Senior Bowl Day Two: North Team Notes

George Iloka

Boise State's George Iloka had something to celebrate: an interception of Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins. (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON / MAXDENVER.COM)

MOBILE, Ala. — Notes from the North team’s Tuesday morning Senior Bowl practice, held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium:

Russell Wilson

WILSON: ... had some throws flutter, but overall, played consistently.

  • QB RUSSELL WILSON, WISCONSIN: Tuesday, he did a good job using his feet to create passing lanes and compensate for his 5-foot-10 height. His delivery remains quick, most of his passes appear to be almost flicked, which he attributes to the quick throws needed of a second baseman in professional baseball, as he was in the Colorado Rockies’ minor-league system. Of the three quarterbacks on the North team, Wilson is the most consistent and is the second-best overall here behind Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden through two days.
  • RB CHRIS POLK, WASHINGTON: He didn’t look like a first-round running back, at least during Tuesday morning’s practice. He hasn’t shown the same type of burst to the hole he displayed for the Huskies. Worse, he’s struggled in the one area in which he was clearly the best running back here coming into the week — as a blocker. Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner dominated Polk in a one-on-one backfield locking drill, and although Wagner has a 17-pound advantage, a 224-pound back like Polk ought to fare better — and will if he gets his feet set and squares up. Perhaps more damaging was when Polk got blown up by Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David — who weighs only one pound more than Polk. We’re not writing off Polk yet — as we learned with Tim Tebow two weeks ago, sometimes there are extenuating circumstances — in Tebow’s case, strep throat — to struggles in Mobile. But with Polk struggling in an area of strength, Boise State’s Doug Martin has emerged as the best running back here this year. Martin has struggled in blocking, but has shown more burst.
  • RB ISAIAH PEAD, CINCINNATI: Although he’s physically overmatched when taking on most linebackers — at 5-foot-10 and 193 pounds, he’s the smallest running back on the North squad and is 19 pounds below the next-lightest back (Ohio State’s Dan Herron), I like the tenacity and fearlessness with which he attacks defenders.
  • QB KELLEN MOORE, BOISE STATE: This wasn’t an impressive morning for Moore, who was inaccurate on some of his out passes, missing short consistently early in practice. He has the least zip on his passes of any of the quarterbacks here. The line of questioning from media after practice focused on the “he’s a winner” cliché, but at the moment he looks somewhat overmatched and the least NFL-ready of the six quarterbacks here.
  • S GEORGE ILOKA, BOISE STATE: An interception of Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins was a deserved reward for a solid overall day. The 6-foot-4, 222-pounder plays decisively and is aggressive to the football. The only area in which he struggled was in one-on-one drills, where he was beaten by …
  • WR GERELL ROBINSON, ARIZONA STATE: The 6-foot-3, 223-pounder looked strong coming off the line of scrimmage and also got downfield separation.
  • WR BRIAN QUICK, APPALACHIAN STATE: It was an eventful day for Quick. who dropped four passes and made several tough receptions. While his consistency leaves much to be desired, I’m impressed by his tenacity — he sustains his downfield blocks longer and with more vigor than any other receiver here. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he looks the part; now it’s time for him to demonstrate some more consistency.
  • WR DEVIER POSEY, OHIO STATE: Dropped two catchable passes.  Otherwise did little to stand out among the group.
  • DT KENDALL REYES, CONNECTICUT: Along with Michigan’s Mike Martin, he’s the class of the North’s defensive tackle complement. Reyes won most of his one-on-one duels and showed his surprising foot speed during the team period by chasing Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins out of the pocket and out of bounds.
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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.

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