The first day in pads for the lineman brought out the action, the hitting and the energy.
In anticipation of the Lineman Challenge Finals on Thursday, the first day of full contact had a number of defensive linemen stand out.
Probably the best defensive lineman on the day was Texas Tech commit Breiden Fehoko, who's making a major push for a fifth-star. Fehoko, who repped 185-pounds on the bench press 42 times on Tuesday showed he's not just a weight room star. He was outstanding in the 1-on-1's, showing great strength, quickness off the ball and technique. He's not just about a bull-rush, but has moves to get past his blocker.
Not far behind Fehoko was Terry Beckner, the 6-4, 280-pounder from East St. Louis. Beckner routinely won his reps, with good strength and get off, a good variety of moves when needed, but mostly just his ability to get under his blocker and quickly separate.
Byron Cowart was the star on Day One and picked up where left off on Tuesday with another good day. He's so quick off the ball, a quick first step and uses his hands and speed to get around his blocker.
Rashan Gary, the lone 2016 prospect in the trenches, definitely has shown he belongs the last couple of days, with a number of good reps. The one thing he'll need to learn is the ability to develop some moves, instead of just trying to use his brute strength every time. But his future is very bright.
Kahlil McKenzie, the West's top prospect, lost a couple of reps, but before that, was dominant in the 1on1's and was excellent in the postional drills.
Daron Payne had a very good day, looking really agile and disruptive in the drills, getting good leverage and a push to drive his blcoker back.
Natrez Patrick also had some good moments, flying off the ball into the backfield.