2019 Senior Bowl: Thursday Practice Report: North Team
This is Charlie Campbell's Thursday 2019 Senior Bowl Practice Report for the North Team. Charlie is reporting live from Mobile, Ala., and he'll describe what he sees at practice and whom certain prospects talk to all week.
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By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell
The third practice of the North team in the Senior Bowl was held in Mobile, Ala. in Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The players practicing in shells: helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts. The North team was coached by the Oakland Raiders coaching staff.
Quarterbacks Drew Lock and Daniel Jones were OK in their final practice sessions of the week. Both of them missed some throws, made some throws, and showed their arm strength to pass in windy conditions. Neither signal-caller dominated this week, but both were able to help themselves.
Every year at the Senior Bowl, there are prospects who have a slow start to the week, but improve and end in the week playing well. That was the case for Boston College defensive end Zach Allen. He had an underwhelming on Tuesday, but he was much better Thursday, flashing the form that made him one of the better defensive ends in college football over the past couple of seasons. Allen had some good bull rushes in the one-on-ones to get wins. He also had a nice speed to power rush to work through an offensive tackle and get a sack. In the team scrimmage, Allen read a play well to get a pressure and possibly a sack. While Allen did not light up the Senior Bowl, his week of practice should not hurt him significantly.
Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom had a rough first day of practice as well, but he bounced back to have an impressive day Thursday. Lindstrom showed his strong anchor to hold his ground on a few bull rush attempts. In the team scrimmage, Lindstrom opened some run lanes by generating movement at the point of attack and providing holes for his back. Some team sources told me they really liked what they saw out of Lindstrom, remarking that he is tough as nails. Lindstrom should go in the first couple of rounds in the 2019 NFL Draft and could be a plug-and-play starter in the NFL.
Another offensive lineman who had a strong day on Thursday was Wisconsin guard Michael Deiter. He held up against bull rushes, and did a nice job in pass protection one-on-ones by mirroring a speed rush. Deiter does not have the length to move outside to tackle in the NFL, but he could be a quick starter at guard with the ability to left or right guard. He also might be able to develop into a starter at center. Deiter has done enough at Mobile to help his chances of going on the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Team sources have told me that Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin helped himself this week, and he finished off his good practice sessions on Thursday. McLaurin ran crisp routes, has good hands and looked very smooth and natural catching the ball. This week should help McLaurin to be a mid-rounder rather than a late-round pick.
Memphis running back Tony Pollard and Michigan running back Karan Higdon performed well on Thursday. He showed some good vision and was aggressive to hit the hole quickly without hesitation. Pollard could be a nice backup option. Higdon used speed to rip off some long runs with decisive downhill running and a burst to explode to the second level.
Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye had a solid day on Thursday. He had some good coverage on a few plays including a nice one-on-on rep where he looped under a receiver to slap a pass away. Oruwariye has some speed limitations for the NFL, but he is a big physical corner that competes well with receivers. He could be a good corner to defend big receivers, but should be protected from taking on elite speed wideouts. As a result of the speed limitations, Oruwariye is more likely to be a second-day pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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