Seth Doege- Doege’s arm strength looked as questionable as ever today. He threw a couple rainbows when I was watching him and I didn’t see much velocity, but it will be interesting to see how he does working from under center. Arm strength is going to be the main strike against him all week though.
Kerwynn Williams- I wasn’t overly impressed with Williams when I watched film of him but he looked good to me today. He’s so quick even if he doesn’t have the size I usually like in running backs. I want to see him in a full pads prospect.
Dan Buckner- Buckner impressed me today when I saw him, he tracked a nice ball over his shoulder and I’ve always thought he had reliable hands. He’s not a burner, but I think he’s going to be a Day 3 gem for somebody in this deep class of wideouts.
Amos Anthony- I didn’t see Anthony much but he made a couple impressive catches with his hands, including one on a throw that was well behind him from Seth Doege. I haven’t seen him play before so I want to see more of him this week.
Joseph Fauria- Fauria was skinnier than I expected him to be but he seemed to hurt his hip during practice, so hopefully he will be able to recover and play the rest of the week.
Braden Brown- Brown struggled mightily when I watched him today. He didn’t show a good anchor against bull rushes, he struggled versus inside moves because of opening his hips too early and didn’t seem to sustain blocks well. I didn’t have a draftable grade on him coming into the week and he didn’t do much to change that today.
Dann O’Neill- O’Neill predictably struggled with pad level since he stands at 6’8”. He didn’t impress me in drills and was beaten badly a couple times by Wes Horton, one time he barely even got a hand on him as he beat him off the edge. He has tackle size at 6’8”, but I don’t think he’s going to stick there in the NFL.
Manase Foketi- Foketi didn’t participate today and I’m not sure why. It was certainly disappointing because he was the offensive lineman I was most looking forward to seeing on the West squad. Hopefully he is out there tomorrow.
James Ferentz- Ferentz isn’t going to blow you away with his size and strength, he’s LISTED at 6’1”, 288 pounds, but he’s a coach’s son and he plays smart. Even in drills he was praised by the offensive line coach for funneling Josh Boyd to his right side where he would have guard help. Smart centers often find a way to stick, but if you’re looking for a man-blocking scheme center Ferentz probably isn’t going to be your guy.
Kirby Fabien- Fabien was at tackle when I saw him and he seemed overwhelmed there. He opened his hips too early, was reaching in pass protection and wasn’t “letting them come to him” in 1 on 1 drills which led to him getting beat a couple times. He had a tough first day, but I’m interested to see how he rebounds the rest of the week.
Andrew Robiskie- Robiskie struggled a lot in 1 on 1 drills and was beaten badly a couple times. Like Fabien he had a tough day when I was watching him, so seeing how he bounces back will be important. He looked overwhelmed by the size and athleticism of some of the West’s interior linemen to me.
Blaize Foltz- Foltz is a Day 3 kid in my opinion and he’s very, very strong so he held up well in drills when I was watching him. The West has some strong interior linemen, so look for him to hold up better than some of the other interior guys this week thanks to his strength.
Wes Horton- I was not a Horton fan when he was at USC, but after he missed this season due to injury I was looking forward to seeing how he looked. He’s not exactly going against NFL left tackles in practice, but he was able to win off the edge and with strength and hand usage. He’s one guy I want to see more of.
Brandon Thurmond- Thurmond was one guy I wanted to see and he flashed some real skills today. I didn’t have a lot of notes on him, but he definitely caught my eye. I will have plenty of notes on him tomorrow, so look out for those.
William Campbell- Campbell is inconsistent off the snap and was getting coached pretty hard by the DL coach about firing off the ball and staying low out of his stance. If he can stay low and keep his pads down he could be very disruptive because he flashed impressive athleticism for a 6’5”, 310 pound (listed) defensive tackle. He showed an impressive arm over move a couple times and a nice bull rush when he kept his pads low. He has a lot of potential but he’s never really lived up to it, so it will be interesting to see if the light comes on this week.
Josh Boyd- Boyd was getting coached as hard if not harder than Campbell by the defensive line coach as he was not firing off the ball well either. He seemed to step it up a bit in drills but he had an inconsistent day. I’m interested to see how he progresses all week, but he flashed some potential as a bull rusher and he can beat you off the snap if he fires off well.
Travis Johnson- Johnson may not have elite athleticism or speed but he has such active hands and a good effort level it’s hard not to like him. I heard him talking after practice saying that he really admired Clay Matthews’ playing style and that he felt comfortable in a 4-3 or a 3-4, for what it’s worth.
Will Pericak- Pericak was probably my favorite defensive linemen from either practice today. I hadn’t seen him play much before this, but he looked the part of a 3 tech defensive tackle and showed an impressive motor and strong, active hands. He was a handful for every interior offensive lineman I saw him go up against 1 on 1. I am definitely going to be tracking him down for an interview and I will have a close eye on him this week, but if you missed it I tweeted out during practice that “Will Pericak is going to make a NFL roster. #VaultMe” and I mean it. Keep an eye on Pericak.
Nigel Malone- Malone isn’t going to be a 2nd or 3rd rounder but I would love to pick him on Day 3. He’s not the biggest or the fastest but he has smooth hips, good feet and he has great ball skills. I’m sold on him at this point even though I didn’t get to see a lot of him today. He’s going to stick on a roster I am sure of it.