This is my Wednesday 2012 Senior Bowl Practice Report (North). I'll note how some of the players performed in the drills, and I'll pepper in some opinions on these prospects from the leading voices in the NFL Draft community.
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2012 Senior Bowl: Wednesday North Practice Report
Audie Cole, ILB, N.C. State
Audie Cole had another really nice practice, as he stood out in the one-on-one drills. He could be making his way toward the second round.
Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
Another up-and-down practice for Vinny Curry, who easily beat Kevin Zeitler, but then was stonewalled by Kelechi Osemele when lining up inside.
"There's a little buzz going on about him," said Mike Mayock. "He doesn't do anything great, but he does everything well. That motor is going to get him into the second round."
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Two cornerbacks bounced back from a rough start to this week. Alfonzo Dennard made a really nice pass break-up on Brian Quick on seven-on-sevens.
Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College
The other corner who rebounded was Donnie Fletcher, who hit hard and excelled in the run-blocking drill. Mike Mayock noted that onlookers like it when prospects improve off a bad start.
"Fletcher struggled Monday," Mayock said. "But I thought he came back yesterday and got a bit of a buzz when he got his hands on people."
Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia
Cam Johnson has enjoyed some very good Senior Bowl practices. Mike Mayock took note of this.
"Cam Johnson is interesting," Mayock said. "I don't know where you line him up, but he's had a really good week."
Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
Mike Martin wasn't as dominant as he was Tuesday, but he still stood out with some solid performances in the one-on-ones. He's probably helped himself more than anybody at the Senior Bowl. He's listed in the third round of today's 2012 NFL Mock Draft update, but I may have to move him up next week.
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
Another poor outing for Kellen Moore. All I'm hearing is "he's the next Tyler Palko." If you watched the Chiefs this year, you know that's not a good thing.
Chris Polk, RB, Washington
The Sun Tan Man suggested that Chris Polk has hurt himself more than any running back this week, and I couldn't agree more. Perhaps it's the weight he recently put on, but he looks really slow on the field.
Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz caught my eye when he made some nice blocks in the one-on-ones on Monday, but I didn't mention him. He stood out again today, prompting Mike Mayock to compliment him.
"Schwartz is going to force me to do some more tapework on him," Mayock said. "He's a better athlete than I thought."
Honestly 49ers need so much work, might as well turn the 2 pck into multiple. If they don't I would love to see allen from bama because the 49ers are invested in two young ends. I think switching to a 4-3 will help armstead and buckner since they are so lengthy. Pair those two up with a nose tackle who will attract attention from a guard and make armstead and buckner face one on once matchups will be helpful for them. If not allen I would love to see a trade back get jabrill peppers and have him as a tampa 2 linebacker/safety (Urlacher anyone?). have a new kind of version of the 4-4 defense where it would have 3 linebackers and 3 safeties. one for pass one to help the rush, and the other as a multi function player.
With the default order as provided by WF, the aim of this mock is to explore what would go down if the draft didn't see any trades on day one- which is very possible, as most people are forgetting. The shock value is not in the unlikely pick swaps that people like to dream up, myself included, but rather in the picks themselves. I'm not trying to write the same mock as everyone else here, so some of these selections might surprise you, and that's the point. Enjoy, and please give feedback! Thanks.