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Tuesday's North practice report: Carl Nassib a towering pass rusher

MOBILE, Ala. --- Senior Bowl Week is underway. Practices are off and running with a slew of coaches and scouts from all teams in attendance.

Here's who stood out during the North's practice on Tuesday...

--- There's another Nassib heading to the NFL. Three years after quarterback Ryan Nassib generated plenty of Bills buzz, his brother Carl Nassib is now pro-bound. He's a towering presence at 6 foot 7, 272 pounds. And the guy shredded Big Ten competition last season --- Nassib finished with a NCAA-high 15.5 sacks.

To him, the key is simplicity. Not overthinking it.

"You learn as a defensive lineman that you don't want to have 50 different moves," Nassib said. "You want that one move you can use third and long, game on the line, that one move that'll get you there."

Those moves were on display Tuesday. He had his moments in one-on-one drills Tuesday against Stanford's 6-foot-7 Kyle Murphy. In a 3-4, he believes he could add the necessary weight to play the five-technique, and the Bills didn't generate much pass rush out of that spot last season. End Mario Williams, likely to be released at some point, had only 19 tackles and five sacks last season.

"I want to show everybody I'm a hard-working, blue-collar guy," Nassib said. "I'm going to just keep doing what I'm doing and improving what I can improve on."

--- Ohio State's Braxton Miller makes a strong first impression. It's early and it wasn't perfect. But Miller's explosion was clear in drills Tuesday for the North. The former quarterback is out to prove he can play wide receiver in the pros after making the position switch his last college season. So far, so good. Also, Miller weighed in at a slim 204 pounds after he was listed at 215 in college.

His change of direction is impressive, a cut above anybody else on the field Tuesday. Afterward, Miller said he wants to emulate his game after Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown.

Not a bad place to start.

--- Doug Whaley said Aaron Williams will be good to go for the Bills. Huge news. The safety endured a scary neck injury last season and there was a thought it might take until training camp, when the pads come on, to truly see if he could resume contact. Now, it sounds like the Bills will be getting their safety back, meaning it won't be such a pressing need in the draft. That being said, Boise State's Darian Thompson looks like a modern-day day. He's a physically imposing guy at 6-2, 212 but doesn't move like a 6-2, 212 safety. He's fluid, covers a lot of ground in coverage and closes fast vs. the run.

Teams seek playmakers on the back end and that's all Thompson did for the Broncos: 19 interceptions, 15 tackles for loss in four seasons.

--- Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis earned himself some money. The 6-foot-4, 303-pounder was as active as he was in three years at college where he totaled 30 tackles for loss. Extremely powerful, he dominated the practice. The only times he was really neutralized was when he was double-teamed.

--- We'll have more on him through the week, but North Dakota State's Carson Wentz looked the part this first day. At 6-5, 233 with a very strong arm, the quarterback was impressive. Drives the ball downfield with ease. Moved well in the pocket. There's him, then everybody else at the position here in Mobile. And it's worth noting that Bills OC Greg Roman is in attendance, too.

 

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