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5 things to know from Day 1 of Senior Bowl practices

MOBILE, Alabama -- A day that went from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. has finally come to a close.

The Senior Bowl doesn't provide many opportunities for rest on Day 1, and was there for the full ride.

Here are the five things that stood out the most from a rainy, overcast day in Mobile, Alabama.

1. Browns front and center in Mobile

Whether or not a coach attends Senior Bowl practices can depend on the year. For Hue Jackson, his first with the Browns included a stop in Mobile, where he was front and center alongside executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown for both the North and South practices as well as with Cleveland's large contingent of scouts for the annual weigh-in. Brown and Jackson will work hand in hand on many important decisions in the coming months and years, and that relationship is growing and strengthening with each passing day.

2. All eyes on Carson Wentz

Every Senior Bowl has a different flavor to it, and never has that been more clear than this year, as the prospect receiving the most attention from media members hails from North Dakota State. Carson Wentz's popularity has blossomed in recent weeks, and the Senior Bowl stage has positioned his name to become one NFL fans will learn to know over the next few months. Wentz, who measured at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds at Tuesday's weigh-in, threw the ball well and looked the part at his first practice. Wentz could be the highest-drafted Senior Bowl quarterback since EJ Manuel, who went 16th overall in 2013.

3. Noah Spence's comeback tour continues

Placed in arguably the deepest position group at the entire Senior Bowl, former Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence practiced with fire Tuesday, and that included a few moments where he continued to push and work after the whistle. Spence spent the past season at Eastern Kentucky after he was dismissed from Ohio State and ruled permanently ineligible by the Big Ten for repeated rules violations. In an interview with late Tuesday, Spence said he thought he'd be no better than a fifth-round pick after he left the Buckeyes. Now? He's projected by some to have his name called by the end of Day 1.

4. Braxton Miller tries his hands on punts

A number of players are lining up at spots that aren't the most familiar to them this week in an attempt to show off their versatility to NFL scouts. Ohio State's Braxton Miller, the former quarterback who played wide receiver in his final season with the Buckeyes, did just that Tuesday when he fielded punts and kicks. Already one of the most impressive athletes at this year's event, Miller may have helped his draft stock with what appeared to be a solid performance.'s Bucky Brooks wrote Miller is "the most natural punt returner that I've seen in years."

5. Tallest, biggest, fastest, smallest

When scouts attend the weigh-in, they aren't there to just jot down numbers. They scribble down furious notes as they analyze the physique and build of each player as they walk across the stage to have their height and weight measured and announced to the crowd. Clemson defensive tackle D.J. Reader (340 pounds) edged out LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (336) as the biggest player in this year's game. Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson was the lightest at 173 pounds. Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman was the only player to clear 6-foot-7 while Minnesota wide receiver KJ Maye was nearly a foot shorter at 5-foot-8.

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