Senior Bowl: Day One Surprises

The first day of Senior Bowl practice is always full of impressive performances by surprise players. Look inside to see which players caught the eye of the experts.

Michael Lombardo's Pick: Jeff Fuller – Wide Receiver – Texas A&M

Jeff Fuller stood out at the South Team practice on Day 1. Scouts on the sidelines were talking about his size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), but he drops his hips and gets in and out of routes like a much smaller receiver. He made a couple of spectacular catches during one-on-one drills, including an over-the-shoulder grab against tight coverage. He showed strong hands and a willingness to compete for the football. That -- combined with his ability as a blocker -- makes him one of the draft's more intriguing receiver prospects.

Charlie Bernstein's Pick: Marvin Jones - Wide Receiver – California

He was an "alternate" in this game and only got here because Kendall Wright backed out. He has a great body and athleticism, soft hands, and went in and out of breaks well.

Tim Yotter's Pick: Mike Brewster – Center – Ohio State

Typically, center isn't a highly touted position in the NFL draft, but if Brewster's nasty streak is any indication, he may be a consideration at guard as well. The 6-foot-5, 315 pound player has no problem taking a defensive lineman to the ground (legally) and giving him a little shove after that, but he also showed good leverage in early one-on-one work. He got off-balance once in drills but was generally in control despite his willingness to mix it up. His 49 consecutive starts, second-most in Buckeyes history, is a testament to his toughness.

Erin Hartigan's Pick: Janoris Jenkins - Defensive Back - North Alabama

There was not much buzz about cornerback Janoris Jenkins heading into the week. Some experts assumed it was because he comes from a smaller school in North Alabama. But truth is he originally hails from the University of Florida. And he can flat out play. The 5-foot-10, 191 pound player had the secondary on lock, giving receiver Jeff Fuller (6-foot-5, 220) trouble all day, proving he could cover space in all directions.

Scott Kennedy's Pick: Kendall Reyes – Defensive Tackle – Connecticut

The best defensive lineman for the North was UCONN's Kendall Reyes. He dominated the one-on-ones working from a defensive tackle spot.

Kevin Carden's Pick: Jeff Fuller – Wide Receiver – Texas A&M

The 6-foot-4 wide receiver was easily the most physically impressive player in the wide receiver group for the South squad. Fuller made a handful of nice catches and used his big frame to shield and elevate over smaller defensive backs during 7-on-7 drills.

Beth Long's Pick: Brian Quick – Wide Receiver - Appalachian State

Quick certainly lived up to his last name Monday after shaking off the jitters in the beginning of practice, and he did a nice job of establishing himself with the "big boys." Standing the tallest out of all the North Squad receivers, Quick made some nice plays on the ball and is someone that I am looking forward to watching throughout the rest of the week.

John Crist's Pick: Brandon Weeden – Quarterback - Oklahoma State

I don't know if "surprised" is the right word, but I was definitely impressed with how well Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden threw the ball on Day 1 for the South. We all know he put up sizzling numbers this past season for the Cowboys, completing 72.3 percent of his passes and compiling a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 37-to-13. But we hear the term "system quarterback" so often now because of these 21st century spread offenses and oftentimes question how authentic the numbers really are. Not to mention the fact that he had the opportunity to throw to Justin Blackmon, who appears to be one of the better wide receiver prospects to come along in the last decade. Nevertheless, Weeden showed plenty of arm strength from start to finish and, perhaps more importantly, was much more accurate than either Arizona's Nick Foles or San Diego State's Ryan Lindley.

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