Senior Bowl practice got underway yesterday in Mobile, Alabama, and several former SEC players stood out. It’s a time where prospects can up their value by impressive showings in practice and in the game.
The game will be held this Sunday, and this week of practices is extremely important, as several scouts and coaches are in attendance. Here’s the skinny on which SEC prospects made worthy contributions on Monday:
- Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews was tough to cover throughout the day and had the softest hands of the South’s receivers. Matthews dropped a few passes, and he was said to struggle against physical coverage. This is something to keep an eye on. Matthews did have a highlight catch on a leaping back-shoulder grab from Fresno QB Derek Carr.
- Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley had some really positive things to say about LSU LB Lamin Barrow: “He did a nice job in practice. What I noticed with him is, it’s different techniques, what we’re teaching them. (His) ability to adjust to what we’re asking, and then make corrections, is great,” Bradley said. “He had a situation in practice where he kind of had the wrong drop, we corrected him, the next play he corrected it and made a great play. Things like that are showing up with those guys.”
- Tennessee DT Daniel McCullers looked okay in practice, but he stood out in the weigh-in session with his massive 6-6 7/8 and 348-pound frame. I thought he struggled a bit this season. Let’s see how this week plays our for Mt. McCullers.
- Arkansas DE Chris Smith measured slightly smaller than his 6-3 listing in the Hogs’ media guide. Smith came in at 6-1 1/8, and that may prompt a look at outside linebacker at the next level. However, he was one of the biggest standouts on the defensive line on the first day of practice, and he flashed his speed and quickness that impressed scouts.
- QB Aaron Murray got the 6-0 height he was desperately seeking, and anything under 6-0 isn’t good for a quarterback. The knock on Murray’s game has been his height, but getting the 6-0 mark was important.
- Tennessee OL Ja’Wuan James flashed his tremendous upside, which includes his massive frame. James has a real opportunity to open some eyes this week.
- Auburn DE Dee Ford also showed off his worthy skill set, and his speed off the edge impressed scouts.
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