It's been a busy week down in Mobile, Alabama, where this week the southern nation has been the epicenter for the 2015 NFL Draft process. The week of practices can be more important than the game itself in regards to NFL teams evaluating these prospects. The game will be played tomorrow at 1 P.M. PT, airing on NFL Network. I wanted to take a look at a few notable names from the week of practice.
DE Nate Orchard, Utah:- A 4-3 end who will likely be converted to an outside linebacker, Orchard won the Ted Hendricks Award for best defensive end this season. During the week of practices Orchard saw time at outside linebacker and thrived in the role beating offensive linemen continuously in scrimmages and one on one drills. On the year, Orchard had 21.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks.
DT Carl Davis, Iowa: Davis was named the practice player of the week. "The more I watch, the more I appreciate his technique, how strong he is in his upper body to engage with offensive linemen but also to find the ball and get off of blocks and go make plays. He’s disruptive. He’s a really good player." Todd McShay said earlier this year. Davis can play at end in a 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3.
QB Nick Marshall, Auburn: A year removed from taking his team to the National Championship as quarterback for Auburn, Marshall has been seeing time at cornerback this week. Seeing how he does in the game itself should be interesting. Marshall could go in round three at the earliest.
WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami: Daniel Jeremiah thinks he will be the fastest player in the draft class. He can separate with ease and Jeremiah calls it "easy speed".
WR Jamison Crowder, Duke: Crowder has stood out the most this week out of any receiver. Despite his small hands and stature, Crowder made highlight reel plays all week in practice and was nearly impossible for corners to defend. Mike Mayock has compared Crowder to T.Y. Hilton.
WR Justin Hardy, East Carolina. The FBS all time leader in receptions, it was a mixed week for Hardy. He will likely become a slot receiver in the NFL and his hands were far too inconsistent this week in practice.
CB Kevin White, TCU: White hasn't gotten a ton of love yet nationally because of his 5'10" size, but has shown this week he can compete with taller receivers and shut them down. Mike Mayock compares White to Chargers corner Jason Verrett, who also went to TCU.
DL Grady Jarrett, Clemson: The entire trio or Charles Davis, Mike Mayock, and Daniel Jeremiah were impressed by Jarrett's performance this week in practice. At 6'1" 288 pounds, Jarrett may be deemed a tweener, but he has also been noted to be in peak condition by observers of the practices. Jarrett was disruptive for lineman all week and his quick feet and agility to go along with his strength make him an intriguing option this draft season.
G Laken Tomlinson, Duke: Tomlinson had the task of going head to head against a top 10 pick in Washington DT Danny Shelton. Tomlinson was able to prove his strength and quickness off the ball facing such a good prospect. His stock rose heading into the game tomorrow.
We will have a preview for the game tomorrow as well as a wrap up post Monday with a stock update. For now, if you would like more practice reports check out SB Nation's own Dan Kadar:
What prospect intrigued you this week?