Day one at the 2011 Senior Bowl is in the books, barely. Still, there's more than enough to feed the hype machine. Several receivers made some waves today, and might be possible consolation prizes should the St. Louis Rams not have a chance, or forego the chance, to draft Julio Jones.
One player who continued did well for himself today should be vaguely familiar, South Alabama WR Courtney Smith...who kind of became the unofficial TST prospect du jour. Anyway, someone must have told him it was the NCAA Tournament because he's a small school upset! (Come on, where else do you get comedy like that?) Smith showed real hands, an ability to get himself open and YAC ability, according to one observer on the scene.
Another wide receiver had a solid day at practice; Miami WR Leonard Hankerson earned some praise from Kevin Weidlwith Scouts, Inc. who said that he caught everything thrown his way, showed speed and good "body control." And I don't know if it's a curse or praise, but Todd McShay also commented on Hankerson.
McShay also mentioned Vincent Brown from San Diego State, as did Rob Rang. Here's a scouting report on Brown, but don't let the part about West Coast receiver scare you away. Keep an eye him throughout the week and into the Combine.
Titus Young may not fit the bill for what the Rams are looking for, but with Donnie Avery in the last year of his contract, they might have to consider a player drawing DeSean Jackson comparisons...actually the guys at Walter Football called him a "hybrid between DeSean Jackson and Mike Wallace."