NFL Draft: Recapping Day One of Senior Bowl Week

Connor Rogers recaps day one of the Senior Bowl, live from Alabama

2016 Senior Bowl week is underway in Mobile, Alabama and our lead draft analyst Connor Rogers is on site to cover the event. Let’s break down what his takeaways are from the first day of practices…

Carson Wentz Is For Real

I’ve talked up Wentz quite a bit over the last two months and seeing him in person only confirmed my high grade for him.

The North Dakota State Bison is tall, possesses a good frame, moves well, and the ball flies out of his hand. What impressed me most with Wentz is his understanding of timing on routes with receivers he has never worked with before.

The Senior Bowl’s top signal caller is the whole package – size, ability, and intelligent. He’ll go top 10, possibly even top 5 in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Stock Surge: Braxton Miller

The entire country was well aware Miller is a superb athlete, but it takes so much more to transition to a competent wide receiver. Less than a full year into his transition, Miller looked like a natural in 1v1 drills on the first day of Senior Bowl practice.

His route running, quick feet, and play speed are more than adequate to develop into a legitimate outside threat. The Dallas Cowboys staff even had him returning punts in practice – an added skill that will only enhance his draft stock.

The former Buckeye quarterback has more ‘Randall Cobb’ potential than people realize and could very well find his way into the round two conversation shortly.

D-line Studs

Sheldon Day could get overlooked due to his 6’0 (3/4) / 286 pound measurement, but that would be a huge mistake by the NFL.

Day’s burst off the line of scrimmage and overall threat as an interior pass-rusher is a highly demanded skill. He’s a hard worker with an incredible attitude and will easily be one of the hidden gems taken out of this stacked defensive line class.

Speaking of underrated defensive line studs, 340 pound D.J. Reader is a force. His size and raw power will certainly help vault his draft stock throughout the week and could be a very nice mid round option if the Jets lose Damon Harrison in free agency.

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