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Jim Schwartz's stint at Senior Bowl could affect draft selections
By CARLOS MONARREZ
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

The NFL draft won't be held for another three months, but an important part of the selection process will begin today for the Lions.

Coach Jim Schwartz and his staff will lead the North team in its first practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., where the Senior Bowl will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Schwartz will get to spend plenty of time getting to know potential draftees.

"You're having breakfast with them. You're riding the bus over to practice with them. It's not just 15 minutes," Schwartz said on the Lions' Web site. "At the (NFL scouting) combine, you get 15 minutes to interview. When you bring guys (to team headquarters) before the draft for physicals, you're spending eight hours with them, nine hours with them.

"We're with them for a week, so by the time the week's over, we know them pretty well."

That inside knowledge could be crucial when the Lions are on the clock in April.

"And I think it really helps you on some of those mid-round picks," general manager Martin Mayhew said, "knowing that a guy fits your organization. ..."

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January 25th, 2010, 11:39 am
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I think this should be helpful for the Lions if they use it right. Maybe they find another Levy?

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January 25th, 2010, 11:45 am
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I think it can only help. It seems like these guys know what to look for, opposed to the morons who have been in charge in the past.

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Here are the rosters:

North
81 Alexander, Danario WR 6-5 / 215 Missouri
44 Alualu, Tyson DL 6-3 / 290 California
52 Asamoah, Jon OL 6-5 / 315 Illinois
27 Asante, Larry DB 6-1 / 215 Nebraska
68 Beadles, Zane OL 6-4 / 305 Utah
25 Bell, Joique RB 6-1 / 223 Wayne State
9 Blount, LeGarrette RB 6-2 / 240 Oregon
29 Brown, Chris RB 5-10 / 200 Oklahoma
9 Butler, Donald LB 6-1 / 235 Washington
5 Canfield, Sean QB 6-4 / 214 Oregon State
96 Carrington, Alex DL 6-5 / 284 Arkansas State
4 Coleman, Kurt DB 5-11 / 195 Ohio State
2 Cook, Chris DB 6-2 / 210 Virginia
82 Dickerson, Dorin WR 6-2 / 230 Pittsburgh
83 Dickson, Ed TE 6-5 / 235 Oregon
59 Dillard, Phillip LB 6-1 / 240 Nebraska
72 Ducasse, Vladimir OL 6-5 / 330 Massachusetts
54 Edds, A.J. LB 6'4" / 244 Iowa
8 Ford, Jacoby WR 5-9 / 175 Clemson
18 Ghee, Brandon DB 6-0 / 190 Wake Forest
1 Gilyard, Mardy WR 6-1 / 187 Cincinnati
55 Graham, Brandon DL 6-2 / 263 Michigan
89 Graham, Garrett TE 6-3 / 250 Wisconsin
16 Hoomanawanui, Mike TE 6-5 / 270 Illinois
77 Iupati, Mike OL 6-6 / 325 Idaho
31 Jackson, Rashawn RB 6-1 / 245 Virginia
97 Lane, Austen DL 6-7 / 220 Murray State
67 Lauvao, Shawn OL 6-3 / 305 Arizona State
13 LeFevour, Dan QB 6-3 / 238 Central Michigan
28 McCarthy, Kyle DB 6-1 / 210 Notre Dame
21 McCourty, Devin DB 5-11 / 190 Rutgers
42 Mesko, Zoltan P 6-5 / 231 Michigan
10 Miller, Lonyae RB 5-11 / 215 Fresno State
40 Misi, Koa LB 6-3 / 263 Utah
92 Neal, Mike DL 6-4 / 302 Purdue
91 Odrick, Jared DL 6-5 / 296 Penn State
55 Olsen, Eric OL 6-5 / 305 Notre Dame
15 Pike, Tony QB 6-6 / 225 Cincinnati
23 Price, Taylor WR 6-1 / 212 Ohio
90 Schofield, O'Brien DL 6-3 / 248 Wisconsin
11 Skinner, Terrell DB 6-3 / 214 Maryland
98 Smith, D'Anthony DL 6-2 / 300 Louisiana Tech
14 Swenson, Brett PK 5-8 / 185 Michigan State
65 Tennant, Matt OL 6-4 / 294 Boston College
95 Thomas, Cam DL 6-3 / 325 North Carolina
5 Thompson, Syd'Quan DB 5-9 / 191 California
76 Wang, Ed OL 6-5 / 309 Virginia Tech
41 Washington, Daryl LB 6-3 / 234 TCU
12 Weatherspoon, Sean LB 6-2 / 250 Missouri
1 Wilson, Kyle DB 5-10 / 186 Boise State
93 Windt, Mike DS 6-2 / 250 Cincinnati
74 Young, Sam OL 6-8 / 320 Notre Dame

