Day 2: Upwardly Mobile in Mobile

After one day to get used to the tempo and techniques of NFL-style practices, a few players helped their stock on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. The Senior Bowl team makes its selections for the pleasant surprises of the day.

Cameron Jordan
Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan was the most dominant defensive player on either team on Tuesday. Jordan was very productive in the Pac-10 this season, racking up 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks, but it was still a bit surprising to see him performing like the top defensive lineman on a very talented roster. He has definitely elevated his stock so far this week.
— Kevin Carden

WR Dwayne Harris
East Carolina wide receiver Dwayne Harris had a great practice Monday and looked to be a pleasant surprise on offense, likely fitting in somewhere as a slot guy at the next level. He seemed like a natural fit as a return man as well, but he struggled mightily fielding punts Tuesday off the JUGS machine, and even the ones he did catch cleanly, he was on his heels and in no position to gain yardage.
— John Crist

WR Jeremy Kerley
Jeremy Kerley, TCU, was probably considered undersized coming into the day at 5-9 ¼ and 188 pounds, but Kerley had the best day Tuesday doing the two most important jobs a receiver has – getting open and catching the ball. Kerley gets great separation because of his quickness and he has sticky hands. Not only a favorite target of teammate Andy Dalton, but a favorite target of all the quarterbacks today.
— Scott Kennedy

OT Marcus Gilbert
My surprise of the day was OT Marcus Gilbert from Florida. Gilbert is a guy I've watched pretty regularly over the years and I've been impressed with his natural ability (obviously his size helps at nearly 6-7, 329 pounds) but I've sometimes doubted his consistency. Today, however, Gilbert went hard every play and got a notable amount of attention from the Bills coaching staff on the South Team.
— Laura McKeeman

OT Marcus Gilbert
A big surprise for me today was the play of Florida offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert. Gilbert looked great in one-on-one drills and got good push in the few 9-on-7s. He wasn't necessarily a weak link on the Gators this season, but certainly wasn't considered a top prospect. With today's performance, Gilbert turned a lot of scouts' collective heads.
— Charlie Bernstein

OT James Carpenter
There are a number of offensive tackles in Mobile who carry higher credentials coming into the Senior Bowl, but Alabama's James Carpenter helped his stock on Tuesday. He played some guard and said he felt out of place there, but when he was at tackle, he showed well. During one-on-one drills, he pretty consistently stonewalled defensive ends who tried to take a realistic route to the quarterback and the 6-5, 313-pounder continued to look sharp in full-team action during pass protection.
— Tim Yotter

DL Chris Neild
My surprise was West Virginia DL Chris Neild. He is a bit undersized (6-2, 301) for a zero-technique guy, but he plays with a relentless attitude. He rarely gets moved off his spot and makes more than his fair share of hustle plays.
— Michael Lombardo

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