Al Dupuy’s Senior Bowl practice notebook
My Senior Bowl Practice Notes:
One prospect I was very interested in tracking was tight end Foster Moreau, formerly of Jesuit High School and the LSU Tigers. Foster has always been a solid blocker but was not used much as a pass catcher at LSU so he needed to show the scouts in Mobile that he could be an NFL receiving tight end. He only caught 20 passes as a senior.
Moreau came up big in Senior Bowl practices this week, making catches and showing big soft hands. I think he really helped himself. Moreau, who has also been in New Jersey this month training for the draft, is a legitimate prospect with a great work ethic. He passed the measurables test in Mobile as well at 6-foot-five, 255 pounds.
Another player from in-state with a bright future is Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson (6-6, 252), who showed fine pass rush skills in the one-on-one drills. He left Ruston as one of the best college football pass rushers of all time and showed why to the scouts.
LSU kicker Cole Tracy was inconsistent, making some and missing some place kicks this week. His leg strength is an issue despite his great college production and consistency.
The two most impressive quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl this week were Drew Lock from Missouri and Daniel Jones from Duke. Jones is 6-5 and 220 with the type of arm strength NFL team prefer.
The most disappointing quarterback performance in the practices was turned in by Will Grier, the former West Virginia star who is rated fairly high among passer prospects but was very inconsistent in Mobile. He was missing open receivers and was just very inaccurate.
Two intriguing quarterback prospects are very different in stature. Tyree Jackson from Buffalo at 6-7 and 245, has speed, athletic skills and talent to make throws well on the run. Many teams will be interested in developing him. I also like Trace McSorley from Penn State though he is not rated high by most scouts, I like him better than most maybe because he reminds me of Drew Brees, another talented No. 9 out of the Big Ten listed at around 6-feet tall. A real competitor who played very well at the college level, McSorley will have more to prove because of the lack of prototype size.
Andy Isabella from U-Mass is an undersized wide receiver who was impressive with great speed and quickness. At 5-10 and 190, he could find a home as a slot receiver.
Another small school wide receiver who caught the ball well this week was Keelan Davis from Cal-Davis, who has nice size (6-3, 206).
Wide receiver Terry McLaurin from Ohio State is 6-1, 205. He caught a memorable TD pass from Drew Lock and showed consistent hands this week.
Tight end Dax Raymond from Utah State has good size (6-5, 250) and was a threat in the red zone, catching several balls in the end zone.
Dexter Williams (5-11 215), a running back from Notre Dame, ran and blocked well.
The player who helped himself the most was probably cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (6-2, 190), not well known going into the week. The Temple product really was impressive with his coverage ability. He is a big physical corner.
I really like to watch the one-on-one drills between the offensive lineman and the defensive lineman. USC offensive tackle Chuma Edoga was a surprise since I thought the 6-4, 295-pounder was not athletic enough to play tackle and would have to move inside to guard. Instead, he showed quick feet to the point that most scouts now think he can play left tackle in the NFL.
Oli Udoh, an offensive tackle from tiny Elon, is huge at 6-5 and 356. He won most of the one-on-one battles and did well facing one of the best edge rushers in Mobile, Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat (6-5, 245). Udoh still may have to move inside to offensive guard in the NFL though.
Zach Allen (6-5, 285), a defensive end from Boston College, was hard to block and won most of his battles.
The best center in this draft may be Garrett Bradbury (6-3, 300), the North Carolina State product who did great work against everyone he lined up against in practices.
A wide receiver not highly rated by most is Hunter Renfrow, the lightest player at the Senior Bowl at 175 pounds. He lacks great speed but the guy catches everything and gets open consistently.
The tallest player was tight end Donald Parham from Stetson at 6-8/
The shortest player was 5-8 wide receiver Penny Hart from Georgia State
The heaviest player was B.J. Autry offensive guard from Jacksonville State, weighing in at 351 pounds
The lightest was the aforementioned Renfrow from Clemson at 175 pounds.
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Dupuy is the owner of Draft Day Report, The Pro Prospects Draft Scrapbook, a must for any draftnik following the NFL. Al was born in Plaquemine, La., and moved to New Orleans when he was 6 years old. He grew up on Tulane Ave. two blocks from Pelican Stadium and became interested in sports at an early age. He went…