Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Senior Bowl practices: Day 3
By Calvin Watkins
MOBILE, Ala. -- This was our last day in this city and our trio of guys, Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl, broke down the third day of Senior Bowl practices.
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The good, bad and awesome
Texas A&M LB Von Miller's movement skills are ridiculous during drills. ... South Alabama WR Courtney Smith continues to have problem extending and fielding the ball with his hands. He also dropped a pass after getting popped, his second drop of the day. ... TCU WR Jeremy Kerley not as explosive as we thought coming into the week, but he does a good job with tempo in his routes.
Carimi struggles and Brown has great speed
Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi did not have his A-game today. He was beat by Iowa DT Christian Ballard in 1-on-1 drills and was tossed to the ground by Notre Dame's Ian Williams at the end of a play in drills. He didn't look as sharp as he normally does. ... We love WR Vincent Brown's hands and his ability to make plays in traffic. But the one reason he's making plays in traffic is he doesn't have great burst. You see it when he's trying to separate from corners. He had a chance to make a play coming out of his break but could not close on the ball while it was in the air.
ESPNDallas' take on practices
We missed both sessions today because we had to catch a flight home and get ready for the Super Bowl but had a quick chat with Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller. He's dazzled the scouts down here with his quickness off the ball, and he's got good moves to get to the quarterback. "I just want to be the best linebacker and the best player that I could be," he said. "I will play whatever they want me to play, safety if they want me too." Miller has spoken to quite a few teams but as of Tuesday evening had not talked to the Cowboys. ... In the practices that we attended, TCU's Andy Dalton has shown good arm strength and pocket presence. ... There weren't as many head coaches and agents down here as in year's past and that might be attributed to the labor situation that threatens to cause a lockout. Several agents come here to speak with teams about their clients' futures, but with the league in limbo, there isn't a lot to talk about.