Ranking the Quarterbacks

  1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
  • As expected, Mayfield had the best week among QBs in Mobile. He was clearly the best overall passer, but the biggest difference was he did the little things. Mayfield took control as a leader and constantly congratulated teammates. Also, when it wasn’t his rep you could see him taking mental reps and visualizing the plays. Most importantly he came in at 6-foot 3/8 and 216-pounds with 9 ½-inch hands.
  1. Josh Allen, Wyoming
  • It was what it was for Josh Allen this week. At times he looked like a top 10 pick, but at other times he looked like a day three project. He improved as the week went on though which is a good sign. Allen was at his best when he was closer to the end zone, another good sign. Of course, he showed off his dominant arm strength and athleticism, but even began throwing with touch late in the week. Some team will fall in love with him and take him in the first-round.
  1. Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
  • Basically, Kyle Lauletta is the opposite of Josh Allen. He just hits the desired size for an NFL QB at 6-2, 217-pounds and lacks ideal arm strength. On the other hand, he was the most accurate passer at the Senior Bowl all week. His ball placement is incredible and he goes through his progressions quickly. Throw in his above-average athleticism and he looks like a future NFL starter.
  1. Mike White, Western Kentucky
  • If you’re looking for a developmental pocket passer Mike White is for you. He’s 6-4, 221-pounds with a strong arm. In the game he seemed the most natural of all the quarterbacks when sitting in the pocket. He threw with great anticipation and accuracy. White solidified his status as a top 10 QB and could crack the top seven.
  1. Kurt Benkert, Virginia
  • Like Mike White, Benkert has the potential to be a developmental starter. He has a big arm and nice size, but at times he seemed trigger-shy. On the plus side he can make every throw and has an innate ability to make off-base throws. Lauletta, Benkert, and White are fighting to be day two picks.
  1. Luke Falk, Washington State
  • Nobody was better with the media than Luke Falk. He spoke candidly and charismatically all week. He’s clearly a football junkie and knows the game. Even though he doesn’t have great arm strength nor poise in the pocket, his accuracy and knowledge will likely earn him an NFL backup job. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him turn into a coach someday.
  1. Brandon Silvers, Troy
  • It was sort of like Silvers was the forgotten man this week. He barely got to play in the game and was overshadowed by more well-known quarterbacks. Silvers didn’t have a bad week, he’s fine. But his throwing motion is elongated and he’s pretty average across the board with his traits. It’s a deep QB class and Silvers could go undrafted.
  1. Tanner Lee, Nebraska
  • With the injury to Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph, Lee was added as a replacement. He’s known for his massive arm, which showed, and his endless turnovers, which also shwoed. This week was bad enough for him that it may have put the nail in the coffin for his chance of being drafted. But this is the NFL and he’s got a rocket of a right arm, so probably someone will overdraft him.

