Senior Bowl Practice Report: Day 3
Penn State DL Jared Odrick has looked like a man possessed all week
Virginia cornerback Chris Cook is physical and ready for the next level
Notre Dame offensive tackle Sam Young struggled throughout the week
MOBILE, Ala. -- The final and most important day of full pads practice at the Senior Bowl kicked off on Wednesday. The field swelled as more head coaches and general managers arrived to inspect many of the nations top senior prospects and a number of them did not disappoint. Here's a breakdown of Wednesday's practice.
Jared Odrick/DL/Penn State: Odrick looked like a man possessed on Wednesday and was impossible to stop. He was both quick and powerful, defeating blocks off the snap with a great first step or powerfully moving opponents off the line with great leg drive. After showing flashes the first two days, Odrick really put it together today.
Chris Cook/CB/Virginia: Cook was another player who put the pieces together on the final day of full pads practice. He's presented himself as a big, physical cornerback that physically beats down opponents all week. On Wednesday he started to make plays on the ball and consistently broke up a number of passes.
Dorin Dickerson/TE/Pittsburgh: Dickerson has been nothing short of fantastic all week. He's outmuscled linebackers in the underneath coverage and has out raced cornerbacks down the sidelines. Dickerson has also caught everything thrown in his direction and displayed great hands. The issue for Dickerson is the position he will play in the NFL. On Monday Dickerson measured 6-1, 222 pounds; small for a tight end and short for a possession receiver. Dickerson has proven he has the skills to play at the next level, and a creative offensive coordinator will find a way to make him productive.
Kao Misi/DE-LB/Utah: Misi, who spent the past two seasons at defensive end for the Utes, spent the last three days at outside linebacker at the Senior Bowl. It started to click for Misi on Wednesday. His athleticism was obvious all week and Misi displayed much better awareness playing in space and was much quicker picking up his coverage assignments. He also showed great pass rush the few times he lined up at defensive end.
Andre Roberts/WR/The Citadel: The small school prospect showed big time pass-catching skills all week. He's a complete receiver that displayed terrific route running skills besides great hands. Roberts had some of the best senior cornerbacks in the nation twisted like pretzels as they tried to stay with him on the field. His performance in Mobile will move Roberts into the draft's top 100 selections.
Daryl Washington/LB/TCU: Washington was one of the better athletes at the linebacker position and showed the ability to make plays sideline-to-sideline. He was fast to the flanks, showed ability in pursuit and good range in pass coverage. Washington has been overshadowed by his teammate Jerry Hughes but really made his mark the past three days.
Ed Dickson/TE/Oregon: Dickson, known primarily as a pass catcher, did not disappoint scouts in attendance. He ran good routes, displayed the ability to get downfield and created mismatches in the secondary. Dickson made several difficult receptions with defenders draped on him and showed incredibly reliable hands. To his credit, Dickson also did a better than expected job blocking.
Jamar Chaney/LB/Mississippi State: The Bulldogs star defender showed scouts he is an all-purpose linebacker. Chaney, known primarily as a run defender, was aggressive all week, sacrificing his body to stop opposing ball handlers. He really improved his draft stock by displaying skills in pass coverage. Chaney efficiently handled his coverage assignments, staying anywhere on the field with running backs and tight ends, then making plays on the ball.
Jeff Owens/DT/Georgia: Owens had a slow start to the week but put it together on the money day of the Senior Bowl. He was explosive on Wednesday, showing spectacular speed off the line and consistently breaking double-team blocks. Owens gave scouts something to think about after what was a disappointing final season at Georgia.
Riley Cooper/WR/Florida: Cooper was not considered a draftable prospect prior to the season yet turned in a terrific senior year and reaffirmed himself as a legitimate mid-round choice in Mobile. He's a technically sound wideout who runs terrific routes, separates from defenders and displays natural receiver skills. His forty time at the Combine is critical, yet Cooper has established himself as one of the better possession receivers in April's draft.
Sam Young/T/Notre Dame: Young, who played left tackle for Notre Dame, switched to the right side and struggled most of the week. He does not have the athleticism to protect the blind side on the NFL level and really did not display the power necessary to man the right tackle position either.
Patrick Robinson/CB/Florida State: The former Seminole star is athletically gifted and physically beats down opponents. But Robinson struggled against quick opponents he could not get his hands on and gave up receptions all week. He really never displayed the ability to make plays on the ball unless he was facing the action.
Eric Norwood/LB/South Carolina: Norwood made a living terrorizing SEC quarterbacks last season but was asked to play a more traditional linebacker position at the Senior Bowl. He struggled all week trying to make plays in reverse and was exploited by tight ends in coverage.
Trevard Lindley/CB/Kentucky: Lindley gave up a lot of receptions all week, including a long pass completion which resulted in a touchdown. Lindley looked solid completing defensive back drills, but was unable to transfer those skills when lined up against competition.
Notes: After a rough start to the Senior Bowl, quarterbacks Tony Pike of Cincinnati and Sean Canfield from Oregon State threw the ball much better on Wednesday ... Myron Rolle displayed steady improvement all week. Rolle quickly got back into the grove of playing football early in the week and by Wednesday was making plays on the ball in scrimmage.
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