MOBILE, Ala. – A handful of observations from the North team’s second practice of Senior Bowl week, held Tuesday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium here:
QB MIKE GLENNON, N.C. STATE: Last year, half of the six quarterbacks — Brandon Weeden, Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins — appeared NFL-ready throughout the week. (The others were Nick Foles, Ryan Lindley and Kellen Moore.) Two of them became full-time starters, and the other, Cousins, showed he could eventually be one in relief duty for the Redskins. This year, only Glennon looks like he could plausibly be ready to start as a rookie. He was the most accurate quarterback in the team and seven-on-seven portions of practice, and was perfect in seven-on-seven, going 6-of-6.
WR AARON DOBSON, MARSHALL: He was quick off the line of scrimmage and easily gained separation from Utah State cornerback Will Davis on a deep post, and then adjusted to a short throw and made the catch in spite of Davis’ attempt to pry the ball from his grasp.
TE NICK KASA, COLORADO: The team that selects the only Buff here will get a player still in the developmental process; he’s only one year into his transition from defensive end to tight end and still appears raw, especially in his blocking, where he was overpowered at times in the team drills, particularly by Texas defensive end Alex Okafor. However, he got open more consistently than any other tight end on the North roster and caught a long pass down the seam.
WR DENNARD ROBINSON: In his first week of practice as a wide receiver, he appeared to only have one weapon in his arsenal: a double move. At one time, he used it very well, sending the defender sprawling. At others, he fooled no one. Robinson doesn’t appear to be 100 percent, and the yellow no-contact jersey he wore is proof of his status. Still, he needs the work, even if it’s limited to one-on-one work, as was the case Tuesday.
LB TY POWELL, HARDING: Small-school players typically have the most to gain this week, and Powell has shown the most of that sizable group, showing good range and pursuit. At times, he seemed to be everywhere.
LB KEVIN REDDICK, NORTH CAROLINA: He can cover much of the field, doesn’t take bad angles and doesn’t force himself into mismatches. Reddick isn’t spectacular, but his intelligent play could fit the bill for a team with a pair of athletic, rangy outside linebackers.
RB KENJON BARNER, OREGON: He was rarely asked to pick up blitzes in Oregon’s offense, so any success against linebackers and safeties was going to be a bit of an upset, but he not only held his own, but was the steadiest blocker among the running backs on the North team.
LT ERIC FISHER, CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Easily the standout offensive tackle here, Fisher almost appeared to have it too easy as he shrugged off one pass rusher after another, while also flourishing as a run blocker. He might be ideal for the tackle-starved Chargers — if he lasts all the way down to the No. 11 pick.
DE MARGUS HUNT, SMU: He measured at 6-foot-8 and has a massive, 82.5-inch wingspan. Hunt is one of the most raw players here, as he didn’t take up the sport until four years ago, and as a result doesn’t have an array of moves and struggles with consistency. But used properly, he can become a disruptive force in batting down passes at the line of scrimmage immediately. It would come as no surprise if a team falls in love with him enough to make him a late first-round pick.
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