The first day of 2013 Senior Bowl practice is over with, and Michigan's Denard Robinson may have been the most intriguing story on Monday. The former quarterback, who played as a running back at times this year for the Wolverines, will be lining up at wide receiver for the Senior Bowl.
Dane Bugler of CBS was on the scene at North practice, and he notes that Robinson was limited and wore a yellow no-contact jersey. In his notes, Bugler thought that a pair of defensive ends dominated the day:
A pair of pass rushers made noise all of Monday's practice on the North squad: Texas defensive end Alex Okafor and UCLA defensive end Datone Jones. Okafor was playing with a full tank and beat blockers with aggressive power and a fiery attitude ripping through the line of scrimmage. Jones was similar with his short-area burst, winning with strength and quickness at the point of attack. Considered second rounders entering the week, both Okafor and Jones made strong cases as to why they should be considered top-32 selections.
Tommy Hicks out of Al.com didn't have much of a scouting report, but he was able to pass on some quotes from the coaching staff. As Hicks points out, the Oakland Raiders led the North squad on Monday. Raiders offensive coach Al Saunders spoke with the media after, and Hicks reported that he was impressed with several players on the offensive side of the ball:
"Markus (Wheaton) of Oregon State did a real nice job and a couple of the running backs showed some good bursts of acceleration,'' he said. "The quarterbacks (Zac Dysert of Miami of Ohio, Mike Glennon of N.C. State, Ryan Nassib of Syracuse) actually did fairly well with connecting with receivers they don't know well, so we're excited about the whole group.''
Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting also thought that Wheaton stood out, but wasn't quite as impressed as Saunders. Galko believed that Wheaton showed his weaknesses just as much as his strengths:
Markus Wheaton of Oregon State flashed a bit what he can do, but also proved to still be a bit of a work in progress. He extended away from his body well today on a variety of throws, and his vertical stretching ability is evident. However, he struggled with efficient steps in his routes and physicality downfield, enough to limit throwing windows and adequate timing routes for his quarterbacks.
The squads will practice at the same site on Tuesday and Wednesday, which means there will likely be even more practice reports to find around the web. To follow how some of these guys move up and down the board with their performances, be sure to check out Mocking the Draft.