A look back at Day 1

INDIANAPOLIS — As we wrap up Day 1 of the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, we’ll leave you with a few thoughts (some random), observations and highlights from what we’ve heard.

  • When he got around to talking football, Ryan said QB Mark Sanchez is reaching the next critical point of his young career.
  • As for the other Ryan — Rob — Cowboys coach Jason Garrett shared how he was won over by his new defensive coordinator.
  • Hue Jackson’s time at the podium included some gushing over QB Jason Campbell, who he said can lead the Raiders to the playoffs.
  • There might be some early buzz surrounding Colorado OT Nate Solder. Is he the top offensive tackle in the draft? Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi believes that title is his, but Anthony Castonzo of Boston College doesn’t necessarily agree.
  • Bucs GM Mark Dominik isn’t surprised by the team’s turnaround, and said it all starts with QB Josh Freeman.
  • How many media members does it take to cover a Combine? This year the answer is a Combine-record 715.
  • 49ers GM Trent Baalke believes the winner of the NFC West could be determined in large part by best solves their QB issues.
  • John Fox is standing with Kyle Orton, not Tim Tebow, as the starter in Denver. Then again, it’s February.
  • Fox had this to say about Orton being both his starter and on the trading block: “It would be pretty hard to do both.
  • Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters the organization is eyeing “seven to 10″ prospects with the first overall pick.
  • Gailey on whether the Bills are listening to offers on the No. 3 pick: “We don’t turn our phone off at night.”

And, finally, leaving you with a link to all of the Combine videos of the day.

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