2023 Senior Bowl: Practice Report

2023 Senior Bowl: Wednesday’s National Team Practice Report

By Charlie Campbell – @draftcampbell

  • The National team held their second practice of the week on Wednesday, and it was a sharper session compared to Tuesday. The players made fewer mistakes such as dropped snaps, false starts, other penalties, and running the wrong play. BYU quarterback Jaren Hall struggled on Tuesday, but he was sharper on Wednesday. While Hall was not dominant, he threw some pretty passes downfield, dropping in some good balls during the wide receiver-versus-cornerback one-on-ones. Hall does not have a cannon for an arm by any means, but his arm strength is adequate. He showed nice touch on some throws, and his receivers let him down with some drops or by not extending for catches that many pro wideouts would be capable of. Through two practices, Hall is not having a sufficiently good enough Senior Bowl to rise high for the 2023 NFL Draft, but he is showing he could be a mid-round backup at the next level.

  • The defensive line had an interesting day on Wednesday thanks to a number of the pass rushers playing well. Georgia Tech’s Keion White had good success in the one-on-ones, showing speed off the ball and a burst to close. White has good length to keep blockers from getting into his chest, and that makes him very tough for linemen to get a hold of. During the team scrimmage, White sacked Jaren Hall after using his speed to get upfield and before redirecting to the quarterback. In this practice, White also lined up on the inside at defensive tackle, displaying added value to be an interior rusher in the sub package. The Georgia Tech program has struggled in recent years, so White went under the radar in college, but he could end up as an early-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

  • Notre Dame defensive end Isaiah Foskey is also a likely early-round pick after a prolific collegiate career of sacking the quarterback. NFL teams, however, have some concerns about Foskey for the next level because he is stiff and struggles to redirect. In college, Foskey could get away with bullying and overpowering blockers, but he won’t be able to win on that alone in the pros. Foskey needs development with his agility, and doing hoop drills should improve his ability to sink his hips to turn to the quarterback. Thus, the combine field-workout drills are going to be very important for him.

  • Texas linebacker Demarvion Overshown put together an impressive practice on Wednesday. He dominated in the pass-rushing one-on-ones, showing speed-to-power to plow through running backs and close on the quarterback marker in a hurry. Overshown achieved good wins over Appalachian State’s Camerun Peoples, Illinois’ Chase Brown and Northwestern’s Evan Hull. Overshown had some good tape from his senior year and is a sleeper prospect who could be a nice value on the second day of the 2023 NFL Draft.

  • Another linebacker who had a strong practice was Washington State’s Daiyan Henley. Henley showed fluid athleticism and the speed to cover up backs well in the one-on-one receiving drills. In the nine-on-seven and in the team scrimmage 11-on-11, Henley was instinctive and quick to read his keys to get in good position. Teams that are looking for a starting Will linebacker will like Henley’s speed, athleticism, and recognition skills. Henley could go in the second or third round in April during the 2023 NFL Draft.

  • Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham is an intriguing player who some team sources think could be a Tyler Huntley-type backup. Cunningham is short, but he is a slippery athlete with the ability to hurt defenses on the ground. In Wednesday’s practice, he threw some nice passes, displaying an ability to put air underneath the ball to drop in touch passes. The big point of development that was apparent from watching Cunningham in college and at Senior Bowl practices was that he needs to improve his field vision. Cunningham is used to a one-read offense and will have to get more advanced at and faster in terms of working through progressions.

  • WalterFootball.com will have more recaps from the Senior Bowl practices later in the week along with a run-down of the post-practice team interviews. Follow @walterfootball for updates.

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