South
5 Allen, Nate DB 6-2 / 207 South Florida
28 Arenas, Javier DB 5-9 / 198 Alabama
56 Atkins, Geno DL 6-1 / 290 Georgia
70 Black, Ciron OL 6-5 / 322 LSU
16 Brown, Jarrett QB 6-4 / 221 West Virginia
53 Byers, Jeff OL 6-3 / 290 Southern Cal
69 Capers, Selvish OL 6-5 / 298 West Virginia
22 Chaney, Jamar LB 6-1 / 245 Mississippi State
62 Cody, Terrence DL 6-5 / 365 Alabama
52 Coleman, Antonio DL 6-3 / 261 Auburn
24 Coleman, Harry DB 6-2 / 206 LSU
11 Cooper, Riley WR 6-3 / 215 Florida
59 Cox, Morgan DS 6-4 / 226 Tennessee
17 Cox, Perrish DB 6-0 / 198 Oklahoma State
24 Dixon, Anthony RB 6-1 / 235 Mississippi State
42 Dodge, Matt P 6-2 / 220 East Carolina
80 Graham, Jimmy TE 6-8 / 260 Miami
3 Hodge, Shay WR 6-1 / 207 Ole Miss
33 Houston, Lamarr DL 6-2 / 300 Texas
77 Jerry, John OL 6-5 / 350 Ole Miss
78 Johnson, Mike OL 6-6 / 305 Alabama
13 Johnson, Stafon RB 5-11 / 210 Southern Cal
91 Lang, Brandon DL 6-3 / 256 Troy
58 Larsen, Ted OL 6-2 / 296 N.C. State
32 Lindley, Trevard DB 6-0 / 179 Kentucky
21 Mays, Taylor DB 6-3 / 235 Southern Cal
22 McCluster, Dexter WR 5-8 / 165 Ole Miss
86 McCoy, Anthony TE 6-2 / 250 Southern Cal
38 Muckelroy, Roddrick LB 6-2 / 235 Texas
3 Murphy, Jerome DB 6-1 / 192 South Florida
40 Norwood, Eric LB 6-1 / 252 South Carolina
96 Owens, Jeff DL 6-3 / 300 Georgia
84 Peek, Colin TE 6-6 / 255 Alabama
66 Petrus, Mitch OL 6-4 / 315 Arkansas
7 Roberts, Andre WR 5-11 / 190 The Citadel
23 Robinson, Patrick DB 5-11 / 193 Florida State
10 Robinson, Zac QB 6-3 / 218 Oklahoma State
4 Rolle, Myron DB 6-2 / 218 Florida State
79 Scott, Chris OL 6-5 / 346 Tennessee
95 Selvie, George DL 6-4 / 250 South Florida
50 Sharpton, Darryl LB 6-0 / 235 Miami
91 Sheffield, Cameron LB 6-2 / 249 Troy
44 Tate, Ben RB 5-11 / 218 Auburn
15 Tebow, Tim QB 6-3 / 240 Florida
99 Tiffin, Leigh PK 6-2 / 212 Alabama
2 Upchurch, Roy RB 6-0 / 205 Alabama
55 Walton, J.D. OL 6-3 / 305 Baylor
36 Watson, Dekoda LB 6-2 / 228 Florida State
5 Webb, Joe WR 6-4 / 220 UAB
55 Williams, Dan DL 6-3 / 327 Tennessee
20 Williams, Jeremy WR 6-1 / 205 Tulane
93 Wilson, C.J. DL 6-4 / 278 East Carolina

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January 25th, 2010, 2:08 pm
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Looking at those rosters, it would appear that Schwartz and his staff will get a good look at the OG prospects that are highly touted. A couple of other defenders will be there too. Might be helpful in rd 2-3-4 etc..

