NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
Day 1 of the Senior Bowl was a long day for me that started long, long ago at 3:30 am in Boston. I attended the South practice and here’s what I saw:
-Texas A&M product Jeff Fuller is a huge WR. Almost looks like a TE, but moves like a receiver. There was a lot to like from him today. I actually thought he played better than Dwight Jones. There were a few nice battles between Fuller and North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins.
-Jenkins was another one that really impressed today. He was playing really physically all day, and made some really nice plays in one on one drills.
-North Carolina WR Dwight Jones looked a little slow and tentative out on the practice field today. Parts of the field were really wet, which hindered some players, especially Florida RB Chris Rainey, who was slipping and sliding all over the field.
-Houston WR Patrick Edwards showed off some plus hands. He was consistently catching the ball away from his body without much movement.
-Joe Adams made a couple spectacular diving catches. He’s the kind of player that QBs will love. He’s willing the make the catch that’s thrown perfectly where only he can get to it.
-Furman CB Ryan Steed impressed me today as well. He was playing very physically at the line.
-Clemson DT Brandon Thompson was an absolute beast during one on one pass rushing drills. There were times where it looked like the o-line was barely even touching him.
-Georgia C Ben Jones and Illinois T Jeff Allen were the best offensive linemen today. Jones was doing a nice job of standing up the pass rushers and never letting them past him. Allen is a really solid pass blocker. He could really move up draft boards.
-Terrance Ganaway looks a lot like LaGarrette Blount physically. He runs a little upright, but showed surprising quickness.
Looking forward, I’m excited to watch more of Melvin Ingram and Quinton Coples.