Five former SEC players impressing in NFL rookie camp

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A few NFL teams have held rookie camps, and at least four former SEC stars have impressed their coaching staffs already.

Matt Elam, S, Florida (Baltimore Ravens): Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh talked up Matt Elam this week, lauding how he has picked things up so quickly, is forceful and plays fast. Harbaugh was also impressed by how well he communicated in the secondary, which is unusual for a rookie.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida (Miami Dolphins): Several reports out of Miami’s camp say that Mike Gillislee showed the most flashes of any rookie. The fifth-round pick made several nice runs during team drills. He will compete for playing time with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas.

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (Jacksonville Jaguars): Joeckel moved to right tackle, and he’s feeling ‘a lot better’ about the position move. Head coach Gus Bradley said he thought Joeckel was ‘right on track’ as a rookie and with his position move and added that ‘he loves what he seen’ so far. The Jags are impressed with Joeckel’s natural balance and fluidity as a blocker.

Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia (Washington Redskins): Redskins’ coach Mike Shanahan was impressed with Rambo’s quickness, size and speed. There is a starting spot open in the secondary, and Rambo could slide into that spot depending on how well his training camp goes.

Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida (Miami Dolphins): Yeah, I’m not scared to put a kicker on the list. Sturgis displayed his strong leg, making field goals of 43, 49 and 50 yards. It’s very apparent that current starter Dan Carpenter will have strong competition in training camp.

Photo Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

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