Quarterbacks

Most to Prove: Josh Allen, Wyoming

Sleeper: Kyle Lauletta, Richmond

Biggest Question: Tanner Lee, Nebraska

First Round Ability: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Keep an Eye on: Kurt Benkert, Virginia

North:

  • Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (11th overall)
  • Josh Allen, Wyoming (43rd)
  • Luke Falk, Washington State (140th)
  • Tanner Lee, Nebraska (202nd)

It’s clear the Broncos got what they wanted with the North roster. They have the two best quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl by a large margin. This is the type of setting where Josh Allen will thrive due to his physical skills and the practices being controlled. It’s an opportunity for him to show off his arm talent and lock himself into a top-10 selection despite not being a top-10 player. For Mayfield, the interview portion will be the most important due to some off-field red flags. He’ll likely have no issues during the practice. For Falk and Lee, it’ll be about showing growth in their weaknesses. Falk needs to prove his arm strength and velocity, while Lee needs to show accuracy on every level.

South:

  • Kurt Benkert, Virginia (94th)
  • Kyle Lauletta, Richmond (103rd)
  • Mike White, Western Kentucky (150th)
  • Brandon Silvers, Troy (216th)

To be honest, the South quarterbacks are just as intriguing as the North QBs, despite not having the top-end talent. The two most promising non-first-round quarterbacks in this draft are Benkert and Lauletta. This is a massive prove-it week for them to show they are developmental starters in the mould of guys like Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo. Even Mike White has a shot to move himself into a day two pick due to his size and arm. As for Silvers, it’ll be interesting to see if he can handle the spotlight after an up-and-down career at Troy.

Running Backs

Most to Prove: Jaylen Samuels, North Carolina State

Sleeper: Ito Smith, Southern Mississippi

Biggest Question: Kalen Ballage, Arizona State

First Round Ability: Rashaad Penny, San Diego State

Keep an Eye on: Akrum Wadley, Iowa

North:

  • Kalen Ballage, Arizona State (67th)
  • Akrum Wadley, Iowa (110th)
  • Jaylen Samuels, North Carolina State (148th)
  • Dimirtri Flowers, Oklahoma (FB) (176th)

None of the running backs on the North roster are big names in the draft process, and they all have odd skillsets. Ballage was a Swiss army knife for the Sun Devils, and the vast majority of his carries came out of wildcat. For Wadley, his slight size has brought up questions about his ability to run inside. It’ll be big for him to prove he’s competent in pass protection because he’ll be making his money as a third-down back. Like Ballage, Samuels was used all over the place at NC State. He played fullback, running back, tight end and slot receiver. We need to see this week if he’s a legitimate running back or not. Most fullbacks are irrelevant these days, but Flowers can be a lead-blocker, short yardage running back, or even an H-back. He’s one of the best weapons at fullback in the last decade.

South:

  • Rashaad Penny, San Diego State (42nd)
  • Ito Smith, Southern Mississippi (136th)
  • Darrel Williams, LSU (184th)
  • Nick Bawden, San Diego State (FB) (211th)

Just like the North, these South running backs probably don’t draw a ton of media hype. Penny is far and away the best back at the Senior Bowl. He can be a day one starter due to his elite vision, natural instincts and combo of burst and power. Ito Smith could end up a top-10 running back with a big week. He’s perfect as a change of pace-runner with a ton of added value as a pass-catcher. Most people know Darrel Williams as Derrius Guice’s backup. He’s powerful and has experience as a blocker playing fullback. Bawden is a true fullback and needs to show special teams ability this week.

Wide Receivers

Most to Prove: Michael Gallup, Colorado State

Sleeper: Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State

Biggest Question: James Washington, Oklahoma State

First Round Ability: D.J. Chark, LSU

Keep an Eye on: Tre’Quan Smith, UCF

North:

  • Michael Gallup, Colorado State (143rd)
  • Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State (144th)
  • Braxton Berrios, Miami (160th)
  • Allen Lazard, Iowa State (161st)
  • Cedrick Wilson, Boise State (175th)
  • DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State (236th)
  • Justin Watson, Penn (245th)

If you like small school receivers, then the North squad is for you. Gallup is coming off a dominant college career, and some even believe he can be a first-round pick. I need to see more athleticism this week. He has great hands and a toughness too him, but one-on-ones will be a big prove it time for him. Jaleel Scott has a chance to shoot his stock through the roof. He’s about 6-foot-5, 216 pounds with a massive catch radius. Lazard and Wilson have nice size and production, but need to show their athleticism. Berrios, Hamilton and Watson will need to prove their route-running ability as slots.

