Senior Bowl Storylines. Day 1 Under the Spotlight

Senior Bowl Storylines. Day 1 Under the Spotlight
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The Senior Bowl kicked off with a bang yesterday with weigh-ins and practice sessions for both teams.

Here at NinetynineYards.com we will be keeping you up to date all week long, but for the latest head over to our twitter account

Some guys are taking momentum into day 2 tomorrow, others have some work to do. In the most important Senior Bowl in memory, the players are looking to make a good impression. Some will be looking to go in the first round, others are just looking to just get drafted. There is a lot on the line down in Mobile.

Here is your Day 1 round-up.

THE WEIGH-INS

Devonta Smith

All eyes were on the Senior Bowl twitter account for the official measurements yesterday afternoon. And we were particularly looking for a certain heisman trophy winner by the name of Devonta Smith.

And So it went, filing through in alphabetical order until we got to S. Elerson Smith, James Smith. Wait.. No Devonta Smith!?

It transpired that Smith had declined to be weighed or measured at the Senior Bowl and would wait until his pro day to get his measurements in. 

Devonta Smith’s size was already a major concern. He goes against the grain that the NFL likes when drafting wideouts. Listed at 6’1” and 175 Lbs by Alabama, there is real concern that Smith could be 170 Lbs or less if he had been weighed at the Senior Bowl.

Smith will likely be hoping to pile on the pounds between now and his pro day to suppress some of the noise around this size issue. 

In his post practice press conference Brian Flores said “If you’re a good player. I mean, you can nitpick all you want about a guy’s size. Good players are good players“. Smith’s size may be a concern but talent is always recognised.

Spencer Brown 

If we didn’t know Spencer Brown was a beast before hand we do now. Measuring in at 6’8” and 314 Lbs. We knew coming into the week that Brown was big, the Senior Bowl has confirmed it. Brown was a talking point of the weigh-ins, But could he carry that momentum into the first practice session?

Unfortunately not. Brown had a session to forget, being put on the floor multiple times. Day 1 is always rough for offensive lineman; who traditionally get better throughout the week. Brown is also wearing pads for the first time since November of 2019 so maybe we shouldn’t read to much into it.

SENIOR BOWL PRACTICE SESSIONS

Levi Onwuzurike

Levi Onwuzurike entered the Senior Bowl full of confidence. With his name up in lights as one to watch out for this week, he has certainly shown his value. Dominating early in the day, he was one of the talking points from day 1. 

Onwuzurike’s draft stock has risen exponentially over the last couple of weeks and he will be a player we will certainly hear more about as the week moves on. 

Creed Humphrey

The only guy who got close to Onwuzurike all day was Creed Humphrey. We featured him before the week started and he is living up to his billing.

Humphrey plays with great poise and confidence. He has a level-headedness about him that makes him a real leader in the trenches. 

Nothing that Humphrey does is unexpected, He is a top talent and is showing his worth down in mobile.

Wide receivers

Tylan Wallace and Sage Surratt looked good in practice, but some lesser known receivers made a good impression on day one.

Josh Palmer really helped himself with his separation and D’Wayne Eskridge was as explosive as ever. Shi Smith possibly made the catch of the day and Austin Watkins JR was a stand out during drills.

PRESS CONFERENCES

Brian Flores was up first for his press conference and really put across the type of player he is looking for. He emphasized both toughness and commitment as key evaluation factors.

Flores said that coaching in the Senior Bowl was a geat opportunity “To see the players live, up close, to meet with them and talk to them” he also said that he was looking to “get to know them as people as well as players

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule was up next and told the Media how getting face to face time with players is a huge opportunity. He really highlighted the importance of making the right impression and the only way to evaluate that is by meeting with the players.

He told the Media that;

“There was a player last year that was meant to be drafted pretty highly, I got in an elevator with him at the combine … and by the end of that elevator ride I was like there is no way that guy will fit in with us”

Matt Rhule speaking at the Senior Bowl

Keep up to date with the action at the Senior Bowl on NinetynineYards.com. But, for the latest make sure you head to @NinetynineYards over on twitter.

FEATURE IMAGE COURTESY OF SENIOR BOWL MEDIA

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