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January 25th, 2010, 7:19 pm
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National Football Post wrote:
Official Weigh-in Results
Impressions:
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow measured in at just under 6-3, but looked a bit leaner through his upper body at only 236 pounds. Tebow was listed on the Florida roster all season at 245 pounds, but he appears to be trying to lose some bulk through his chest and shoulders in order to increase flexibility.

If there’s one running back down here who looks the part it is Mississippi State’s Anthony Dixon. Dixon is a thick, well-built 245-pound back who possesses impressive bulk through his lower half and really seems to fill out his frame well.

Alabama nose tackle Terrence Cody tipped the scales at a whopping 370 pounds and looked every bit of it. Now, there is no denying the guy is tough to move inside, but there’s a lot of sloppy additional weight on his frame and he looks like a guy who could really be more effective playing in the 330-340 range.

On the other hand, Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams carries his 329 pounds very well and possesses one of the thickest bases I have ever seen. The guy has a massive bubble, really powerful-looking thighs and looks built to sit into his stance and overwhelm inside.

The winner of the 2010 Senior Bowl beauty contest was surprisingly Florida State safety Myron Rolle, who showcased by far the most chiseled body of the day. Rolle weighed in at a rocked-up 217 pounds, standing just over 6-1 and looks fully committed to making a big impression this week at the Senior Bowl.

However, the overall winner of the weigh-in was Idaho offensive lineman Mike Iupati, who measured in at 6-5 and carried his 325-pound frame extremely well. But, what was even more impressive were his 35-inch arms and 10 3/8 inch hands. Iupati made the biggest impression on me out of anyone down here today and I have a feeling he’s going to be one of the biggest winners down here this week.

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Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount appeared to be in very good shape, even at 245 pounds.

Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard looked frail and undersized weighing in at only 179 pounds.

Another guy who seems to be on the verge of a really big week is Massachusetts offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse. The guy definitely looked the part today at 6-4 5/8 and 326 pounds.

Finally, at nearly 6-8 and only 305 pounds, is it any wonder why Notre Dame offensive tackle Sam Young struggles to anchor on contact? He looked really thin through the lower half and has a frame that lacks bulk throughout.

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The winner of the 2010 Senior Bowl beauty contest was surprisingly Florida State safety Myron Rolle, who showcased by far the most chiseled body of the day. Rolle weighed in at a rocked-up 217 pounds, standing just over 6-1 and looks fully committed to making a big impression this week at the Senior Bowl.


Bet he's no Adrian Peterson...

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And the Andre Smith Tub of Lard Award goes to Terrence Cody, but I think everyone knew that already. I just hope he decides to run the 40 with his shirt on.

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Tebow has rough first day at Senior Bowl
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 25, 2010 7:53 PM ET
Already tired of Favre Watch 2010? Then can I interest you in a little Tebow Watch?

We pass along reviews of Tebow's first day at Senior Bowl practice with the knowledge that the buildup to the NFL Draft will be a long one, with many ups and downs for Tebow. Monday was a downer.

Lindsay Soto on NFL Network: Tebow fumbled the first snap from center, then botched roughly 5-6 more during the day. Tebow is used to playing out of shotgun.

Christ Mortensen on Twitter: "First impression from NFL folks on Tebow at Senior Bowl -- it is indeed going to be a challenging process for him."

Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times: "I'm on the sideline at the Senior Bowl practice and let's just say Tim Tebow is not exactly lighting it up. Horrible mechanics and accuracy."

Tebow will get a chance to rebound in the next three days of practice on NFL Network; the next two practices are in full pads.


