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Senior Bowl practice notes: Day 3, North Team

MOBILE, Ala. – A handful of notes from the North’s final full-pad practice of the week, held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium here Wednesday morning:

… Central Michigan OT ERIC FISHER is still the most imposing tackle at the Senior Bowl, but he’s far from perfect, and was set up perfectly by Texas DE ALEX OKAFOR on one play in the team period of practice. Okafor used a swim move to beat Fisher, who appeared to expect a bull-rush.

Okafor is swift around the edge, but also has a tendency to over-pursue and get caught out of position …

… North Carolina DT SYLVESTER WILLIAMS had an impressive day in one-on-one drills, using a variety of moves, including a quick spin against San Jose State G/T DAVID QUESSENBERRY, to win most of his duels …

… UCLA DE DATONE JONES has a nice array of rip and swim moves at his disposal, and has enough speed to work around the edge to collapse a pocket. He makes it difficult for an opposing tackle to know what he’ll do next. For an opposing tight end, Jones has been virtually unblockable …

… Penn State DL JORDAN HUNT was the target of double-teams on multiple occasions during the team period of practice after being the most consistent defender at breaking down the run-blocking scheme in the 9-on-7 period earlier in the session. Hunt has displayed a nice array of moves and a consistent motor this week …

… Colorado TE NICK KASA said he’s spoken with most of the teams in the league, including the Broncos.

… Connecticut CB BLIDI WREH-WILSON occasionally struggles to keep his balance when a receiver makes a double move in front of him. This is exacerbated by the lack of preparation time for an all-star-game scenario, but is nevertheless a concern. At the other end of the spectrum, Washington CB DESMOND TRUFANT, the younger brother of Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant, has been the best cornerback on the field …

… Kansas State WR CHRIS HARPER does a nice job keeping his balance, even on the slick, worn-down, eight-year-old artificial surface at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Harper also has a long stride in the open field and can cover a lot of ground, and hasn’t been susceptible to getting knocked off balance by press coverage …

… The hole in Harding LB TY POWELL‘s game appears to be pass coverage. He incorrectly read the intention of Kasa on a play during the team period, allowing him an unimpeded release down the seam. Powell eventually had to grab Kasa’s jersey to prevent what would have been a 25-yard reception …

… Syracuse QB RYAN NASSIB isn’t going to wow anyone with his spirals, and one of his longest completions, a 24-yarder to Oregon State WR MARKUS WHEATON in a team period, was a wobbly duck. But he is poised and appears to have picked up the playbook faster than the other North quarterbacks. That being said, if new Bills coach Doug Marrone wants a reunion with his college quarterback, he would be best served by waiting until the second round; as a first-rounder, Nassib would be a major reach …

… The only fullback on the North team, Harvard’s KYLE JUSZCZYK, has improved each day, both in ball skills and blitz pickup. His natural fit will be with a team that makes heavy use of an I-formation — which of course is gradually fading into the background in the proliferation of three-receiver sets. But he also has a future with a team that uses a power back on third downs the way the Broncos did with Jacob Hester late in the 2012 season …

… Elon WR AARON MELLETTE has enjoyed a quietly impressive week. He doesn’t always get much separation, but has good body control and a long stride in the open field …

… Connecticut LB SIO MOORE, a late injury replacement to the roster, played energetically as a strong-side linebacker and defensive end. Moore was especially strong against the run, where he forced runners to bounce outside and away from their hole after closing from the flank.

MORE FROM THE SENIOR BOWL:

Jan. 23: South Team notes
Jan. 22: South Team notes
Jan. 22: North Team notes
Jan. 21: South Team notes
Jan. 21: Heights and weights

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