Rodgers impresses at NFLPA practice

Updated: January 16, 2013, 11:16 AM ET
By Todd McShay and Kevin Weidl

CARSON, Calif. -- It was the first day of practice for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and I have to say the facilities at the Home Depot Center, home to the L.A. Galaxy of the MSL, are phenomenal. It's as good a situation as you can get. The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., has a perfect setup. The East/West Shrine Game suffers a little from not having a permanent home.

The talent here isn't as strong as the Senior Bowl's yet, but with this stadium and this venue it could get there. And it's well run.

On this first day, both coaching staffs were excellent. The Nationals, coached by Dick Vermeil, practiced first. The American, coached by ESPN's Herm Edwards, had the afternoon session. I've been to hundreds of these practices and sometimes you have players with different unis and equipment that doesn't fit and all sorts of issues. But this was as smoothly run as I've seen. The NFLPA worked closely with NFL scouts, who know what they're looking for and what's best for the players to showcase their skills.

It's only their second year, but they do an incredible job running it.

Crist Looks the Part

As for the players, let's start with the Nationals first, and let's start with the quarterbacks.

Of the three QBs, Dayne Crist (6-4, 239) had the best day. He was formerly of Notre Dame, and he went to the Jayhawks when he followed Charlie Weis. He has average to above-average arm strength and he looks the part physically: He's a big, strong QB. He shows flashes at times -- both in person and on tape -- in which he makes some great throws ... and he keeps you coming back and hoping for more.