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Day one recap from down at the Senior Bowl in Mobile

The AP Nerd Squad takes the Senior Bowl

NCAA Football: Senior Bowl Practice-North John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Day 1 of the Senior Bowl is about as jam packed as you can. Here were some tidbits from the weigh-ins:


  • Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat was the most impressive body of the day with his 6-foot-6, 252-pound frame. He also came in with the 36 inch arms. There’s no body fat on Sweat.
  • New Mexico State linebacker Terrell Hanks was the runner up with a 6-foot-2, 234-pound frame. The upper body of Hanks resembled that of you favorite super hero. The on-field performance was way more Clark Kent than Superman.
  • Stetson tight end Donald Parham got noticeable gasps when he measured 6 feet 8 and 3/8 inches and 243 pounds. This is a rare case when a team undersells a player’s measurables, as he was listed at 6 feet 8 and 222 pounds during the season. Normally a measurement like this would warrant 6 feet 9 or higher.
  • Utah safety Marquise Blair came in at very slender 180 pounds at 6 feet 1 and a half. He was expected to be 15 pounds heavier, but his narrow waste reveals someone who will struggle to maintain or gain weight.
  • Temple cornerback Rock Ya Sin was expected to be 6 feet 2 but came in 5 feet 11 and 3/4.

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  • Utah Safety Marquise Blair played junior college ball at Dodge City, Kansas.
  • Washburn cornerback Corey Ballentine not only played in Topeka, but has also called it home since his family moved to the United States from Jamaica.
  • Texas cornerback Kris Boyd intercepted Patrick Mahomes in college. They’ve been competing since high school, as they both grew up in east Texas.
  • North Dakota State running back Bruce Anderson models his game after Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley and Todd Gurley.

South practice takeaways

  • Temple cornerback Rock Ya Sin was the best corner for the South.
  • South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel was the best receiver for both teams today. He attacked the ball, is sudden and dynamic. Samuel got Ya Sin on a few reps.
  • San Jose State tight end Josh Oliver impressed throughout the day. He’s a fluid athlete with strong hands. He should be a day-two pick.
  • Like Oliver, LSU tight end Foster Moreau had himself a day. While not quite the athlete Oliver is, he still ran crisp routes and showed strong hands.
  • Washington State tackle Andre Dillard moves extremely well for a tackle.
  • Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow has the body of an average high school football player on the field but gets open consistently.
  • Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat used his length extremely well. He has a strong pass rush plan and flows smoothly from one move to his counter moves.
  • LA Tech EDGE Jaylon Ferguson displayed powerful hands and the ability to move tackles.
  • Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines showed the best ability to get the corner throughout the day.
  • West Virginia linebacker David Long had the best day in the linebacker group. He attacked well, and was smooth in drills.
  • Texas A&M defensive lineman Daylon Mack and Kingsley Keke both showed a good first step and powerful hands.

North practice takeaways

  • It was a quiet day for Delaware safety Nasir Adderley. He was lined up all over the field and displayed good play recognition.
  • Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson was good against the run in team drills and looked to be winning consistently in one-on-one drills.
  • TCU defensive lineman LJ Collier started a fight after trash talking on back-to-back winning plays. He won in one-on-ones with good hand usage.
  • Western Illinois defensive lineman Khalen Saunders has a good first step, relentless motor and looked like he belonged with upper tier talent.
  • UMass wide receiver Andy Isabella flashed consistently with excellent twitch, good hands and long speed.
  • NC State wide receiver Jakobi Meyers was the best receiver for the North team, winning all over the field.
  • In a David-versus-Goliath type of battle, the behemoth tackle Kaleb McGary dominated 6-foot linebacker Sutton Smith who is transitioning from EDGE to off-ball linebacker but was given a chance to fail miserably off the edge.
  • Stetson tight end Donald Parham can’t get out of a three-point stance but shows some intriguing ability as a large, and I repeat, large target in the pass ground.
  • Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye had an up and down performance. Still very intrigued by the skill set.

AP Laboratory

We discussed the Bob Sutton firing and recapped day one of the Senior Bowl on the newest of the AP Laboratory.

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