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Players who impressed at Senior Bowl day 1

Posted by Chris Brown on January 24, 2017 – 10:09 pm

There were some pretty good showings on the first day of Senior Bowl practices. Here’s who caught our eye.

OT Antonio Garcia – The Troy product made standing up guys at the line of scrimmage look easy. A long 6-7 and 302 pounds, Garcia locks defensive ends out of run plays completely and effortlessly flipped to right tackle. In pass pro he routinely rides pass rushers wide of the play.

TE O.J. Howard – The Alabama tight end looked like a man amongst boys on the first day. He burned a safety for a long touchdown and then inexplicably had a linebacker on him initially in a combo coverage. He easily got separation from the linebacker and the safety help was late for another TD.

OT Zach Banner  – The USC product wasn’t perfect, but his feet were better than I expected and he finished plays. He had a pancake when he pulled inside and flattened the linebacker in the hole on a run play. Giant man with good movement for his size.

WR Cooper Kupp – The FCS receiver from Eastern Washington might be the most fundamentally sound player on hand. Quick off the line, runs sharp routes, knows leverage. It enabled him to consistently win in one-on-ones versus defensive backs.

WR Ryan Switzer – The diminutive North Carolina receiver might be the quickest guy in Mobile. Gets in and out of breaks in a hiccup. He needs genuine separation however, to get yards after the catch.

S John Johnson – The Boston College product was surprisingly fluid in his movements. Whether it was dropping to the far sideline to track a ball, flipping his hips or changing direction, Johnson was among the smoothest at the safety position in reverse. I also fully expect his vertical leap to easily be over 30 inches. A lot of spring in his jump when he was high pointing balls. Impressive physically. We’ll see if his play is equally good in the coming days.


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