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I don't have the time to follow college football so I appreciate the stuff that's being posted.

Question for those who do follow college football. Is there a DT 3 technique in this draft worth a #1 or high #2 in this draft?
As an FYI. Kinlaw left the senior bowl Wednesday after some tendinitis in his knee. It was a precautionary step, I think he did what he set out to do.

If we don’t take a DT in the first. Gallimore is an option in the early second. Or players like Jason Stowbridge from North Carolina, who had a good week. He was a light DT that should play on end. But he fits our mold of light guys who can play outside then move inside on passing downs. He has a very good week. Or the Missouri DT Jordan Elliot who has a very quick step and who I think is very under appreciated right now.
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The social anxiety worried me more. I think the weed actually helped with the social anxiety. That’s where the interviews come into play. Also Ditka got exposed for his lack of front office prep and research.
Not only was I not familiar with Edge, I didn't know of any RW problems. I only knew of his awesome career at Texas. When they passed on Ricky, I still felt, well if you don't want him, then trade with Ditka who was offering the world for him.
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Yeah, I remember that very well. I was fit to be tied, I thought there was no way we weren't taking Williams. Shows you how much I fucking know, basically nothing.

The other draft I remember was when the Colts didn't take Dilfer. Mel Kiper was very critical of the Colts for not taking him. I was too, but Dilfer didn't turn out to be a very good QB.

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yeah, and that time we took bjorn werner and phillip dorsett in back to back years. good times!
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yeah, and that time we took bjorn werner and phillip dorsett in back to back years. good times!
Well you know all that research they do...
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List of top Performers at the Senior Bowl overall

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Day 3 standouts

Video interview with one of the PFF evaluators talking about the QBs

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MOBILE, Ala. — Thursday’s Senior Bowl practices had a different feel to them with both the North and South Team sessions moving over to the University of South Alabama covered football facility for the final day of practices before Saturday’s game.

Rain was the reason for the move from outdoor Ladd-Peebles Stadium, although there wasn’t as much accumulation as expected. But it also provided a possible sneak peak at the game’s future practice location.

Rumors have swirled for more than a year that the Senior Bowl will consider moving the practices and game from the dilapidated Ladd-Peebles to the USA campus once their new stadium project is completed. It’s expected to be finished by August.


Referees also were on hand again Wednesday’s practices, and they made their presence felt — flags were flying throughout both teams’ sessions, especially during the red-zone and two-minute drill portions

But we believe it also showed the disparity between the talent at wide receiver and cornerback for this week. Like the 2020 NFL draft class as a whole, the WR talent this week has been mostly terrific. On the flip side, some of the corners and safeties — though not all — have struggled at times.

Here were the standout performers from both the North team (coached by the Detroit Lions) and the South (coached by the Cincinnati Bengals):

Day 3 winners

Oregon QB Justin Herbert (North team)

I’ll likely go into more depth on stacking all the quarterbacks at week’s end, but Herbert has topped the group. He’s been consistently good every single day down here, earning the first-team reps immediately and throwing the ball with accuracy and conviction.

Herbert has good mobility and sets his feet quickly on his pass drops. Even with some pressure in his face during team work on Wednesday, he never looked panicked and typically found open men to connect with. Herbert’s balls have come out clean and on target, and he shined in all the situational work.

If there’s one knock is maybe that he hasn’t been the most aggressive QB down here — that’s likely Jordan Love, who consistently took more chances downfield — but that’s really the only knock that comes to mind. It’s been a productive week for Herbert down here, and the way things are going, there’s no reason to think he will fall in the draft past the first dozen or 15 picks at the farthest.


Liberty WR Antonio Gandy-Golden (North)

Gandy-Golden was this close to making our Wednesday winners list, but a dropped ball in the end zone yesterday put him on the cutting-room floor. It’s not happening again. Gandy-Golden has been mostly excellent this week, absolutely looking the part of an NFL receiver.

When the Lions went red zone, it was Gandy-Golden’s time to shine. He made several terrific toe-tapping, high-point grabs in the corner of the end zone against multiple corners and used his strong hands and good body positioning to win on slants and in-breaking routes.

Overall, it’s been a really promising week for the smaller-school wideout. Georgia Southern CB Kindle Vildor told us that Gandy-Golden was his toughest matchup all season, and that included games against LSU (Jordan Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase) and Minnesota (Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson). That’s high praise, and the North corners have gotten a taste of what Vildor was talking about this week. We think Gandy-Golden is absolutely a top-100 player, and he could even rise to the late second-round or early third-round range.

