Haason Reddick tops Mike Mayock's Senior Bowl practice stars

MOBILE, Ala. -- I love Senior Bowl week. It's my favorite week of the year. Some people like Christmas in the Poconos; I prefer Mobile in January, watching the top seniors in the country compete.


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It was another fun week of practices. It confirmed a lot of things I saw on tape, but I also saw some things that surprised me, that will force me to go back and do some more work. Here are some of the things that caught my eye during the three days of practice:

Date: Saturday, Jan. 28
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Player who made the most money

Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple: He had a really impressive week. He was a hand-in-the-dirt 4-3 defensive end with a lot of sack production at Temple, but down here they asked him to stand up and play two different positions, and every day he got better. And his attitude about the switch was terrific; I got a kick out of how he embraced it. The last two days of practice, I don't think he lost a rep. He bounced around and made plays all week. At 6-foot-1 and 237 pounds, most see him as a tweener, but I think he showed versatility. I came into the week wondering what he would be at the next level, and at the end of the practice sessions I left thinking he could be an inside linebacker in a 3-4, an inside linebacker in a 4-3, and an occasional edge rusher. Bottom line: He showed he can do a bunch of things and do them well. He might not have to come off the field.

Player who competed at highest level

Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State: Many times it's easy to quickly identify the players from the small or non-Power 5 schools; they're the ones with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. I always say this about Temple players. Down here this week, Kazee was that guy for me. He wasn't perfect, but he competed his tail off all week. Quick-footed athlete who loves competition.

Best small-school player

Julie'n Davenport, OT, Bucknell: There were a lot of good small-school players here in Mobile. Davenport had an up-and-down week but it's kind of what you'd expect from a guy stepping up in competition at this level. He's the longest player here this week, he has good feet, but he needs to work on his core strength and power, which are both developmental issues; those can be fixed at the next level. He should be the first player drafted from Bucknell since 1969.

Most intriguing player

Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova: His length and movement skills are outstanding, but he's very raw. He's a piece of clay that a lot of NFL defensive line coaches are going to want to mold. He should do really well at the NFL Scouting Combine, and at that point, coaches and scouts are going to go back to his college tape and ask, "How high can we draft him?"

My favorite player

Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut: Reddick was probably my favorite, but if I had to go a different route, I'd say Melifonwu. He's a matchup player; you have to figure out how to use him. His range in the middle of the field was outstanding. At 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, I think he's going to run a sub-4.5 40 at the combine. He can cover tight ends and big wideouts.

QB who will make fastest NFL transition

Nate Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh: It's not a good quarterback year. I didn't come away from this week loving any of the six who were here. While I have a lot more work to do on all of them, I think Peterman's the one who can step in and be a backup in the NFL right away. He picks things up quickly. Joshua Dobbs and Davis Webb have a lot of upside with their arm strength, but both have a long way to go.

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