The Detroit Lions must not have gotten the memo in regard to their lethargic Tuesday practice.
Wednesday’s Senior Bowl North team practice was, much like Tuesday's opening round: uninspiring. Even with the action limited by Detroit's methodical, sluggish practice structure, there was still plenty to digest.
Let's strive to avoid being like the first hour of Lions practice in wasting time and get to it.
Here are the best of the best and the standouts from Day 2’s North defense.
Best player: Joshua Uche, EDGE, Michigan
Joshua Uche continues to terrorize the North team offensive line, picking up where he left off Tuesday. Whether he's countering inside or he's dropping the inside shoulder and running underneath of tackles, Uche gives you a bit of a Yannick Ngakoue feel as far as where he wins as a pass rusher. He's a dense, physical dude — and he's had his way with almost every opponent he's lined up across throughout two consecutive days of Senior Bowl practices.
Flash reps: Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah; Trevon Hill, DE, Miami
Bradlee Anae's weigh-in Tuesday morning was somewhat disheartening — mainly because he's not going to pass size thresholds with his sub-32 inch arms. Anae is a hand fighter, so he'll be able to compensate to some degree, but how consistent can you expect to see him win off the edge with those measurements? Wednesday was a good case study as to how he can sustain his disruption. He was urgent and won with powerful hands and second effort.
Trevon Hill is a twitched up player. He's the most fluid and dynamic of the edge rushers on the North team. His ability to eat up turf in his first three steps is impressive and seeing how fluid he can change directions is demanding attention. Hill should be regarded as a developmental speed rusher with the explosiveness you can't coach.
Best player: Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
This is the North team's most hotly contested defensive group. Neville Gallimore takes the cake because he has once again shown consistency with his disruption and movement skills. Gallimore is quick enough to challenge guards with upfield push and explosive enough to put centers back onto their heels. This makes two straight winning performances for Gallimore this week.
Flash reps: Larrell Murchison, North Carolina State; Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina
Larrell Murchison had a terrific practice. He beat Matt Hennessy in one-on-ones showing good quickness up the field. Murchison also offered good pop on a club move in yet another pass-rush win. Consider Murchison sufficient in most areas. He doesn't have any elite traits, but he's a quick, stout defender who consistently played on the plus side of the line of scrimmage today.
Jason Strowbridge is a tweener who checked in this week at 257 pounds, but he won inside as a pass rusher and illustrated explosive up field burst to put blockers back onto their heels. He's been another player who has now strung together consecutive strong practices.
Best player: Evan Weaver, California
Someone needs to carve out an old-school role for Evan Weaver and let him prosper. Weaver is a consistent plug defender against the run who gave the North offense fits when stepping downhill into the line of scrimmage. His football intelligence flashed when processing block combinations and navigating his way to the football.
The demand for Weaver will be watered down by his lack of three-down ability, but he played a starring role in the box in Wednesday’s practice.
Flash reps: Zack Baun, Wisconsin
Zack Baun has become something of a cult hero in draft circles with his versatility and impact on Wisconsin’s defense. He was rock solid today. Baun didn't dominate but he was constantly in position, which further reinforces the narrative that he's sharp as a tack.
Best player: Michael Ojemudia, Iowa
You officially have my attention, Michael Ojemudia. After checking in at a healthy 6-feet tall, 199 pounds and with 32 1/8 inch arms, this is a prospect who will catch your eye on the sideline. He caught eyes on the field with his performance Wednesday with sticky coverage and physical play. Ojemudia gave up one long ball to Baylor's Denzel Mims, but it's pretty hard to fault him for conceding this one.
I'll be scrambling to pull Ojemudia’s tape up after the week. If his 2019 resume matches his performance this week, we're going to have a live one.
Flash reps: Troy Pride Jr., Notre Dame
There's a whole lot of golden domes out there for the North team — none of them are showing out better than Troy Pride Jr. His foot quickness, patience in the trail and trust in his eyes? It's a beautiful thing and Pride has been as consistent as you'll find.