While North squad center's Alex Mack and Max Unger got all the hype, I was impressed by South squad interior linemen Tyrone Green (Georgia) and Antoine Caldwell (Alabama). I don't know if it was the fact they weren't going against the Boston College boys B.J. Raji and Ron Grace in practice, or whether that was a knock on Ole Miss DT Peria Jerry and USC DT Fila Moala, but Green (who is a bit unpolished) and Caldwell held their ground better than Mack and Unger when pads went on. It'll be interesting to see how they perform against Raji and Grace during the game.
After watching the defensive ends and potential hybrid linebackers for a 3-4 scheme I can understand why the Dolphins signed CFL standout Cameron Wake, giving him third-round money I'm told. Based on what I hear about Wake I personally think he has more upside than every Senior Bowl defensive end the Dolphins might convert into that 3-4 standup outside linebacker.
Each player had some issue that was troublesome, like Virginia's Clint Sintim seeming too stiff. The best of the bunch to my eyes was Northern Illinois Larry English, but I'd need to watch his film and see how he does at the combine to give him the stamp of approval to make that difficult transition from college DE to 3-4 OLBer. What I like is his explosion, but he needs some polishing technique wise. Sintim to me moved too mechanically, and everyone else seemed a bit small, stiff, or raw.
As I said in my previous blog I'd experiment with Clay Matthews as a inside linebacker, but I'm confident he would be successful at any position. Richmond's Lawrence Sidbury has speed to burn, and might be a late round gem.
For what the Dolphins are looking for my favorite receiver is Patrick Turner, who wasn't special, but was steady. I'm not sold on USC receiver considering how many have been busts in the NFL, especially the big wons, but the Dolphins have more than enough smurfs. I like Mohamed Massaquoi's athleticism, but didn't seen enough of him at practice because he suffered an ankle sprain and was sidelined.