While one practice won't change a player's evaluation, every action a prospect makes during Senior Bowl week will be under a microscope. The first practice of the week can be tough for most positions due to new surroundings and teammates, but several players stood out, both good and bad, on Monday.
OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
After a great weight-in Monday morning (6-7, 305, 34” arms), Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher finished strong with an excellent Monday practice, performing excellent in pass protection drills. He showed off his nimble feet and natural body coordination to square his frame and control the rusher in front of him. Fisher's lack of elite upper and lower body strength showed at times, but overall it was a great start to the week as he competes with Oklahoma's Lane Johnson to be the first senior offensive tackle drafted.
DE Datone Jones, UCLA
After impressing scouts with his striking physique during weigh-ins, UCLA's Datone Jones carried that momentum over to the practice field. He showed excellent short-area burst off the edge, winning with strength and quickness at the point of attack. Jones lined up all over the defensive line in college and it's tough to classify him at one position, but his scheme versatility will make him an attractive prospect for hybrid defenses like in New England. Considered a second rounder entering the week, he made a strong case on Monday as to why he should be considered a top-32 selection.
SS Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
In a talented safety group, Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien stood out on Monday with his aggressive playing style and active demeanor. He practiced at full speed and left it all out on the field, not shying away from getting physical. Whether it was a contact drill or not, Cyprien is going to meet the ballcarrier with a pop, refusing to let up. With Kenny Vaccaro (Texas) and D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina) deciding to skip Mobile, Cyprien has a chance to emerge as the top safety at this year's Senior Bowl.
QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas and QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Although Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and a few others continue to debunk the height issue, the fact is that NFL scouts want their quarterbacks to have a tall, large frame, preferring 6-2+ signal callers. And both Tyler Wilson (6-2 1/8”) and Ryan Nassib (6-2) passed (barely) during weigh-ins Monday morning. How they perform on the practice field will ultimately be more important for their final evaluations, but it was a good start for both quarterbacks to measure above the 6-2 mark.
OLB John Simon, Ohio State
It was a rough day for Ohio State linebacker John Simon who looked like a fish out of water attempting to cover running backs or tight ends one-on-one in man coverage. He often found himself turned around, lacking the natural hip movement or footwork to quickly adjust and blanket his man. As a college defensive lineman, it's unfair to judge him based on the first practice, but it's obvious Simon will need a lot of coaching if he wants to stay at linebacker.
WR Denard Robinson, Michigan
During the North's practice, there are three different color jerseys: white (offense), blue (defense) and then also yellow (quarterbacks). But Michigan's Denard Robinson, who played quarterback in Ann Arbor but is listed at wide receiver on the Senior Bowl roster, also had a yellow jersey despite not taking any snaps from center. He participated in several wide receiver and special teams exercises, but wasn't involved in many contact drills, which is probably due to his arm/hand injury that he suffered last fall. Robinson looked natural with the ball in his hands, but he didn't display ideal ballskills, giving scouts the idea that it will take some time as he adjusts to a different position on offense.