South:

  • D.J. Chark, LSU (48th)
  • Tre’Quan Smith, UCF (120th)
  • Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State (145th)
  • James Washington, Oklahoma State (157th)
  • Byron Pringle, Kansas State (178th)
  • J’Mon Moore, Missouri (224th)

The South is full of big school guys with a lot to prove. Chark is the best receiver in Mobile. He’s big, fast and tracks the ball better than almost every prospect. Tre’Quan Smith is a freaky athlete with nice size, but needs to show what he can do on a big stage. Ateman and Washington are two of the most well-known. For Ateman, it is about proving his route-running, while for Washington it’s about showing his hands have improved and he’s more than a subpar athlete. As for the other two Big 12 receivers, Pringle and Moore, they’ll need to show they’re more than just athletes with production.

Tight Ends

Most to Prove: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

Sleeper: Durham Smythe, Notre Dame

Biggest Question: Adam Breneman, UMASS

First Round Ability: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

Keep an Eye on: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

North:

It’s a deep tight end group this year, but it doesn’t have any true studs. Fumagalli is a great blocker, but has massive athleticism questions. He needs a big week in proving he can win one-on-one. Gesicki is big with strong hands, but primarily played an H-back role at Penn State. It’ll be huge for his stock if he can prove his blocking ability. For Conklin, it’s about showing he’s as good an athlete vs high-end competition as he looked to be in the MAC. With how little Smythe was used as a pass-catcher at Notre Dame, he needs to show that his size is a mismatch for defenses.

South:

  • Adam Breneman, UMASS (63rd)
  • Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State (77th)
  • Ian Thomas, Indiana (127th)
  • Jordan Akins, UCF (213th)

The two most interesting tight ends are on the South, Breneman and Goedert. A former five-star recruit and Penn State player, Breneman ended up at UMASS and dominated lower-level competition. Goedert was on an even lower level, but unstoppable as a deep-threat tight end. Both will be fun in one-on-ones against Power-Five players. Ian Thomas could be the best athlete in the group. Akins is a big stocky tight end who everybody needs to see more of in Mobile.

Offensive Tackles

Most to Prove: Alex Cappa, Humboldt State

Sleeper: Jamil Demby, Maine

Biggest Question: Brett Toth, Army

First Round Ability: Tyrell Crosby, Oregon/Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh

Keep an Eye on: Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T

North:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon (83rd)
  • Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh (90th)
  • Jamil Demby, Maine (219th)
  • Brett Toth, Army (240th)

With the North offensive tackles, they have the two most polished tackles and two massive question marks. Crosby looks like a day one starting right tackle with big size and great strength. O’Neill is a left tackle that with the right showing of athleticism and power can move into the top-five at the positon. Demby is almost unknown and a late add, but dominated at Maine with constant pancake blocks. Toth is huge, but coming from the Army, he has a military commitment and played in a triple-option offense.

South:

  • Alex Cappa, Humboldt State (92nd)
  • Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T (133rd)
  • Joe Noteboom, TCU (173rd)

Unfortunately, due to a knee injury the highest upside tackle, Desmond Harrison, won’t be participating at the Senior Bowl. But on the bright side, the South has two massive and mean small-school guys with Cappa and Parker. Both have the size and tape to go on day two if they bring their playing ability to the big stage. Noteboom is solid with some talent to be a swing tackle in the NFL.

Interior Offensive Linemen

Most to Prove: Will Hernandez, UTEP

Sleeper: Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech

Biggest Question: Taylor Hearn, Clemson

1st Round Ability: Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

Keep an Eye on: Sean Welsh, Iowa

North:

  • Will Hernandez, UTEP (80th)
  • Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech (86th)
  • Sean Welsh, Iowa (96th)
  • Mason Cole, Michigan (121st)
  • Scott Quessenberry, UCLA (152nd)
  • Cole Madison, Washington State (196th)

Unlike the offensive tackles, the interior offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl have a ton of depth. The North is dripping in potential day two talent and plug-and-play guys. Hernandez is the big name and rightfully so. He’s a dominant run blocker, but needs to demonstrate he’s at least average in pass protection. Teller and Welsh are classic plug-and-play guys who aren’t going to be stars, but will definitely start in the league. Cole, Quessenberry and Madison are all versatile guys that need to hone in on a position this week and prove their athleticism.

South:

  • Isaiah Wynn, Georgia (82nd)
  • Taylor Hearn, Clemson (146th)
  • Skyler Phillips, Idaho State (163rd)
  • Colby Gossett, Appalachian State (180th)
  • Bradley Bozeman, Alabama (187th)
  • Austin Corbett, Nevada (195th)

The North has all the steady interior offensive linemen, but the South has the guys we need to see more of in Mobile. Wynn is without question the best prospect on the South. He was a great left tackle in the SEC, but will kick into guard due to size concerns in the NFL. A big week from him could make him a top-50 prospect. Hearn, Phillips and Gossett are projects, but have the mentality and strength to be impressive run-blockers in the NFL. Bozeman and Corbett have size and experience, but need to show they are NFL-level athletes this week.

