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Skinner at Senior Bowl, preparing for NFL draft

The Post's Rick Maese was down in Mobile, Ala. this week, where a collection of college football's out-going talent convened to prepare to play in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. While there, Maese caught up with former Maryland safety Terrell Skinner and provided the following update on Skinner's preparation for April's NFL draft:

It hasn't been a perfect Senior Bowl week for former Maryland safety Terrell Skinner. He's focusing on showcasing his speed and improving his man-to-man coverage but has drawn the ire -- and the shouting -- from coaches for a few mistakes, including jumping offsides a couple times during practice. He also was yelled at for not paying attention.

Still, all things considered, Skinner says he's pleased with his progress this week.

"It's gone good,” Skinner said. “I've improved in a lot of facets of my game. Just getting used to the tempo, the meetings, the way NFL coaches speak to you, just surrounded by all these great players. My game has had to elevate, and I think I've been doing pretty good."

Skinner is one of two former Terps playing in Saturday's game. Fullback Cory Jackson received a late invitation but was at practice Wednesday and should see playing time Saturday. Skinner and Jackson are both playing for the North team, which is coached by Jim Schwartz and the Detroit Lions' coaching staff.

Skinner is one class shy of his degree, he said, but is spending the next couple of months focusing on draft preparation. He's been temporarily living and working out in Bradenton, Fla., at IMG's training facilities.

"It's been a lot different than what I did in College Park," Skinner said. "We work a lot more on corrective lifting, correcting our posture. They emphasize posture because posture has a lot to do with the way you run, move forward and stuff like that. As far as weight-lifting, we do a lot of speed stuff to improve range of motion and stuff like that. The whole objective that IMG is teaching us is to use every facet of our bodies."

Skinner said he's treating these next few weeks of training like a full-time job, "but because I'm doing something I love, it doesn't feel like a job."

"I'm loving the whole process, from interviewing to getting coached by some of the best and playing with some of the best," Skinner said. "It's been exciting."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
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