One of the most important weeks of the NFL Draft season has wrapped. Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Alabama is over. A week for NFL Draft prospects to help or hurt themselves with a week of practice, interviews, and a game in front of every NFL teams coaching and scouting staff. A lot of players improved their stock, some confirmed what we already knew, and some have created more questions than answers, so who were they?
QB: Drew Lock, Missouri
Drew Lock fires a laser into a tight window for Terry McLaurin, but the Ohio State receiver can't haul in the low pass #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/X8xsaD2ACH
— Titans Film Room (@titansfilmroom) January 26, 2019
- This was an underwhelming group of quarterbacks in Mobile. It’s no surprise Drew Lock won the week. He was by far the most physically gifted of the crop in this year’s group. Lock was fine all week and made some impressive throws. His accuracy and lower body mechanics were up-and-down, two of his biggest flaws. The showcasing of his arm talent won him the week. It’s worth noting, Denver Broncos GM John Elway was all over Lock all week.
RB: Dexter Williams, Notre Dame
- All-star game settings are usually tough for running backs to showcase much and that’s clearly true at the Senior Bowl. Both Dexter Williams and Temple’s Ryquell Armstead had nice weeks, but Williams gets the edge here. He showed explosiveness and twitchiness both in practice and the game. Multiple times he put his foot in the dirt to make a nasty cut and exploded for major yardage. Williams looks like a Day 3 pick that can be an instant contributor.
WR: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
- One player stood above the rest all Senior Bowl week, that was Deebo Samuel. Every single day of practice Samuel won. This was the MVP of the week. You can argue that Samuel didn’t lose a one-on-one rep all week. His ability to win with nasty footwork off his release and explode out of breaks allowed him to win with dominant route running all week. Samuel looked like Golden Tate. With his dominant week, Samuel has firmly put himself in the first-round conversation.
TE: Dax Raymond, Utah State
- If not for an ankle injury during the week, Stetson tight end Donald Parham probably would have won this spot. The group as a whole was fine. Saw some nice blocking and solid hands, but Dax Raymond showed the most potential. He had consistent hands all week, consistently worked himself open, and showed a little more juice than the rest of the group. With his upside as a blocker he can go early Day 3.
OT: Dalton Risner, Kansas State
- No group had a better week than the offensive line in Mobile. They dominated all week and multiple guys could have been “winners.” Dalton Risner spent the week proving he can play right tackle at the next-level and won’t be pigeonholed as just an interior guy. He spent the entire week at right tackle dominating. His strength and finishing style stood out as he buried multiple rushers in the dirt. Risner’s anchor and balance helped makeup for some athletic shortcomings. He may have solidified himself as a first-round pick.
IOL: Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State
- This was one of the most talented interior offensive line groups, especially the centers, at the Senior Bowl in recent memory. After some early struggles with power on Day 1, Garrett Bradbury locked in and was unstoppable. His athleticism and quickness were evident with his ability to make reach blocks and work to the second level. Bradbury answered some strength and hand questions too as the week progressed. He was dominating in one-on-one pass pro with a strong anchor and perfect hand placement.
DT: Daylon Mack, Texas A&M
- The interior O-line group definitely got the best of the interior D-line group at the Senior Bowl, but Daylon Mack certainly helped his stock. After wrecking offensive linemen at the East-West Shrine Game the previous week, Mack got called up to the Senior Bowl and made his presence felt. Mack is a load and showed off his power and leverage by winning one-on-one pass rush drills with a nasty bull rush. In team drills and the game, Mack showed his ability to plug up the run by eating space.
DE: Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Best rep of the day in OL vs DL was this hesitation bull rush from Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat, right through Tytus Howard #SeniorBowl
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) January 22, 2019
- Coming into the week there was a heap of defensive ends, aka edge rushers that had hype, but the biggest name in the group stepped up to the plate. Montez Sweat answered questions about his frame by weighing in at 252 pounds. On the field, he made up for a lack of bend by showing off how dominant he can be using his length, hands, and power. Best of all for Sweat was how he looked against the run. He held up at the point of attack and consistently set a strong edge. Sweat is likely a first-round lock thanks to his Senior Bowl performance.
