Senior Bowl Risers - Day 1

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

With Day 1 of Senior Bowl practices in the books, Chris Tripodi and Tony Pauline break down the players that impressed them most from Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Jarrett Stidham/QB/Auburn: Freed from his poor fit in the Tigers offense, Stidham looked the part of a legitimate NFL quarterback Tuesday. Despite windy and colder-than-normal conditions, his passes had plenty of velocity and maintained that zip both down the field and to the sideline. He made good decisions and fit several nice throws in between zone coverages. After a disappointing senior season, Stidham can really boost his draft stock if he continues to show well in Mobile.

Deebo Samuel/WR/South Carolina: Samuel was always open at South practice, and all four quarterbacks seemed extremely comfortable and confident throwing to him. At 216 pounds with the ability to stick his foot in the ground and cut on a dime, he's nearly impossible to stop on slants and other in-breaking routes and consistently created separation against opposing corners before picking up yardage after the catch. His 10 1/8-inch hands are very sticky and allow him to make catches at full extension even when he can't get his fingers around the ball. The difference between Samuel and every other receiver at the Senior Bowl is already obvious.

Tytus Howard/OT/Alabama State: Howard was as good as advertised during the first practice. Lining up exclusively at right tackle, he looked explosive and athletic and blocked with great fundamentals. For the most part, he got the better of the top-rated talent he faced off against including Montez Sweat, Oshane Ximines and Carl Granderson. Howard looks as though he will easily handle right-tackle duties, so we’ll see if he’ll make the switch to the left side in the next day or so.

Elgton Jenkins/OL/Mississippi State: Jenkins lined up at both guard as well as center and dominated at both positions. He was quick, explosive and powerful. He beat SEC opponent Dontavius Russell on consecutive snaps, at one point throwing the 300-pound defender to the ground. Jenkins entered the week ranked as the top center in the nation, and he strengthened his hold at the position.

Renell Wren/DT/Arizona State: If there was a single word to describe Wren’s performance, it would be "Wow!!" He dominated just about everyone he faced and beat opponents in every way possible. Wren blew past opponents with quickness, ran over them with sheer power and displayed an array of techniques to get around opponents. He was the most dominant defensive lineman during the first day of practice.

Corey Ballentine/CB/Washburn: After getting beat for a deep touchdown by Terry McLaurin early in practice, Ballentine played lights-out football. He wasn't afraid of the jump in competition, played physical football with opponents early in routes and moved fluidly about the field. The 5-foot-11, 188-pound defensive back nearly had an interception in tight coverage and did a nice job mirroring receivers downfield and getting his head around to defend passes. Ballentine was the best cornerback on the field for the North squad in Tuesday's late practice, and it wasn't particularly close.