Ranking the Risers

  1. Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
  • The best non-QB in Mobile, Alabama was Isaiah Wynn. I’m not sure if he ever lost a rep. The move from left tackle to guard has paid off and he looks like a first-round pick.
  1. Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
  • Between Wynn and Hernandez, it was a great week for guard play. Hernandez was mauling people as expected, but the lateral movement skills for a man of his size was the most impressive part. He’s a top 40 player in this class.
  1. Nathan Shepherd, ID, Fort Hays State
  • The biggest riser of the week only lasted a practice and a half before breaking his hand. Shepherd was unstoppable on tape vs lesser opponents, but he was just as dominant in Mobile. He was the most athletic interior defender and has a repertoire of pass rush moves.
  1. Kemoko Turay, ED, Rutgers
  • A former Freshman All-American, Turay has battled injuries over the last few years, but lit up the Senior Bowl. He showed explosive athleticism and an un-teachable ability to bend the edge. If not for the injury concerns he would be a sure-fire day two pick.
  1. Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
  • After a few tight ends got injured, Gesicki took advantage of being in the spotlight. He flashed smooth athleticism and crisp routes to go along with great hands.
  1. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, ED, Oklahoma
  • Even though Okoronkwo is just 6-1, 240-pounds he looks like he’ll have a future on the edge in the NFL. He has extremely long arms for his size, great bend, and is a superior athlete who uses his leverage well.
  1. Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
  • Nobody had more pancake blocks on tape than Alex Cappa and he lived up to it in Mobile. Throughout the practices his technique and strength dominated. Although, he struggled with speed in the game, he looks like a plug-and-play starter.
  1. Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
  • It was a somewhat quiet week for Crosby, due in part to his consistently solid play. He never seemed to struggle and his stellar hand and length use showed. Maybe, because he wasn’t flattening people his name wasn’t mentioned as much, but his week was great.
  1. Kylie Fitts, ED, Utah
  • It seems like Fitts is about to go from a day three steal to a day two plug-and-play edge. His tape showed a high motor run-defender with nice size. In Mobile he flashed more athleticism and pass rush than expected and made a name for himself.
  1. B.J. Hill, ID, North Carolina State
  • There were flashier defensive tackles than B.J. Hill, but he had an intriguing week. He’s a run plug who is best suited for a 1-technqiue spot. He added to his value showing some pocket pushing ability with his strength.
  1. Marcus Davenport, ED, UTSA
  • It was a weird week for Davenport. He was non-existent on the first two days of practice, but then dominated the third day and the game. Maybe, it was a bit of an adjustment period for him, but the length, athleticism, and strength will get him into the first-round.
  1. D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
  • We already knew Chark would be great as a deep-threat, and he was. But he showed far better route running than expected and great ability to track the ball.
  1. Justin Jones, ID, North Carolina State
  • Like his teammate Hill, Jones flashed more pass rush ability than expected. His hand use was impressive and proved he can be more than a run-down player.
  1. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  • Despite his odd size for a receiver, Washington helped himself this week. His speed was evident and his hands were strong. The only thing we didn’t see was if he can run a full route tree.
  1. Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
  • Another small school guy who showed up to hang with the big names. Leonard is a sideline-to-sideline tackler with the skillset needed to be an every down linebacker. If he blows up the combine he could be a day two lock.
  1. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
  • It was a somewhat up and down week for Hamilton. He was the clear best route runner in Mobile, but his hands were atrocious. Hamilton is big (6-0) and smooth and should contend to be an NFL slot, but his hands will keep him out of day two talk.
  1. Fred Warner, LB, BYU
  • Sometimes, the Senior Bowl is about seeing a guy flash and going back and doing more tape on them. That’s what happened with Warner for me. He’s 6-3, 235-pounds and moves like a safety. In Mobile he showed his physicality and instincts which led me into more tape on him. Looks like he could be a third-round guy.
  1. Harrison Phillips, ID, Stanford
  • Senior Bowl week favors pass rushers and not so much the space-eaters. Even though, Phillips is a natural 1-tech he had a nice week living up to his tape. He’s going to be great against the run in the NFL, but his leverage and strength will create some pass rush.
  1. M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
  • Usually the cornerback group creates some buzz, but this year it was a bit weak. Stewart was the biggest name and the clear best corner in the group. He showed he can fit any system with his athleticism, physicality, and technique.
  1. Andrew Brown, ID, Virginia
  • Nobody looked as different in Mobile than on tape as Andrew Brown. The former 5-star recruit had a lackluster career playing 5-tech at Virginia. Then as a 3-tech at the Senior Bowl he showed all kinds of athleticism and pass rush. If he tests well, he’ll be a big riser.
  1. Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T
  • With West Georgia’s Desmon Harrison missing the Senior Bowl due to injury, Parker basically stole his thunder. Harrison was supposed to be the impressive small school project tackle, but Parker filled that role. He showed solid footwork and a great use of length.
  1. Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
  • Going into the week Gallup was known for his toughness and consistent hands. I questioned his athleticism, and he answered. He had no trouble creating separation and he has one of the highest floors among receiver prospects.
  1. Poona Ford, ID, Texas
  • After playing well at the East-West Shrine Game, Ford got the Senior Bowl call up. The main knock on him is his size (5-11, 306-pounds), but it didn’t effect him in Mobile. He plays with great leverage and borderline elite quickness. It’s worth mentioning he somehow wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine despite being a definite top 300 player.
  1. Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas State
  • Byron Pringle was a pleasant surprise at the Senior Bowl. He has got nice size and athleticism, but his route running was special. After Hamilton, Pringle was the best route runner and constantly got himself open with impressive footwork. Definitely a guy to watch more tape on.
  1. Marquis Haynes, ED/LB, Ole Miss
  • There was a plethora of tweener linebackers at the Senior Bowl this year, but none of them had the Haason Reddick rise. The most consistent of the edge guys turned off-ball linebackers was probably Haynes. He showed off his pass rush ability against NFL caliber tackles and looked like a natural mover in coverage.
  1. Colby Gossett, OG, Appalachian State
  • Even though Colby Gossett was coming from a small school he handled his own. Gossett never seemed overwhelmed and look better in pass protection than expected. He could end up a day three pick that starts as a rookie.
  1. Shaquem Griffin, LB, UCF
  • There were plenty of storylines surrounding Shaquem Griffin entering the Senior Bowl. First of all, the missing hand rarely effects his play, at times he struggles with disengaging from blocks, but that’s it. More importantly, he plays harder than almost everybody and has the traits to play anywhere from edge to safety. He’ll need the right fit, a team willing to use his unique skillset, but he’s a player.
  1. Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame
  • With all of the tight end injuries and Gesicki showing off his skills, the second most intriguing tight end became Smythe. He’s an athletic big body, but never got the opportunity to show off his receiving skills in South Bend. Smythe had no problem beating safeties and flashed natural hands.
  1. Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
  • This was a big week for Ballage. His production at Arizona State never matched his skillset and he was never the true number one running back. He’s got great size at 6-2, 223-pounds and is a natural receiver. Ballage showed burst, elusiveness, and most importantly power in Mobile.
  1. Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
  • Yes, another guard. This guard class is deep and there’s a handful of plug-and-play starters. For Wyatt Teller it was a setting that didn’t favor his skillset and he still looked good. Teller is a run mauling, play through the whistle guard, but in one-on-one pass-blocking his technique and anchor showed.

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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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