LB: Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State
- Somewhat like the running backs, all-star games like this can be tough for linebackers to truly showcase their ability. A big key for them is showing athleticism and an ability to cover, and boy did Terrill Hanks do that. Hanks was flying around the field with his sideline-to-sideline speed and looked a lot like Fred Warner did in last year’s Senior Bowl. Hanks also won the body completion at weigh-ins with a chiseled physique. In an iffy linebacker class, we could see Hanks sneak into Day 2.
CB: Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
- There were two clear alphas at the wide receiver and cornerback position this week and they went up against each other as frequently as possible. That would be Deebo Samuel and Rock Ya-Sin. Ya-Sin wanted to take on the best all week and showed off his swagger and non-stop trash talking against Deebo. Although Ya-Sin wasn’t winning every rep, you could see his potential for days. The twitchiness, length, and footwork scream starting NFL cornerback. When he was in press-man coverage he was at his best and often fought through every play.
S: Darnell Savage, Maryland
- If Delaware’s Nasir Adderley was put in a better position to succeed and not playing through an injury, he would have likely had the best week of the safeties. Another safety stepped-up in a major leadership role and that was Darnell Savage. Savage was getting fellow defenders into the right spots pre-snap and then bringing his high energy during plays. He even showed an ability to play some press-man as an outside cornerback, flashing his versatility. Savage should be a Day 2 pick and could be a major player at nickel.
10 Biggest Risers
Chuma Edoga, OT, USC
- So, the offensive line dominated all week in Mobile and that included some guys who weren’t expected to be as good as they performed. For instance, Chuma Edoga played right tackle at USC, but spent the week dominating as a left tackle. His quickness and footwork were unmatched and he was “out athlete-ing” every edge rusher. Edoga made himself some major money.
Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State
- It’s a deep wide receiver class and the group at the Senior Bowl was awesome, but nobody did more for their stock than Penny Hart. The tiny slot receiver was cooking everybody with his footwork and slick route running. His ability to dance off the line and explode out of breaks is ideal for today’s NFL slot. Hart is a carbon copy of Taylor Gabriel.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
- One of the top sleepers at receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft is no longer a sleeper after dominating the Senior Bowl. Terry McLaurin was clearly the most athletic pass catcher and with his size and route running ability, almost nobody could cover him during the week. He’s in the top 15 WR conversation now and a likely Day 2 pick.
Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College
- Nothing was more enjoyable than seeing Chris Lindstrom and Dalton Risner work together on the right side of the North teams O-line, the two meanest SOBs in Mobile. Lindstrom was mauling people all week. His ability as a run blocker was known, but he held his own in pass pro. Lindstrom’s firmly in the conversation as the top guard prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
- Kaleb McGary is just another offensive lineman who had a great week. McGary was holding it down at right tackle all week and using his size and strength to, “throw people out of the club.” McGary even showed some improved footwork and bend to deal with the smaller more athletic edge rushers. We could see him go late Day 2.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow makes plays that most guys his size can’t make. This play was insane. #SeniorBowl stud. Has such high awareness, great route running, trustworthy hands, and makes plays when everything breaks down. Every QB is going to want him as their slot. pic.twitter.com/tWdpTf7AFp
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) January 27, 2019
- Even if he was one of the least physically imposing players in Mobile, Hunter Renfrow had a monster week. Renfrow consistently won one-on-ones with elite start-stop ability as a route runner. He showed elite awareness to make plays for his quarterbacks and despite a lack of size, he was one of the best ball adjustment receivers. He’s a quarterback’s best friend.
Khalen Saunders, IDL, Western Illinois
Probably my favorite play from the #SeniorBowl today came from Western Illinois’ Khalen Saunders. Went club/swim and showed off that quickness for a bigger dude and then buried Will Grier.
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) January 26, 2019
- One of the few non-FBS prospects at the Senior Bowl was Khalen Saunders, aka the backflip king. Saunders showed impressive athleticism all week for a man of his size with great short area quickness. His athleticism combined with his heavy hands and ability to play with great leverage could see him as an early Day 3 selection.
Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
- Of all the Kentucky DBs at the Senior Bowl, Lonnie Johnson was the best. His long frame, aggressiveness, and ball skills flashed throughout the week. Johnson was constantly jamming up receivers at the line and finding his way to the ball. He could be a late riser. Teams will love his size, physicality, and fluidity.
