MOBILE, Al. –** The first day of the 2015 Senior Bowl got underway today as more than 105 NFL prospects were measured and weighed for scouts in the morning followed by a split practice later in the afternoon. The defensive linemen stole the show and a number of receivers also impressed the coaches and general managers on hand. Here's a look at eight players who improved their draft stock today and another two who were slightly disappointing.
Ameer Abdullah/RB/Nebraska – In a nutshell …wow! Abdullah, 5-8, 198, is fast on film and even faster in person. He has a great burst which he turns on in a single step and is able to run away from defenders once in open field. His pass-catching skills out of the backfield were top notch and he looked seamless when lined up as a receiver.
Tyler Varga/RB/Yale – Varga, 5-10, 227, was the star of weigh-ins and looked liked he was entering a Mr. Universe contest when he stepped on the stage this morning. He carried that momentum into practice as Varga was effective as a ball-carrier and in catching passes. Most impressive was the muscle-bound Ivy Leaguer's lack of stiffness as he easily moved around the field.
Antwan Goodley/WR/Baylor – The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Goodley was one of the better underneath receivers on the field today. He showed a quick first step off the snap and made a number of difficult catches when defenders were draped on his back.
Tyler Lockett/WR/Kansas State – Speed was not an issue for Lockett as he lived up to expectations and outraced opponents all day. What stood out was the way Lockett went over the middle and snatched the ball from the air in the middle of traffic. His pass-catching fundamentals, which had been a problem in the past, were top notch today as he played bigger than his just-under-5-foot-10 frame.
Henry Anderson/DL/Stanford – Anderson, 6-6, 287, was not flashy today, but was rather steady and very consistent. He beat the highly rated TJ Clemmings on a number of occasions, showing both power and technique.
Carl Davis/DL/Iowa – If there was a big winner today, it was Davis. At 6-5, 321, Davis was dominant in a variety of ways, running over blockers, flying past them with his explosive first step and constantly setting up camp behind the line of scrimmage.
Owamagbe Odighizuwa/DL/UCLA – If Davis was the big winner, Odighizuwa, 6-3, 266, was not far behind. He did not display the same power as Davis, though he did drive LSU's La'el Collins off the line and into the pocket on one occasion. Instead, Odighizuwa was more athletic and effective running down plays from the backside.
Grady Jarrett/DL/Clemson – And Jarrett makes four on the defensive line. Undersized at 288-pounds, at just under 6-1, he was impossible to stop as he constantly beat opponents off the snap of the ball. His combination of change-of-direction and lateral speed were impressive.
Jamil Douglas/G/Arizona State – The struggles for Jamil Douglas, initially highlighted in our Senior Bowl preview, continued today. At 6-4, 307, he looked stiff, slow and was constantly beaten from his guard position.
Ty Montgomery/WR/Stanford – Montgomery continues to prove he's an enigma. While he looks the part, he dropped passes all practice long. He struggled to make the difficult reception downfield and also had a number of easy tosses in underneath coverage slip through his hands. In addition, he measured in at just 5-11, 210, despite his collegiate listing of 6-2.