Reporting Grant Paulsen
Three quick observations on Tuesday morning’s practice, as the North team took to the field at Ladd Peebles for its second workout under the direction of the Minnesota Vikings’ coaching staff.
Gerrell Robinson: A wide receiver from Arizona State coming off of the best season of his collegiate career, Robinson has the size and speed combination scouts will be salivating over in Mobile this week. He’s 6-foot-3 and 223-pounds, but his speed should give him a chance to get open down-field at the next level. A former high school quarterback, Robinson caught 77 passes for 1,397 yards in his senior season with the Sun Devils. More recently, he was seen torching one cornerback after another in one-on-one drills at Lad Peebles Stadium on Tuesday.
Alfonzo Dennard: His inclusion in this post has less to do with his play at the North team’s two practices this week than it does his overall body of work. I have heard nothing but good things about how well his physical style is expected to translate to the NFL level. He’s a bit undersized (standing just 5-foot-9), but he is built well and can leap well enough to defend bigger wide receivers. Mel Kiper is among his bigger fans among draft analysts and many pundits are saying he could leave the Senior Bowl having solidified himself as a first rounder. A college teammate and good friend of Redskins safety DeJon Gomes, Dennard told me he is 100 percent recovered from a pulled leg muscle that hindered him earlier this season.
I didn’t see all of practice but I was able to check out a nice chunk of the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 portion. During the time I was watching, Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson really struggled with his accuracy, particularly down the field. He wasn’t sharp even when throwing to wide-outs during 1-on-1 drills against cornerbacks. Kellen Moore (Boise State) was quite crisp during the 7-on-7 portion of Tuesday’s practice, showing accuracy while throwing several balls well enough to lead decently-covered receivers coming out of breaks. Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins threw one very nice deep pass, hitting a sprinting receiver in the numbers about 45 yards down-field. He also showed decent mobility when a play broke down and he had to get to the sideline.