NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
It was nice to get a chance to see the South practice today on a much cleaner field. The first day of practice was over at a high school stadium that was partially flooded. So far, the South team has looked a lot better than the North, so for players to be standing out, they have to be playing very well.
-I continue to be very unimpressed with UNC WR Dwight Jones down here. He was a player I was high on coming in to the senior bowl, but he’s been a pretty big disappointment. He’s one of the slowest WRs down here, he’s had some drops and doesn’t look real physical in the one on one drills. Good thing he’s got some good tape. He can look lazy at times down here.
-Illinois T Jeff Allen is a guy who continues to impress me. Coming from the B1G, you never know what you’re going to get, but he’s done as good a job as you can against solid SEC pass rushers like Melvin Ingram and Courtney Upshaw.
-Alabama TE/FB Brad Smelley is another interesting guy down here. He won’t blow anyone away with his speed, but he’s sure handed and a steady blocker.
-Baylor RB Terrance Ganaway was getting a lot of looks after practice from scouts. I tried to talk to him, but couldn’t because of the crowd around him. He’s a big guy at over 240 pounds, and the Redskins coaches had him playing some fullback today.
-Arizona WR Juron Criner doesn’t flash a ton of upside, but he’s a steady WR who I could see as a back-up WR in the NFL for years. I see a bit of Chris Chambers in him.
-Some of the offensive linemen down here have had rough patches. Troy OL James Brown and Alabama C William Vlachos have been getting smoked at times.
–Brandon Weeden looks pretty comfortable under center after spending much of his time in the shotgun at OK St. He’s my no. 3 QB this year.
-Texas A&M WR Jeff Fuller is a guy I keep paying attention to. He’s the biggest WR down here at 6’4” 218 and he moves quick for a big guy. He catches the ball away from his body, but I’d like to see that big 81 inch wingspan put to use soon.
–Georgia OL Ben Jones and Cordy Glenn continue to impress. Jones is definitely the best center down here, probably the best interior lineman over all. Cordy Glenn is massive in the mold of Marcus Cannon. He’s quick to the second level for his size.
-I wanted to see Florida State T Zebrie Sanders prove himself to be a first round prospect down here, but I just can’t see it yet. He’s just not strong enough yet.
-I’m unimpressed with a lot of the QBs down here, but Ryan Lindley is one who stands out. He looks lumbering at almost 6’4” 229. He’s got a big arm, but the accuracy isn’t there and during 11 on 11 drills, the pocket presence isn’t either.