John Harris’ Monday Notes
WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt - Showed perhaps the most polish of all the receivers, easily coachable, desired coaching, played physically, didn’t mind mixing things up with the defensive backs. He ran good routes, consistently caught the ball and whenever he faced the top corners, it was great competition.
WR Cody Hoffman, BYU - Struggled horribly today. He couldn’t get off jams by much smaller cornerbacks. He was frustrated all day long and the coaching staff really stayed on him throughout the practice. Slow was the key word with Hoffman throughout the day.
WR Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma - Is sudden and stop on the dime quick, but really struggled catching the ball away from his body.
WR Ryan Grant, Tulane - Was one of my players to watch and he didn’t disappoint. He had more ups than downs during the day. He snatched the ball out of the air, caught the ball away from his body. He beat DBs down field and can get open. But, he had a couple of lapses in concentration - jumping offsides and then letting a ball go through his hands during one-on-ones.
WR Kevin Norwood, Alabama - Really struggled early in practice against CB in a press coverage drill. He didn’t feel comfortable getting off the jam at all. I worried that he would truly struggle badly in one-on-one’s but when the DBs backed off, he got open easily, caught the ball cleanly and was
TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia - Caught nearly everything thrown to him against safeties and linebackers in one-on-ones. He’s an adequate blocker that can be a middle day three prospect.
TE Marcel Jensen, Fresno State - Struggled in all aspects of the passing game. He didn’t catch the ball well at all and he’s going to end up being a run blocker, if anything else.
DE Dee Ford, Auburn - Won the weigh-in, won one-on-ones and won the day. Without a question, he was the most dominant hand-in-the-dirt player on the South squad. He won with speed off the edge and showed a balance of power and speed throughout the day from individual all the way through team drills. His next charge will be to show a few of his pass rush acumen when the initial rush is stopped. He can do it, but he now has to show it.
DL Ed Stinson, Alabama - Missed most of practice dealing with a groin issue.
OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech - Played during the day at ILB which I think is a major mistake. He’s got to be a space player but the experience of playing inside can’t hurt. But, he’s not really had a chance to show what he can do off the edge. Hopefully, the Jaguars coaching staff will give him that opportunity to hit the edge Tuesday and/or Wednesday.
OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU - Does everything SO well on a football field. Coverage, rush the edge, pursuit, you name Van Noy has it. The Jaguars coaches got on him a bit during individual drills because they didn’t think he was flying through a drill. It’s just that he makes it look effortless. He made plays throughout the practice in coverage. It’s not a surprise to me as I’ve got him in my top 15 on our TSV Big Board but I value production and intelligence more than anything. Van Noy has all of it.
CB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma - Was easily the best cover corner on the South squad. His press technique footwork needs a little work, but his recovery speed is ridiculous. He’s fluid, moves smoothly and bends athletically.
CB/S Chris Davis, Auburn - Had an interesting day and I’m struggling with how to classify his day. He’s easily the most physical cornerback on the field and he is ultra-physical in press coverage. He frustrated nearly every receiver in press man, including Vanderbilt star WR Jordan Matthews. But, the further he got away from the line of scrimmage, he struggled a bit. He got beat once by Matthews but Davis will compete. He’s stiff as can be but I love his tenacity. Ultimately, I think he’s got to move to safety but initially I think playing corner will be great experience this week.
CB Keith McGill, Utah - At 6’3” showed incredible agility in press man drills and will be a guy to watch the rest of the week.
CB Walt Aikens, Liberty - Has a great body. Yeah, I said it. But, he didn’t look out of place at all. He got beat a few times but he competed hard and as I mentioned to a few scouts “he’s moldable clay”. He’s definitely worth watching over the next few days.
WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin - Didn’t win the weigh in, weighing in at only 189 pounds, BUT when the former Badger got on the field, he lit up the North team defensive backs. He caught everything, got open against everyone he faced. Everyone. He’s fast. He’s going to be a star this week as long the North QBs get him the ball.
WR Robert Herron, Wyoming - There’s something about a guy that just gets open. All. The. Time. Wyoming slot WR Robert Herron did that all day long. Outside of Abbrederis, Herron was the most impressive receiver for the North squad, even though he measured in only at less than 5’9” and 187 pounds.
DT Aaron Donald, Pitt - Was even better than expected. He was matched up with Baylor G Cyril Richardson throughout the practice. Richardson has four inches on Donald and nearly 50 pounds. Yet, Donald whipped him all day long. In run fit 1-on-1 Richardson didn’t win one time. In pass rush, 1-on-1 Donald literally knocked Richardson on his backside. During team drills, Donald was so quick off the ball that CSU C Weston Richburg couldn’t even get a hand on him. Hopefully, Donald will get to face a few of the other North OL throughout the week.
DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech - One of the stars of East-West Shrine Week was La. Tech DT Justin Ellis. The 6’1” 347 DT showed that he more than belonged on the field with the much more ballyhooed Senior Bowl prospects. He’s quick off the ball, penetrated into the backfield, used the spin move (as he did last week too) during pass rush one-on-ones. It’s hard to think of a 347 pounder as more than just a two gap NT but that’s definitely not Ellis. Well, he could be, but what he showed last week and on his first day in Mobile is that he’s more versatile to play any DT position in either odd or even fronts.
RB Charles Sims, West Virginia - One scout said that West Virginia RB Charles Sims could play slot receiver for his team and that scout isn’t wrong. Sims is one heck of an interesting package with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. The Falcons offensive staff threw a pair of screens to him to get him out in space.
RB James White, Wisconsin - Won’t get a ton of acclaim but I liked what he showed on Monday. He doesn’t have great outside burst as the North defense tracked him easily on a bounce run late in practice. But, he ran inside a couple of times that caught my attention. He’ll be worth watching the rest of the week for certain.