The North team has a lot of prospects that stood out to me. I enjoyed watching the receivers and defensive backs today. A few of the linebackers stood out as well. Here are some notes from practice today:
- Chris Borland (ILB Wisconsin) is a shorter linebacker but he is truly a football player. Borland had a nice interception in 9 on 7 today. He has a nose for the football and has drawn a lot of comparisons to Zach Thomas.
- Stephen Morris (QB Miami) had his best day today. He threw the ball well. His best throw was a red zone fade to Josh Huff. Huff high pointed the ball perfectly against Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
- Kain Colter (WR Northwestern) a converted QB made a nice adjustment on the ball on a nine route to start the team period. Colter seems to be making a natural transition to receiver. He is very comfortable in space and could be a solid slot receiver at the next level.
- Deone Buccanon (Safety Washington St) had a couple of pass breakups in pass coverage drills against the linebackers. He is very comfortable coming down and covering tight ends, running backs and receivers. I watched him closely in back pedal drills as well as weave drills. Bucannon flips his hips like a corner back. His lower body and core is solid. He passes the eyeball test very well when it comes to a safety.
- Shaq Evans (WR UCLA) had a nice catch on a fade route in the 1 on 1 part of practice. He seemed to tweak something on his left side but fought through it and practiced. Evans fights for the ball on possession type routes and can get vertical.
- Josh Huff (WR Oregon) had another solid practice. He has been behind defensive backs all week. Huff had a nice catch in the team period when he went up and caught the ball on a slant in traffic. Huff told me after practice that Steve Smith is one of his favorite receivers and I can definitely see why. Huff plays bigger than his 5’11” 200 pound frame suggests. He will fit very well with a team that runs the West Coast offense.
- Jack Mewhort (OT Ohio St) had a good day of practice. He got a nice pancake block on Ra’Shede Hageman, a big defensive tackle from Minnesota that has stood out this week.
- Trent Murphy (DE Stanford) is a high motor guy that was able to get a good pass rush in on drills today. He is very good at not getting too wide in his path to the quarterback. His size and athleticism will allow him to be a solid edge rusher at the next level.
The North squad had a very good practice. Thankfully, they were able to stay injury free so far this week. They have some big intriguing corners in Stanley Jean – Baptiste and Dontae Johnson. Some teams have spoken to Johnson about switching to safety which wouldn’t be a bad move and he told me that he would embrace the challenge of doing so. Nevin Lawson is another corner to watch. He is from Utah State and isn’t the biggest guy but he showed some ability to mirror receivers. Mike Campanaro is said to be recovering from a shoulder injury but you could tell that he was settling into a groove today. He is a Danny Amendola type of scrappy slot receiver. Campanaro is a tough guy that will make catches in traffic and is very shifty at the line. This was a good day of practice for the members of the North squad.