Senior Bowl practice report, Day 3
Oklahoma's Nic Harris has been flawless since making the transition to linebacker
Northern Illinois defensive end Larry English has played much bigger than he looks
Virginia Tech CB Victor "Macho" Harris played too soft and was consistently beaten
Wednesday was the final day of practice in pads and the most important practice of the week for NFL scouts. The intensity was turned up several notches as players had a lot riding on the line.
Nic Harris/LB/Oklahoma: Harris has been flawless in Mobile since making the transition from his college position of safety to his projected NFL spot at outside linebacker. He's showed a lot of explosion, speed and has forced the action up the field while also making plays sideline-to-sideline.
Juaquin Iglesias/WR/Oklahoma: Iglesias turned in an outstanding practice on Wednesday. The former Sooner was sure-handed making difficult receptions down the field as well as in the underneath coverage. He's very physical going against opponents to grab the pass and presents the skills to be a starter at the next level.
Larry English/DE-OLB/Northern Illinois: The undersized defensive end beat opponents all day by playing with speed and athleticism. English is a fluid lineman who easily moves about the field and exploited big, immobile blockers to makes plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Brandon Gibson/WR/Washington State: Gibson has been consistent since the first day of Senior Bowl practice and Wednesday may have been his best performance of the week. He's a natural pass catcher who gets the most from his abilities even though he's not the fastest nor quickest. Gibson showed the ability to consistently get open and has very reliable hands.
Brandon Pettigrew/TE/Oklahoma State: Pettigrew's opportunities to catch the ball have been limited this week but his blocking has been outstanding, exceeding the expectations of NFL scouts. He's dominated linebackers all week and has also controlled defensive linemen which has help pave the way for running backs.
Michael Oher/OT/Mississippi: The South squad's big-name player showed up in a big way today. Oher was driving defenders off the line in run blocking drills and looked comfortable in pass protection. He chose the most important practice to have his best day of the week to date.
Andre Brown/RB/North Carolina State: Brown had a very solid afternoon. He ran well inside the tackles, hitting the holes with authority. Brown also showed good speed getting to the edge and picking up yardage outside the hash marks.
Cody Brown/DE-OLB/Connecticut: Brown showed great speed, pass rushing skill and even flashed power on Day 3. He's beaten defenders off the edge, on the inside and at one point drew a large rise from NFL scouts after putting Illinois tackle Xavier Fulton flat on his back.
Victor "Macho" Harris/CB/Virginia Tech: Harris has been anything but macho in Mobile and was consistently beaten in practice Wednesday. He plays very soft in coverage and gave up receptions down the field on a number of occasions.
Andy Levitre/OL/Oregon State: The Beavers starting tackle comes off a terrific senior season but has been anything but in Mobile. He's struggled at a number of offensive line spots and was beaten or run over by defensive linemen in drills.
Moise Fokou/OLB/Maryland: Fokou has shown terrific athleticism this week, but his instincts leave a lot to be desired. He was caught flat-footed more than once on the afternoon, and his hesitation cost him opportunities to make plays.
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