Another receiver who really stood out — and he has been polished and productive all week — was Ohio State’s K.J. Hill. He made a spectacular one-handed grab on a ball thrown behind him and never lost his stride, and Hill’s technical ability is so clean and polished, giving many onlookers Terry McLaurin vibes.

McLaurin was a clear Senior Bowl standout a year ago, and he was a huge success as a rookie with the Washington Redskins. It speaks to the teaching ability of Buckeyes WR coach Brian Hartline, who is consistently churning out NFL-ready wideouts.


UCLA CB Darnay Holmes (South)

Maybe the best rivalry we didn’t see coming was that one that has brewed over the past three days between Holmes and Florida WR Van Jefferson. The two standouts have gone at their matchups tooth and nail, trash talking after nearly every one, and the scouts are just eating it up.
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Wideouts on Day 3

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MOBILE, Ala. -- While many of the consensus top receivers in this draft class are underclassmen such as Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, Tee Higgins, and Laviska Shenault, the crop of wideouts at the Senior Bowl have reminded the masses of the insane depth at the position during practice this week -- specifically on Thursday.

Baylor's Denzel Mims has been the most impressive pass catcher in Mobile and built on two strong efforts Tuesday and Wednesday with an outstanding, well-rounded performance inside South Alabama's practice facility Thursday.

Mims was a track star in high school and routinely won down the field at Baylor. He showcased his nuanced ability to beat press coverage at the line with the suddenness to free himself to make room to kick it into top gear. It's a huge plus for Mims to prove to be capable of getting open at the short and intermediate levels here in Mobile to add to his standing as a straight-line burner. He's also essentially caught everything, including passes outside his frame with his arms extended over his head and out in front of him.

Probably even more impressive strictly from a route-running perspective, Ohio State's K.J. Hill has continued the recent trend of Buckeyes entering the pre-draft process extremely polished. On Thursday, Hill continued to get in the blind spots of corners before breaking off his route stem to create separation at ease, and, like Mims, he deployed his hands with a little shimmy to consistently beat physical press coverage. In team drills, he made a ridiculous one-handed grab on a drag route thrown behind him.

Liberty's Antonio Gandy-Golden, a power forward with the size and ball skills to rebound over cornerbacks, was quick off the line, then flipped on the jets to create room down the field, and, of course, tracked it wonderfully when defenders recovered. He has proven he can play with top competition this week at the Senior Bowl. Florida's Jefferson has shown route-running savvy too.

Other receivers who've gotten the better of the cornerbacks they've faced include the slippery James Proche from SMU, who has nifty lateral quicks and catches everything, Texas' Collin Johnson, a tall, long leaper who's found a way to get open at the intermediate level, and Notre Dame's wideout-who-might-actually-be-a-tight-end Chase Claypool. He's flat-out overpowered cornerbacks at the line and the catch point.

Dayton's Adam Trautman has inserted himself as a legitimate tight end prospect after this week. He's gotten open often, with linebackers and safeties seemingly surprised at how bouncy he is making cuts as a route runner and when he's exploding downfield. LSU's long-limbed tight end Stephen Sullivan has blazed down the seam and his gliding style has generated space for quarterbacks to get him the football. Major stock up for the former Tiger.

For the defensive enthusiasts, I have some good news. A handful of defenders did stand out on Thursday, most namely Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore. His combination of first-step explosion, smoothness in his hips to change directions rapidly, and power in his active hands made him unblockable in one-on-one drills (and all week, really). Also upfront, NC State's Larell Murchison flashed a variety of moves to beat interior blockers on Thursday and showcased impressive speed in his rush.

Notre Dame corner Troy Pride continued his strong week thanks to his athleticism keeping him close to wideouts, and he's found the football better as it has arrived much better in Mobile than he did at Notre Dame in his career with the Fighting Irish. While slightly grabby, Pittsburgh's Dane Jackson has probably logged the most pass breakups this week, in both one-on-ones and team drills. He had two red-zone pass breakups on slants today. Jackson's instincts are outstanding, and he's as feisty as they come despite being somewhat undersized.

Alabama edge rusher Terrell Lewis has worked inside and out with his rushes, and his long arms have kept blockers off his frame. Much of the same goes for Florida's Jonathan Greenard, and he's bigger and more athletically gifted than Lewis.

