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Senior Bowl Top Tweets: Day 1


Standout athletes from around the country kicked things off early in Mobile, Alabama, Tuesday morning at the Reese's Senior Bowl National Scouting Weigh-in.

This year's 2022 Draft-eligible prospects have been split between "National" and "American" teams, which held their first practices Tuesday.

Vikings Senior Editor Craig Peters is on the ground in Mobile, Alabama, for this week's practices and will also provide coverage of the 73rd installment of the all-star game. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.

Scouts, media members and fans alike took to social media Monday and Tuesday to evaluate and react to players' measurements and on-field performances during the first day of practice.

In no particular order, here are 10 tweets that give fans a brief glimpse into Day 1 in Mobile.

Welcome to the Senior Bowl

Jim Nagy, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, noted that more than 900 credentialed media members are in attendance for this year's Senior Bowl.

Bonus: Nagy showed a video of players' jerseys set up in the locker room.

Double-jointed QB

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero gave us a glimpse of Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett, who didn't have his hands measured due to being double jointed.

Who to watch

The Athletic draft analyst Dane Brugler shared his top five Senior Bowl prospects – not including quarterbacks – he's watching this week. He topped his list with Northern Iowa tackle Trevor Penning.

Coming full circle

Lions outside linebackers coach Kelvin Sheppard, along with other members of Detroit's coaching staff, are coaching the American Team this season.

Sheppard took to Twitter to reminisce a bit, recalling that he participated in the Senior Bowl 11 years ago as an LSU standout.

Minnesota big man

ESPN's NFL Insider Field Yates posted the official measurements of Minnesota Gophers tackle Daniel Faalele, calling the Australia native "a house."

'Rowing the boat' in Mobile

Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck spent time in Mobile supporting Faalele and defensive end Boye Mafe.

KSTP's Darren Wolfson reported Gophers draft prospect Esezi Otomewo "got dinged up" in Minnesota's bowl game and won't be participating in the Senior Bowl.

Mixing up positions

One of the things to remember about Senior Bowl week is that the all-star game sometimes gives players an opportunity to showcase their abilities at a different position than they've typically played.

EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer noted Boston College lineman Zion Johnson taking reps at center during Tuesday's practice.

Waletzko repping North Dakota

Up until this year, Vikings Legend Jim Kleinsasser (1999) was the last North Dakota player to represent the Fighting Hawks in Mobile.

Tom Miller of the Grand Forks Herald pointed out that UND tackle Matt Waletzko, a Minnesota native, is garnering some early attention.

Praise for Shakir

Pro Football Focus' Trevor Sikkema offered compliments for Boise State wide receiver Khalil Shakir, who went up against Cincinnati cornerback Coby Bryant.

Willis stands out early

According to Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders and the New York Times, Liberty quarterback Malik Willis looked good on Day 1.