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The 2013 Senior Bowl practices are under way . On day two, the North and South team both practiced in Ladd-Peebles Stadium, giving the press the chance to see both teams, rather than being limited to one team or the other, as was the case yesterday. Here are some of the notes about players the Dolphins could be targeting.
The 2013 Senior Bowl will kick off this Saturday, meaning this week is full or practices being watched by general managers, scouts, coaches, and the media. Which players will jump out as the top prospects heading into April's NFL Draft? More importantly, who will be the Miami Dolphins' draft target with their 12th overall pick, and what later round prospects could they find?
Here's a run down of some of the notes from around the web about yesterday's practices for the Senior Bowl:
- Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU - "Ezekiel Ansah continues to be solid but not spectacular in my opinion. I still like him at left end but I don't see the explosion to be a top pass rusher at defensive end. I could see him at end in a 4-3 or in a 3-4 if you bulked him up, but I'm not sold on him being a stud pass rusher right now." - Tom Melton, The Football Standard
- Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International - "Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien continued his strong play coming across the field to break up a deep pass intended for Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton." - Tom Melton, The Football Standard
- Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas - "Packed tight with muscle and surprising thickness to the lower half, I liked Marquise Goodwin's overall body type and initial burst. Quickly eating up cushion on intermediate and deep breaking patterns, Goodwin ran crisp speed cut, bench patterns. Early in practice, Goodwin had difficulty shedding the press and getting in-route, as corners Jamar Taylor and Jordan Poyer were very physical off the line. As the day progressed, however, Goodwin steadily improved and used his hands and foot quickness to win off the line. It was good to see the adjustment, and tomorrow I'll be looking for crisper in-cuts, as Goodwin consistently drifted deeper on dig patterns." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
- Will Davis, CB, Utah State - "Utah State cornerback Will Davis, who we highlighted as a prospect to watch, struggled in coverage, getting burned deep twice, including once by Denard Robinson. " - Justin Rogers, MLive.com
- Dwyane Gratz, CB, Connecticut - "Able to maintain leverage and position throughout the route with his plus length, Gratz turned manhandled opposing receivers off the line in drills. In 11-on-11's, Gratz made an excellent play in cover 2-press by forcing an outside release, passing off the vertical stem of the outside receiver and turning inside to locate an incoming target for a pass deflection. Again, great length and physicality from a prototype cover 2 corner." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
- Margus Hunt, DE, SMU - "Also on the defensive line, Margus Hunt disappointed. You can't miss him, as he legitimately checks in at 6-foot-8, but he seemed to be playing stiff and indecisive on Tuesday. His length is going to cause offensive linemen problems as he refines his technique and he'll be a nightmare for opposing special teams coach as a kick blocker." - Justin Rogers, MLive.com
- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA - "The surprise star of the day on the defensive line, and maybe on the whole roster, was UCLA DL Datone Jones. Showcasing a strong lower half in the weigh-ins, he seemed to use that today to collapse the inside, drive through offensive tackles with great force while extended and playing with good pad level. Even with a dominant day from Eric Fisher, Jones was the only one to give him trouble." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas - "Alex Okafor isn't the most explosive athlete but he did a good job playing with good pad level and shows that he has the potential to bull rush effectively. I think he projects better to the left end spot I think but he definitely looked good to me today." - Tom Melton, The Football Standard
- Quinton Patton, WR, Louisana Tech -
- Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State - "[T]he top corner for the North squad today was Jordan Poyer. He was almost flawless in coverage, displaying good technique and incredibly quick feet in both press and off-man coverage. He's amazing fast to break on the ball when other corners would still be back-pedaling. He was beaten once on a comeback route, but he covered it as well as he could be expected, the ball was just timed to perfection and placed where only the receiver could catch it."-UkRedskin, Hogs Haven
- Justin Pugh, T, Syracuse - "At 6'5", 297 pounds, he looks made for the zone blocking scheme. Interestingly, Mike Mayock and the NFL Network crew mentioned a couple of times how he will be a better fit at right tackle than left, but in his first rep, he looked fine on the left side. He showed excellent quickness and met an outside speed rush easily. He set an anchor and controlled the block easily. When he moved to the right side, he faced a couple of bull rushes, but Pugh got low and got his hands under the defender, giving him the leverage to win the block. He won both blocks back to back. Pretty good day for Pugh." - UkRedskin, Hogs Haven
- Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan - "The former Michigan quarterback caught a long score on an out-and-up, but his footwork and route seemed awkward." - Justin Rogers, MLive.com
Hands down, best player for me today was WR Quinton Patton. We had a pre-Senior Bowl 1st round grade on him. Hasn't disappointed so far.— Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) January 22, 2013
- Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State - "Boise State's Jamar Taylor started off the day well, particularly in press drills where he was able to corral the speedy Marquise Goodwin with steady body shots and well-timed hand checks. Still, as the day progressed, Taylor grew less and less comfortable when unattached from the route, I.E. off man coverage. I'll focus on Taylor more so in tomorrow's practice, but he appears to much more comfortable when able to land his hands and direct the route with physicality." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
- Desmond Turfant, WR, Washington - "Trufant really stood out in coverage today. He's a little bit smaller, measuring in at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds at Monday's weigh in, but he blanketed the wide receivers and got his hands on several passes, especially during individual drills." - Justin Rogers, MLive.com
- Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia - " Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington looked terrificin drills displaying speed and power on his pass rushes that surprised many onlookers. While Washington's production was way down in 2012, he showed glimpses of potential the year before. In practice today he looked closer to the 2011 version of himself." - Tom Melton, The Football Standard
- B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary - "Small school corner B.W. Webb from William & Mary was an early stand out. Webb is one of the shortest corners on the South squad at 5'10", 180 pounds, which gave him a disadvantage against big receivers like Baylor's Terrance Williams and Georgia's Tavarres King. Both of those receivers are rated as top prospects, and Webb won all three of his battles against them. His first was a vertical route against Williams. He did a great job turning and running with Williams and stayed with him step for step. The ball wasn't thrown well enough for Williams to make a play on it, but Webb was in perfect position to break it up. Webb then did the exact same thing against King a few plays later. Finally, he mirrored Williams well on an inside route. Williams made two cuts, Webb stayed with him on the first cut before allowing separation on the second cut. But Webb recovered and did enough to put off Williams and force a drop." - UkRedskin, Hogs Haven
- Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State - "As for Markus Wheaton from Oregon State, he made it quite clear to scouts that he was the best wide receiver from the North squad. Long-legged yet quick out of his cuts, Wheaton separated underneath well enough to provide a clear throwing lane, while dominating with deep speed in the vertical game. Able to separate once the ball is thrown in his bench-and-go and fly routes, Wheaton has a homerun hitting skill set to be a dangerous weapon at the next level." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
Hopefully, that's enough for this morning. More from the Senior Bowl throughout the week.