Early thoughst on North Senior Bowl practice

By | January 24, 2018

Early thoughts on North Senior Bowl practice … We’ll find out more when GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemdette files his full report on today’s Senior Bowl practice sessions, but the #1 takeaway from what we saw via the TV coverage is that it was not a good at all for Wyoming QB Josh Allen. No question Allen gets the ball there in a hurry and had one beautiful corner route in the corner of the end zone, but for the most part he was widely inaccurate to the degree that on 2-3 players one wasn’t even sure who the actual target was supposed to be. So far not the kind of dominating performance that Allen was hoping for in order to get into the discussion for one of the top 2 picks this coming April. At gthe same time, we really didn’t see Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield air t out a lot but when he did he was much more on the money than Allen. Also not hard to like Mayfield’s footwork and competitive spirit. Among other players that stood out today, a case could be made that the best player on the field for the North was Washington State OG Cole Madison who was just rock solid the whole practice. Also though that Michigan C Cole Mason looked very smooth and athletic every snap he was involved in. It also appeared Army OT Seth Toth picked up right where he left off after his outstanding week at the Shrine game last week. Also an interesting day for Pittsburgh OT Brian O’Neill; the former Panther struggled with his balance a couple of times when he got caught reaching for edge rushers who were literally running away from the pocket; however, when O’Neill let the play come to him he was really solid; the same could not be said for Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby who struggled with lateral agility. Going the other way, edge rushers Ogbonnia Okoronkwo of Oklahoma and Rutgers’ Kemoko Turay both flashed some speed and moves, while CBs Ike Yiadom of Boston College and Florida’s Duke dawson had some nice moments in coverage.