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Reese’s Senior Bowl Day 1 Offensive Standouts

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The Reese’s Senior Bowl is a great venue for lesser-known senior players to show what they can do against top talent.  It’s also a great place for coaches and scouts to get to know players from a mental and emotional aspect (the intangibles) first hand.  Today on day 2,  I’m going to focus on the offensive and defensive lines, but here are some quick notes on the other positions from day 1.

Quarterback

Not that this is surprising, but there is no top talent here.  A few players look like career backups, but for the most part I’d be surprised if these guys are drafted higher than day 3 of the NFL draft.  Tiffin‘s Antonio Pipkin had the two best throws of the day; on one, he led Alabama tight end OJ Howard up the seam beautifully for a score.  Cal quarterback Davis Webb had a throw on an outbreaking route to the far sideline that got Browns head coach Hue Jackson fired up and excited.

Running Back

This is another position group that didn’t really stand out.  NC State running back Matt Dayes is impressive physically. He’s built low to the ground and has huge thighs. Unfortunately it didn’t really translate to the field.  The player I came away most impressed with was Toledo’s Kareem Hunt. Hunt doesn’t look like the 208 pounds he weighed in at, but he’s a natural pass-catcher and made several nice plays.


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Wide Receiver

Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh looks like he was sculpted by Michelangelo.  He was outstanding in drills. Darboh is smooth in and out of his breaks  and caught the ball well. No cornerback on the North roster could effectively press him. Zay Jones from Eastern Carolina stood out yesterday as well. He’s deceptively explosive and can catch the ball very well.  My draft crush for 2 years now, North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer made a ton of great catches on badly thrown balls. He’s built low to the ground but is bigger that he looked on tape and stood out catching the ball.

Tight End

This might secretly be the best group at the Senior Bowl.  In a deep tight end class, more and more guys keep stepping up and making a name for themselves.  While Howard is clearly the most physically gifted of all the tight ends here, I thought Toledo tight end Mike Roberts made a similar amount of plays.  Roberts was exceptional in both individual drills and team drills and is going to make himself some money if he keeps playing like that.