2015 Senior Bowl Practice Report

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2015 Senior Bowl: Tuesday Practice Report: South Team

By Charlie Campbell – @draftcampbell

The South team took to a high school field in Fairhope, Ala. for its first practice of the Senior Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ coaching staff ran the practice and will coach them all week. The Jaguars staff had the players practicing in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets). They started the session with some install and work in individual position groups. After that, they did several one-on-one sessions, a few periods of special teams work and a team scrimmage. Here is a rundown of the noteworthy players.

  • There were a few standouts in offensive line and defensive line one-on-ones. Players who really did well included Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright. Both are speed rushers who aren’t big interior lineman, but in this setting, their quickness stood out.

    In the run-scrimmage session Wright had wins darting by Georgia Tech guard Shaq Mason and Mississippi State center Dillon Day. Wright won a number of reps in the pass-rushing sessions, including a bull rush through Alabama guard Arie Kouandjio, a speed rush to fly by Auburn center Reese Dismukes, and a rip move to beat Mason again. Wright showed a repertoire of moves and had a strong start to the week.

    Jarrett, meanwhile, showed his quickness and athleticism to slip under Oklahoma tackle Tyrus Thompson to get to the quarterback marker. With a good burst off the snap, Jarrett was flying by the interior linemen. He did have a loss against Mason when Jarrett lost his footing, but Jarrett came back to get a clean sack in the team scrimmage with lightning rush. Overall, he was very impressive on day one.

  • Kouandjio had some wins in the one-on-ones as well. In the run scrimmage, he had a very impressive play as he blasted Houston defensive tackle Joey Mbu out of his gap and rode him down the field. Kouandjio had some wins and draws in the pass protection one-on-ones, but his run blocking is currently ahead of his pass protection.

  • Thompson had a mixed day. He struggled with some speed rushers on the edge and was inconsistent. He looked rusty.

  • Oklahoma right tackle Daryl Williams was similar. He had a nice win against Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith in the run blocking, as Smith got pushed out of his gap. Missouri outside linebacker Markus Golden completely abused Thompson on one pass rushing one-on-one, using a strong rip move to shed the block and burst by Williams to get a clear win. Williams finished the one-on-ones well with a couple of wins over Norfolk State’s Lynden Trail. During the team scrimmage, Golden burned Williams for a sack, however.

  • Golden had other impressive rushes as well, and he abused TCU tackle Tayo Fabuluje on a few reps. Even though he isn’t the biggest edge rusher, Golden has strong hands to shed blocks with the speed to beat blockers.

  • Colorado State offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo was feast-or-famine. He had two impressive wins against Louisville’s Lorenzo Mauldin, as he railed Mauldin to the inside on one rep. The rematch saw Sambrailo push Mauldin too far to the outside. However, Sambrailo got bull rushed by Preston Smith for a loss. UCLA defensive end Owa Odighizuwa then bull rushed Sambrailo straight back into the quarterback marker on another rep, and Golden shed Sambrailo to get a win on a running play. However, Sambrailo came back to pancake Golden on a run block. Sambrailo clearly needs to add more strength to his base for the NFL and play with better pad level so he doesn’t get bull rushed so easily.

  • Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers was productive on day one. He burned LSU left tackle La’el Collins with a speed rush. He also bolted by Alabama’s Austin Shepard for a win in the run scrimmage. Shepard got some revenge on the rematch by pushing Flowers to the inside. Flowers had some good pass rushes in the team scrimmage as well. Overall, it was a net positive for Flowers.

  • There were two wide receivers who really stood out on Tuesday. One was Miami speedster Philip Dorsett. He was consistently beating defensive backs with his game-breaking speed and route-running. Not only was Dorsett extremely fast, but he was sudden in and out of his breaks. That caused him to constantly get separation. Dorsett burned Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepard on a great cut and that had the Jaguars coaches praising Dorsett for running a great route. He beat Kevin White down the field for another long reception. In the team scrimmage, Dorsett caught a completion from Garrett Grayson on a crossing route. Dorsett did have a drop, but this was a great start to the week for him.

  • Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates showed off his combination of size and speed. Coates was a tough test for defensive backs, as he was working himself open. He caught a number of passes in the one-on-ones, but he needs to get better about using his hands to catch and shy away from his body. That leads to some drops. During the 11-on-11 scrimmage, Coates had a nice reception on a slant from Grayson to close out the practice.

  • Unfortunately for the local fans, Alabama quarterback Blake Sims really struggled on Tuesday. He was extremely inaccurate, as he had a number of terrible throws far off the mark in the individual period when receivers were just running routes against air with no defenders to worry about. Sims was throwing high and away consistently, even on short throws to the sideline. In the team scrimmage, Sims had an easy interception go right through the hands of Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt, who then came over to slap away a pass that floated on Sims in the middle of the field. From this practice, Sims didn’t look draftable.

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