Mobile Minutes: O-Line Impressive Early

G Gabe Carimi (Mark Cunningham/Getty)

While certainly not the sexiest of position groups, the O-line was very good on Day 1 of Senior Bowl workouts and made it tough on the D-linemen. JC has a few other nuggets and tidbits from Mobile.

Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi has been nothing short of dominant to this point during Senior Bowl workouts and leads a great group of offensive linemen. (Joe Robbins/Getty)

Perhaps the strongest position group in attendance for the Senior Bowl is offensive line, where Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi looked like a man among boys in one-on-one pass-rushing drills and kept pretty much every defensive lineman at bay with relative ease. Carimi is joined by guards Rodney Hudson of Florida State and Danny Watkins of Baylor, with Watkins drawing considerable interest from a Lions scout. ...

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The most productive pass rusher on Day 1 sure looked to be Arizona defensive end Brooks Reed, even if he is surely a bit undersized to play that position by NFL standards. Not only was his burst off the ball evident, but he has an array of swim and rip moves to keep enemy offensive linemen guessing. ...

Boise State receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young were the least consistent players, regardless of position, making acrobatic catches down the field but dropping shorter throws underneath. Meanwhile, Nebraska wideout Niles Paul, who came in with questions about his hands, did not let a ball hit the turf. ...

Southern Arkansas defensive tackle Cedric Thornton wasn't making any friends during practice for the South team, getting mouthy during one-on-one drills and complaining loudly every time an offensive lineman got the best of him. If Thornton doesn't believe team scouts are taking notes on attitude and only care about blocking and tackling, he's in for a rude awakening come interview time. ...

In retrospect, Washington quarterback Jake Locker shouldn't even be in Mobile since he had the makings of a top-five pick in last April's NFL Draft, instead opting to return to Seattle for what ended up being a trying senior season. While he is currently fighting to stay in the top half of Round 1, which means he cost himself millions of dollars by not coming out as a junior, he managed to throw the ball better on Day 1 than either of the other two North QBs, Nevada's Colin Kaepernick and Iowa's Ricky Stanzi. ...

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While absolutely nobody questions what West Virginia running back Noel Devine can do with the pigskin in his hands, as he is one of the more elusive open-field runners to come along in quite some time, he's going to have to answer concerns about his ability to take the punishment that comes along with life in the NFL. Not only did the former Mountaineer just measure 5-7 and 160 pounds at the morning weigh-in, but he was shocked by what he saw on the scale and claimed he hadn't been that light since he put together one of the most jaw-dropping prep highlight reels ever seen at North Fort Myers (FL) High School. ...

Two local favorites received the loudest applause from the scattered fans in attendance at Ladd Peebles Stadium. Alabama tight end Preston Dial reeled in a play-action pass from Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder down the seam for a big gainer, but the ovation Dial got still paled in comparison to the one his former coach, Nick Saban, was given by the Crimson Tide-friendly faithful.

John Crist is an NFL Analyst for, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Recommended Stories

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