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2017 Senior Bowl: Tuesday Practice Report: North Team
By Charlie Campbell – @draftcampbell
The North team took the field of Ladd-Peebles Stadium for their first practice of the Senior Bowl. The Chicago Bears coaching staff ran the practice and will coach them all week. The Bears staff had the players practicing in shells: helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts. Here is a rundown of the noteworthy players.
Overall, Phillips flashed his speed and athleticism to get after the quarterback. Phillips, however, has real off-the-field issues and his team interviews will be equally important for his draft stock.
During the team scrimmage, Smoot had a good run fill to close the hole on De’Veon Smith. Smoot also ripped at the ball, but Smith had good ball security. In the pass rushing one-on-ones, USC offensive tackle Zach Banner lost, as Smoot used a rip move to the inside. Smoot had other nice rushes, and this was a solid start to his week.
– Temple linebacker Haason Reddick received acclaim from scouts for his start to the week. Reddick looked quick, instinctive and physical.
– Sources say that Wisconsin running back Corey Clement looked quick for a big back running routes.
– Team contacts say that Syracuse wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo showed excellent ball skills in the one-on-ones.
– Sources say that Toledo tight end Michael Roberts didn’t look bad as a combo tight end. Teams had some speed concerns about Roberts entering the Senior Bowl.
– Temple guard Dion Dawkins and Western Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Moton are said to be “massive athletic cats.”
– UConn safety Obi Melifonwu impressed teams with his physical skill set. Melifonwu is a size and speed freak.
– One NFC scout said that Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp displayed some savvy route-running. Surprisingly, the normally sure-handed Kupp had a few drops in the positional drills. He did better in the one-on-ones.
– Sources say that Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis had a nice start, as he is a real competitor despite being undersized. Lewis showed fluid hips and quick feet to run with receivers. In the one-on-ones, Kupp and Lewis had some excellent battles. Kupp beat Lewis on a slant, but on a route down the sideline, Lewis ran with Kupp to slap a pass away. Lewis also had an impressive win, blanketing Louisiana Tech wide receiver Trent Taylor to force an incompletion.
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