SENIOR BOWL STORYLINES. DAY 2 UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

SENIOR BOWL STORYLINES. DAY 2 UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT
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Did you miss Day 1 at the Senior Bowl? Check out out round-up here.

Wednesday saw a noticeable increase in intensity at the Senior Bowl. With the second of the practice sessions taking place, it was clear to see how much more comfortable the players felt. 

There was understandably more tension in the practice sessions and that was eclipsed by Matt Rhule during American team practice. A distinctive upping of the tempo and energy, Rhule was keen to push the players, testing their progress and development.

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Here is your day 2 round-up.

DAY 2 AT THE SENIOR BOWL

The Running Backs

It is unusual to see a running back group stand out at the Senior Bowl. It is difficult to simulate the contact of game speed during drills. But, this years Senior Bowl running back class is different.

It is possibly the best running back group we have seen in Mobile for some time and it showed during practice 2.

Michael Carter had a good day and was cutting up the defence with his sharp footwork. During team drills he was successful at finding running lanes and helped keep his name amongst the top of the draft class. 

Rhamondre Stevenson put in a superb showing and his flawless performance in pass protection was a joy to watch.

The best all round back of the day was Khalil Herbert. His effort in pass protection was surprising. He wasn’t expected to be as dominant as he was and certainly answered some questions about his ability in that area. 

Herbert could have made a claim to be the best player on the field during National Team practice and he unquestionably would have attracted the attention of scouts.

Quarterback Struggles

Day 2 is usually the time quarterbacks settle in, become a little bit more confident and more assured in their throws. That wasn’t the case this year, with Kellen Mond, Feleipe Franks and Jamie Newman particularly standing out as having days to forget. 

Mond had an all round bad day. He was quiet for the most part, but the ball sailed on him far too often. Franks ability to relay plays back to his team during team drills was laborious. He had to check back with the coach conveying the plays multiple times and there were many occasions where there was miscommunication with his receivers. 

Having had an average start to his Senior Bowl week Jamie Newman really struggled on Wednesday. Picked off twice in concession in team drills, the ball was flying far too often for Newman.

Newman’s accuracy was poor, especially between the numbers, and his ability to make plays over the middle will be something to keep an eye on as we head towards the game itself. It was a day to forget for the quarterbacks on Wednesday, apart from one.

Mac Jones

Image courtesy of Senior Bowl Media

Mac Jones was exceptional in practice 2 and he looked head and shoulders above any other player competing. His swift processing and clever field vision were fantastic to see. He put in the exact type of performance he would have had dreams about when he accepted his invite to Mobile.

Jones’s football intelligence was a cut above the rest and when he wasn’t taking drills, he was always talking to a coach. He is a player who knew the value of spending time with the Panthers’ coaching staff. He is certainly making the most of it.

His ball placement was excellent and his decision making was exciting to see. Jones was miles better than any other player at the Senior Bowl on Wednesday and those who had doubts about his ability have been warned. 

Offensive Lineman Show Their Strength

The offensive lineman class in Mobile is really deep. The Senior Bowl has allowed some lesser known names to prove themselves, if you have the talent you will be found.

Quinn Meinerz is the prime example of this. A prospect from a division III school turns up and balls out. Even with the crop topped jersey.

Meinerz has made himself some money this week. He has shown dominance through both practice sessions and has gone from a potential late round pick to the possibility of a day 2 sniff. 

Other lineman have impressed also. Creed Humphrey has been consistently assertive, but both James Hudson and Dillon Radunz established themselves in day 2 of National team practice. 

For the American team, Drake Jackson and Jack Anderson were solid. Trey Smith and David Moore played up to their size and were fierce in 1 on 1  drills. 

In fact, the whole offensive line group was much improved in the second practice. The one defensive player who stood out against them was Quincy Roche

Receivers Shine

The wide receiver group was varied on day 2, but a group of them continue to grab the headlines. D’Wayne Eskridge continues to show why he is getting early round talk despite some notable drops. Frank Darby and Cade Johnson continue to improve and Shi Smith was breaking tackles during drills.

One receiver keeps on making the headlines through. Enter Demetric Felton. A running back/wide receiver hybrid, he chose to run routes down in Mobile. And boy, has it been worth it. The way he has transitioned looks natural and his time at the Senior Bowl has shown his explosive playmaking ability. 

Not a wide receiver, but an honorable mention should go to Tre McKitty who has stood out in the tight end group. He was under utilised at Georgia, but his pass catching ability at the Senior Bowl has been legitimate. 

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FEATURE IMAGE COURTESY OF SENIOR BOWL MEDIA

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