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Takeaways From Day Two of the Senior Bowl

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Here are some notes from the second day of the Senior Bowl. Primary focus was on the quarterbacks, receivers, and defensive backs with glimpses of offensive and defensive line play.

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Ohio State WR Braxton Miller is a natural. His routes are taking a little long to develop at times, but for a guy who has only played receiver for a year, he looks good. His athleticism is apparent, and he beat Oklahoma CB Kevin Peterson twice off the ball.

Ohio State TE Nick Vannett has a natural ability to get open against soft zones underneath. He thrived against Cover 2, consistently finding the open hole in the middle of the field.

DB Darian Thompson from Boise State stood out in coverage and in the defensive back drills. He is an explosive athlete that looked great covering tight ends, running backs, and receivers well.

DB Deiondre Hall from Northern Iowa struggled early on. He has a nice frame and long arms, but is stiff coming in and out of his breaks. Braxton Miller and Leonte Carroo routinely beat him in coverage.

Baylor WR Jay Lee made two great contested catches along the sideline. He’s shown a nice ability to win vertically and at the catch point.

UGA WR Malcolm Mitchell struggled in practice. He slipped a few times coming out of his routes and didn’t separate well from coverage.

This isn’t an environment that a guy like Duke safety Jeremy Cash is going to thrive in. He doesn’t move well in space and is stiff coming in and out of his cuts.

WR Tyler Ervin from San Jose State runs some impressive routes. He beat Temple LB Tyler Matakevich in space for a long gain in one-on-ones.

Alabama QB Jacob Coker and NC State QB Jacoby Brissett both struggled throwing the ball down the field today. Brissett had an underthrown deep ball that was intercepted easily by Middle Tennessee safety Kevin Byard.

Clemson WR Charone Peake was smooth catching the ball. He ran solid routes and appeared to have decent timing with the quarterbacks.

Kyler Fackrell didn’t cover much at Utah State and his inexperience showed in coverage one on ones. Kenneth Dixon was able to expose his hips and get open against him across the field. Fackrell recovered with nice coverage against Bryce Williams.

Ohio Stata DB Tyvis Powell showed some nice range coming over top and playing the single high safety role. Reacted well with the ball was in the air and showed nice closing speed.

Ohio State DE Noah Spence was dominant off the edge after looking average the first day. Spence was too athletic for Texas Tech OT Le'Raven Clark, and he ran circles around Clark during the eleven on eleven period.

Stanford QB Kevin Hogan threw the ball with nice anticipation, especially when the defense showed off Cover 3 looks. He was very conservative against Cover 2 looks, settling for dump off routes.

Arkansas QB Brandon Allen scrambled in passing drills, which was weird. He looked OK throwing the ball, but the lack of awareness in the drills was concerning.

Overall, a mixed report from the Senior Bowl. Any players you think will break out?