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Posted: Wednesday January 23, 2008 3:47PM; Updated: Wednesday January 23, 2008 7:43PM
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By Tony Pauline, Special to SI.com, TFY Draft Preview

Jason Jones, DE, Eastern Michigan: Jones rebounded well after two uninspired practices. He threw a few nice moves on Ohio State's Kirk Barton and got a lot of penetration this morning.

Dan Connor, LB, Penn State: Connor has been one of the hardest hitting players all week. He's shown himself to be a smart football player who will be a reliable run defender in the NFL.

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Terrence Wheatley, CB, Colorado: Whealtey was over matched for most of the day, getting beat by large receivers and outrun by fast pass catchers. He dropped a sure interception during the scrimmage.

Bruce Davis, LB, UCLA: Davis, a defensive end in college, was used extensively at linebacker and the results were poor. He's a solid athlete, but at times he looked lost on the field and struggled handling assignments.

Chris Ellis, DE, Virginia Tech: Ellis was a pass rush specialist for the Hokies, but he has had little success here. He was handled lining up in a three-point stance and the results weren't much better when he stood over tackle as a rush linebacker.

Marcus Smith, WR, New Mexico: Scouts were anticipating Smith's performance, as his production (91 receptions in '07) and size (6-1, 214 pounds) are enticing. But he's been a letdown -- dropping several easy receptions today -- and he does not play to his size.

Notes

• Injuries are starting to mount at the Senior Bowl. Owen Schmitt of West Virginia looked good in morning drills, but the fullback later injured his knee and left the field. Michigan's Shawn Crable also left the field with a lower leg injury. Limas Sweed, the Texas receiver on the South squad, slightly reinjured his wrist and will no longer practice or play. Sweed originally hurt his wrist in October and surgery was required to repair the damage.

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