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Senior Bowl: Carimi solid

MOBILE, Ala. -- The North squad held its first practice in pads this morning. Wisconsin left tackle Gabe Carimi lived up to his billing as a first-round NFL Draft prospect. Carimi, 6-foot-7 and 327 pounds, looked good in one-on-one drills against the North team's pass rushers. He fended off Oklahoma defensive end Jeremy Beal, Washington linebacker Mason Foster, Nebraska defensive end Pierre Allen over four snaps.

The pass rushers who looked pretty good included Beal and Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan. Both Jordan and Beal could be second-round picks in the draft, although draft-round projections are very speculative for many players at this stage of the scouting process. Beal is 6-3, 267. Jordan is 6-4, 283.

The North's quarterbacks are Washington's Jake Locker, Nevada's Colin Kaepernick and Iowa's Ricky Stanzi. Locker is 6-3, 230. Kaepernick is 6-6, 225. Stanzi is 6-4, 230. We'll see if Locker can have some eye-popping moments this week. He played through injuries much of his senior season for the Huskies. Sore ribs bothered him the second half of the season, and he played with a hairline fracture in a rib. Locker is a great athlete and clearly is the most mobile of the three North QBs. Tuesday's first workout was pretty routine in terms of passing by the three QBs.

Defensive linemen who looked pretty good for the South team during one-on-one and team drills included Clemson defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins, Mississippi State defensive tackle Pernell McPhee and Texas defensive end/linebacker Sam Acho. All three could be second- or third round picks. Mississippi State linebacker K.J. Wright, who worked in the middle, is a physical presence. He could be a third-rounder. 

Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker made a nice one-handed catch and showed good hands overall. He's a 6-6, 253-pounder. University of Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson, a 6-3, 205-pounder, made some nice catches.

---Mark Gaughan

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