John David Booty was the big surprise at Tuesday's North practice, showing
good accuracy on both his short and intermediate throws. I don't think he has
near the velocity of his North teammates, Joe Flacco and Chad Henne, but as I
have often stated to the readers of Scout.com, efficient quarterbacking has
never been about arm strength. I felt Flacco struggled with his timing and
throwing accuracy today, but overall — with two practice sessions in the
book — I like what I have seen. Chad Henne struggled for the second day with his
throwing accuracy and appears to be pressing.
I don't think USC's corner prospect and Booty's teammate, Terrell Thomas has
racehorse speed — but does he ever know how to play the game. I like his pedal,
turns and ability to close on the ball in flight. He reads routes well,
anticipates and showed ball skills.
For the second consecutive day, Boston College's undersized DeJuan Tribble struggled in coverage and did not show either the
long speed to recover or the short burst to close on the football.
In keeping with the USC theme, no player in the Tuesday morning or afternoon
session dominated like USC's super nose tackle prospect, Sedrick Ellis. He is
extremely quick, has strong hands, and once he gets into the "A" gap,
he's virtually impossible to single block
Nebraska's Carl Nicks is an amazing athlete who showed particularly well in
pass protection. He's very physical while showing surprising lateral quickness. As a
run blocker, he showed good surge and was consistently able to finish people in
I'd play some double-headers if I could line up with a linebaker grouping of Penn State's Dan Connor, USC's Keith Rivers and undersized Colorado tackling machine, Jordon Dizon.
Xavier Adibi from Virginia Tech has very good foot-speed
and range, but I was disappointed with his ability to take on and get off
blocks. In my opinion, he looked and played very small.
Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman appeared to improve a great deal from his disappointing
Monday showing , but still does not show the advertised speed and pure receiving
During the afternoon session, South team QBs Andre Woodson, Erik Ainge and record-breaking Colt Brennan
were all disappointing, struggling with their accuracy
Florida WR Andre Caldwell impressed me with his savvy, quickness and natural
catching ability. Conversely, Texas' Limas Sneed played far too rigid, doesn't
drop his hips in or out of the break, and didn't show the separating speed I expected.
Clemson's Barry Richardson and fellow southern Carolina small college (Newberry)
product, Heath Benedict, really struggled in pass protection and appeared out of
place among the O-Line prospects.
Wake Forest's Steve Justice is a good technician and a solid
zone blocker, but is going to really struggle with big people on his nose.