Early observations from prospects at the 2016 Senior Bowl

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Jan 26, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad running back Tyler Ervin of San Jose State (7) carries the ball during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 26, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad running back Tyler Ervin of San Jose State (7) carries the ball during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints had a great presence at the Senior Bowl’s opening practices, with scouts and positional coaches in attendance with South Team practice in Fairhope, Alabama and the team braintrust situated at North Team practice in Mobile.

There really isn’t an experience like attending the Senior Bowl practices.  Familiar faces from all across the industry congregate for a week of high-energy practices to scout some of the nation’s top draft prospects.  If you haven’t made the trip to south Alabama yet, I heavily endorse it.

I was able to see most of the South Team practice led by the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff before moving to the North Team practice at a separate site.  Both practices will be held in the same place the rest of the week.

The first player that stood out to me at South Team practice was Maryland defensive back Sean Davis.  Davis was a career cornerback and played well, executing his assignments without much error and making plays when the ball was around him; he led college football in forced fumbles last year.  He was constantly around the ball, as seen by his great solo tackle share (12.3-percent, which would have led all cornerback prospects I’ve tracked).

But this week Davis is auditioning as a safety and punt returner, which is interesting.  He has good size and great density (he measured and weighed in at 6-foot-1 and 201-pounds) which should help his longevity at the next level.  He moved well in the drills I saw, and looked like a natural pass-catcher fielding punts.  I imagine some team will miss out on Florida State junior Jalen Ramsey, but get Davis as a consolatory prize later in the draft, and be pretty happy with what he brings to their team.

Next: An intriguing fullback specimen

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