Senior Bowl Buzz: Wednesday Morning

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The first full day of activities at the Senior Bowl is in the books, and it was a full day. Now that it’s complete, here’s what we are hearing from the halls of the players’ hotel.

Much of the conversation centered on a player not in attendance at the Senior Bowl: North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

There is a split opinion on the junior signal-caller; there are teams who like Trubisky and teams who like him but are concerned about his lack of starting experience. There were similar concerns a year ago over Carson Wentz -- who started just a year and a half -- and though the circumstances are slightly different, those concerns turned out to be unfounded.

As most are aware, Trubisky came out of nowhere to start under center for the Tar Heels in 2016 and justifiably grades as the top signal-caller for April’s draft.

There has been a lot made in the New York press over the alleged love affair the Jets have with the signal-caller.

People I’ve spoke with here in Mobile tempered that enthusiasm a bit but say the Jets are definitely part of a pack of teams at the top of the draft considering Trubisky.

There’s a bit of risk for Mike Maccagnan if he takes Trubisky on the heels of selecting Christian Hackenberg in the second round of the 2016 draft.

If the Jets select Trubisky and he does not quickly produce, Maccagnan’s tenure with the team will likely come to an end.

Trubisky’s favorite target, wide receiver Ryan Switzer, is on hand at the Senior Bowl, but many feel he will be the second Tar Heel wideout to be selected in the draft.

The first UNC receiver to be drafted? Mack Hollins.

Hollins played in just seven games last season, collecting 16 receptions for 309 yards before being sidelined with a broken collarbone. He has a size and speed (he’s expected to run in the 4.4s at the combine) advantage over Switzer.

I’m also told Hollins is a better special teams player than his teammate.

While Switzer is a dynamic punt returner, the belief is Hollins will be a special teams ace on coverage units early in his rookie season.

The Senior Bowl is not just a scouting event to break down future NFL players, but it’s also the opening of free agency.

There are a number of agents in town who don’t have players in the game but are on hand to meet with teams and converse about prospective free agents.