Observations from the 2016 Senior Bowl, Day Two

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Jan 27, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad players, including dc Eric Murray of Minnesota (middle) stretch during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 27, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad players, including dc Eric Murray of Minnesota (middle) stretch during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sheldon Rankins
Oct 24, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Jeff Smith (5) scrambles away from Louisville Cardinals defensive end Sheldon Rankins (98) during the second half at Papa John /

I was able to spend more time keeping up with the South Team defenders in the afternoon.  The first prospect who stood out to me was Kentucky linebacker Jack Forrest.

Forrest had a great onfield presence, towering above his teammates; he measured in at a legit 6-feet and 3-inches, 245-pounds with an 81-inch wingspan.  Forrest had a natural backpedal and was active in coverage, taking it upon himself to facilitate communication between the coaches on the sideline, the defensive line, and secondary.

Between that and his impressive dreadlocks, Forrest brought to mind nobody so much as a healthy Dannell Ellerbe.  One knock on him is his age; he’ll be a 24-year-old rookie.

Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins has drawn some comparisons to Aaron Donald thanks to his stellar play, and much of that is warranted. He’s arguably the best player on the entire South Team roster, and to be honest my attention shifted from him after he convincingly beat every lineman sent to block him in one-on-ones.

He’s an excellent prospect who understands how to use his athleticism along with advanced hand usage.  If he lights up the NFL Scouting Combine, just how high can his stock rise?

Next: South Team defensive backs

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