Big Ten Day 3 Senior Bowl buzz

They're inching closer to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and the teams went through another set of practices on Wednesday.

ESPN Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl break down Day 3 of Senior Bowl practices and weigh in on several Big Ten prospects.

According to Muench and Weidl, the concerns about Russell Wilson's height showed up Wednesday as the Wisconsin quarterback had to move around the pocket to find throwing lanes, which made him late on some passes. Although Wilson's arm strength is substantial and he made some nice throws in 7-on-7 drills, "the negative impact of Wilson's height was on full display."

Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, delivered a steady performance Wednesday. Although he didn't have too many wow plays, he "made good decisions and flashed some arm strength."

Other Big Ten notes from Day 3:

  • Iowa's Marvin McNutt stood out among the wide receivers with his route-running ability. The consensus on McNutt seems to be that while he's not a speed burner, he makes up for it with good hands and body control.

  • It hasn't been the best week for the Nebraska contingent. Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard had some more struggles Wednesday, leaving the Scouts Inc. crew to "wonder about his top-end speed and playmaking ability." Linebacker Lavonte David projects well against the run and shows sound tackling ability, but "this week he's not finishing plays in coverage."

  • Ohio State running back Dan Herron has lived up to his "Boom" nickname with a physical running style, although he'll have to prove more against live tackling in the game.

  • Although he's not mentioned in the Scouts Inc. breakdown, Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin has drawn some strong reviews this week in Mobile. Martin's incredible strength and disruptive ability has been on full display.