It’s Day One of the Senior practices and I like to start my evaluations up front with the guys who put their hands in the dirt on both sides of the ball. There are a few guys on the offensive and defensive lines who jumped out at me in the first practice.
The first is Troy State LT Antonio Garcia. He’s a tremendous athlete, and though he’s not quite ready for prime time, there is a lot to work with there in terms of his athleticism. Another player who is getting a lot of attention is OC Ethan Pocic out of LSU. A lot of guys have a high 1st-round grade on him, but I’m a little concerned. He’s 6-7, and for me, that’s too tall for a center. I like a center to be 6-2, 6-3 and more portly, a guy who can play with leverage and handle the NT. Overall it’s a good group, and this game always seems to produce one to two 1st round OL’s, four to five 2nd-rounders, and five to six 3rd-rounders.
The richest position group here is the tight ends, led by Alabama’s OJ Howard. He’s here because he was told he might be a 2nd round pick, and he wants to prove he deserves 1st round consideration. He has certainly done that in the early going here in Mobile. He has excellent hands, and is very fluid as an athlete. Another player to watch is a local kid, Gerald Everett out of South Alabama. He’s probably a 2nd or 3rd round pick, but he’s a versatile player who can block inline and line up in the slot. If your team needs a TE, pay attention to the group in this game. There are six here and three of them could be drafted by the end of day two.
Finally, on the defensive line, be sure to check out K-State’s Jordan Willis. This guy is Joey Bosa reincarnated. You’ll hear him listed at just 260 pounds, but don’t be afraid of that. He can rush the passer and plays with tremendous leverage. If you don’t think he’s a 1st-rounder, you aren’t paying attention.
This game is loaded with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-round talent. There are a lot of good players who can help your team, so be sure to keep up with our position reports as we go through the week.Add to My RFN