South Team

Byron Pringle, the late addition to the field, had the best day among the South wide receivers. Pringle flashed quick releases, using active feet and hand usage to win at the line of scrimmage. Pringle won downfield on consecutive reps, showing the ability to create separation down the field and track the ball.

James Washington had a good day as well, being able to win downfield but being inconsistent at the breakpoint. This causes Washington to occasionally struggle winning in the intermediate.

The rest of the field had as many ups as downs, as they struggled to get on the same page as the quarterbacks. Marcell Ateman struggled with drops during drills, and occasionally struggled to create separation. However, he flashed ability at the catchpoint, using his length to attack it and winning in the intermediate.

D.J. Chark won downfield during 1-on-1’s, but showed poor ball skills and the occasional drop. On film, he needed to attack the catch point more and attack it off his chestplate, and that stays true through the first practice.

Tre’Quan Smith seemed to lack elite athleticism and had a few bad drops, but he was working into voids well and showing maximum effort despite only average separation. Smith doesn’t exactly jump off the page, and needs to prove he can win contested catches in order to carve out a role as a possession receiver.

Lastly, J’Mon Moore struggled as he dropped passes all over the field. Moore has flashed the potential to be a good route runner and is special with the ball in his hands, but too often he loses at the catch point.

North Team

The North Team practice was dominated by DaeSean Hamilton. He took over the 1-on-1 session with crisp releases at the line of scrimmage and cold details to create separation down the field. Hamilton had a strong week at the East-West Shrine game, and as a result could be quickly rising up draft boards as he continues his assault on defensive backs in Mobile.

Jaleel Scott flashed some of his insane potential today, winning some tough balls in the intermediate. Unfortunately, Scott was a little inconsistent on catching lower passes which hurt his overall day. He actually looked pretty nimble for a bigger receiver, and his hip mobility will be something to monitor going forward.

Cedrick Wilson looked smooth in and out of breaks and exposed some of the stiffer cornerbacks trying to play man coverage on him. Wilson has the hip fluidity to be deadly at the breakpoint.

Michael Gallup showed some of his technician ability, making a few tough catches off his chestplate. The knock on Gallup today is that he struggled when matched up with Boston College cornerback Isaac Yiadom. Gallup failed to create separation, failing to have burst out of the break point and seemed to be bothered a little bit by the cornerback’s length.

Allen Lazard started off the practice slowly, falling on a route break and dropping 3 consecutive passes. Lazard eventually settled down to show his high potential as a possession receiver who can eat a defense alive in the intermediate. Lazard’s body control was on full display as he made some contested grabs, but he needs to bring more consistency moving forward.

Braxton Berrios looked great in drills, dropping his hips well and showing off his quickness. He followed this up by making an impressive over the shoulder catch during 7-on-7. However, Berrios then struggled to reel in any passes, getting dominated at the catch point as he continually was unable to extend through defensive backs due to his lack of length.

Lastly, Justin Watson out of Penn flashed some ability that got him called to Mobile as a late addition. Watson seemed capable of getting open downfield and battling, and has enough size that would warrant a serious look as a late-round deep threat for an NFL team.

About The Author Brad Kelly

Brad is in his second year as the wide receivers and defensive ends Coach at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the same high school in which he attended. He also coaches indoor and outdoor track & field, specializing the sprinters and jumpers. Brad attended Salve Regina University where he played football and rugby, splitting time between wide receiver and tight end. He graduated college in 2015 with a degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working towards his Masters.