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Day 3 of practice saw an increase in the amount of team drills and redzone plays at the Senior Bowl. There have been a number of repeat stand out players, but some really stepped up in day 3.
We also saw a number of players not in pads with D’Wayne Eskridge, Tre Brown, D’ante Smith, Marvin Wilson, Robert Rochell, Malik Herring and Both Sage and Chazz Surratt watching on from the sidelines.
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Here is your day 3 round-up.
DAY 3 AT THE SENIOR BOWL
Battle of the Trenches
This offensive line group had the better of it in days 1 and 2. But, day 3 saw a balanced outcome.
On the offensive line, Aaron Banks was brilliant in 1on1’s and was extremely impressive getting up to the second level during team drills.
Jaylon Moore and Robert Jones continued to impress. The small school prospects really made the most of their time down in Mobile this week with Quinn Meinerz and David Moore continuing to increase their draft stock.
The defensive line ascended their performances during Thursday’s practice with a few more names shouting out.
The usual names continued to establish themselves, with both Quincy Roche and Carlos Basham Jr getting the better of it. But, some lesser known players also made a mark during Thursday’s practice.
Elerson Smith has put together a good week down in Mobile, but practice 3 was by far his best session. Smith was dominant in 1on1’s, but also competed during team drills.
Cam Sample put a good day together. He consistently won at the point of attack. Sample showed off his skill moves as well as his effective bull rush.
Wyatt Hubert was the name on the defensive front that had the best day on Thursday. He had his name called out by coaching staff multiple times over the 2 hour practice sessions and was even told to stop hitting the quarterbacks by Matt Rhule.
Hubert had a strip sack on Jamie Newman, he showed good turn when rushing off the edge and was able to effectively pressure the quarterback during the team drills.
Hubert showed his determination and attitude during Thursday’s practice and was a focal point for the American teams defensive front. He will be a player who teams will gravitate to because of his toughness.
Wide Receiver/Cornerbacks Matchups
Thursday was a good day to see action in the redzone and to see how the wide receivers and cornerbacks would perform in team drills and game scenarios. We saw 2 minute drills as well as 1on1s.
Frank Darby continued to impress. He was good off press coverage and showed off his separation and route running ability.
In the American team practice, Austin Watkins Jr continued his progression. He was elusive and explosive. He really showed off his short area speed and his initial burst.
Nico Collins, Josh Palmer and Dez Fitzpatrick continued to make their mark especially in redzone drills. All three are expected to be picked in the later rounds when the NFL Draft comes around and all three showed they will be useful straight away.
Benjamin St Juste was the best of the cornerbacks. The player out of Minnesota has put together a strong week and has improved day on day.
He has shown good coverage skills and has really excelled at limiting separation to his receiver. St Juste has had multiple pass breakups and made numerous plays in coverage.
The standout defensive player from not only day 3, but possibly all of the practice sessions, has been Richie Grant.
The safety out of UCF had 2 interceptions in team drills on Thursday and has really separated himself from the other safeties down in Mobile. He has proven himself as a ballhawk of a safety and will have climbed up draft board after his remarkable performances this week
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