFL legends like Dan Marino and NCAA powerhouses like Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney also made appearances today. Having drank in every single moment of my first day, I’m now ready to summarize and provide each of you with what I saw so that you too may enjoy the day’s events.

Weigh ins started at 8:30 AM CST sharp; it was just as much of a meat market as you would expect it to be. Several players answered questions about their frames, while others introduced doubt. For the record (and I tweeted as much this morning), weigh ins and measurements are not meant to be a criticism of a 6’7 player coming in at 6’5 and a half. The critical (read more…)


2016 Senior Bowl: Weigh-in Winners

Written by Bryan Perez on January 26, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) scores a first half touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Purdue Boilermakers in overtime, 29-22. (Chris Russell/Columbus Dispatch/MCT)

The first big event of the draft process’s biggest all-star game is the Senior Bowl weigh-in.  And while it’s bizarre to think that a player’s body composition will impact their draft projection, the sad reality is that it does.  The good news for the prospects that weigh in heavier or lighter than expected is that they’ll get another shot at the scale at the Scouting Combine.

There were a few players who measured in better than I expected they would.  The first guy that jumped off the stage for me was San Jose State’s running back Tyler Ervin.  Prior to today, the speedy Spartan was listed at 5’10”, 175; that’s small by any evaluator’s standards.  This morning, Ervin measured in at 5097 ( a shade under 5’10”) and 192 lbs!  He was well developed with a lot of muscle; he’s clearly worked hard at bulking up.  I still (read more…)


2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In Results

Written by Bryan Perez on January 26, 2016

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The 2016 Senior Bowl weigh-in is here!  Please refer to this post for the official weigh-in results as they happen.  Refresh the page every few minutes for the latest results!


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