The North practice was definitely full of action today. I was watching practice more from a 49ers perspective but there where a few guys that surprised me today. Some such as Deone Buccannon confirmed what I saw on film. Here are a few notes from day one of practice:
- Logan Thomas is a big quarterback. He’s every bit of 6’6″ 250 lbs. He has a big arm and was very accurate on his down field throws, especially in one on one drills. He connected with Jared Abbrederis on a nice corner route in one on ones. Thomas was also precise in team drills making good NFL type throws to the deep out and comeback.
- Deone Buccannon is the real deal. This is my top safety prospect at the Senior Bowl. He was very fluent in back pedal drills. He was said to be 195 lbs but weighed in at 216 lbs. This weight gain didn’t cause him any speed. He is a well built athlete that fits the safety mold to a tee. Bucannon did well in one on ones and was near the ball on a lot of plays in the team period. He has already assumed a leadership role with this team as shown by how he was getting the secondary lined up. I spoke to him after practice. He said that he has no problem dropping down to cover in line tight ends and he loves to be physical against the run. Bucannon can also play special teams. He closed practice with a big time hit on Jeff Janis (WR Saginaw Valley St) during punt return practice.
- Josh Huff from Oregon was a very impressive wide receiver today. He was consistently behind the secondary. Huff was able to use a double move to beat Dontae Johnson in one on ones and to open up team period. Taj Boyd overthrew him even though he was wide open. He didn’t see many deep passes at Oregon but he has shown signs of being a deep threat today. I spoke to Pat Kirwan after practice and he compared Huff to Eddie Royal when he was at the Senoir Bowl.
- Stanley Jean-Baptiste is a long cornerback. He didn’t really like to press too much but was able to make plays with his long arms. He broke up a few passes in 7 on 7 today.
- Pierre Desir is a small school standout at cornerback. He is from Lindenwood. At 6’2″ 206 pounds he fits the mold of the long corners that many teams are looking for. He showed excellent footwork and was able to redirect receivers today. Desir also was able to turn and run with the receivers very well. He gave up a slant route to Mike Campanaro but was able to regroup and punch the ball out, Peanut Tillman style.
- Ahmad Dixon struggled in DB drills. During one of the backpedal drills he actually got his feet tangled up and stumbled as he was attempting to turn and run. Dixon got a good lick in on a receiver running a tunnel screen route.
- Jordan Zumwalt from UCLA looked good in the linebacker bags drills. He was able to accelerate well out of his backpedal. At 6’4″ 230 lbs he will be an interesting prospect.
- Ra’shede Hageman from Minnesota was very impressive. He is a high motor guy. At 6’6″ 311 lbs he is a very impressive looking athlete.