The week of practice before the 2016 Senior Bowl is almost over, with practices concluding Thursday before the game is played on Saturday.
This last practice represents the last chance for these prospects to make an impression on scouts, coaches, and GMs in individual drills before the NFL Scouting Combine.
So far some prospects have separated themselves. Wide receiver Braxton Miller's electric athleticism and natural hands have scouts looking at him as a potential first-rounder while Leonte Carroo's precise routes were boosting him up draft boards until an ankle injury ended his week prematurely. Jason Spriggs (OT, Indiana) and Cody Whitehair (OG, Kansas State) have both looked like starters at the next level.
On the defensive side of the ball, Vernon Butler and Sheldon Rankins have dominated nearly every offensive lineman they have come up against while unheralded defensive end Jihad Ward is creating a buzz for himself. Troubled pass rusher Noah Spence has shown power, agility, and explosiveness off the edge, but more importantly spent nearly every spare minute interviewing with teams interested in seeing if he has beaten the personal demons that got him dismissed from Ohio State and banned from playing in the Big 10.
The North squad will practice first, from 9:30 a.m. (EST) to 11:30 a.m., followed by the South team's practice from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both practices will be broadcast in full on ESPNU