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Sources Tell Us: Inside scoop on prospects at Senior Bowl

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  • By Bucky Brooks, Lance Zierlein, Chase Goodbread and Bryan Fischer NFL.com
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Editor's note: NFL Media's Bucky Brooks, Lance Zierlein, Chase Goodbread and Bryan Fischer are in Mobile, Ala., this week at the Senior Bowl. Besides watching the daily practices, they're also talking to NFL scouts, agents and the players themselves. Here is some of what they heard from NFL sources on Tuesday:

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The scoop: "Brett Hundley scares me." -- AFC player personnel director

The skinny: The UCLA quarterback, who turned down an invitation to participate in the Senior Bowl this week, is an impressive athlete and playmaker, but the personnel director is uncertain about whether Hundley can be a franchise quarterback at the next level. He questioned Hundley's overall pocket poise and awareness, while also expressing concerns about his deep-ball accuracy and touch. Factor in the worry about his transition to a pro-style offense after playing in UCLA's version of the spread, and it appears Hundley is anything but a lock to be the third quarterback taken in the draft.

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The scoop: "He should have shown up. His skill-set is intriguing, and for QB-needy teams, he could be a guy that somebody picks in the second round to start down the road. He could have solidified that (in Mobile)." -- NFC scout on Hundley's decision to skip the Senior Bowl

The skinny: The scout lamented the large dropoff at quarterback after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Neither Hundley nor Mariota made it to the Senior Bowl, and the guys who were left to fill their roster spots haven't inspired confidence from scouts after the first day of practice. Bryce Petty of Baylor is one guy who could capitalize in the absence of big names, but he had a shaky first day of practice.

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The scoop: "He has the same type of body as Maurkice Pouncey and plays tough like Pouncey, too. I like him so far the best." - AFC offensive line coach on La'el Collins

The skinny: Collins played left tackle at LSU but projects to right tackle or inside to guard in the NFL. He was listed at 321 pounds at LSU but weighed in Tuesday morning at an athletic 308 pounds. Collins is known for his physicality and aggressiveness, and it was on display at the South practice throughout the day. While he had some hits and misses during his one-on-one sessions, the consensus was generally very positive about his performance with the idea that he very well could end up inside at guard.

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The scoop: "I don't think Danny Shelton is a top-10 pick" -- AFC assistant general manager

The skinny: Despite the glowing reports media pundits have put on Shelton, there are some NFL executives worried about his impact potential at the next level as a nose tackle. While the scout is impressed with Shelton's ability to control the point of attack as a classic nose tackle, he doesn't see the position flexibility or pass-rush skills that would make the Washington star a dynamic playmaker as a pro. He compares Shelton to former Pro Bowl NT Casey Hampton -- a spectacular run-stopper but not a guy that you envision being a dominant pass rusher in the middle of the line. Given the premium evaluators place on players capable of impacting the passing game, Shelton's value could dip a bit as the draft nears.

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The scoop: "I really liked what I saw from Phillip Dorsett. Some guys can run fast, but they have to work hard to do it, which limits what they can do out of their breaks. Dorsett is more natural with his speed and movement." -- NFC player personnel director

The skinny: The Miami wideout has blazing speed and is expected to be one of the fastest participants at the combine next month. At just 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds (Senior Bowl measurements), Dorsett is likely to be viewed as a slot receiver. But that shouldn't hurt his draft stock as much as it might have in the past with smaller burners like T.Y. Hilton, John Brown and Antonio Brown causing so many problems for NFL cornerbacks.

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College stars show off their skills in preparation for the 2015 Senior Bowl in Mobile.

The scoop: "Both of them show a lot of ability on tape. I'm excited to see what they can do against better competition. Clemmings could be gone the first day of the draft. Either one could be a big problem for the defensive linemen this week." - AFC scout on offensive tackles T.J. Clemmings of Pittsburgh and Ty Sambrailo of Colorado State.

The skinny: Quality offensive tackles are difficult to come by, so a strong Senior Bowl performance can go a long way at that position. Clemmings, once a defensive lineman, finished his college career as an outstanding right tackle. Sambrailo figures to show excellent footwork and balance this week in practices. How could he not? He's a former champion slalom snow skier.

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The scoop: "I thought the Senior Bowl was more geared toward players in the past than it is now. Phil (Savage) does a good job of making this event team friendly since that is his background, but I'm hearing from other agents that they may start holding guys out in the future." -- agent who represents several Senior Bowl players

The skinny: Savage, a former general manager of the Cleveland Browns, took over the Senior Bowl two years ago. Under his guidance, the Senior Bowl has made slight alterations to the schedule to help make the trip to Mobile more efficient for NFL teams. The growth of the event and the quality of talent on the rosters has been lauded by most NFL insiders. Some agents believe their players' draft stock can be unfairly damaged by a subpar week of practice and that it diminishes reliance upon actual game tape. It's not certain whether these agents are focused on team discussions of their clients or if they are actually more concerned with the widespread media coverage these practices now generate.

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