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MOBILE, Ala. – Tuesday’s Senior Bowl practices were the first in full pads, so the tempo was much better than it was on Monday.

During the individual period of the morning’s North practice, which was run by Tennessee, the Buccaneers scouts were diligently watching the play of the offensive line. Among the players who they were scouting were USC guard Deuce Tatui, who had a great day against both Gabe Watson (Michigan) and Dusty Dvoracek (Oklahoma), and Boise State left tackle Daryn Colledge. Colledge interviewed with the Buccaneers last night and Tatui was visiting with Bucs scouts after practice and will likely interview with Tampa Bay as early as Tuesday night. Colledge had a solid day although he was beaten by Virginia Tech defensive end Darryl Tapp on a bull rush in one-on-one drills.

Pittsburgh offensive lineman Charles Spencer appears to be better suited to play guard at the next level. He has great upper body strength and a wide torso, however, he has skinny calves and may have to develop his lower body more once he gets to the NFL. He has good initial power, but has trouble sustaining blocks.

Maryland linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, a native of Largo, Fla., showed impressive speed in one-on-one drills and seemed to diagnose plays well in 11-on-11. But the linebacker who really stood out for his explosiveness and footspeed was Stanford’s Jon Alston, who was smooth dropping into coverage and flowed to the ball well. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Alston is a bit undersized, but has the frame to add about 10 more pounds.

Oregon running back Terrence Whitehead did a good job in pass protection in one-on-one drills against Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway. Later in 11-on-11 drills, Greenway got some payback when he hit Whitehead so hard his helmet got knocked off. Whitehead also caught the ball well and will likely make a decent third-down back in the NFL.

Oklahoma linebacker Clint Ingram stood out today with his blend of strength and speed. He is a forceful player who will warrant more research from Pewter Report. While Ingram’s name is well known around the scouting circles, he didn’t get a lot of attention or media hype because he is a bit of a late bloomer.

Jeremy Trueblood looked stiff in pass protection – perhaps it is because he’s making an adjustment to playing on the right side after playing left tackle at Boston College. He needs to become more of a knee-bender. Trueblood didn’t help his cause with a false start near the end of practice in 11-on-11 drills.

Notre Dame wide receiver Maurice Stovall did a great job of blocking downfield and showed a strong desire to spring running backs for extra yardage. Stovall, Arizona State wideout Derek Hagan and Miami (OH) receiver Martin Nance all did a nice job of covering punts in the special teams portion of practice after catching the ball well in team drills. The Bucs seemed to show more of an interest in the bigger wide receivers that were in attendance at the Senior Bowl.

Michigan wide receiver Jason Avant did a nice job of catching the ball this morning while getting good separation, but he lacks speed and is nothing special. He reminds me of Ike Hilliard in that he will be a possession receiver at the next level and not much more. Avant’s best effort came on a play where he sold a “go route” in one-on-one drills and then quickly broke off towards the middle of the field and ran a post pattern. Miami (OH) cornerback Darrell Hunter kept running straight downfield, which left Avant wide open by about 15 yards.

Watson is a mammoth man who plays with great power and short-area quickness. However, he jumped offsides – despite lining up right over the ball. That caused scouts to groan loudly. The fact that he was pancaked by Spencer in one-on-one drills caused scouts to gasp.

Ohio State center Nick Mangold is extremely technically sound. He has so many pluses to his game from his handwork to his footwork to his hips. Mangold is smart, has football savvy and great anticipation. Because Minnesota’s Greg Eslinger chose not to play in the Senior Bowl, Mangold will likely be the first center drafted this year. Mangold was scheduled to have an interview with the Buccaneers on Tuesday night.

California’s Ryan O’Callaghan is a massive right tackle that has a huge wingspan and the power to engulf defensive ends. However, he has a problem with speed rushers and doesn’t get his punch off quick enough. If O’Callaghan gets his hands on an opponent, it is usually over, but a quicker end like Penn State’s Tamba Hali gave him fits on occasion.

Virginia left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson is as good as advertised. He dominated all comers today and will definitely be a top 5 pick, possibly to Tennessee at number three. At times he was toying with defensive ends, especially Boston College’s Mathias Kiwanuka.

Defensive backs Daniel Bullocks (Nebraska) and Jahmile Addae (West Virginia) recorded interceptions in the morning practice. Addae is a real sleeper who plays the run well and has a good awareness in coverage.

After the North practice had ended, the Buccaneers were conducting an on-field interview with Clemson cornerback Tye Hill and were also speaking with Hunter and Colorado linebacker Brian Iwuh.

The South practice, which was run by the San Francisco 49ers, took place in the afternoon at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. There was a lot of one-on-one drills and scrimmaging that took place, which seemed to greatly please the scouts and NFL types that had criticized the South practice on Monday.

The South has three tremendous running backs, starting with Memphis’ DeAngelo Williams, who is really upping his stock at the Senior Bowl. Williams will likely be a sure-fire top-15 pick after a great week in Mobile. Aside from exceptional acceleration and a great center of gravity, Williams has tremendous vision that allows him to make the right cut at the right time once he gets to the line of scrimmage. Aside from Ferguson and UCLA tight end Marcedes Lewis, Williams might be the most impressive player at this year’s Senior Bowl.

Aside from Williams, Mississippi State’s Jerious Norwood continues to impress, as does LSU’s Joseph Addai. Addai has a nice all-around game and really caught the ball well on Tuesday. The Bucs seem to be targeting him, and had plans to interview him later that night. Addai will likely be a third- or fourth-round draft pick.

Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler is generating all sorts of buzz that could propel him up into the top 15 of the NFL Draft with a great pro day and showing at the Scouting Combine in Indy. He is easily the best quarterback here in Mobile, which is not saying much considering that the other quarterbacks are really struggling.

Auburn tight end/wide receiver Anthony Mix had a better day than he did on Monday, and made a nice, one-handed catch near the sidelines. While the South’s running back corps is strong, its wide receiving corps is very weak with the exception of Miami’s Sinorice Moss and New Mexico’s Hank Baskett.

Florida State defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley showed exceptional power against man-mountain guard Max Jean-Gilles, who is in the 6-foot-4, 350-pound range. On one play in one-on-one drills, Bunkley landed a great punch, immediately went into a spin move and then used both hands to drive Jean-Gilles back to the quarterback with a bull rush.

Bunkley has been the most dominant defensive tackle this week, but Miami (FL) defensive tackle Orien Harris got hot today and was penetrating the backfield during the afternoon practice. Harris was consistently beating Texas guard Will Allen and Tennessee guard Albert Toeaina.

North Carolina State defensive end Manny Lawson was even better on Tuesday than he was on Monday. Lawson is a very confident player who is borderline cocky and was really working over Auburn left tackle Marcus McNeill and Miami left tackle Eric Winston this afternoon. McNeill was getting very frustrated after getting beat by Lawson in back-to-back plays. On the last play, McNeill was beaten even after getting a hand on Lawson’s facemask and grabbing it.

Lawson’s college teammate, North Carolina State defensive back Marcus Hudson recorded a nice interception near the end of practice.

After the afternoon session, the Buccaneers scouts had an on-field interview with UTEP linebacker Thomas Howard and set up an interview with Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil. Winston told PewterReport.com that he hadn’t met with the Bucs scouts yet, but plans to, and added that he had spoken with head coach Jon Gruden in passing on a couple of occasions.


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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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