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The first day of Senior Bow practices was Tuesday, with draft prospects hitting the fields in Alabama in front of scouts, coaches, and executives from all 32 NFL teams. Much of the evaluation for the week comes during these practices, with the game less critical than position workouts. The week also gives teams their first chance to meet with some of the draft prospects ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine, Pro Days, and private workouts still to come.

Miami used day one of the practices to get a chance to talk to several prospects, according to the Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser:

Alex Anzalone is a redshirt Junior linebacker out of the University of Florida, foregoing his final year of eligibility to enter the Draft. He is ranked as the 84th prospect in the Draft by CBS Sports and the seventh outside linebacker prospect. Andy Hutchins from Alligator Army recently wrote of Anzalone, “His extensive injury history — Anzalone has not played a full season in any of his four years at Florida, and his redshirt year was due to injury — would make returning for a redshirt senior season fraught with the risk of sustaining a career-ending injury on the collegiate level before ever cashing a check as an NFL player. Anzalone is likely a late-round pick due to injury concerns, but he flashed instincts and quickness in 2015 and 2016 that could make him a promising prospect.”

Danny Isidora is a fifth-year guard coming out of the University of Miami. CBS has him ranked as the 145th overall prospect and the tenth guard heading into the Draft. The Hurricanes’ offensive line struggled during the year, though Isidora was able to make the All-ACC second team. State of the U’s ironmanfootball described the guard in his offensive line season review, writing, “Solid but never stellar was Danny Isidora. You would expect a guard with 39 consecutive starts to dominate but the run game was a constant struggle as was pass protection for Miami.”

(Note: In the video, Isidora is the right guard, number 63. They arrow him early, but not on every play.)

Ethan Pocic , LSU’s senior center, was a All-SEC first team selection this year and is the top ranked center in this year’s Draft, according to CBS Sports. He is the 57th overall ranked prospect, with an expected draft position in the second round. During the season, Pro Football Focus wrote of Pocic, “He brings a big presence to the center position at 6-foot-7 301-pounds, but he’s still capable of firing out at the snap and getting into good position in the running game. Pocic has done a nice job of controlling nose tackles as a run blocker while also making key blocks both on the move and at the second level. In pass protection, Pocic has surrendered only one pressure.” adds, “Pocic is a center who can get on the move, either to drop and protect his quarterback or pull as a lead blocker.”

Pocic was involved in a scuffle during the first day of practice:

Vince Biegel is coming into the NFL after completing his college career as a Wisconsin redshirt senior. CBS has him ranked as the 11th outside linebacker and 142nd overall prospect. Bucky’s 5th Quarter reported on Bigel’s first day at the Senior Bowl, writing, “Vince Biegel, moving from his 3-4 outside linebacker role in the Badgers’ defense, is playing off of the ball more here in Mobile. He’s running with the second-team defense for the time being and his athleticism is getting him noticed. He demolished a couple of tight ends in pass-protection drills and performed OK in 1-on-1s vs the o-line. Biegel’s athleticism and willingness to work hard and adapt to a different scheme will serve him well. Wednesday should help him with the physicality of practice about to pick up in quick order.”

Evan Engram comes to the Senior Bowl as a four-year senior from Ole Miss. He was selected to the All-SEC team each of the last three years, including being the first-team tight end in both 2014 and 2016. Red Cub Rebellion’s Matt Forgette wrote back in November about Engram, stating “After a disappointing junior season in which he posted the lowest yards per reception and least touchdowns of his career, Engram worked to develop his rapport with Chad Kelly in the offseason and established himself as the focal point of the Rebel offense in his senior campaign. At 6-3 and 235 pounds, Engram’s size and blocking ability are a concern for some NFL scouts. However, his speed and route- running, as well as his proven record of productivity as a four-time All-SEC tight end, could make him a dangerous receiving tight end at the next level.”