2015 Senior Bowl News and Notes: Day Two

  • Scouts are raving at the abilities of Alabama offensive lineman Arie Kouandijo and LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins. Both are projected to be drafted in the top 10 of the first round.
  • Baylor QB Bryce Petty is using the practices this week to prove to scouts and the coaches that he is more than a spread QB. Petty has taken lots of snaps under center in Tuesday’s practice. Scouts were impressed with his arm talent and touch on deep balls. Also, Petty will work with quarterback guru George Whitfield, Jr., he helped Johnny Manziel prepare for the combine and NFL Draft last year.
  • Alabama QB Blake Sims will be one of the quarterbacks for the South team in the 2015 Senior Bowl. He said after Tuesday’s practice he wants another chance at becoming a great quarterback after the painful loss in the Sugar Bowl earlier this month. “It was bad,” Sims said. “I was crying pretty bad. I didn’t cry just because we lost the game and it was my last year. I cried because I feel like I let all my teammates down because maybe there was something I could have done better. They were just reaching out for that trophy and they just couldn’t get it. Maybe I could have done something better.”
  • Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates weighed in at 213 pounds, 12 pounds heavier than his listed playing weight in the Tigers program. Scouts were impressed with his physique because he did not appear to be out of shape.
  • Auburn QB Nick Marshall is practicing at cornerback this week on the South roster.
  • Devin Smith and Doran Grant are teammates at Ohio State and both are second cousins from Akron, Ohio. Both players will be the first to play in 16 games in a season (counting Saturday’s Senior Bowl).
  • Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly watched Tuesday’s North practice with defensive coordinator Billy Davis. It is widely reported the Eagles are looking to rebuild their secondary after giving up 4238 passing yards and securing only 12 interceptions in the 2014 season.
  • Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Minnesota’s David Cobb showed tantalizing burst out of the backfield and the ability to run crisp and precise routes.



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