Perhaps the most impressive position group from Monday's North team practice were the wide receivers. The player which stood out most was California wideout Marvin Jones. Jones is physically impressive, as he and his 6-foot-3 inch, 200 pound frame boxed out defenders and caught the ball well with his hands. Jones showed an ability to go in and out of breaks and appeared to be the most polished of all the wideouts. Jones was a late addition due to Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright backing out.
Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey struggled with some early drops but showed an ability to get in and out of breaks.....Appalachian State receiver Brian Quick looks physically imposing at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, but showed his lack of experience as he fights with catching the football and is more of a body catcher than natural hands catcher.....Arizona State receiver Gerell Robinson showed off a great hand as he plucked a poor throw that was behind him right out of the air to catch the attention of several scouts.
Wide receiver needy teams such as the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks had to be pleasantly surprised with what they saw on the first day.
The quarterbacks were easy to evaluate on the first day as the winning-est quarterback in NCAA Division I history, Boise State's Kellen Moore showed what many feared, a weak throwing arm. Moore was unable to throw the ball outside the numbers with any kind of velocity and his deep passes hung in the air far too long....Michigan State's Kirk Cousins was clearly the finest pro prospect of the three, as the 6-foot-3 inch, 205 pound signal caller threw with nice velocity and showed an ability to make all the throws.....Finally, N.C. State turned Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson displayed nice footwork but didn't show the consistent ability to throw the ball with enough velocity outside the numbers. Wilson struggled with down the field accuracy as well.
As for the running backs, it's difficult to tell too much in a non-contact practice, but Boise State's Doug Martin ran with burst and looks the part of a 1,000 yard back as he has a chiseled 5-foot-9 inch, 215 pound frame.
The North squad has just two tight ends, and Missouri's Michael Egnew stood out as he showed nice hands and great athleticism at 6-foot-5, 253 pounds. It's easy to see why former top-ten pick Blaine Gabbert looked his way so often and perhaps Egnew assisted Gabbert's draft stock.
On the defensive side of the ball, Marshall DE Vinnie Curry showed good explosion off the ball and although there were questions about his weight, Curry tipped the scales at a svelte 263 pounds.....Boise State defensive linemen Billy Winn could be heading toward a great week which could propel him in the draft. At 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, Winn is similarly sized to Jacksonville's Tyson Alualu, a player who dramatically improved his stock at the Senior Bowl two years ago.
It was difficult to evaluate linebackers on a non-contact day, but Nevada's James-Michael Johnson looked good in uniform as big things are expected from he and N.C. State's Audie Cole.
On the back end, Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has size similar to 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara, and Dennard showed great ball skills in one-on-one drills. Iowa State defensive back Leonard Johnson stands just 5-foot-10, 180 pounds but has free flowing hips and great anticipatory skills.