With today being the first full day of practices, we got the chance to see both the North and South squads. Here are the players that stood out the most:
1. QB Rhett Bomar
– If there is a quarterback down here that is going to have an impact next season, it's going to be Bomar. He's by far the most pro-ready of any of the signal callers in Mobile and could be taken in the third round.
2. RB Jeremiah Johnson
– The former Oregon Duck impressed me today. Johnson showed great quickness and explosiveness as a runner. He has good cutback ability and is a player to keep an eye on for next season.
3. RB Rashad Jennings
– A bit of an unknown prospect entering the week, Jennings is a former transfer from Pittsburgh. Jennings has ideal size (6'1/234) to be an every-down back and the tools needed to start in the NFL. He has great strength along with good speed.
4. RB Kory Sheets
– Sheets continues to impress this week. He has shown excellent hands and could be an ideal fit for a third-down back role at the next level.
5. WR Ramses Barden
– This is a player you need to keep an eye on. Barden has a tall, lanky frame, but catches almost everything that is thrown his way. He reminds me of a stronger Plaxico Burress
. Barden has a long stride and is capable of catching the ball in the middle of the field.
6. WR Derrick Williams
– The Penn State alum has looked excellent as a receiver. He explodes out of his breaks while running crisp routes. Williams has very good hands and is making a case to be the first senior receiver taken in the draft. He's struggled a bit as a punt returner, which is something that he needs to work on at the next level.
7. WR Mike Thomas
and Mike Wallace
- Both played well today. Thomas is extremely quick and explosive, while Wallace is a nice deep threat. Thomas is an experienced returner and could see action on special teams at the next level. Thomas played well last week at the East-West Shrine Game and continues to raise his draft stock this week.
8. TE Brandon Pettigrew
– Pettigrew is a very good prospect at the tight end position. He has a great frame, along with very good strength and speed. Pettigrew is a complete tight end, being able to catch the ball well and work as an added blocker on the line of scrimmage. He's a big target and could be a great red-zone threat at the next level.
9. K Louis Sakoda/Pat McAfee
– Both of the kickers did a good job in practice today. Sakoda displayed a strong, accurate leg while McAfee looked excellent on kickoff drills. I was told that Michigan State running back Javon Ringer could be on a downward spiral. After dealing with injuries during his career, a 390 carry season in 2008, and a recent knee surgery that took him out of the Senior Bowl, there's talk building that Ringer's stock could be dropping fast. His durability for the future is being questioned by scouts and he may drop to the second day.