Small-schoolers Jeremy Chinn from Southern Illinois and Lenoir Rhyne's Kyle Dugger flashed all week in coverage, both at 220 pounds, with tremendous athletic talents, length, recovery speed. They have nickel linebacker written all over them and are unquestionably on the early Day 3 radar at this point with a chance to continue to rise with strong showings at the combine.

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Senior Bowl Risers

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MOBILE, Ala. -- The Senior Bowl is viewed as the premier college all-star game due to the exceptional collection of talent on display in Mobile, Alabama. NFL coaches, general managers and scouts pay close attention to how prospects perform in an environment that pits elites vs. elites in every drill. Considering how much stock evaluators put into this week, I'd like to highlight this week's standouts -- and explore how their play here could impact their draft stock going forward. Here are my thoughts:

Who could be the next Daniel Jones?

The 2019 Senior Bowl helped Daniel Jones emerge as a surprise top-10 pick a year ago. This time around, the event could help Oregon's Justin Herbert and Utah State's Jordan Love crack the top 15 on draft night, despite the question marks around their respective games following so-so final seasons. Herbert has been the most consistent quarterback in attendance during the practice week, exhibiting all of the prototypical traits scouts covet in QB1s. Checking in at 6-foot-6 and 227 pounds with 10-inch hands, Herbert is a natural thrower with surprising movement skills and athleticism. The former Duck is an easy mover inside and outside of the pocket, and he flashes enough running ability to handle some of the zone-read and bootleg concepts that more NFL teams are featuring prominently in the playbook nowadays. Throwing the ball, Herbert has impressed scouts with his arm strength and overall arm talent, as he has routinely delivered strikes to his receivers on the perimeter. Herbert has shown good anticipation and timing on rhythm throws while also showcasing consistent ball placement throughout the week.

Love has been a steady climber throughout the week, with his performance improving daily. The 6-foot-3, 223-pound gunslinger has demanded the full attention of evaluators with his unique combination of blue-chip arm talent and enticing athleticism. Love can deliver spectacular throws from various arm angles and platforms, which has led some scouts to tout him as a potential Patrick Mahomes-like playmaker at the next level. While that is a lofty comparison, I can certainly see why evaluators are intrigued by his talent and potential after watching him drop some dimes in seven-on-seven and team drills. Although Love has been a little inconsistent with his ball placement and touch, he possesses enough natural talent to make you believe his game can be improved with detailed coaching at the next level. An imaginative coordinator could build an offense around his skill set that would allow Love to enjoy immediate success as a young starter, like some of his so-called "raw" predecessors, including Deshaun Watson, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. Considering Love's eye-catching flashes throughout the practice week, the Utah State product could go sooner than expected in April.

Javon Kinlaw put on a show
If NFL scouts conducted a draft with only the 2020 Senior Bowl participants, Kinlaw would be the consensus No. 1 pick. The 6-5, 315-pound defensive lineman has been a one-man wrecking crew in drills, displaying an exceptional combination of strength, power and athleticism while pummeling blockers in one-on-one and team exercises. Kinlaw not only flashes his brute strength with jiujitsu-like hand skills, but he is explosive off the ball and his first-step quickness is problematic when he's given the freedom to play as a one-gap penetrator at the line of scrimmage. Although Kinlaw lined up primarily over the center or guard at South Carolina, he displayed enough athleticism to play as a 5-technique aligned opposite an offensive tackle in a 3-4 front. If I'm a team in need of an interior defender with a game that's similar to Pro Bowler Chris Jones, the conversation begins and ends with Kinlaw. Although the former Gamecock will not be participating in the game on Saturday -- he's sitting out with tendinitis in one of his knees, likely for precautionary reasons -- Kinlaw cemented himself as a first-round pick in Mobile.

The book on highly impressive WR Van Jefferson
The past few Senior Bowls have delivered some instant-impact pass catchers to the NFL. Guys like Deebo Samuel, Terry McLaurin and Cooper Kupp dazzled in Mobile, came off the board in Day 2 of the draft and quickly emerged as blue-chip-caliber playmakers for their respective squads. The next underrated Senior Bowl wideout to watch: Florida's Van Jefferson. The 6-1, 197-pounder is the most polished receiver in this group, and he dominated defensive backs with his crafty route-running skills all week. Jefferson's combination of patience, balance, body control and slick releases keeps defenders on their heels, and his explosive stop-start quickness leads to consistent separation at the top of the route. With Jefferson also displaying strong hands and exceptional ball skills, it is easy to envision him fitting into a system that places a premium on route running on the perimeter. Moreover, Jefferson's package of skills could enable him to become a rookie starter for a team looking for a consistent WR2 opposite an established lead receiver.


