Senior Bowl features first-round NFL talent

Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton is among top NFL prospects at the Senior Bowl.
Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton is among top NFL prospects at the Senior Bowl.
Published Jan. 22, 2015

MOBILE, Ala. — Which Senior Bowl player will be drafted first? There could be three first-round picks on the North squad, which has Washington DT Danny Shelton (6-1, 343), Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings (6-5, 305) and Ohio State WR Devin Smith (6-1, 200), fresh off a national championship.

The South team has a potential top-10 pick in LSU OT La'el Collins, with enough talent on both sides that the NFL coaches working with them are torn between showcasing players they especially like and exposing their talents to the rest of the league.

"This game is about finding out about these guys, letting them show what they can do," said Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, who is coaching the North squad. "Helping them out, helping them make a positive impression on the 31 other teams is important."

MOVING UP: Two former Bucs assistants have new jobs this week, with former QBs coach and offensive coordinator Greg Olson becoming the Jaguars' offensive coordinator and former LBs coach Joe Barry becoming the Redskins' defensive coordinator.

"I've known Oley for some time and really watched his progress with what he's done with quarterbacks," said Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, who worked with Olson as a Bucs assistant in 2008. "He's a really good developmental coach … (Oakland) took a quarterback (Derek Carr) too and his evaluation (of Jaguars QB Blake Bortles), he was very high on him."

THIS AND THAT: Former USF OT Quinterrius Eatmon, who is from the Mobile area, watched Wednesday's practice. He played in last week's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in California, where he was coached by Hall of Famer Jackie Slater. … The Titans staff that is coaching the North squad includes two 2013 Bucs assistants in OL coach Bob Bostad and QBs coach John McNulty. Assistant WRs coach Kevin Patullo played at USF. … Miami TE Clive Walford continues to help his stock, with a long touchdown turning heads at Wednesday's practice.