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I caught a few minutes of practice today. Jon Asamoah (OG) caught my eye so I'll be watching for him this week--we could use a good guard in this draft.

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Schofield tears ACL at Senior Bowl drills
Posted by Mike Florio on January 26, 2010 7:11 AM ET
The 2010 pre-draft evaluation process has claimed its first victim.

Wisconsin defensive end O'Brien Schofield tore an ACL during the first day of practices at the Senior Bowl on Monday, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"I was in tears," Schofield told Potrykus Monday night. "I just couldn't believe it."

Schofield was in the process of transitioning to linebacker at the next level. He was named defensive MVP for the East-West Shrine Game. On Monday, he was practicing with the defensive ends.

"He did a really nice job last week and opened eyes," Packers director of college scouting John Dorsey told Potrykus. "A good player."

Schofield is the second former Badger in two years to have his pro career derailed by a January ACL tear. In 2008, cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu suffered the same injury while working out on his own. The first-round prospect fell to round four, and he has had trouble gaining traction after missing all of his rookie season.

Schofield is nevertheless optimistic. "I truly believe that somewhere some good is going to come out of this."

Named to the 2009 all-Big Ten Conference team, Schofield was projected to be drafted in round two or three. He'll undoubtedly fall to a later round.

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That really sucks...

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Walterfootball.com wrote:
2010 Senior Bowl Practice Report: Day 1

By Matt McGuire
Jan. 26, 2010
The NFL Draft gods granted us beautiful weather today in Mobile, Ala. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and there was a nice breeze coming through as draft hopefuls on the North team performed in shells at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

There was a lot of play installation and wishy-washy drills, so I wasn't that serious in scouting since a lot of players were getting their feet wet and settled in, and some drills you just have to take with a grain of salt since they just don't show much. Tuesday is always a better day to judge the talent. Let's get right to it:

When I first walked into Ladd, I headed to the back end zone to watch the punt returners field balls. Mardy Gilyard did a great job focusing and looking the ball in - he looked like a natural out there. "Make sure to judge the wind, Mardy," said a Lions special team coach.

This coach also told the player to cheat a bit to the right so they could come back to the left to make the catch based on the wind direction. I love these little tidbits you get watching an NFL coaching staff.

Jacoby Ford did a consistent job getting under punts, but running back Joique Bell from Wayne State struggled a bit in this department.

After the horn sounded for the next drill, I made my way to the sidelines and caught up with Chris Steuber of Scout.com and we watched the quarterbacks work.

Sean Canfield showed very unimpressive arm strength and really struggled to throw the ball on basic out patterns that he must complete at the next level. One time, the receiver ran a 12-yard out and Canfield had to get a bit of air under the ball to complete it. This throw needs to be a frozen rope and this is a deficiency you just have to doubt a quarterback to overcome at the next level, but I think Canfield has potential as a solid backup in the league.

Gilyard, a receiver I'm not a huge fan of, had a great day so I have to give it to him. He came cleanly out of his breaks and showed very good hands in a 3-cone receiver drill. He did a great job of adjusting to poorly thrown balls and I liked his body control. With Brandon LaFell out, the top senior receiver here is up for grabs and Gilyard is standing up to the pressure in front of scouts.

I thought California CB Syd'Quan Thompson had fluid hips in dropback drills, but we need to see how these translate to live action or if it was just a mirage.

Washington linebacker Donald Butler showed very slow feet in footwork drills, while TCU's Daryl Washington was textbook with his smooth athleticism and movement. Washington is a good technician who plays with a low center of gravity so this doesn't surprise me in the least.

In passing drills ,Tony Pike was awful today, and this is a big platform for him to make a push for the second round. A lot of his balls were wobbly and didn't come out crisp. It go so bad Steuber called him Tony "Bad Ball" Pike. Later on in the practice, Pike had a nice, accurate throw on a go route and did a good job of putting it in the breadbasket of his receiver. Overall Pike really struggled today, but you never want to overanalyze this stuff - there is a difference between a bad practice and a bad week. Sometimes it just isn't your day, but Pike isn't doing much to sway over the big boards of front offices.

