DraftBrowns.com Staff Writer: Justin Higdon
Prior to the North Team practice, much of the buzz surrounded the quarterback trio of North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon, Ryan Nassib of Syracuse, and Miami Ohio’s Zac Dysert. Unfortunately, none of the three really impressed. Glennon, who measured in at nearly 6’7 inches tall earlier in the day, had the strongest arm of the three and was the most consistent. But all three struggled at times, throwing the ball behind receivers, sailing throws high, and getting intercepted. Dysert threw two bad picks along the sideline that both could have been returned for a touchdown. Nassib was intercepted by Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor on a deep pass intended for Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson, and followed that up by throwing a complete pass that forced Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton to reach back for the ball. Toward the end of practice the three took turns rolling left and throwing to the back of the end zone while on the move. All three made some nice throws during the drill, but Dysert – who looked good while throwing on the run during his college career – punctuated a rough afternoon by tripping over his own feet and falling to the turf. Now that the nerves are out of the way, the quarterbacks will look to have a better day tomorrow.
Meanwhile, in one-on-one drills between the linemen, Wisconsin’s Ricky Wagner held his own against the more highly touted Margus Hunt of SMU. Hunt is a towering figure at 6’8, but had a hard time moving Wagner, who dug in and anchored very well. Texas defensive end Alex Okafor got the best of Wagner once or twice, but overall the Badger tackle did well for himself.
The same could not be said for Notre Dame center Braxston Cave. He had trouble handling just about anyone who lined up across from him, and was especially overmatched against defensive tackles Sylvester Williams of North Carolina and Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern. The latter Williams, whose belly hung out from the bottom of his jersey most of the afternoon, ragdolled both Cave and Oregon offensive tackle Kyle Long within a few plays of each other. Williams, the only Division II on the North team, is an intriguing prospect to watch moving forward.
- Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene did well in coverage, sticking with the running backs and breaking up at least one pass
- Florida International defensive back Jonathan Cyprien was among the players who looked good in coverage against the North quarterbacks. He’s a big physical defender who closes well on the ball.
- Running backs Jonathan Franklin broke a cutback run for a big gain, and Fresno State’s Robbie Rouse followed with a solid run of his own.
- Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan and Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher had a couple of nice battles in one-on-ones. Fisher won most of the battles, but Buchanan showed his athleticism and promise as a pass rusher.
- Wheaton took a handoff on and end around and got strung out to the sideline, appearing to cough up the ball at the end of the play. However, he shined as a receiver, tracking the ball well and consistently gathering up passes that were slightly off target.
- Dysert measured in at just under 6’3, while Nassib and Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson both checked in right at 6’2.
- Rouse was the shortest player, at just under 5’6, but packed a solid 186 pounds on his frame. At 6’8 and change, Hunt was the tallest player.
- Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins was the heaviest player, at 359 pounds. Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker checked in at 355 pounds. Auburn running back/return man Onterio McCalebb is the lightest player in Mobile at 164 pounds.
- Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman had an 87 3/4 inch wingspan, topping Fluker’s by three quarters of an inch.
- Michigan quarterback-turned-receiver Denard Robinson checked in at 5’10 and had surprisingly large hands for his size.