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In the Senior Bowl trenches: winners from day two

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Day two of the 2020 Senior Bowl is in the books and once again I kept an eye on the offensive and defensive lines while Zach Hicks took... everything else. Watching this group for the second day in a row gave me a chance to see if some guys were able to recover after having a rough first day and it gave me a chance to see what flaws and strengths were consistent among the prospects.

Winners from the North

Houston, Tackle, Josh Jones

Jones looked like a fluid mover in both the run and pass and had a very good showing against a multitude of pass rushers. One on one situations are always very difficult for offensive linemen but Jones was up to the task on day two.

Michigan, Guard, Ben Bredeson

Bredeson was strong at the point of attack and moved really well when asked to run block. Today was a good day overall for the North offensive line but Bredeson stood out with good rep after good rep. I’m not sure where he will be drafted but Bredeson looked like he has the potential to be a difference maker at the next level.

North Carolina, Defensive Line, Jason Strowbridge

Strowbridge, was quick off the ball and made plays in a multitude of ways. His quickness at the snap on the inside is going to create problems for opposing offensive lines. He doesn’t appear to have the same kind of power as someone like Javon Kinlaw, but Strowbridge’s physical gifts are apparent.

North Team Honorable Mention: DE, Kenny Willekes, OL Hakeem Adeniji, DE, Bradlee Anae, G, Jusin Herron, DT, Neville Gallimore

Winners from the South

Clemson, Guard, John Simpson

Simpson finds himself in my winners article today, not because of a dominate performance but more from the strides he made from day one to day two. Simpson spent all day Tuesday providing Javon Kinlaw’s Senior Bowl highlight reel with great video. In short Simpson looked terrible. Fast forward to Wednesday and Simpson had a much more solid day overall. He has technical flaws and even in the clip above he was beaten the rep before by DT Benito Jones, but Simpson was able to keep his composure and win this rep. If nothing else Simpson showed some mental toughness working to overcome some adversity.

San Diego State, Center, Keith Ismael

Ismael has been nothing short of solid all week. Watching him on Tuesday I saw a solid center prospect but nothing that “wowed” me. Wednesday rolled around and it was more of the same, and it’s for that reason Ismael finds himself in this article. There aren’t many truly dominate, game changing interior offensive linemen in the NFL and if one comes along Chris Ballard drafts him sixth overall.

Most of what you want up front is consistency and solid technique and so far Ismael has shown both. No one wins every rep and Ismael is no different but he never lost back to back reps and even when he did lose, he lost well. He wasn’t flailing or falling or grabbing at air, his technique stayed solid even while losing. The Colts don’t need a center but Ismael looks like the kind of player that will end up starting for close to a decade.

Alabama, EDGE, Terrell Lewis

Lewis’ talent has never been a question. When healthy he looks like a top 15 pick, the problem is he just hasn’t been able to stay healthy. That’s not the case this week in Mobile. Lewis has put on a show. The rep above is against yesterday’s winner Ben Bartch. Bartch looks really bad here but note they moved him from left tackle to right and let a top 15 type player feast on the division III standout. That said, Lewis has left a lot of guys grasping at air all week and deserves the accolades.

South Team Honorable Mention: DT, Benito Jones, DE, Trevis Gipson, DT, Josiah Coatney

Check back tomorrow for the winners from the final day of practice of the 2020 Senior Bowl!