During blocking drills, I thought Oregon's Ed Dickson showed good technique and hand use, but this was against a dummy so I'm not getting that excited. Tight ends coach Tim Lappano yelled at Wisconsin's Garrett Graham, "Roll your hips ... that's better!" Lappano got on Dickson later on in the practice for his ball security, "Put it away!"

Jacoby Ford and Danario Alexander showed very inconsistent hands today. These players might be borderline third-round picks so there is no doubt they need to step it up - especially Ford who has intriguing speed and athleticism over the middle.

I wasn't impressed with Ohio receiver Taylor Price today at all in individual receiving drills or 7v7's. He rounds off his routes and struggles getting out of the break. He also had some bad hands, and as a lesser-known player he needs to step it up.

Ohio State's Kurt Coleman struggled to match up in man coverage drills. This just isn't his forte and usually safeties always struggle with this drill. He had bad footwork and balance, but in space he seems to be a better player on tape where he can see the field and react. Nickel is probably out of the question of his skill set, however.

One of the players to watch this week is Rutgers corner Devin McCourty. I think he is presently a late second-round value, but he did an outstanding job today in drills breaking on the ball and showing great instincts. He's a player to watch with the title of No. 1 senior cornerback up in the air.

About an hour into practice, I noticed O'Brien Schofield getting helped off the help and it didn't look good. Unfortunately, Schofield tore his ACL. I don't need to tell you that this is a BIG hit to his draft status. I wish him the best.

Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount ran with authority today in drills (take it with a grain of salt). Surprisingly, no punches were thrown, but I'm not throwing in the towel yet on that prediction. In all seriousness, I don't like how Blount runs with a high pad level so that's something to look for. Non-explosive backs who stay high generally can't pan out in the NFL because they don't maximize power and expose their legs to linebackers.

A player to watch this week is Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour. He was highly impressive showing a solid arm and touch, but later in 11v11's he struggled a little bit. By far he was the most impressive QB out here today.

I watched Michigan State kicker Brett Swenson and I just wasn't that impressed with his leg strength on kickoffs as he struggled to get the ball into the end zone with an average hang.

My defensive MVP for the day has got to be Boise State's Kyle Wilson. In coverage he showed fluid hips and did a great job of locating the football and making plays. He was very physical with his jam and he certainly made the most plays. I like him as a second-round value as a corner/nickel with added value as a return man on special teams.

Wake Forest's Brandon Ghee looked solid. He dominated receivers on deep routes because he can turn and run with anybody here. I want to see how he performs against Clemson's Jacoby Ford who will run in the 4.40 range. Ghee needs to make plays tomorrow if he wants to end up in the late first round.

Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu out of Cal had a very good practice in 11v11's. He was very physical and blew up a couple runs. He checked in at 6-2 at the weigh-in, so now I have serious concerns if he can play 5-technique. He might be a 3-technique only.

I really feel bad about Schofield. I thought he was a great player for the Badgers and would do well as a 3-4 OLB in the NFL. The kid will still get drafted, but a couple of rounds lower than he would have gone. They even showed the play he got injured on NFL Network and it didn't look good at the time.

I'm both happy and sad to see CBs like McCourty, Ghee, and Wilson step up. The Lions definitely need a CB or two this draft and I've been hoping that they can get a couple of them in the first four rounds. Unfortunately, it's starting to look like there could be a huge run on them in the 2nd round now.

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I'm surprised he wrote that Mardy Gilyard had a great day. I saw Gilyard drop 4, maybe 5 passes.

Man it would be great if a few of these CBs show their stuff to the Lions' coaches this week.

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Here's another report on day 1:
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Senior Bowl: North practice notes B.C.’s Tennant impresses, but two Notre Dame linemen don’t. Wes Bunting

MOBILE, Ala. — News, notes and observations from day one at the 2010 Senior Bowl.

