Day 3: Upwardly Mobile in Mobile

Scout.com picks out the top surprises of Wednesday's Senior Bowl sessions. It was the last day of padded practices and the last chance for players to make a real pregame impression.

First impressions are important, but leaving a positive lasting impression is more important.

Players participating in the Senior Bowl had a final chance to impress coaches and scouts who will often leave following Wednesday's practice because Thursday's practices aren't in pads. Showing progress throughout the three days of practice and interviews can only help a player's draft stock. Here are the prospects that left a positive impression on Scout.com personnel in Mobile, Ala.

DL Chris Neild
I'm surprised people aren't talking more about West Virginia defensive lineman Chris Neild, mostly because he's proven he can perform at one of the most difficult positions to play at the NFL level – zero-technique nose tackle. With more and more teams using the 3-4 scheme these days and players like Vince Wilfork not growing on trees, Neild may eventually move up a round or two simply out of supply and demand.
— John Crist

RB Bilal Powell
Louisville running back Bilal Powell was not a name that many in the mainstream media were familiar with this year. When the nation's top running backs were mentioned, names like Lamichael James and Mark Ingram were quickly heard. Powell has proven that he belongs on any elite list of running backs. He has size, vision, power, cutback ability and hands. He's been very, very good this week.
— Scott Kennedy

DB Shareece Wright
USC standout Shareece Wright performed like the top defensive back on the day. The 5-11,182-pound cornerback was physical at the line of scrimmage, displayed good closing speed and broke up at least three passes during 1-on-1 and team drills on Wednesday. Wright, who showed that he is a big hitter and solid in run support in his senior season, has emerged as an intriguing prospect for teams looking for quality cornerbacks.
— Kevin Carden

RB Bilal Powell
Time to reshuffle the rankings. Bilal Powell has to be considered a riser for anyone who had him out of the top 10 running backs. Powell checked in a little over 5-foot-10 and weighing 204 pounds, and he looks the part on the field. He should have some power, but his vision and lateral agility stand out the most. With a quick sideways shuffle of the feet, he can make defensive linemen and gap-filling linebackers miss at the line of scrimmage.
— Tim Yotter

OL Brandon Fusco
I liked Brandon Fusco, the center from Slippery Rock. He did a better job of bending his knees and pushing people back off the ball.
— Michael Lombardo

DL Jarvis Jenkins
I'd nominate Clemson DL Jarvis Jenkins. He showed a wicked first step and did a better job of finishing plays on Wednesday than he did earlier in the week.
— Charlie Bernstein


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