Walter - I feel your pain re SD; they have had a huge injury list! I thing I note - doing analysis for AFL Australian football - is that teams with a huge injury list often underperform when they begin to get players back from injury; this is often because the injured players return a week too early and fail to fire (or get re-injured); also the players who have been carrying the extra load for them tend to relax that week; the trend in the AFL is that these teams generally miss the spread (often by a lot) as the year goes on - but they sometimes have 1 (maybe 2) unexpected wins against unwary middle to lower ranked teams. They may fire against JAX this week, but I would like a SD expert to tell us if the recently returned players are likely to improve.
Speaking of injuries - these are good reasons for being confident on TB and DEN this week. Harry Young, Melbourne
This is my Wednesday 2012 Senior Bowl Practice Report (South). 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 South Practice Report
Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
Brandon Boykin is having a great week. He looked terrific in practice Wednesday, as Mike Mayock complimented his footwork and hips. Boykin made an impressive pass break-up against Dwight Jones in the one-on-ones.
Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
Juron Criner has helped himself in the Senior Bowl practices. He has showed off some pretty impressive body control when making catches.
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Alfonzo Dennard obviously wasn't at the South practice, but I'm bringing him up because he has left the Senior Bowl in the wake of a hip injury. Dennard was a bit better Wednesday than he was earlier in the week, but this was a disastrous few days for him. It's gotten so bad that there's speculation that he'll have to play safety in the NFL.
Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
Mike Mayock suggested that Nick Foles needs to work on his footwork. Foles has the tools to be a starting quarterback in the NFL - Trent Dilfer recently predicted that he would go in the top 15 - but I have yet to see him throw anything other than a checkdown pass when there are defenders on the field. That's pretty much all he did at Arizona.
Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
Again, Jeff Fuller stinks. He had two drops in Wednesday's practice and wasn't able to separate from Janoris Jenkins in the one-on-one drills. He looks like he's running in slow motion. I wouldn't be shocked at all if he runs a 4.75 at the Combine.
Cordy Glenn, G/OT, Georgia
I'm adding the "/OT" to Cordy Glenn's position because it's now apparent that he can play right tackle. But what about left tackle? Well, it's too early to say, but he completely shut down Courtney Upshaw on one instance when he was lined up as the blind-side protector.
"Glenn is a guy who's competing at left tackle," Mike Mayock said. "I still think he's a right tackle or a guard because of his feet."
Still, the discussion is there, and the fact remains that Glenn has really helped himself with a stellar week.
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Melvin Ingram and Quinton Coples spent the early part of practice complimenting each other during an interview with Rebecca Haarlow. He looks a bit strange because he's so small and compressed compared to Coples. However, Ingram was more impressive in the pass-rushing drills again, as he easily blasted by Zebrie Sanders on one occasion.