SENIOR BOWL: Day 2 Winners

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While I hate to be redundant, the wide receiver group ran away with the show again during Day 2 of practice for the North squad led by Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions coaching staff. 

Of the bunch, nobody was better than Baylor’s Denzel Mims, who sucked up everything in his vicinity, including a deep bomb down the left sideline going up and over the defensive back. 

Mims will get knocked for his limited route tree coming out of Baylor’s spread-’em-out system. However, the body control, catch radius and aggressive nature at the ball’s highest point have been outstanding.

In one of the deepest wideout classes we’ve seen in years, Mims is helping separate himself from the pack by standing out against other top-tier competition. 

OTHER WINNERS

Ben Bredeson, OG, Michigan

For my money, he’s the best story of the entire offensive line group thus far. A guy I admittedly did not have on my radar, Bredeson has stolen the show as one of the most consistent winners in 1-on-1 drills. Considering some of the talents he’s gone up against such as Oklahoma’s Neville Gallimore, Bredeson has shined with great feet, proper technique and an understanding of winning with leverage. 

In an average interior class at best, after this week’s showing, Bredeson has cemented himself into a Day 2 projection as we move closer to the draft. 

Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty

People will be quick to point out his dropped touchdown pass deep down the left sideline during Day 2, but the separation skills displayed to get that open in the first place were awfully impressive. 

If he can clean up the drops and continue to work on his separation, Gandy-Golden offers some of the best big-play ability in 1-on-1 situations here in Mobile with his long arms and tall stature (6’4”, 221 pounds). In a league that craves mismatches, Gandy-Golden could be another small-school steal uncovered at the Senior Bowl with a ceiling through the roof. 

Jason Strowbridge, DL, North Carolina

What he lacks with burst or quick get-off, Strowbridge makes up for in spades with grown-man strength and power to control the line of scrimmage. 

Strowbridge gave quarterbacks fits Wednesday with his long arms knocking down an impressive three throws in almost consecutive fashion. Teams are getting a look at him on the outside at defensive end. However, it’s clear he’s best suited at his more natural position inside as a three-technique given his size and strength. 

K.J. Hill, WR, OSU

While he didn’t produce the big splash plays like Day 1, Hill needs to be on the list as one of the stronger route runners with some of the most consistent hands of a talented group. 

Last year we saw another Buckeyes wideout stand out in Terry McLaurin, who solidified himself as one of the best wide receivers in the draft. With an outstanding pedigree, Hill is on pace to follow suit in one way or another. 

Joshua Uche, LB, Michigan

He may be a tweener, but Uche has flown around the practice field and found the ball to make plays more than maybe any other linebacker so far. Uche was flat out wild on Day 1, equally impressive as an edge rusher with a quick burst and in coverage locking down tight ends almost effortlessly. 

Teams need to find a specific position or carve out a unique role for Uche, but after two strong days of practice and an impressive weigh-in, Uche has gone from a zero to hero in a Mobile Minute. 

CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE ZONE COVERAGE DRAFT GUIDE:

TOP 100 PLAYER PROFILES
RANKING THE VIKINGS NEEDS
EXPLORING VIKINGS DRAFT TRENDS
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VIKINGS TARGETS
LUKE INMAN’S MOCK DRAFTS
SENIOR BOWL CENTRAL
FEATURES FROM OUR STAFF

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