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Notes from the Senior Bowl, Day 1

Posted Jan 22, 2013 by Roy Cummings

Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM


  BY ROY CUMMINGS
Tribune Staff

FAIRHOPE, Al. – Monday’s North and South team practices were held almost simultaneously at two different sites about 20 miles apart, forcing scouts, coaches and GMs to choose one over the other.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik and scouting director Dennis Hickey chose to watch the North team practice and both spent the majority of their time locked in on the cornerbacks.

I’ve heard a lot of people say the South has the better corner crew, what with two of ESPN’s top five senior CBs, Jordan Poyer (Oregon State) and Desmond Trufant (Washington) on that roster.

But the North has some impressive talent as well, including Leon McFadden (San Diego State) and Bacarri Rambo (Georgia), both of whom flashed repeatedly in their matchup drills.

An interesting moment occurred about half an hour into the workout when a big white SUV drove right into the field area and onto the track around the field, stopping at midfield.

Of course, it was the annual appearance of Alabama coach Nick Saban, who actually stuck around for the entire workout this time and was kind enough to pose for several pictures with some of the fans who made their way onto the field.

Saban’s arrival created quite a buzz at the Fairhope Municipal Stadium, one that continued (literally) right up until he left, led by a one-car police escort that completely fouled up the traffic exiting the stadium grounds.

The arrival of Oregon, er Eagles coach Chip Kelly didn’t create that much buzz at all. Kelly slipped in rather quietly and didn’t garner a whole lot of attention, even from his own media.

One coach who was not in attendance was Bucs coach Greg Schiano. Schiano was in Tampa for at least the better part of the day interviewing candidates for the Bucs open secondary coach’s job.

I spent a good part of my day watching the DBs along with Dominik and Hickey and also spent some time watching the defensive lineman as I worked on a story about USF’s Cory Grissom.

Grissom is looking like a late-round selection at this point in the proceedings but he’s got some natural skills that scouts like and he has a nice, inspiring story to tell about his reasons for wanting to make it in the NFL. Check it out on TBO.

Dominik is expected to address the media today about all things Bucs so we will hopefully have that for you later today or early tonight along with another update from the North and South practices.

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