2023 Senior Bowl: Practice Report

2023 Senior Bowl: Wednesday’s American Team Practice Report

By Charlie Campbell – @draftcampbell

  • The American team held their second practice of the week on Wednesday, and similar to the National team earlier in the day, this was a sharper session with better quarterback play. Shepherd quarterback Tyson Bagent threw a couple of nice passes but also had some horrible accuracy. Still, he did better than his ugly day on Tuesday. Houston’s Clayton Tune was similarly improved, but not exactly good. TCU’s Max Duggan was the best of the three almost by default. Duggan did drop in some nice passes downfield, fitting balls into windows in zone coverage for completions in the team drill and seven-on-seven. Bagent and Tune look like candidates to end up as undrafted free agents, while Duggan could be a fourth- or fifth-round backup selection from the 2023 NFL Draft.

  • The best player on the offensive side of the ball for the American team is probably Florida guard O’Cyrus Torrence. For the second straight day, Torrence had a good practice, showing his massive size is tough for defenders to defeat. In the pass-rushing one-on-ones, Torrence won three out of four of his reps against Alabama’s D.J. Dale. Torrence is able to use his mass to stonewall bull rushes and anchor to the ground to give up penetration. For the NFL, Torrence does need to improve his body and conditioning, but he looks like a quick starter at right guard. After his strong week in Mobile, Torrence could get late first-round consideration in the 2023 NFL Draft. He should not last long if he slips to Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft.

  • Tennessee offensive tackle Darnell Wright had a nice practice on Wednesday. He showed some athleticism to mirror on the edge and the strength to hold his ground versus bull rushes. Florida A&M edge rusher Isaiah Land got the better of Wright on one rep by using speed around the corner, but other reps went Wright’s direction. Wright uses his functional length to make it tough for defenders to disengage when he locks onto them. Wright could be a nice second-day value from the 2023 NFL Draft who also could have the ability to kick inside to guard.

  • Georgia running back Kenny McIntosh turned in a quality showing on Wednesday. In the team scrimmage, McIntosh made one cut and exploded downfield, breaking off a long run up the middle of the defense. McIntosh was running hard and decisively, and he showed versatility and power to go along with some elusiveness. As he illustrated at Georgia, McIntosh is also a skilled receiver who possesses quality route-running and reliable hands. He could be a nice value pick to become a starter from the second day of the 2023 NFL Draft.

  • Oklahoma running back Eric Gray practiced well on Wednesday. He showed quickness to hit the hole and has a strong lower body that makes him tough to stop. Gray picked up a huge gain on a screen pass in the team scrimmage, following his blocks well before exploding down the field. Gray might be best in the NFL as a platoon rotational back, but he looks like a sleeper who could be a good mid-round value from the 2023 NFL Draft.

  • Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez is a physical downhill runner, but he has some athletic limitations, and those were visible on Wednesday. Rodriguez struggled in the blitz-protection one-on-ones and showed some stiffness as a route runner. He is not an elusive back and does not have the feet to make pro defenders miss. Hence, Rodriguez could be more of a mid-round or third-day pick from the 2023 NFL Draft who serves as a rotational back for his pro team.

  • A few years ago, team sources were excited about the potential of Miami tight end Will Mallory. He never developed as expected, however, and he was an underachiever in college. On Wednesday, Mallory put together a practice that summarized his abilities well. In the early going, he showed some impressive speed to get open in the one-on-ones and then made a nice diving catch. Mallory looked quick and dangerous in that drill, but he later struggled as a blocker and had a bad dropped pass downfield in the team scrimmage. Mallory should work out well, but his Senior Bowl week has been a missed opportunity. Given the 2023 NFL Draft’s crowded tight end class, Mallory would be fortunate to be a mid-round pick.

  • 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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