Erik McCoy, IOL, Texas A&M
- One of the most underrated weeks came from Texas A&M center Erik McCoy. McCoy was bringing it in run drills showing off his power and finishing mentality. In pass pro his anchor was one of the most impressive of the interior O-line and he plays with aggressive hands. He clearly has the traits to be a starting center in the NFL.
Elgton Jenkins, IOL, Mississippi State
- Yes, another offensive lineman; they were sick. If you want a zone center, you want Garrett Bradbury, but if you want a power center, Elgton Jenkins is your guy. He showed all week why he’s likely the second center off the board. Jenkins was winning with leverage, a strong anchor, and great hand placement. It was a plus that he didn’t struggle much with athleticism.
10 Biggest Fallers
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
- This was supposed to be the week Daniel Jones justified his first-round hype. Well he didn’t come close to doing that. Jones struggled all week and created more questions than answers. His arm strength is a major concern. Jones struggled on deep throws the entire week and lacked velocity all over the field. He seemed overly robotic and couldn’t get in a rhythm at any point. If your team is taking Jones in the first-round, they better have a long-term plan.
Zach Allen, DL, Boston College
- Anybody who still believed Zach Allen could be a first-round pick before the Senior Bowl, likely no longer thinks that. Allen had one of the least impressive weeks from the D-line. His lack of athleticism and stiffness were taken advantage of constantly. Allen has power, but didn’t show anything else as a pass rusher. His best fit is probably as a 5-Tech in the NFL.
- Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
- All the worries about Kris Boyd came to fruition during Senior Bowl week. His lack of athleticism and fluidity got him in trouble a lot in practice. Worst of all, he’s got a tendency to panic and get grabby when the ball is in the air. That was evident during the game where he committed three defensive penalties in the first quarter alone. Boyd might need to switch to safety in the NFL.
Jalen Jelks, EDGE, Oregon
- There’s no doubt that Jalen Jelks looks the part and has athleticism for days, but it just isn’t converting to on-field production. Jelks flashed some impressive quickness at times, but pretty much had a dud of a week. He was handled in pass rush drills and didn’t seem to have any counter moves. Jelks looks like a project pick right now.
Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
- There’s probably no defensive prospect that the mainstream media and draft Twitter disagree on more than Jaylon Ferguson, right now at least. Some see Ferguson as a top 20 player (mainstream), while others see him as a fringe Day 2 pick (draft Twitter). Well, he sure didn’t look like much at the Senior Bowl. He was stone walled pretty much all week and didn’t seem to have any plan when rushing the passer. His length and athleticism might have some intrigued, but he’s nowhere near a first-round player.
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
- At this point mostly everybody understands Will Grier isn’t a top quarterback in this class, but any thought of him being a Day 2 pick should be put to rest after the Senior Bowl. Grier was brutal all week, struggling with ball placement on all levels. Mechanically he was a mess and the arm talent is inconsistent. Grier is an early Day 3 guy.
Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
- A late addition with the injury to Donald Parham, Caleb Wilson had some hype. He’s known for his athleticism and field stretching ability, but in Mobile he was unimpressive. Wilson seemed sluggish and was terribly slow out of his breaks while running routes. He never got into a rhythm and was the least impressive tight end.
Jaylen Smith, WR, Louisville
- Being a height-weight-speed guy is always good, but if you can’t catch and don’t run clean routes, it won’t help much at receiver. That was Jaylen Smith in Mobile. He looked the part, but struggled with drops and is a novice route runner. In this wide receiver class, a guy like Smith is likely a late Day 3 developmental pick.
Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
- There was a chance for Amani Oruwariye to lock himself into being a first-round pick at the Senior Bowl. He was the most highly touted cornerback there, but didn’t live up to expectations. Oruwariye had an up-and-down week. He showed his twitchy athleticism, but also struggled with technique. At the next-level he’ll be at his best in press-zone so it wasn’t the most ideal setting for his skill-set. However, you’d still expect a player of his talent to step-up.
Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State
- For whatever reason some people believe Trace McSorley is a quarterback in the NFL. He is not and that was proven all week at the Senior Bowl. McSorley was the worst passer in Mobile, struggling to complete anything through air. He’s a tough smart football player, but he’s not a quarterback. A switch to safety seems like his best option to make the league.
