Two linebackers were among the standout performers at Senior Bowl practices on Wednesday.
Clemson’s Stephone Anthony and Georgia’s Amarlo Herrera helped their draft stock, with one day of practices remaining in Mobile, Ala. Anthony, 6-2, 245, was the best of the linebackers, according to packers.com draft analyst Tony Pauline.
“Complete linebacker. Tremendous plays in coverage; gets to the flanks in run support. Didn’t make a lot of errors, tough and also competitive. Can play inside or outside. Listed as inside. Three-down guy that can play in a variety of systems,” Pauline said of Anthony.
Herrera, 6-1, 245, is a smart, tough and very instinctive. “He did a great job of reading the plays and getting to the spot ahead of the ball carrier. He’ll be a three-down player in the right system, but you don’t want to put him on a 6-3, 6-4 tight end,” Pauline said.
Justin Hardy and Evin Smith topped the wide receivers crop.
East Carolina’s Hardy, 5-10, 190, reminded Pauline of the Packers’ Jordy Nelson. “He doesn’t wow you physically but he’s just a terrific football player, a guy I think will be underdrafted. He might run in the high 4.4’s; third or fourth-round area. Will compete at the next level as No. 3 or No. 4 receiver.
Smith, 6-0, 190, of Ohio State is a vertical threat who needed to prove he’s more than a one-trick pony, and he’s done that so far at the Senior Bowl. “He ran good routes, showed consistent hands, went up and battled. Probably going to have to use a second-round pick on him. Potential No. 2 receiver,” Pauline said.
Notre Dame’s Ben Koyack, 6-4, 250, is the top tight end in Mobile. He was fluid and graceful in Wednesday’s practice. “He catches well, gets down the seam, gets over defenders, and he’s a big guy with natural receiving skills. He doesn’t embarrass himself blocking,” Pauline said.
Auburn’s Gabe Wright, 6-3, 300, stood out among the defensive linemen on Wednesday. “He’s incredibly explosive, does a great job using his hands, shows a lot of moves and applied constant penetration on Wednesday. Has athleticism to line up at end in a three-man front,” Pauline said.