MOBILE, Ala. – Notes from the South team’s Tuesday afternoon Senior Bowl practice, held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium:
- CB BILL BENTLEY, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE: Although Janoris Jenkins emerged as the most physically dominant cornerback on the South roster Tuesday, Bentley might be the sleeper. He broke up one pass for Dwight Jones and intercepted a pass intended for Jeff Fuller. The 176-pound Bentley gives up 41 pounds to Fuller and 50 pounds to Jones, but his tenacity and quickness allowed him to earn the upper hand.
- WR DWIGHT JONES, NORTH CAROLINA: Maybe it was the pads, maybe it was just a bad day, but Jones didn’t build on his solid Monday. The cornerbacks were prepared for his presence, and he got no separation off the line of scrimmage against press coverage — and sometimes let the smaller cornerbacks get the better of him physically, something that should rarely, if ever, happen for a 226-pound receiver as solidly built as Jones. It wasn’t the best of practices for the entire receiving corps of the South team; only Arkansas’ 5-foot-10, 190-pound Joe Adams consistently got separation during seven-on-seven and team drills.
- WR JURON CRINER, ARIZONA: He’s made some plays deep in each of the last two practices and moves fluidly, but at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, he needs to be more effective on short-to-intermediate routes, where he’s struggled.
- QB BRANDON WEEDEN, OKLAHOMA STATE: If you didn’t know that he turned 28 years old last October, you’d have him pegged as a top-10 pick. Weeden is the most complete quarterback here; he’s adapted well to working under center and is consistent in his accuracy to all areas of the field. It’s not hard to envision him being an immediate NFL starter — which would benefit his draft stock immensely, since his viability rests on becoming useful as something more than a backup as quickly as possible.
- QB RYAN LINDLEY, SAN DIEGO STATE: Appeared to tighten up his footwork during Tuesday’s practice, but the pressure from the South’s defensive line in team drills forced him into checkdown mode. Although is arm strength doesn’t match that of Arizona’s Nick Foles, Lindley is more consistent; Foles continued to misfire after struggling Monday..
- DE MELVIN INGRAM, SOUTH CAROLINA: Quinton Coples remains the standout defensive end, but Ingram’s array of moves — including some swim moves and a bull-rush — and quick burst helped him win most of the one-on-one duels from both the left and right side.