What kind of deal with the devil did Jim Nagy have to make to get this kind of weather on consecutive days for the 2024 Senior Bowl practices? They went full pads today, so we saw a lot more action out there.
With that being said, I tried to spend most of my time watching the wide receivers, defensive backs, and by proxy, the quarterbacks. Of course, my eyes strayed to other places as well.
2024 Senior Bowl: Day Two Practice Notebook
The National team occupied the morning session.
Toledo CB Quinyon Mitchell continues to be the talk of Mobile this week. The confident and rangy DB had himself another stellar day. He won most of his reps against yesterday’s practice star, Roman Wilson (WR/Michigan). Mitchell even had an interception during the drill.
— Steph Sanchez (@Steph49K) January 31, 2024
North Carolina WR Devontez Walker shows a fabulous ability to separate and has the speed to burn. But he has got to get the drops under control. I counted at least three and others thought he had more.
Ricky Pearsall (WR/Florida) continues to shine this week. He creates ample space in his routes and makes ludicrous catches look easy.
— Jay Robins ?mark (@RobinsLucas) January 31, 2024
Malachi Corley (WR/Western Kentucky) has come as advertised. He is built like a brick shithouse and can run for days. Corley has nice hands as well. A really fun player.
Arizona WR Jacob Cowing is one of the smallest players I think I have seen in person. But he is such a smooth route runner with reliable hands. Cowing is just not the first guy you send off the bus.
It was another rough day for the National team cornerbacks. Especially Penn State’s Kalen King. King and to a lesser extent, his teammate CB Johnny Dixon, have struggled mightily in coverage this week. Kalen King was a first-round projection early in the progress. His struggles this week and his inconsistent tape have me leaning towards late day three.
It has also been a challenge this week for Virginia State CB Willie Drew and WAZZU CB Chau Smith-Wade.
Michigan IOL Trevor Keegan missed today’s practice with back spasms per ESPN’s Jordan Reid. His practice/game status for the rest of the week is unknown.
Oregon IOL Jackson Powers-Johnson continues to be the shining star for the National team. He had dominate reps all day from what I have seen and heard, including a fun battle with Ohio State’s Mike Hall.
THIS is what makes Mobile so unique. Good on good. Best bump possible.
— Ryan Fowler (@_RyanFowler_) January 31, 2024
Speaking of Mike Hall, the former Buckeye had a sack and a PBU during the team portion of drills.
South Dakota State RB Isiah Davis showed nice vision in the hole today. He has great size and can be explosive.
— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) January 31, 2024
The National team QBs regressed a little today with Michael Penix notably seeming off. However, it is hard not to notice the zip on his fastball.
Troy edge rusher Jovon Solomon looked completely lost trying to stand up and cover. However, he looked much more comfortable rushing the passer. Even drawing a holding flag (on a bearhug takedown) from Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga. Fuaga struggled with the speed of Penn State edge Adisa Isaac today as well. Giving up pressure on back-to-back plays.
The American team practiced in the afternoon session.
The best wide receiver on the American team today, in my eyes, was Jamari Thrash (Louisville). Thrash blew by the DBs and showed off some nice route-running ability.
It was nice to see South Carolina WR Xavier Legette bounce back after a bit of a struggle on Tuesday. Legette had several acrobatic catches and did a better job of separating today.
— Travis May (@FF_TravisM) January 31, 2024
Johnny Wilson (WR/Florida State) also bounced back today. He towers over everyone at 6’6″ and 237 pounds. Is he a tight end? Is he a wide receiver? The answer is yes.
If anyone has seen Texas A&M WR Ainias Smith please let me know.
I didn’t expect Louisville CB Jarvis Brownlee, Jr. to be the best DB I saw today but here we are. Brownlee was lock down today.
Not a great day for Wake Forest DB Malik Mustapha.
Spencer Rattler (QB/South Carolina) also bounced back today and was the best QB on the American roster during the Wednesday tilt. When he throws the ball you can audibly hear the sound when the ball gets into the chest of the receiver.
Texas DL T’Vondre Sweat must have gotten tired of people calling him fat yesterday after he refused to get weighed. He took it out on poor Arkansas IOL Beaux Limmer.
Another win for Sweat. He bent Limmer’s back the wrong way. pic.twitter.com/PHbalTwagm
— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) January 31, 2024
Tulane QB Michael Pratt struggled in the team drill. He threw what should have been an interception that Auburn CB DJ James dropped.
It was fun watching Georgia WR Ladd McConkey trying to field punts while simultaneously holding up to three footballs at once. McConkey fielded the first punt, then the second while holding the ball, and fielded the third punt while holding the other two balls. They blew the whistle before it got any more ridiculous.
Kentucky OL Jeremy Flax appears to be out the rest of the week with an injury. he was replaced by Georgia State OT Travis Glover.
WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT
I will be back out tomorrow with practice notes from the final day of practice at the 2024 Senior Bowl.