Day one of the 2016 Senior Bowl week concluded after the playres went through the weigh-in process early Tuesday morning before taking to the practice field with their teammates for their first on field worl of the week.
Among the first day notables were Noah Spence, who is projected as a first round selection and dominated the day by showing great physical traits and the mean streak that he reportedly has against the offensive lineman who lined up opposite him.
Baylor receiver Jay Lee showed his speed and ability to separate from defenders, but is still a work in progress as per the scouting reports on him coming out of Waco.
Kansa State tackle Cody WHitehair -he projects at guard in the NFL- showed his power and according to one scout I spoke with, impressed many on day one. If he continues to perform at this level, he could find himself on the radar for a guard needy team like the Tennessee Titans
Louisville's Sheldon Rankins -who is in our five to watch list- drew raves from two scouts I spoke with, and one compared him favorably to the Rams Aaron Donald. Rankins impressed with his quickness off the snap and his speed and strength for someone his size. A continued good week could vault his stock considerably heading toward his pro-day and the combine.
Georgia receiver- and another of our five to watch- Malcolm Mitchell was impressive on day one demonstrated impressive ball skills on several contested catches, including a one-handed grab that caugh scouts attention. Mitchell also got deep separation on a multiple occasions.
As for those who struggled on day one, our five to watch running back Kenyan Drake struggled against his former teammate at Alabama when Reggie Ragland disgarded him easily in a pass protection drill. His former head coach Nick Saban and quarterback A.J. McCarron were on had to watch as Ragland looked good working as an outside linebacker on day one.
On a positive note for the Titans, North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz had a good, not great day one for the north squad. Wentz won the weigh in with is 6'5 1/4 and 233 pounds measurements. A few of his passes were off early as he threw the ball at one receiver's feet, threw it over anothers head on the next play, and finished the series with an overthrow on an outside pass. According to a scout, Wentz's passes had a lot of zip and they were impressed with his timing with a new group of receivers. Accuracy is the question after day one, and scouts will be watching to see if he can improve that over the remainder of the week.
His performance could impact the Titans as if he can move himself up the draft boards, including the Cowboys- who are coaching the north squad this week- it could mean that the interest in someone wanting to trade up for the number one pick with the Titans will increase.