The QBs are the headliners so let’s start there. Josh Allen had exactly the day you might have guessed. He threw the ball better than anyone else in Mobile. He just didn’t always get the ball to the right spot.
There is no denying the fact that Allen is a gifted passer. He can drive the ball all over the field and make spectacular throws.
While there were some impressive throws, there were too many that were off target. WRs dropped a few throws, likely due to the velocity of the passes. There was one play where Michael Gallup ran an out. He turned to look for the ball and it was already right there. He got his hands up and made the catch, as much wanting to protect his face as anything. He had no clue that ball would be there that quickly. Gallup did have a good showing.
Timing can be an issue for everyone on the first day so we’ll see what Allen does the rest of the week. I don’t think he changed any minds today. If you came to Mobile loving his arm and ability to make spectacular throws, you saw enough. If you came with concerns about his accuracy and erratic throws, you saw too much.
Baker Mayfield had a good day. Not great, mind you, but good. He threw the ball well and had some good connections in 11-on-11’s.
One of the things that impressed me is that he gave guys a chance to make plays. You don’t want a QB to always check the ball down. You also don’t want someone forcing the ball into coverage.
Tanner Lee and Luke Falk were the other QBs. Falk didn’t catch my eye at all. Lee actually had some good throws, but struggled with his accuracy at times.
Daesean Hamilton had some really impressive catches and showed the ability to get open. He could be a really good slot receiver in the NFL, similar in size and athleticism to Nelson Agholor.
Hamilton did have some drops. He did that at Penn State and dropped a potential TD last week in the Shrine Game. He catches the ball naturally, but sometimes just puts the ball on the ground.
Pitt OT Brian O’Neill had a good day. He measured in at 6064, 298. That is a terrific frame and the former TE has the length and athleticism you want in a LT. He reminds me of a more talented version of Ebon Britton.
O’Neill played both RT and LT. He was solid in the 1-on-1 drills and also the team period. He’s off to a strong start.
S Kyzir White had a good day. The West Virginia star picked off a pass in the team period and broke up a throw to a TE in a 1-on-1 drill. White is 6-2, 215 and we know he can hit. Showing off these cover skills will help his standing with NFL teams.
WR Allen Lazard struggled. He measured in at 6-4, 222. That’s a huge WR. Some teams are going to love that size. He was up and down in the movement drills. He is a bit upright due to that size.
Lazard’s big issue was drops. He really struggled to catch the ball. Hopefully he works through that and is better the next two days.
A couple of DTs played well. Harrison Phillips was able to win in the 1-on-1 drills using quickness and strength. One note with him…Phillips wears braces on both legs. He had a knee injury that cost him most of the 2015 season.
Nathan Shepherd, the small school star from Fort Hays State, had a good showing. He measured in at 6-4, 310, which is excellent size (height and bulk). He won multiple battles in the 1-on-1 drills.
I was impressed by a couple of RBs. Kalen Ballage, 6-2, 222, ran well both inside and outside. He got the ball in an 11-on-11 rep and bounced the run out wide. Impressive to see that ability and speed from a big back.
Jaylen Samuel, not so tiny at 6-0, 223, ran well, mostly on inside plays. He was patient and ran behind his pads.
DE Jalyn Holmes was up and down. Every time I watched him in the 1-on-1 drills, he got blocked. In the team period, he used a hard inside move to get into the backfield and blow up a run. He is big and athletic.
B.J. Hill measured in at 6-3, 321. He was a highly productive DT for NC State and you could see that ability. There was one rep where he just drove his blocker straight back in the pocket. Teams covet DTs with that kind of size and power.