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Senior Bowl Practice Report (1/24)

The final day of the heavy Senior Bowl practces is in the books. This is what I saw on the field Thursday and my final thoughts from the week before Saturday’s game:

• There was a lot of situational work at the North practice. They ran red zone one-on-one drills, including several screens during team drills. During O-Line/D-Line drills, the offensive linemen worked on the run game and handling stunts. 

• Nasir Adderley made some plays this week working at safety and on the corner. I expect he will be highly sought-after on draft weekend as a safety. He fought through a blocker on a wide receiver screen and forced an incompletion. He is not afraid to get downhill. 

• Terry McLaurin wrapped up the week with another good practice. The wide receiver from Ohio State was a special teams demon for the Buckeyes, but he showed at practice this week he can get open and catch the football. 

• Penny Hart has the quickness to get open, as he separated again during red zone drills. At only 5-8, the Georgia State receiver will have to find an NFL team that can use his skills properly. UMass wideout Andy Isabella showed plenty of speed and quickness, but he had a few too many drops during the week. 

• Offensive lineman Dalton Risner from Kansas State showed his nasty streak when he got into a small scuffle with Zach Allen during run drills. Risner improved at right tackle as the week went along and teams are bound to love his attitude and toughness. After passing off a stunt, he celebrated with right guard Beau Benzschawel with a high five. He is fun to watch. NFL teams will have to decide if he is a guard or tackle. 

• Washington’s Kaleb McGary, a massive tackle prospect at 6-8, looked to be settling in on Thursday. His play was much improved from the start of the week. He is big and strong and was ’manhandling people. Chuma Edoga showed good potential with his athleticism. 

• Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom is a load at guard, but he did a nice job getting out in space on a screen pass, blocking down the field. His teammate Zach Allen is a bigger defensive end. There is a role for him as an edge setter and power player. 

• Overall, none of the quarterbacks on either the North or South team did a lot this week to distinguish themselves. There is still time, and there is no doubt someone can do something in the game on Saturday that will make scouts raise their eyebrows. There just weren’t any “wow” moments like we saw in Mobile last year with Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen. 

• For the South, it was a ton of fun watching South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel and Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin go at it all week. Both players were the best players at their positions this week and had wins against the other. Both helped their draft stock this week in Mobile. Samuel showed great change of direction and the ability to separate and adjust for tough catches. Ya-Sin measured in three inches shorter than the 6-2 he was listed at by Temple, but his long arms made him very effective in coverage. 

• Oshane Ximinez weighed in well below the 255 pounds he was listed at when he played at Old Dominion and it showed on the field. He showed plenty of athleticism but had trouble using his power to separate from and move offensive linemen. Fellow smaller school pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson also failed to win consistently this week. Scouts will be watching both these players closely in the game on Saturday. Marcus Davenport had a slow week on Mobile last year and had a big-time game and became a first round pick. 

• If a team is looking for a powerful defensive tackle to move the pile, Daylon Mack is their guy. He was called up late from the East-West Shrine Game and showed he belonged. Fellow call-up Oli Udoh did well at right tackle, though at 365 pounds, he might be ticketed for guard in the NFL. 

• Andre Dillard didn’t show much different than what teams saw from him on tape at Washington State. He won some battles and lost others, but all the tools are there for him to be a good pass protector in the NFL. 

• Montez Sweat was pegged by many draft analysts as the top player in Mobile and he showed it. He was the most consistent pass rusher during the week, and his length and athleticism were apparent in his reps. He still has to show a more varied attack pattern that utilizes more than just his length.

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