MOBILE, Ala. — The first day of practice at the 2023 Senior Bowl is in the books. Here are three players I thought improved their stock on Day 1, and three whose stock took a hit:
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Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
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Jones won the day at the weigh-in. He is a massive man at 6-foot-8 and 375 pounds, and he set the Senior Bowl record for wingspan length, coming up a half-inch short of 90 inches. When I saw him with his shirt up at practice, he looked like he had some abs, incredible for an offensive tackle his size. And he moved well, too. In the one-on-ones, he really stood out to me. He was so big, the pass rushers had a difficult time getting around him. He proved he’s not just a pass-pro guy, too; I thought he showed well in the run game.
Tre Tucker, WR, Cincinnati
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Tucker is a little slot receiver. He’s undersized but has excellent speed and quickness. He might be the fastest receiver here; Cincinnati coaches clocked him under 4.3 last spring. In one-on-one drills during the National Team practice, he stood out as a receiver who could separate from the defensive backs in man coverage. He also looked natural catching punts on special teams. I’m really looking forward to seeing how he progresses throughout the week.
Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina
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Pickens played both nose and three technique during the American Team practice. He’s a little bit of an under-the-radar prospect, but he showed very good first-step quickness in one-on-one drills. He is able to work the edges of the offensive linemen and showed some power through his lower body to collapse the pocket. His twitch and quickness give him really good potential as an inside pass rusher.
Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State
Haener was getting some buzz coming into the week as a possible Day 2 pick. He looked athletic at the National Team practice and showed some accuracy with underneath routes. But he really struggled with the deep ball on Tuesday, which confirmed what I saw on his Fresno State tape.
Jaren Hall, QB, BYU
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A dual-threat quarterback, Hall just did not look comfortable at all throwing the ball or setting his feet during the National Team practice. He was inconsistent in all the drills and didn’t look like he was in rhythm with anyone on the offensive side of the ball. It’s only one day, and these are all new teammates for him, so it will be interesting to see if that comfort level improves over the next two days of practice.
Chase Brown, RB, Illinois
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I liked Brown’s tape at Illinois coming into this week, but he struggled at the opening practice for the National Team. He had a fumble and also dropped a pass on a swing route. He struggled, as most of the running backs did, in one-on-one pass protections. I’ll be looking for him to bounce back Wednesday as he settles in because he is a good player.
Rick Spielman is a former general manager of the Dolphins and Vikings, and winner of the NFL Executive of the Year award by Pro Football Weekly in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @spielman_rick