Senior Bowl: Day Two North Practice Notes

Day two of the Reese’s Senior Bowl practices kicked off with the North team. Thankfully their practice was free of injury and they had a nice tempo throughout practice. Here are a few notes from the North team practice:

- Taj Boyd (Clemson QB) stood out today. He took the first team reps in 7 on 7 and team periods. He was able to push the ball down field despite the wind. His passes had some zip on them and he hit the tight end in the seam to start off the team period.

- Josh Huff (Oregon WR) continued to shine. He has been able to consistently get behind the corners and shows excellent ability to catch the ball. Huff can do a lot more than what he got to do at the University of Oregon where he caught a lot screens and wasn’t used on many deep routes.

- Rob Herron (Wyoming WR) had a solid practice. This young man has very good hands. He also runs very precise routes. The thing that I like about him is he consistently wins, at the line, going for the ball and after the catch.

- Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin WR) made some tough catches in traffic. He is able to change direction very well. He offers a nice catch radius and ran some pretty good routes. He set the defensive backs up very well.

- Ahmad Dixon (Baylor Safety) struggled today in coverage. He was caught flat footed and got shoved to the ground. He told me that he knew that this was an area that he needed to improve and will continue to work on it.

- Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska Corner) continued to play well also. He said that the 49ers have been in contact with him and they are hoping that he tests well at the combine. He is a former WR that converted to corner. Jean-Baptiste said that he loves to press and welcomed the comparisons to Richard Sherman because of his size and long arms.

- Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois Safety) is a bit of an undersized safety but he is a very good cover guy. He dropped down and covered the slot receivers a few times and looked very smooth. The 49ers had a scout talk to him after practice.

- Deonne Bucannon (Washington St Safety) continued to separate himself from the safety group here. He is clearly the best safety of both groups. He can run with the receivers and he actually looked like a corner in back pedal drills. He provided another highlight during team period when he thumped one of the running backs.

- Stanford’s Trent Murphy is standing out due to his high motor. He showed it especially during 9 on 7 drills. Murphy was able to beat the offensive tackle and get to the running back. Murphy wanted to show that he can win as a pass rusher. “That’s what this week is all about, and I think that’s why they keep this game simple and basic to show the one-on-one matchups,” Murphy said.