Shane Alexander’s notes from Weigh-ins and Day 1 of practice:
- Davis Webb came in as the de facto top quarterback of the South and neither Antonio Pipkin nor Josh Dobbs did anything to challenge him. The Browns’ system is completely different from what both Texas Tech and Cal ran, and we saw Davis struggle at times adapt to pro-style concepts.
- Nate Peterman definitely was the most comfortable going through today’s reps. He wasn’t perfect but he’s clearly the top QB here.
- BYU’s Jamaal Williams surprised at weigh-ins coming in at 211 pounds and not the 220-225 he was listed at, but it’s not too detrimental to how I still view him. He ran through contact several times today and seeing him in person gave me the same feeling I had in-season: That he’s an underrated back in a loaded class.
- Toledo’s Kareem Hunt is undersized but he makes plays. Hard not to like him as a RB2 for a team in the mid-rounds.
- Alabama’s OJ Howard is not only the top player on the South, but he’s easily the best player at the Senior Bowl. He made the catch of the day – a one-hander he had no business making, looked great on routes, and made some contested catches. I don’t think top 15 hype is crazy at this point.
- Ole Miss’s Evan Engram won the weigh-in portion of today (topping out at 236 pounds) which is mostly what I needed from him because he’s such a tweener. Going forward, he’s no worse than a top 3 TE in this class.
- South Alabama local Gerald Everett surprised this morning when he measured in at only 8’¼” hand size. He made up for it today in practices showcasing his receiving ability and I’m still positive on him going forward.
- Troy’s Antonio Garcia, a player I talked up a good bit, flashed his potential but mostly struggled today in pass sets and even had a mental lapse with a false start. Was today a combo of nerves and learning a new system? Maybe, but I did want to see more.
- Jon Toth (Kentucky), Ethan Pocic (LSU), and Forrest Lamp (Western Kentucky) were studs on the OL today and scouts took notice. Not one I talked to mentioned Lamp second when discussing how they looked in one-on-one drills. I was really impressed with Toth and Pocic’s anchors, too. All three’s stock is up.
- Western Michigan’s Taylor Moton had the best day on the North side.
- Daeshon Hall won weigh-ins and then won the practice, highlighting the best flashes you saw from him at Texas A&M
- Dalvin Tomlinson’s hands are violent and his motor runs high. Can’t put a price on a solid anchor DT, which is what he is.
- Villanova’s Tanoh Kpassagnon is the mystery of the week. Measurements constructed in a lab but he’s raw. He’s the type of guy NFL personnel will find an excuse to fall in love with.
- UConn’s Obi Melifonwu’s weigh-in got scouts buzzing and he had a nice Day 1. I look at Sean Davis a year ago and think Obi could be that riser this year at the safety position.
Today was about getting settled in. Cleveland set the tone with a buttoned up practice and I thought Chicago improved on it in the second practice. My initial thought on this Senior Bowl class is that it’s mostly depth players with less high-end talent than last year, but players like OJ Howard, Evan Engram, Ryan Anderson, and Forrest Lamp stand out and raise the quality.