BamaHammer is proud to bring fans coverage from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. There have been two days of Senior Bowl practice, and the four Alabama players competing in the game have acquitted themselves well thus far.
The first impression Michael Williams gives is just how massive he is. Whereas the other tight ends on the South team are imposing and skilled in their own right, Williams is an absolute monster. He has consistently shown excellent blocking skills in 1-on-1 drills. The major question mark for him was his hands. Throughout passing drills he has been solid.
Linebacker Nico Johnson has been showing versatility in the first two days of practice. One of the big things that NFL scouts now have to consider is how good linebackers are in coverage due to the rise of the slot receiver, and the tight end as larger forces. Johnson has been excellent in passing drills. He has bitten on anything underneath, but shown ability to get deep as well.
Carson Tinker, the former Tide long snapper, is a tough one to scout. He only does one thing, but he has done it well through the first two days. I have yet to see a bad snap from him. The special teams unit as a whole has been outstanding. The punters and kickers have been uncorking tremendous punts and a few field goal tries would have been good from sixty yards.
Of the four Alabama players, safety Robert Lester has had the most up-and-down practices thus far. Lester got badly burned in a 1-on-1 coverage drill by a shifty wide receiver on a crossing route, but he’s also shown some blanket coverage ability. The one thing that stood out was that Lester was consistently leading the defensive backs and safeties through drills. That sort of leadership is a valuable commodity among NFL franchises.
BamaHammer’s coverage will continue throughout the remainder of the week culminating in live tweeting of the game. If a fan has a question for a player, they can tweet it to me and if I can find that player after a practice, or during one of the many events left on the agenda, I will be glad to ask it.