Two big-time tight end prospects from small schools

Super Bowl LIV will feature the two best tight ends in the game today, with Travis Kelce and George Kittle lining up for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, respectively. Studying the position at the Senior Bowl, you might want to keep your eyes on a pair of small-school guys: Florida Atlantic's Harrison Bryant and Dayton's Adam Trautman.

Bryant, the John Mackey Award winner, was the most impressive route runner on the roster. He moves around like a jumbo-sized receiver, exhibiting outstanding balance, body control, agility and quickness while blowing past defenders on vertical and intermediate routes. Bryant's subtle acceleration and burst catch defenders off guard, as he routinely wins on post routes and corners down the field. As a big-bodied pass catcher (6-4, 242 pounds) with strong hands and ball skills, he has the potential to emerge as a reliable chain mover in an offense that features the tight end prominently in third-down and red-zone packages. As a blocker, Bryant is a sticky position blocker with the desire and temperament to be effective as a flex or H-back on the edges.

Trautman could finish the pre-draft process ranked as the most complete tight end in the class, based on his combination of playmaking skills and blocking ability as an edge player. The 6-foot-5, 251-pounder is a well-rounded player with the combination of skills (hands, ball skills, athleticism, strength and blocking ability) to be a traditional tight end, which is a rare commodity in 2020. He has the capacity to move defenders off the ball on the edges, while also displaying enough athleticism and quickness to get to the second level. Trautman's scrappiness will serve him well as an in-line TE in the NFL. As a pass catcher, the former Dayton star is a fluid mover with superb route-running skills and sticky hands. He shows an uncanny knack for creating separation and also dazzled scouts with his ability to come down with 50-50 balls in traffic. Considering how a number of quarterbacks prefer targeting the tight end at intermediate and short range, Trautman's emergence as a standout in Mobile could lead to a substantial rise up the charts.

Will OT Josh Jones get a major Senior Bowl bounce?
Last year, Alabama State OT Tytus Howard worked his way into the first round, thanks in no small part to a strong performance at the Senior Bowl. I don't know if Josh Jones will crack the Round 1 barrier, but the Houston offensive tackle has certainly climbed the charts with a solid performance on the turf at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The 6-5, 311-pound edge blocker looked like a natural blind-side protector in drills. Jones plays with balance and shows outstanding body control, deftly kick-sliding and mirroring pass rushers off the edge. He shows a strong stab and punch when he engages, and his ability to work his hands and feet in unison gives him a chance to stalemate hard-charging pass rushers off the edge.

As a run blocker, Jones displays enough athleticism, agility and body control to be effective in a zone-based scheme that requires offensive linemen to wall off linebackers on the second level. He also capably cuts off defensive ends on runs away from him, while showing enough strength and power to move defenders off the ball on the edge. Although he isn't a dominant people mover on the edge, he is effective and that's good enough to make him a solid fit in a variety of systems, particularly one that features the zone scheme.

When comparing Jones to some of the underclassman OTs in the draft, I believe his experience and consistency could set him apart. He played in a pass-centric offense at Houston that provided him with the opportunity to get as many reps as possible kick-sliding and handling swift rushers off the edge. Jones finished his collegiate career with 1,200-plus pass-blocking reps in three seasons, which is why he is so consistent and poised facing pass rushers on this big evaluation stage. With Jones winning the overwhelming majority of those reps, the NFL scouting community might want to revisit their fall grades on the Houston star.


Two late risers on defense

Prior to this week, UCLA's Darnay Holmes was a lightly regarded prospect due to his inconsistent play and injury history, but the former sought-after recruit has changed the narrative with an excellent week of practice. After watching him dazzle in drills, I believe the 5-10, 192-pound defender could be the best slot corner in the draft. Holmes' footwork, athleticism, competitiveness and instincts make him an ideal nickel back in most schemes, particularly with defensive coordinators searching for cover corners with the capacity to match up with the Julian Edelman/Cole Beasley types in the slot.

