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Five lo­cal fo­cal points in Alabama

Area prod­ucts ac­quit them­selves well in ta­lent show­case

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MO­BILE, Ala. — The Chicago area was well- rep­re­sented in the Se­nior Bowl. Here’s a look at how the area’s five play­ers — In­di­ana guard Dan Feeney ( Sand­burg), LSU cen­ter Ethan Po­cic ( Le­mont), Mem­phis kicker Jake El­liott ( Lyons), Iowa de­fen­sive tackle Jaleel John­son ( Mon­tini) and Michigan de­fen­sive tackle Ryan Glasgow ( Marmion) — fared:

The of­fen­sive line­men

Feeney started for the North team, which was coached by the Bears, on Satur­day, but he ce­mented him­self as one of the draft’s top guards dur­ing the prac­tice week.

NFL Net­work draft an­a­lyst Mike May­ock wrote that Feeney is “in the con­ver­sa­tion” to be the top in­te­rior line­man of the draft. Feeney also prac­ticed at cen­ter.

Play­ing for coach John Fox was spe­cial for Feeney, a life­long Bears fan who said he looked up to for­mer cen­ter Roberto Garza.

“It’s a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence when you look back at it,” said Feeney, who’s 6- 4, 304 pounds. “[ The Bears are] one of the best or­ga­ni­za­tions in the world. It’s great to be work­ing with them and their en­tire staff.”

Po­cic was the start­ing cen­ter for the South team, which was coached by the Browns. He played ev­ery of­fen­sive snap, in­clud­ing time at guard.

CBS Sports’ draft an­a­lysts con­sider Po­cic the best cen­ter in the draft, but at 6- 6, 307 pounds, he might be considered too tall for the position by some teams. As a re­sult, the Browns worked Po­cic at guard dur­ing prac­tices, too.

“It can go both ways,” Po­cic said of be­ing too tall for cen­ter.

Po­cic scuf­fled with Tu­lane de­fen­sive tackle Tanzel Smart dur­ing drills.

“I’m going to play hard, play phys­i­cal and play my game,” said Po­cic, whose brother, Gra­ham, played at Illi­nois and briefly for the Bears dur­ing train­ing camp in 2014.

The de­fen­sive line­men

Glasgow ( 6- 3, 297 pounds) and John­son ( 6- 3, 309) also played for the Bears’ North team. Both had strong mo­ments against the run dur­ing the prac­tice week.

On Satur­day, John­son was cred­ited with three tackles, in­clud­ing a solo stop, and Glasgow as­sisted on one tackle against the South.

Ac­cord­ing to ad­vanced statis­tics pro­duced for the Se­nior Bowl, John­son recorded the top speeds in two prac­tices for de­fen­sive tackles.

Cat­a­pult Sports, an an­a­lyt­ics or­ga­ni­za­tion that spe­cial­izes in wear­able tech­nol­ogy, clocked John­son at 18.5 and 19 mph.

Sim­i­lar to Po­cic, Glasgow comes from a foot­ball fam­ily. His brother Gra­ham is a cen­ter/ guard for the Li­ons, who se­lected him in the third round of last year’s draft.

“I was prob­a­bly the more ag­gres­sive one grow­ing up,” Glasgow said. “We got into it prob­a­bly ev­ery day from what I can re­mem­ber and what my dad tells me from a re­ally young age. We were wrestling con­stantly, punch­ing each other con­stantly.”

The kicker

El­liott capped an im­pres­sive week by mak­ing a 37- yard field goal for the South to close out the first half af­ter Fox tried to “ice” him with a time­out. He made his only ex­tra point.

A for­mer ten­nis player at Lyons, El­liott was voted the top spe­cial­ist at prac­tice by scouts polled by Se­nior Bowl staff.

“I didn’t start kick­ing un­til ju­nior year of high school,” said El­liott, a four- year starter at Mem­phis who set a school record by mak­ing 144 con­sec­u­tive ex­tra points.

“To come on this late and end up on this stage is re­ally spe­cial for me.

‘‘ Even get­ting to play in col­lege was spe­cial at that time. Grad­u­ally build­ing to be here is a great op­por­tu­nity.”

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Dan Feeney ( from left), Ethan Po­cic, Ryan Glasgow, Jaleel John­son and Jake El­liott put on a pretty good show for NFL scouts dur­ing the week lead­ing up to the Se­nior Bowl and in the game it­self.
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