Defensive Ends

Most to Prove: Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama

Sleeper: Chad Thomas, Miami

Biggest Question: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma

First Round Ability: Marcus Davenport, UTSA

Keep an Eye on: Marcus Davenport, UTSA

North:

  • Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma (104th)
  • Chad Thomas, Miami (108th)
  • Jalyn Holmes, Ohio State (185th)
  • Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State (223rd)

Although Okoronkwo is one of the most well-known names at the Senior Bowl, he will need a big week. He’s undersized at about 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, so he needs to prove he can beat much bigger linemen with athleticism and pass rush moves. Chad Thomas earned his way to Mobile with a nice week at the East-West Shrine Game, and his size and athleticism will get him a lot of attention this week. For the Ohio State duo of Holmes and Lewis, they need to shine in one-on-ones and quiet the athleticism questions surrounding them.

South:

  • Marcus Davenport, UTSA (56th)
  • Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama (85th)
  • Kylie Fitts, Utah (153rd)

Probably the two most interesting guys on the D-line are in this group, Davenport and Hand. With his size and athleticism, Davenport is considered a potential first-round pick, but he needs to handle himself against Power-Five guys this week. Hand has all the talent in the world, but an inconsistent Alabama career and off-field issues have his stock hurting. Fitts is a steady prospect with nice ability versus the run, but not a whole lot of pass rush to his game.

Defensive Tackles

Most to Prove: Poona Ford, Texas

Sleeper: Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State

Biggest Question: Christian LaCouture, LSU

First Round Ability: Harrison Phillips, Stanford

Keep an Eye on: Poona Ford, Texas

North:

  • Harrison Phillips, Stanford (28th)
  • J. Hill, North Carolina State (147th)
  • Justin Jones, North Carolina State (149th)
  • Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State (204th)

All of the North defensive tackles are big boys. Harrison Phillips is a former wrestler who is dominant as a one-technique with his strength and leverage. Few interior offensive linemen will be able to block him this week. The NC State hog mollies of Hill and Jones are nice run defenders, but a week of flashing in pass rush drills will help their stock. Nathan Shepherd is the mystery. He’s a favorite of mine because he’s Canadian. Coming from a small school, he looked great on tape with athleticism and size, but this is a big week to see if he’s worth a draft pick.

South:

  • Poona Ford, Texas (109th)
  • Christian LaCouture, LSU (220th)
  • Andrew Brown, Virginia (227th)
  • Greg Gilmore, LSU (243rd)

For the South, the defensive tackle group is a lot less fun. Poona Ford is the only guy here who looks like an early starter in the NFL. For Ford, this week is about putting the size questions to rest, he’s just 5-foot-11, 305 pounds. His quickness and leverage ability are going to help him be great versus the run. LaCouture and Gilmore both flashed at times for LSU, but neither showed many athletic traits. Brown is a somewhat big name, but did so little at Virginia. If he can show athleticism as a pass rusher, it would help a lot.

Outside Linebackers

Most to Prove: Shaquem Griffin, UCF

Sleeper: Kemoko Turay, Rutgers

Biggest Question: Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss

First Round Ability: Uchenna Nwosu, USC

Keep an Eye on: Uchenna Nwosu, USC

North:

  • Garret Dooley, Wisconsin (172nd)
  • Kemoko Turay, Rutgers (186th)
  • Dewey Jarvis, Brown (252nd)

Somehow the North is far less talented at linebacker than the South. For Dooley, this week is about proving athleticism and coverage ability as he’ll likely have to move to inside linebacker in the NFL. Turay is a deep-sleeper with size and athleticism, but he’s just so raw. Jarvis probably won’t get drafted, so this week is about special teams for him.

South:

  • Uchenna Nwosu, USC (50th)
  • Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (111th)
  • Shaquem Griffin, UCF (117th)

Again, the North has very few linebackers, but the South has three studs on the outside. Nwosu could have a Haason Reddick-type rise this week. He has all the athleticism in the world and just needs to transition smoothly from edge rusher to off-ball linebacker. Haynes is also moving from an edge rusher role to off-ball linebacker. Like Nwosu, he has a lot of athleticism, but needs to prove himself off the ball. Everybody knows Griffin’s story and about his dominance in college. With tweener size, this week is about showing coverage ability.