Size doesn’t matter

I was a bit alarmed when Boston College center Matt Tennant tipped the scales at only 290 pounds at Monday morning’s weigh-in. But after watching him in practice later, he quickly made it clear he can anchor inside. Tennant is a flexible, technically sound kid who’s consistently able to get his hands under defenders on contact, sit into his stance and win as the low man. He’s a real Velcro player once he gets his hands on a defender and was one of the few offensive linemen to hold up inside.

Size does matter

Idaho offensive guard Mike Iupati’s combination of length, power and athleticism makes him nearly impossible to disengage from once he gets his hands on you. He does a great job extending those 35-inch arms, sliding his feet through contact and staying on blocks in space. If there is a knock on Iupati, it’s that he still looks a bit sluggish off the snap when asked to get out of a three-point stance and will allow explosive defensive tackles to get under his frame. However, he’s simply too good an athlete not to improve quickly in that area. He just needs a little time to get used to playing with his hand on the ground.

Windy conditions don’t help

It quickly became obvious any time Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield was asked to throw the football outside the numbers that he lacks the arm strength needed to consistently stick some necessary NFL throws. Canfield routinely one-hopped passes to his wide receivers throughout practice and struggled to spin the football through the winds at Ladd Peebles Stadium. Now, if you need a quarterback to throw the football accurately and on time inside the numbers, Canfield is your man. The guy was brilliant throwing to tight ends underneath. However, he looks really limited from a scheme standpoint at the next level. This wasn’t a promising first impression for Canfield.

Tough cover

One guy who really looks capable of separating consistently at the next level is Oregon tight end Ed Dickson. Dickson was really effective when asked to beat man-to-man coverage all day Monday. He does a great job dropping his pad level and accelerating out of his breaks underneath for such a big guy and couldn’t be covered at times in practice. Dickson has a tendency to put the ball on the ground, but he’s one guy who knows how to create for himself in the pass game.

Get out of first gear

One guy who again failed to impress me was Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander, who struggles getting off the line and into his routes with any kind of explosion. To his credit, Alexander does build speed as he goes and can be a tough cover down the field once he gets his wheels turning. But he wasn’t able to generate much separation Monday vs. off coverage, and I think he’s going to struggle even more today when asked to beat press.

He’s got a second, third and fourth gear

The most impressive wideout on the North side was Clemson standout Jacoby Ford, who consistently was able to generate separation all afternoon. Ford is a former track star with elite explosion and vertical speed and does a great job eating up cushion off the snap and driving cornerbacks off his routes. He was the one guy who really seemed to intimidate opposing corners in coverage and consistently was able to find the football quickly and adjust to the throw. Ford looks capable of creating big plays for himself any time he’s on the field and has the makings of a legitimate slot threat.

Up to the task

If there was one guy who was able to keep pace with Ford down the field it was Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson. Wilson was brilliant, showcasing impressive fluidity when asked to turn and run, good patience and balance in his drop and was impressive any time he was asked to change directions and close on the ball. He was the one player who stood out at practice in the defensive secondary and has the type of athleticism and footwork needed to grade out as a potential starting-caliber corner early in his career.

The good with the bad

There’s no denying that Louisiana Tech defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith has the initial get-off burst and lateral quickness to beat blocks inside, and he was able to dominate at times in one-on-one drills. However, during 11v11, where he doesn’t have as much space to operate, he isn’t nearly as effective and tends to be content to be blocked any time he sees the double team. He did a nice job on one occasion getting a good push on his bull-rush and finding the football behind the line, but for the most part, Smith has a tough time making plays when asked to work in tight areas.

Ugly start for the Golden Domers

Notre Dame offensive linemen Sam Young and C Eric Olsen both had days worth forgetting. Young looked heavy-footed and stiff off the edge and really struggled to keep his base down when asked to anchor on contact. Olsen, meanwhile, was slow to get his hands up and punch off the snap and simply lacked the type of lateral mobility to slide and mirror in space. I don’t want to crush either kid too hard this early in the week, but I can confidently say I thought there were more talented prospects at last week’s East-West Shrine Game than either has shown so far.

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