Keep an eye on North Carolina's Jason Strowbridge (I think this guy is on the Colts radar) as a potential late riser in the process following his performance in Mobile. The 6-4, 267-pound defensive end created quite the buzz in scouting circles with his play throughout the week. Evaluators raved about his quickness, athleticism and versatility, as he routinely blew past edge blockers in drills. Strowbridge's first-step quickness and burst stood out when evaluating his college tape, and his array of moves (speed rush, bull rush and spin move) could make him a disruptive force in a scheme that puts him in a position to play on the move. With the UNC standout also having experience at defensive tackle, he could see his value rise as a potential chess piece for a team employing a "NASCAR" scheme (four speed rushers on the field at the same time) in nickel situations.

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This article is worth checking out because it has lots of embedded clips and interviews, reports on the QB's also. So worth clicking the link.


https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2...l-draft-stock/


FYI: I said Reich was watching Herbert front and center on Tuesday. Apparently Dodd was practically Love's shadow all week.

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MOBILE, Ala. -- A year ago, Montez Sweat and Deebo Samuel arrived at the Senior Bowl as prospects with something to prove to the 32 NFL teams that still weren't sold on how the skills that made them so successful in college would translate to the next level.

Both players were dominant all week, and both players parlayed that into higher-than-expected draft picks; Sweat went 26th overall to the Redskins and 10 selections later, the 49ers took Samuel, who ended his rookie regular season No. 2 on the team in receptions (57) and receiving yards (802) behind only George Kittle.

All told, the 2019 Senior Bowl roster had 10 players go in the first round and 40 in the first three rounds. Those are mind-boggling numbers, but it felt like the 2020 group collectively had a better week than their predecessors from a year ago. At this point, just a day removed from the final practice, and still with Saturday's Senior Bowl game to be played, that's more anecdotal observation than empirical analysis but the takeaway remains the same: Expect many of the players on the field this week in Mobile to be playing on Sundays in the NFL next season.

With that in mind, here are 10 winners from practice week.

It's Senior Bowl Week, so which players have looked the best (and worst)? Ryan Wilson joins Will Brinson on the Pick Six Podcast to break down Justin Herbert, Jordan Love and evaluate draft stock for all the biggest names. Listen below and be sure to subscribe for daily NFL goodness.


Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
We've written about Herbert all week and through three practices he has exceeded expectations in every way. He's shown off one of the best arms in this draft class, he has thrown accurately and on time during 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11, and he'll have a chance on Saturday to show what NFL teams they really want to see from him: His ability to command the huddle and be a leader.

“Was really excited for the opportunity to come back … I really worked on decision making this year, and got a good feel of the offense.”

Herbert is unquestionably a first-round talent, but he didn't play close to that level during his junior season in 2018. He returned in 2019 and was much more consistent, but questions will follow him throughout the draft process. Going strictly by the tape, Herbert played more like a second-round pick last season but his physical attributes, along with his good showing this week -- and the insatiable need for franchise quarterbacks -- will almost certainly see him be among the first 32 picks, and in all likelihood, he'll work his way into the top 15.


Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Like Herbert, Love arrived in Mobile with a lot to prove. His 2019 tape was hard to watch at times, especially after his breakout 2018 campaign. There are many reasons for his struggles last season -- new coaching staff, new offensive line, many new skill-position players -- but Love admitted that part of the reason he regressed was that he was trying to do too much to help the team. In some ways, he was under less pressure in Mobile, where he's had a lot of experience working with new faces.

"I'm trying to go out there and showcase my ability and my talent."

Love was sharp in all three practices. And while the ball explodes out of Herbert's hand, Love's delivery was effortless -- and yet with similar arm strength. Love also showed much better touch on deep balls, something that we saw throughout his college career too.

But is he a first-round talent? Without a doubt. NFL teams will have to convince themselves they can limit the mistakes that plagued him in 2019 when he had 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, but much like Daniel Jones a year ago, Love will benefit from having much better players around him at the next level. In terms of his physical abilities, he's drawn comparisons to Patrick Mahomes, and like Mahomes, he'll need to spend a year on the bench before easing into a starting role.


Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
We've been saying for months that the 2020 wide receivers class is deep. That was confirmed in Mobile and Mims had a breakout week. The Baylor wideout is 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, and caught everything thrown in his direction. He high-pointed the ball well, showed off a huge catch radius, got in and out of his breaks like someone 3-4 inches shorter, and routinely beat 1-on-1 coverage, often early in the route. This was from Thursday's practice but just as easily could've been from the two previous sessions:


Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
Jefferson is the son of former player and current Jets wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson -- and he plays like it. Maybe the best route runner at the Senior Bowl, Jefferson regularly won against some of the best defensive backs in the country, and by the way, he was one of the fastest players in Mobile, too.

Coming into the week there were questions about why Jefferson didn't put up better numbers at Florida last season but if you want a crash course on what type a player he is, just watch the LSU game; he had eight catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns, often while lining up across from Derek Stingley Jr., arguably the best cornerback in college football.

Van Jefferson is so fluid and flexible as a route runner. Keeping his pads down, selling each step with his upper body and staying explosive by driving off his in-steps. Clinic tape.


Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
Trautman has NFL size -- he's 6-foot-5, 251 pounds -- and he was at no point overwhelmed by better competition in Mobile. Trautman played at Datyon, an FCS program, but he was dominant throughout the week, both as a receiver and a blocker.

Dayton last had a player drafted in 1977, but that will change this year when Trautman will almost certainly be a Day 2 pick.


Josh Jones, OT, Houston
A year ago, Jones considered leaving school early to enter the NFL Draft and he would've likely been a Day 3 pick. Returning to Houston proved to be the right decision for the athletic left tackle because he had a strong 2019 season and continued to impress NFL teams here at the Senior Bowl. He's one of the most athletic offensive linemen in this draft class and that was obvious to even though half-paying attention in Mobile.

We've had Jones going in the first round in many of our weekly mock drafts prior to Senior Bowl week and that won't change based on what we saw this week.


Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
The biggest question facing Lewis coming into the 2019 campaign was if he could stay healthy. He missed 2018 with an ACL injury and most of 2017 with an elbow injury. But in 10 games last season he had 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, and he showed up in Mobile looking every bit the part of NFL Pass Rusher. He's 6-foot-5, 258 pounds and some NFL evaluators think he can add even more weight because at this stage of his development he's a much at getting into the backfield than dropping into coverage.

This rep against St. John's Ben Bartch is noteworthy not because Bartch is from a Division III school in Minnesota and would clearly have no chance against one of Alabama's best defensive players, but because Bartch balled out all week, at no point looked out of his element, and this is one of the few examples where he was easily beaten.

Lewis has a chance to be a Day 1 pick and that was only aided by his performance this week.


Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame
Pride had a solid but not spectacular 2019 season and we expected to pretty much see that play out in Mobile. But the Notre Dame cornerback. He's slightly undersized by NFL cornerback standards (5-foot-11, 193 pounds) but was one of the toughest competitors on the field this week. Here he's running Quartney Davis' route for him during 1-on-1s:

Notre Dame CB Troy Pride Jr. may be the biggest draft board riser this week. Few defensive players did more to help themselves this week than Pride.


Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina
The only thing that could stop Javon Kinlaw was ... Javon Kinlaw. He suffered an injury Wednesday, didn't practice Thursday and he won't take part in Saturday's game. And that's fine; he was dominant early in the week and only reconfirmed that he's one of the best pass-rushing interior defensive linemen in this class, as evidenced by this rep:

Kinlaw, who could find his way into Round 1, also has an amazing story, which makes you pull for him even more.


Kyle Dugger, S, Lenior-Rhyne
Dugger weighed in at nearly 6-foot-1, 217 pounds. That's big, even for Power 5 safeties, so imagine Dugger lining up against Division II opponents during his Lenior-Rhyne career. In the past, we've seen small-school players come to Mobile and need time to acclimatize to the bigger, stronger, faster competition. Dugger suffered none of that, and instead, we saw glimpses of his playmaking abilities that were on display weekly during the college season.

He could play a LB/S hybrid role at the next level, much in the same way Clemson's Isaiah Simmons will be expected to do, and Dugger has the added benefit of being able to return kicks.


Honorable mention
Other players who had stellar weeks and improved their draft stock: Ohio State WR K.J. Hill, LSU OC Lloyd Cushenberry, St. John's OT Ben Bartch; Michigan LB Josh Uche, Wisconsin EDGE Zack Baun, Ole Miss DT Benito Jones

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Senior bowl is at 2:30 today on nfl network.
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Senior bowl is at 2:30 today on nfl network.
I will definitely be watching it.

Thanks for all the great info!
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