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Report From Day 1 of Senior Bowl Practice

(All information comes from DraftBreakdown’s Will Spencer)

In the first day of the Senior Bowl practices, the Dolphins staff was reportedly intense, and new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan was seen barking orders at the South squad defense.

This was to be expected though. I mean, the Trifecta is not one to joke around on something so crucial to a teams development as the draft.

Here is a rundown of what went on at the first practice for the Southern team:

  • Tim Tebow had a terrible day in my opinion. During 7-7’s, he at one point fumbled the ball four straight times, not including his first snap under center for the day. Tebow showed that he is not fully comfortable taking the ball under center, as he is used to running the spread offense, which is not used as much in the NFL, as in college. There is still the question about his arm delivery, but that will never get fixed some scouts say. There are some good quarterbacks in the league who do throw abnormally, such as Vince Young, and are successful. Quarterback is not really on the Dolphins radar, but it is still interesting to see how Tebow performs throughout the week.
  • The Dolphins used wide receiver Dexter McCluster, a 5’8 165 senior from Ole Miss, as a running back in a lot of drills, and 7-7’s. McCluster showed the Dolphins what he could do, and the Fins may be considering making him their homerun threat in the backfield, and taking him in the draft.
  • One of the standout players today from the South squad was safety Taylor Mays, who many questioned after having a mediocre year regarding scouts opinions. Mays was thought of as a guy who couldn’t really make game changing plays, but a guy who could hit. Mays made some huge hits today, one that forced a fumble, and was seen as a game changer so far in practice.
  • Some notable guys that dropped out of the Senior Bowl this year are LSU’s Brandon LaFelle, TCU’s Jerry Hughes, and Oklahoma’s Trent Williams. All could have improved on their stock by partaking in practices, and the game, but decided against it. It’s a real bummer that LaFell dropped out because now we do not get a good look at a guy that should be on the radar of the Dolphins this year.

There is still the rest of the week to view who is doing what in practices, and of course to fully see what the players can do in the system, you have to observe who can make the big time plays in the gametime situation to see how a player can really do, and what kind of NFL potential he has.

Let’s look for a good, intense week of practice, and maybe we’ll get to see what looks to be our darkhorse for the week in Dexter McCluster improve some, and come up big under pressure.


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