Nebraska's Dillard struggles at Senior Bowl practice

January, 29, 2010
1/29/10
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It wasn't the best of days for Nebraska linebacker Phillip Dillard at Thursday's Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala.

The Scouts Inc. reporters at the scene for ESPN.com didn't paint the brightest of pictures Insider for Dillard after watching him in the North team practice with helmets and shorts.

Here's their report:

"Dillard's lack of athletic ability really showed up on Day 4, since players were in shorts and helmets, Dillard's ability to be physical between the tackles was negated. He looked tight during drills and struggled to make sudden changes of direction, and he also lacked good closing burst and straight-line speed during drills. Dillard struggled to stay with running backs in coverage during 7-on-7 drills (he was consistently two or three steps behind), and he showed a lack of natural ball skills. In pads, Dillard can mix it up inside, but we saw on Day 4 that his athletic limitations likely will drop him into the later rounds."

And here are some nuggets from Thursday's practices for Big 12-related players.

  • Baylor C J.D. Walton was getting adequate hand placement but has no real power base and struggled against mammoth Alabama DT Terrence Cody.
  • Texas DT Lamarr Houston exhibited a strong upper body and extended his arms well, using that combination to keep Arkansas OL Mitch Petrus off his frame during the team period of practice.

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