The final day of full pads practice has been completed and all that’s left to do is kick-off the 2016 Senior Bowl. Historically the third day of practice has always been the most important in the eyes of NFL decision-makers and a number of players took advantage of their final opportunity. For the last time from
Josh Garnett/G/Stanford: Garnett was solid during Wednesday’s practice then really stepped up his game on Thursday. He’s a well built lineman that controlled opponents once engaged in a block. Garnett easily anchored in pass protection while also showing the ability to out position defenders on running downs to seal open the lanes. He was also effective the few times coaches asked him to block in motion.
Tyler Ervin/RB/San Jose State: Ervin measured under 5-feet/10-inches and just 192-pounds but has played big football all week. Super quick, he easily beat defenders around the perimeter and was awfully tough to catch. He displays a tremendous burst of speed and easily beats opponents into the open field. He’s caught the ball well every day, and to his credit, Ervin did a respectable job during blocking drills. His performance this week parallels another smaller running back who performed well at the Senior Bowl then went on to a productive NFL career, Eagles running back
Sheldon Day/DL/Notre Dame: Day was omnipresent today and made a number of plays which drew loud applause from scouts. He was one of the few defensive linemen to beat Jason Spriggs this week and he twice got past the highly rated left tackle to make plays in the backfield. Day’s quickness and explosion were very impressive as was his ability to change direction on a dime and stay on balance.
Blake Martinez/LB/Stanford: Linebackers can sometimes be tough to gauge in All Star games but
Jonathan Jones/CB/Auburn: Jones, who made two spectacular interceptions earlier in the week, finished on a high note. He shut down receivers in drills and rarely had passes thrown in his direction during seven-on-sevens or full scrimmage. Jones showed enough ball skills to line up in nickel packages on Sunday.