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Emory Hunt's takeaways from day one of Senior Bowl practice.

By Emory Hunt

Tuesday Senior Bowl insight from Emory Hunt of FootballGameplan.com

South Team Notes

Grambling State WR Chad Williams was the star wide receiver on Day 1. Williams did not drop a pass and picked up right where he left off after a stellar career with the Tigers.  What's impressive about Williams' practice today was his deep speed and body control, in addition to showcasing excellent hands.  Alabama Crimson Tide TE OJ Howard's athleticism and versatility was on display as well. The 6'6 250lb tight end won consistently in 1-on-1 drills and made two spectacular over-the-shoulder catches.  Josh Dobbs (Tennessee) was the lone standout from the quarterback position.  Dobbs was extremely sharp in team drills, showing good intermediate passing skills.  Another WR that impressed today was Ryan Switzer of North Carolina.  Don't let his size fool you, Switzer can win with quickness on the outside as well as in the slot.  Both FCS Defensive Linemen, Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova) and Keionta Davis (Chattanooga) drew tons of praise from coaches and media alike with their victories in 1-on-1 verses the offensive lineman. Auburn's Montravius Adams also had a solid day of practice in 1-on-1s.

North Team Notes

The North practice was more of a slower pace; lots of install and special teams.  Virginia Tech's FB Sam Rogers is one to keep an eye on because of his versatility.  He's a valuable receiver out of the backfield and displayed the soft hands that we saw from him as a Hokie.  One underrated player that showed flashes was Charlotte's DT Larry Ogunjobi.  The 6'3 297 Ogunjobi was extremely quick off the ball and shows excellent footwork for a man his size.  Tight End Michael Roberts is one of the 4 players that will pull double duty this week. Roberts was great all last week at the East West Shrine Game, which earned a call up to the Senior Bowl. He's going to be watched heavily this week to see if he's a guy that can play inline as a blocker in addition to being flexed as a receiver.  Syracuse WR Amba Etta-Tawo's speed will give defenders problems all week long. You can see him hit a second gear once he stacks a defensive back.