Who Put Themselves in Round 1 Talk
Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
- In such a deep WR class could Deebo Samuel push himself into the first-round? After his dominant Senior Bowl performance, it seems like a real possibility. He was the MVP on the field all week. Samuel is known for his dominant YAC ability, but showing he could cook off the line and run perfect routes helped his stock a lot. He showed he can win on the outside and not just in the slot. The depth of the class could work against him though as teams might be willing to wait on taking a receiver.
Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas
- It may not have been the dominant week some expected for Charles Omenihu, but he had a handful of WOW plays throughout the week and in the game. Omenihu has a rare combo of length, athleticism, and power for a tweener on the defensive line. His skills have earned him the nickname of “Baby Buckner.” The more teams see of Omenihu, the more they’ll love him. A big NFL Combine could lock him into the first-round.
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
- It’s an insanely deep defensive line class, both for edge rushers and interior defenders. Thanks to his week at the Senior Bowl, Montez Sweat feels like a lock in the first-round. He should test near the top for edge rushers at the NFL Combine as well, and that could push him into the top 20. His size (6-6, 252 pounds), athleticism, and proven production will earn him plenty of hype.
Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
#SeniorBowl director @JimNagy_SB called Andre Dillard a potential first round prospect last week. This rep from Day 3 helps that case. pic.twitter.com/NzPCRelyHr
— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) January 27, 2019
- There was a ton of buzz surrounding Andre Dillard entering Senior Bowl week and he clearly lived up to it with a quietly great performance. He’s not a mauler, but just technically sound in pass pro. His footwork and balance are what teams love and Dillard’s a nice sealer in the run game. First-round is a bit rich due to his lack of hand use/consistent placement and he needs to get stronger, but teams love consistent pass protectors at left tackle.
Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
- With Dalton Risner proving his ability as a right tackle at the Senior Bowl it’ll definitely heat up his first-round talk. It also helps that he measured in with more length than expected (34 ¼” arms). With the ability to play any spot on the O-line, his nasty demeanor, and technical prowess, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him move up the board as the NFL Draft approaches.
Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State
- It might be a devalued position, but if any center is going in the first-round, it’s Garrett Bradbury. He’s the best interior offensive lineman in the class and he showed that at the Senior Bowl. It’s rare to see an IOL with short area quickness and the ability to make reach blocks like Bradbury does. His athleticism, football IQ, and technical skill remind many of Ryan Kalil.
Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
- Despite an up-and-down Senior Bowl, Nasir Adderley is still in the first-round convo and competing to be the first safety taken. He was put in weird spots at the Senior Bowl that didn’t take advantage of his best traits plus he was dealing with an injury. We did see his elite ball skills, willingness as a hitter, and range in the game. A big NFL Combine and a weak safety class can get him selected Day 1.
Who’s Sending You Back to the Tape
LJ Collier, EDGE, TCU
Really loved what I saw from TCU’s LJ Collier in the North’s OL vs DL session today. Showed twitch, strong hands, and a motor #SeniorBowl
— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) January 22, 2019
- One of the defenders who made themselves the most money this week in Mobile was LJ Collier. Through the first two days of practice you could argue he was the best defensive lineman. Collier was showing power, active hands, and a non-stop motor. With his skill-set and size, he could be a starting base 4-3 strong side defensive end in the NFL one day. A guy that’ll have many watching more tape on him.
Nate Davis, IOL, Charlotte
- Another offensive lineman who really helped themselves was Charlotte’s Nate Davis. Davis immediately stood out for his funky stance, but it was working for him. He was finishing every rep and even when he got beat, he’d do his best to get a shot at the defender. A true mean SOB. Davis is a run mauler who’s going to convert from right tackle to guard in the NFL, and scouts are definitely watching more tape on him.
Keelan Doss, WR, UC Davis
- It was an awesome wide receiver group at the Senior Bowl and one of only two non-FBS guy in the group was Keelan Doss. Doss is a scouting favorite of many and a sleeper who will shoot up boards. His route running was damn impressive and drew comparisons to Keenan Allen at one point. With the crisp routes, nice size, and catch radius he’s going to be a developmental starter. The James Jones comparison is accurate.
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