With Reese's Senior Bowl practices in the books, and the game scheduled for 3 p.m. (CT) Saturday on NFL Network, here's five players from the North roster to watch play in the action at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
WR Ty Montgomery, Stanford: Montgomery appeared sure-handed and capable of running multiple types of routes against different coverages. He showed impressive concentration on a deep pass that went for a touchdown in a one-on-one drill against Southern Cal's Josh Shaw. He also showed an ability to separate on shorter routes and looked like a fluid runner after the catch.
G Laken Tomlinson, Duke: Tomlinson's stock rose according to multiple experts with his management of defensive linemen in drills. He was named the most outstanding offensive lineman by a panel of scouts for his work during three days of practices against some of the top prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft. Tomlinson helped Duke make appearances in three straight bowl games and win 19 games in the past two seasons.
T Ali Marpet, Hobart College: One feature of the Senior Bowl is it invites a few players from smaller schools that have shown potential to compete at higher levels. Marpet garnered an invite after his career at a Division III school located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Hobart didn't allow a sack in 13 starts at left tackle as a senior, but some like NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock think if Hobart's future includes the NFL it may be on the interior of the offensive line.
DT Danny Shelton, Washington: It's always interesting to watch interior defensive linemen and interior offensive lineman in head-to-head drills because the critical action of a play is sometimes obstructed during games. Shelton has a chance to appear in instant replays from isolated angles during the game based on the way he dominated matchups. A couple times during practices, he tossed other players as if they were kernels in a popcorn machine. He weighed in at 343 pounds, but didn't appear sluggish.
DT Carl Davis, Iowa:Davis tipped the scales at 321 during Tuesday's weigh-in, and a panel of scouts who observed all players voted him as Most Outstanding Practice Player of the Week. Davis had 78 tackles, including 13 for loss in his final two seasons for the Hawkeyes, and will look to continue impressing scouts in his final opportunity to play tackle football before the 2015 NFL Draft (April 30-May 2).
Local connection: Burnsville native Tom Obarski, of Concordia-St. Paul, will handle kickoffs, field goals and PATs for the North squad.
Related: Click here for five players to watch on the South.