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Badgers football: Senior Bowl Day 2 recap

Jan 21, 2014 -- 11:16pm
MADISON - The second practice of the week at the Senior Bowl included more praise for several former University of Wisconsin players.
As was the case on Monday, linebacker Chris Borland stood out and garnered some attention from the NFL Network during their coverage of the North team practice.
Mike Mayock, NFL Network:
NFL Media draft expert Mike Mayock said Tuesday on NFL Network that scouts need to put away their prejudices about measurables when it comes to Borland.
Mayock called Borland "as fun a guy to watch on tape as I have ever seen" and praised his instincts and quickness. He compared Borland to former Dolphins LB Zach Thomas and a "sawed-off" Luke Kuechly. While Mayock admitted the measurables aren't necessarily there, he said he "wouldn't let this kid get out of the second round."
Charles Davis, NFL Network:
NFL Media analyst Charles Davis said he broadcasted numerous Wisconsin games and Borland is "a guy that kept getting better." Davis also mentioned Borland's measurables as being as issue but also said Borland "makes more plays than maybe what people expect."
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network:
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah isn't as high on Borland as Davis and Mayock. As for the concern with the measurables, "I saw some of that play out on tape," Jeremiah said. Jeremiah specifically mentioned lack of arm length as a concern when it comes to making tackles.
Here is the full article on the Borland debate.
Dan Kadar, SBNation
Wisconsin's Chris Borland, on the other hand, is a natural in space. If teams can get over his lack of height and arm length, he could be nice addition. A Baltimore Ravens representative spent a considerable amount of time with Borland after practice on Tuesday.
And Wisconsin LB Chris Borland was a standout, using his great instincts and speed to fly around the field. He seems to have a knack for quickly diagnosing plays and getting to where the action is. Borland’s height, (5’11) will be a drawback for him in the draft.
Erik Gelko, Optimum Scouting
Chris Borlandis really taking advantage of the week with another strong performance.  He has a real feel for the game and minimizes his size limitations by using leverage and short area explosiveness to his advantage and disengaging quickly from blockers.  Scouts have also been impressed with his pursuit effort as he’s been flying to the football all week.
Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was also a target on the second day of workouts.
Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was able to shake loose a couple of times downfield and went up to snare a high pass along the sideline from Boyd. But Abbrederis looked a shade smaller than his listed height of 6-2, and did not look like he could fly down the field.
Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
The cleanest route runner and most polished receiver was Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis, who displayed sharp plant and drive footwork to stay flat or work back downhill to the catch point depending on the route call. Even when forced to adjust to off target, high velocity throws (which was fairly often), Abbrederis never seemed to panic and was comfortable snatching the ball away from his frame.
Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederisis flat out the best receiver on either side this week. He's a solid route runner and very consistent in his receptions. He won't blow you away with his speed but his consistency will beat defenders eventually.
The great thing about looking at multiple sites is the fact that writers are watching the same thing and often completely disagree – as is the case for running back James White on Tuesday.
Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
Wisconsin’s James White is small and it really hurt him in blitz pickup drills.  Linebackers consistently drove him back and he kept stopping his feet at the point making him susceptible to countermoves.  He looked like a situational back only.
Charlie Campbell,
(White) had a very impressive session in blitz pickup. That's huge for White as his role in the NFL will probably have a lot of third-down and receiving-back responsibilities. He had a nice win going against Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey. White finished the session by sliding and sustaining a block against Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown. White's lone ugly rep came as college teammate Chris Borland beat him with a swim move. White was never the feature back at Wisconsin, and he's helping himself at the Senior Bowl.
Tight end Jacob Pedersen is also in Mobile this week and had a chance to talk with Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He told Dunne that the first team he spoke with upon his arrival was the Green Bay Packers. You can find the full post from Dunne here.

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