Day One Observations

The first day of practice is in the books for the Marvin Lewis' North squad at the Senior Bowl in picturesque Mobile, Alabama. We took in the entire one-hour practice and here are some observations.

- Ricky Stanzi is a lot bigger in person than expected. He's a legitimate 6'5" and has a nice throwing motion. Stanzi struggled with accuracy but showed good arm strength.

- Jake Locker was a little shorter than expected at a shade over 6'2", but has an excellent arm. He misfired on some throws which is to be expected with a first practice with new receivers.

- A tight end that caught my eye was Nebraska's Mike McNeill. The former 'Husker did well in blocking drills and showed surprising speed from the tight end position.

- ECU wide receiver Dwayne Harris was very impressive as he made a great one-handed grab and looked fit and fast. Harris can help a team at receiver or on special teams as he was a standout return man for the Pirates. Harris has talked with Jacksonville, New England, Kansas City and Seattle already.

- Notre Dame defensive tackle Ian Williams impressed scouts and onlookers as he handled some of the top offensive line prospects in the nation in one-on-one drills. At 6'1", 311 lbs., Williams can play in the middle in a 4-3 alignment or outside in a 3-4.

- Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi made his case for top billing amongst the talented left tackle group as he repeatedly pancaked opposing linemen and showed great strength and a nasty streak.

- Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones was impressive as he fought off blocks and was able to disrupt plays in the backfield. Jones reminds me a little of Houston Texans star linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

- Boise State wide receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young were up and down all practice long, as both showed inconsistent hands. When Young caught the football, he showed great explosion and burst.

- San Diego State wide receiver Vincent Brown made a solid first impression as he ran excellent routes and caught most everything thrown his way.

- Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray measured in bigger than expected at 6'0", 214 lbs. and he showed great hands out of the backfield. Murray could be a player who could be more dominant in the NFL than he was in college.

- Nebraska wide receiver Niles Paul has good size but he ran sloppy routes. Didn't seem like a natural catcher of the football.

- Stanford defensive tackle Sione Fua was very active and gave the North team interior linemen fits.

- Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews made some plays in the backfield, but he looks smallish in person. Definitely plays with a chip on his shoulder as he explained that USC didn't recruit him despite his brother playing there.

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