Tyrod Taylor sticking with QB
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The word from Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor's camp is that he will not be returning punts or kicks or running pass routes this week. He's a quarterback. He's been a quarterback since he was 5 years old, and he plans on playing quarterback in the NFL.
Todd McShay's top performers
East: FAU's Lester Jean
Jean stood out and surprised me the most. He is a big (6-2, 200 pounds), good-looking athlete. Jean is still developing into his body and needs to be more polished as a route-runner, but he has long arms, big strong hands and deceptive speed. He's a good athlete, and of all the wide receivers, he had the best morning.
West: Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien
We know his limitations. He's 6-1½, at best, and there are some throws he can't make. The height, for example, limits some throws, such as in a red zone drill, when he had a receiver on a quick slant but with the offensive tackle and defensive tackle engaged right in front of him, he couldn't get around them quickly enough to make the throw for the score. It's a throw Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco or Ben Roethlisberger throw easily over the offensive tackle for the touchdown. Despite those limitations, he exceeded expectations. It seemed as though he had been running this offense for years. He had good command, got to the line, knew what he was doing and handled the offense with authority. He threw with good timing and anticipated wide receivers coming out of their break, which is not easy to do on Day 1, and threw accurately.
Steve Muench's top performers
East: Nebraska OT Mike Smith
Smith was a pleasant surprise. He is not a great athlete, but of all the offensive lineman, the 6-6, 285-pounder had the best one-on-one drills performance. He got set, delivered a good punch and kept his hands inside, and once he established his position, he didn't lose. At one point, he just stoned UCF DE Bruce Miller right at the line. It was an impressive first-day performance.
West: Arizona DE Ricky Elmore
With the 6-6, 260-pound Elmore, it was all about his hands today. From the beginning of practice with bag work, he was using his hands well, showing club and swim moves. It carried over. He's doesn't have elite burst to turn the corner in the NFL, but he used a good punch to create separation and turn the corner in one-on-ones. He got his hands up when he saw passers start their throwing motion. He used a nice push-pull move during drills to get by a blocker. Elmore starred in the two-minute drill, again using his hands to create separation, and made QB Jerrod Johnson leave the pocket and throw it away.
Kevin Weidl's top performers
East: Georgia LB Akeem Dent
Dent, 6-2 and 238 pounds, is a big guy who's thick and well built. Love his form. He takes on blockers with balance and has a violent strike. He shocks and sheds blockers. He controls the middle. He's a pure Mike linebacker, or a 3-4 guy who can take on blocks and get rid of the blocker. He has good awareness in coverage but struggles with subtle changes in direction. However, he finds the ball well and makes plays.
West: Hawaii RB Alex Green
Green showed good burst and quickness, and his ability to get to and through the hole is exceptional. He showed his versatility by doing a good job of running routes out of the backfield, creating separation and catching the ball well. He's a one-cut-and-get-vertical runner and will be a good change-of-pace back at the next level.