Looking at their combined performance between practice and the game here is how my All-Senior Bowl roster would stack-up at each position.
*Note there will be 3 wide receivers and 3 corners since that is what we see the most in the NFL
-Throughout the practice week this was a close battle, with Stidham even being named by the Senior Bowl as the top practice QB. In the game though I think Lock overtook Stidham as he had a much stronger performance and handled the offense better. Still I’d say this was a positive week for both quarterbacks and they were pretty clearly above the rest of the signal callers at the Senior Bowl.
Overall- Honestly I’d say this was a disappointing week for Quarterbacks. Lock, Stidham and maybe Ryan Finley were the only QBs who made a strong case throughout the week. Guys like Grier and Tyree Jackson flashed at times, but were highly inconsistent. Daniel Jones came in with a lot of hype, but his play didn’t match it. Even a number of his completed throws were thrown behind receivers or lacked velocity that could make them susceptible to interceptions at the next level. He did have some positives of course, but he didn’t come close to meeting his expectations.
-Hills had the best week in practice, but unfortunately he got injured early in the game. Pollard had an okay practice week, but really helped himself with a strong game. Neither running back is a top prospect, but both showed some late round developmental potential.
Overall- This was a clearly down year for running back at the Senior Bowl. I wouldn’t say this group disappointed, because I do think guys like Hills and Pollard really helped themselves. I just think this is mainly a day 3 of the draft group, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t a single guy selected in the top 125 picks.
-This was maybe the toughest group to pick the starters versus the back-ups as a number of receivers played really well this week. Samuel was clearly the top receiver of the week, but after him Hart, Isabella, McLaurin, Doss and Renfrow all made really strong cases for the 2nd and 3rd spots. I think Hart and Isabella were a touch better overall as their big play upside was evident both in practice and in the game. McLaurin and Doss both had really good weeks as well and showed plenty of upside that they can contribute early in the NFL. Renfrow had a terrible weigh-in, but showed that it really didn’t matter. He got open and made plays throughout the week. His size will keep him from being drafted too high, but the guy just makes plays.
Overall- I came in with low expectations with this group really only expecting Samuel and Isabella to have strong weeks that showed real NFL ability. I though maybe one or two other receivers would flash, but I didn’t expect to come away this impressed with the group. Even some of the guys who didn’t make this list had strong weeks that helped themselves. The end result of this is that there should be a lot of wide receiver talent floating around in the 3rd-5th rounds.
-For me four tight ends really stood out on the week and showed nice NFL upside. Raymond is the most talented of that bunch, but Josh Oliver made it a tough call. Both Raymond and Oliver look like potential TE 1’s at the next level and should be late 3rd-4th rd picks. Drew Sample and Foster Moreau were the other two TEs of the group who had strong weeks, but I don’t think they have the same level of upside.
Overall- This group was solid and met expectations, but no one really exceed them. In years past we’ve seen some tight ends emerge as top 2 round options and I just don’t see that with this group.
-Picking the starters was pretty easy as Dillard had a really strong week and was the top pass protector among the tackles in practice. His run blocking is still a work in progress, but I thought he did fine in the game action. Risner started the week really struggling, but he was fantastic on the final day of practice and in the game. While he may move inside at the NFL level, he at least showed he can handle a tackle role. Picking the back-ups was a bit tougher, but Howard and Scharping showed a lot of promise as smaller school guys.
Overall- I thought this group looked good. It was a good balance of quality early round starters (Dillard, Risner), mid-round upside starters (Howard, Scharping) and guys who should at least be swing tackles at the next level (McGary, Daley, Edoga).
-This was a tough battle this year as a number of guards looked good. Lindstrom was easily the top guard for me, and then it was about a 5 way battle figuring out the next three spots. Powers I think had the edge on the week, though Deiter is the better all-around prospect.
Overall- I was really impressed with this group. I think you have a mix of early starters and guys who can develop down the road. Most guys met or exceed my expectations for them this week.
-Tough call here between Bradbury and Jenkins who both had great weeks of practice and solid performances in the game. Both look like good starters at the next level and top 2 round picks. Erik McCoy was another center who preformed well and deserves some credit.
Overall- this was a good group as Bradbury, Jenkins and McCoy all looked good throughout the week. Ross Pierschbacher was a bit more up-and-down, but he was solid as well.
-Pretty easy decision for the two starters here. Sweat was clearly the top defensive player at any position and was simply unblockable at times. He really made a strong case to be a top 20 player in this draft class. Omenihu had a solid week in practice, but he really shined in the game. He’s got a good combination of size and speed and can be a force off the edge. The runners-up were tougher to pick, there were some guys who flashed, but not many EDGEs were consistent after Sweat and Omenihu.
Overall- Sweat and Omenihu were very impressive this week, but the rest of the EDGE group was disappointing. Allen, Ferguson, Nelson and Ximines came in with high grades, but generally were disappointing. I don’t think any of them “killed” their draft stock, but I don’t think they particularly helped themselves either.
-Saunders had a strong week of practice, but he stole the top spot with his dominant game performance. He was so disruptive during the game making numerous plays in the backfield despite limited snaps. Wren had a solid game, but he was probably the best all-around interior DL at practice. Both Buggs and Mack had strong weeks as well.
Overall- I’d say this was a very positive week for this group of interior defensive linemen. I don’t know if there is a top 50 pick of the bunch, but there should be a number taken 51-100 in the draft, and the depth of the group is strong. Saunders, Buggs and Wren all have potential to be good starters at the NFL level.
-Pratt and Hanks are really the new style of NFL off ball linebackers. They have strong movement skills and can cover. Coney and Davis are more traditional linebackers who are better with the play in front of them vs covering backs and tight ends.
Overall- this group didn’t have a ton of expectations so I would say they generally met them, but I will say Hanks was a surprise with how solid he was. No one jumped off the page, but it was a solid week for the group.
-Oruwariye was the best all-around corner of the week despite not even playing in the game. I think he had the most consistent week of practice and showed top 50 potential. Rock Ya-Sin is still developing as a corner, but he had a good showing this week. He’s physical, with decent speed/quickness, and solid ball skills. It was a bit more of a battle for the last spot, as all the honorable mentions were solid as well, overall I thought Isaiah Johnson deserved the 3rd spot. He’s long and runs pretty well, but struggled with some of the quicker receivers.
Overall- this group was a bit disappointing as I expected more out of the top corners given what I saw as an underwhelming group of receivers. There is some talent and potential here, but as a whole this group probably created more questions than they did answers.
-Adderley is potentially a star quality safety at the next level and showed really well when he was allowed to play FS in single high or two deep looks. He has great reactions and really strong ball skills. Will Harris was a real pleasant surprise this week. I wasn’t super high on him going in, but he consistently made plays and was around the football. He’s a guy that made me want to go back and study him more. Both Savage and Thornhill were solid throughout the week as well.
Overall- the safety group played as expected, though it was disappointing that Johnathan Abram couldn’t participate. If he checks out medically he could be another top 75 safety in this class.