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Graham, Hoomanawanui step up at SB

Day 2 of Senior Bowl practices went much better for the Big Ten. No major injuries to report, and several players are stepping up, according to the ESPN's Scouts Inc. experts in Mobile.

Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham is impressing the scouts, a development that shouldn't surprise any of us who watched No. 55 dominate the Big Ten this fall.

Scouts Inc.'s Day 2 blog recognizes Graham, who "has already emerged as the leader of the North defense. Graham is quick with good upper-body strength and technique. He never stops working, either. His motor is just ridiculous."

Illinois tight end Michael Hoomanawanui also is looking good during practices. He was recognized as one of the North team's stars on Tuesday. As Scouts Inc. writes: "He is a crisp, physical route-runner who does not get pushed around and catches the ball well in traffic. We'd like to see a more violent punch as a run-blocker but he showed good leg drive on Day 2 and is by far the best inline blocker among the North tight ends."

As for the other Big Ten prospects ...

  • "Iowa LB A.J. Edds did a good job of jamming and re-routing Wisconsin TE Garrett Graham during 7-on-7s but stumbled when forced to turn and run, so we're a little concerned about his man cover skills."

  • "Purdue DT Mike Neal owned [Notre Dame guard Eric] Olsen all morning long."