First-round pick Justin Harrell has been unimpressive during his first week and a half of camp, especially in one-on-one pass-rushing drills. Harrell doesn't seem to have many moves and he's regularly stopped by the likes of Adam Stenavich, Travis Leffew and Tony Palmer. During the night practice he managed to bull rush Swedish import C.J. Blomvall, but that was about it. It's gotten to a point where the coaches don't even put him up against Daryn Colledge, Jason Spitz or Scott Wells. They're probably worried about crushing his confidence. But it's hard to imagine he'll get a lot better not working against comparable athletes. If Harrell's going to play this year, he's going to have to face starting talent at some point.
If that's so, then the display put on by the offensive linemen during the one-on-one pass rushing/pass blocking drill on Monday was all the more impressive. There were 20 reps to the drill, and the offense won 16 of them. Only Larry Birdine, Cullen Jenkins and Johnny Jolly (who won two reps) managed any significant success for the defensive line, and none of the three beat a starting offensive lineman. Jolly got by rookie guard Allen Barbre and first-year pro C.J. Blomvall, who has almost no chance to make the team. Jenkins got by another long shot, guard Adam Stenovich. Birdine beat career-backup Junius Coston.