Senior Bowl 2014: Today’s Practice Features Aaron Donald Dominance, Aaron Colvin’s ACL Injury

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With Senior Bowl practices continuing today there were some good plays as well as bad ones from NFL prospects. A practice that witnessed many one-on-one drills, it was DT/DE Aaron Donald (Pitt) that stood out. A smart player that understands leverage, Donald used his smaller frame to his advantage as he bull-rushed and speed rushed his way passed offensive lineman. One of five players I said the 49ers should watch, Donald did not disappoint. Even NFL analyst Mike Mayock took notice saying:

When you’re thinking Aaron Donald. I would like for you to think a little about DT Geno Atkins. Explosive, one-gap, penetrator, best is what they call the three-technique. Which is the defensive tackle lined up on the outside shoulder of the offensive guard.

As for DE Ra’Shede Hageman (Minnesota) he had mixed reviews, as his stellar performance on one play would be canceled out by a bad play the next. A player that has worlds of potential, it does not mean much if Hageman can’t translate that onto the field. An inexperienced player still learning the nuances of the defensive line, Hageman continues to be extremely inconsistent.

At the wide receiver position it was WR Josh Huff (Oregon) that made nice catch after nice catch, as he hauled in two tough touchdown catches during red zone drills. A real impressive athlete that can make the tough catch in traffic, Huff displayed the physical toughness needed to fend off bump-and-run coverage while locating the ball in the back of the end zone.

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With that said, it was CB Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma St.) that garnered headlines, as he tore his ACL in one-on-one drills. A routine play that gone terribly wrong as Colvin planted his  foot while driving forward to make the stop, Colvin fell awkwardly to the ground. An injury that likely plummeted his draft stock, Colvin will now be on the outside looking in as he hopes for a team to select him in the 4th or 5th round.

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