Inside Linebackers

Most to Prove: Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson

Sleeper: Myles Pierce, The Citadel

Biggest Question: Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson

First Round Ability: None

Keep an Eye on: Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson

North:

  • Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State (209th)
  • Myles Pierce, The Citadel (222nd)
  • Fred Warner, BYU (225th)
  • Ja’Whaun Bentley, Purdue (248th)
  • Mike McCray, Michigan (253rd)

The worst overall position group in Mobile is the inside linebacker group. It’s pretty much made up of fringe day-three picks and guys from small schools. The North has three guys worth a draft pick in DeLuca, Pierce and Warner. DeLuca is a great tackler who will be perfect on specials. Pierce was a beast in college and has impressive speed, but he’s undersized and hasn’t played against much talent. Warner is built well and another raw athlete, he’ll need to kill one-on-ones. McCray and Bentley aren’t guys with great tape nor athleticism.

South:

  • Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson (97th)
  • Tre’ Williams, Auburn (182nd)
  • Darius Leonard, South Carolina State (189th)
  • Micah Kiser, Virginia (207th)

Without a doubt, the best inside linebacker at the Senior Bowl is Dorian O’Daniel, but then he came in at 6-foot, 215 pounds. So the best inside linebacker is probably a safety in the NFL. O’Daniel is athletic as can be and great in coverage, but he’ll need a big week versus the run. Williams is a thumper, but lacks athleticism to play every down in the NFL. Leonard is a small school guy who plays erratically. Kiser isn’t athletic, but is steady versus the run.

Cornerbacks

Most to Prove: Darius Phillips, Western Michigan

Sleeper: JaMarcus King, South Carolina

Biggest Question: M.J. Stewart, North Carolina

First Round Ability: Kameron Kelly, San Diego State

Keep an Eye on: JaMarcus King, South Carolina

North:

  • Darius Phillips, Western Michigan (101st)
  • JaMarcus King, South Carolina (126th)
  • Isaac Yiadom, Boston College (179th)
  • Taron Johnson, Weber State (206th)
  • Christian Campbell, Penn State (222nd)
  • Michael Joseph, Dubuque (229th)
  • Duke Dawson, Florida (235th)

There seems to be an absurd amount of small-school corners in Mobile this year. It’s not a bad thing, it’s actually nice to get to see these raw athlete’s versus bigger names to see if they can really play. The North has the best corner in Darius Phillips, a great athlete who needs to show he can cover NFL-sized receivers. JaMarcus King could do the most for himself this week. He’s long and lean with nice ball skills. Yiadom is a man-to-man guy who needs to show he has enough speed to run with NFL guys. Johnson, Campbell, Joseph and Dawson all have either size or athleticism questions.

South:

  • Kameron Kelly, San Diego State (107th)
  • Levi Wallace, Alabama (130th)
  • Siran Neal, Jacksonville State (151st)
  • J. Stewart, North Carolina (203rd)
  • Danny Johnson, Southern (208th)
  • D’Montre Wade, Murray State (210th)
  • Chandon Sullivam, Georgia State (217th)

With the South corners, there will be a lot of questions about who is a cornerback and who is a safety. Kameron Kelly played both for the Aztecs and knows how to use his size to body receivers. Levi Wallace lacks weight, but his technique and long arms are going to have scouts intrigued. Neal should be an NFL safety. He has the right thickness and hits like a truck, but doesn’t look like he has the athleticism to play corner. Stewart is either a big corner or a small safety, but in a zone system he could be a steal on the outside. Johnson, Wade and Sullivan needs big weeks to be draftable.

Safeties

Most to Prove: Marcus Allen, Penn State

Sleeper: Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama

Biggest Question: Marcus Allen, Penn State

First Round Ability: Kyzir White, West Virginia

Keep an Eye on: Kyzir White, West Virginia

North:

  • Kyzir White, West Virginia (26th)
  • Armani Watts, Texas A&M (74th)
  • Marcus Allen, Penn State (124th)
  • Trayvon Henderson, Hawaii (211th)

The North has a versatile set of safeties, and three of them could get drafted somewhat high. Kyzir White is a violent safety that lines up everywhere from linebacker to cornerback. Watts is the classic single-high safety that thrives in coverage, but shies away from contact. Allen has some first-round hype, but the athleticism doesn’t seem to be there. He’s a hard hitting box-safety, but a big Senior Bowl could solidify him as a day two pick.

South:

  • Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama (78th)
  • Quin Blanding, Virginia (156th)
  • Tray Matthews, Auburn (190th)

For the South, their safety group is a lot less fun. Blanding is the big name, but he doesn’t have the athleticism to be a great NFL safety. He’ll find a home in the box stopping the run. Matthews played in a lot of big games, but looks like a quality backup strong safety without a high ceiling. Reaves is the best one here and could really help himself this week. He’s not that big, but he’s looked great on tape at both safety and corner and could find a role as a starting nickel. He’s aggressive and smooth, wouldn’t be a surprise if he makes the permanent move to cornerback in the NFL.

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I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.
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Vice President of Media | The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.

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