Senior Bowl 2013: Practice Day 3 Notes


The 2013 Senior Bowl practices are under way, with daily reports all over the web. Each morning, we take a look at the various reports, focusing on the potential draft targets for the Miami Dolphins. Here's a run down for Senior Bowl practice day 3.

The 2013 Senior Bowl is this Saturday, with NFL Draft hopefuls taking the field looking to impress. However, more important than the game are the practices held throughout the week, with coaches, general managers, scouts, and the media, watching every drill and grading each player. Here's a look at how several of the potential Miami Dolphins draft prospects performed in the Senior Bowl practices day three:

  • Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU: "Popular BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah keeps getting better. He took a poke to the eye during individual drills and missed some time on Wednesday, but he came back to deflect an E.J. Manuel pass during a full-team scrimmage that was intercepted by teammate Zavier Gooden." - Justin Rogers,
  • Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois: "At defensive end, Michael Buchanan proved to be a far more fluid, balanced and explosive moving athlete than the rest of the group, but too often played high and without maintained hand positioning at the point of attack. Buchanan shows glimpses of strong and sudden punches to create movement, but too often his initial punch slides off and he fails to create ideal separation. A project that can be molded into a dangerous edge rusher at the next level, Buchanan needs to land in the right circumstance in order to reach his potential." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
  • Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International: " Jonathan Cyprien continued his impressive week with fantastic range. It seemed as though most of the quarterbacks knew where he was on 7 vs 7s and stayed away (wisely)." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
  • Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall: "Aaron Dobson of Marshall, a favorite of mine the past two years because of his highlight reel catches and production despite poor QB play, showed great routes today, especially along the sideline. His development there is better than I expected, and with his upside and quick feet to pick up speed and drive through contact on the interior, he could be a trendy 2nd round favorite." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
  • Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas: "Another impressive day for Marquise Goodwin of Texas. For a smaller, elite speed receiver, he showed consistent speed throughout his routes, able to get vertical in a hurry, and even showed the ability to extend away from his body well. He's really impressed all week, enough to consider putting more weight than his struggles (partially team related) in 2012." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
  • Margus Hunt, DE, SMU: "Margus Hunt struggled once again in practice, as a lack of proper timing with his punches and extension led to minimal effect versus the run and the pass. Flashes of off-the-line speed can be seen with physical freak, but Hunt continually popped upright and allowed himself to washed out of the pocket. Hunt's raw ability, length and weight room strength haven't translated to the field as I had hoped, and he'll be facing a serious learning curve at the next level." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
  • Alex Okafor, DE, Texas / Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: "Though each had put up eye-popping numbers during their senior seasons, Okafor and Jones had each relied on strong hand play and high-revving motors to achieve their success. This week, each has shown better quickness, often slipping past the North offensive tackles with their initial burst.Considering that the North boasts Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher that's saying something." Rob Rang, CBS Sports
  • Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech: "Many analysts were surprised by how well Patton adaptedto playing with kids from big schools as he stood out for the right reasons. He was quick off the snap and ran really well. Though he didn't have a breakaway gear, he did show off great hands and concentration throughout the week, particularly on Wednesday when he caught a pass from E.J. Manuel with a defender right on his hip. Expect teams to study up on him and consider him to be a Z receiver." - Dave Richard, CBS Sports
  • Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee: "A strong Wednesday practice pushed him past Vance McDonald as the best tight end candidate, but it took a little time. Like McDonald, he's a downfield receiving threat pretty much in the mold of Aaron Hernandez, albeit without the girth. Wednesday saw Rivera get the best of Georgia safety Shawn Williams on a deep post pattern from Tyler Wilson before connecting again with Wilson on a leaping grab down the seam with a defender on his rear." - Dave Richard, CBS Sports
  • Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan:
  • Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: "Desmond Trufant (Washington) had a great day in all sessions. Starting during one on ones, he was dominant in all types of coverages. Markus Wheaton called out Trufant again and, although Wheaton initially got Trufant's hips to turn the wrong direction on a post-corner, Trufant did not give up on the play and showed excellent recovery speed (ball was high and off target out of Wheaton's break)." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
  • Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State: "Markus Wheaton again showed why he's considered the best of the North group. He's a 3 step guy who consistently eats up cushion quickly and caused most defensive backs to turn their hips sooner than they wanted after selling the fade. His speed is obvious, but one of the concerns I had with Wheaton were the occasional drops he has on film. Today, and for most of the week, he showed exceptional hands plucking away from his body and securing the football through contact. He made two really nice catches today-one was on an out route when he dove to snag a pass low and in front of him using all hands. Another was an acrobatic back shoulder catch in traffic on a seam route just before being blasted by the nickel corner and safety over the top." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
  • J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern: "[S]mall school prospect, Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox also stood out on Wednesday. He's 5-foot-11, but thick at 214 pounds. He was quick to diagnose the run and come up in support, plus he got his hands on several passes while operating as the deep man in a Cover-1." - Justin Rogers,
  • Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: "Williams started the week with a bang Monday with a couple of highlight-reel catches while establishing himself as one of the fastest players on the field. On Tuesday, he had some drops and didn't play fearlessly when going cross-field, which could paint him as an outside-only threat. Williams rebounded Wednesday with another excellent practice where he again showed a lot of excellent quickness in individual and team drills but also made an adjustment to a deep ball fromTyler Wilson and caught what would have been a touchdown. He even tacked on a nice block during the 7-on-7 drills. Considering size and skills, he's the best receiver in Mobile, which frankly shouldn't come as a big surprise since he had double-digit touchdowns the last two years and 1,832 yards in 2012." - Dave Richard, CBS Sports

That should be enough for today.

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