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John DeShazier's Senior Bowl observations

Game has strong Louisiana flavor

Mobile, Ala. – Quick bites from several other interviews conducted with Louisiana-based players during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Ala.:

  1. LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White was pleased with how he performed in his first day of practice Tuesday. "I feel like I did great. I get in and out of my breaks real quick, I have the quick-twitch. The coaches know that, so they're just on me about staying patient because I'll jump everything. I'm a quick-twitch guy." White said he'd interviewed with about 10 teams. "I'm just trying to fit everybody in and get everybody the time that they need to interview me. And then I just want to show them what I can do on the board (in terms of diagnosing plays and schemes)." White said he can play inside or outside, and that he played some safety at LSU.
  2. Some of the scrappiness of Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart was on display Tuesday, when he got into a skirmish with LSU center Ethan Pocic during drills. Smart will need that feistiness, and more, to help leave an imprint. But while the 296-pounder is a bit short for a defensive lineman (6 feet 1), he hopes to follow in the footsteps of like-heighted tackles such as the Rams' Aaron Donald and the Saints' Sheldon Rankins, who both are listed at 6-1. "I've been asked about the height situation (in interviews)," he said. "I'll just say, 'I throw my shoes on like everybody else. The Lord blessed me to be out here. Just watch me practice.' I would love to follow in those guys' shoes. They're very productive in the NFL, so I'm praying that they look at me like they look at those guys." Smart, who played in 48 games and started 36 straight at Tulane, finished his career with 40.5 tackles for loss. He said the talent level he has seen in Mobile is comparable to what he played against with the Green Wave. "To be honest, I think the level of competition is the same. I feel like I played against some good competition in the past."
  3. Grambling receiver Chad Williams was a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster, receiving his invitation about a week before the game is to be played Saturday. However, the FCS All-American (90 catches for 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games, including six 100-yard games) earned his look via a strong showing last week at the NFLPA Bowl in California. "The level of competition is very high," he said. "I played in the NFLPA game last week and I saw some pretty good guys out there also. It was kind of like me jumping from one situation to the next, with the same caliber of guys." Williams said this week is huge for him. "The only thing I can do is thank God for the opportunity. I can only come out here and use the talents that He gave me to get it done."
  4. Last year in Mobile, LSU linebacker Deion Jones was assigned the number "0" and had a pretty good week. Jones, who wasn't a full-time starter at LSU until his senior season, was drafted in the second round, No. 52 overall, by Atlanta. He'll start for the Falcons in Super Bowl LI against New England. LSU's Duke Riley is wearing "0" this year, didn't become a starter until his senior season, and is hoping the similarities to Jones don't end there. Jones gave Riley some advice on how to handle the week. "Every chance you get, run as fast as you can, run to the ball, don't stop, create turnovers, just make plays and most of all have fun, and be yourself," Riley said he was told. "It's very inspiring because I know how far he came. I know how he's been doubted his whole life, just like I have."
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