The first marquee event of draft season has come and gone. Last week the top college seniors (and juniors that graduated early) headed to Mobile, Alabama for an All-Star game coached by NFL coaching teams.
In the game itself, the North team defeated the South team 34-24. However it is the performances in practice during the week and nuggets leaked from team interviews that hold the most sway come draft time.
On his podcast ‘Stick to Football’ Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller admitted that prospects can’t really hurt their stock at the Senior Bowl. Taking his word for it (trust me, hes far more qualified). Here are five guys that caught my eye.
Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Dalton Risner is a bad dude. A stud on the offensive line who won consistently in one-on-one drills throughout the week. Given drills are weighted in favour of the defense, this is very impressive. His dominance continued into the game where he locked up the ultra-impressive Montez Sweat. Risner confirmed his standing as a round one talent. He may have pushed himself into the top 15.
Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas
Omenihu’s measurable’s from day one of the week were unique. The Texas defensive end’s arms were measured at 36.5 inches long, the longest at the senior bowl since 2013. This stand out started the first round ball rolling in earnest, his performances for the rest of the week and into the game confirmed his round one status.
Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
If it wasn’t for injury, Deebo Samuel probably would have gone in the first round of last years draft. He came to Mobile and showed that he has blue chip potential. One-on-ones in practice looked like mismatches more often than not. Samuel might have been the most impressive player at the event.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
The best way to get yourself noticed at an event like this is to make splash plays. McLaurin was one of the best at creating splash plays in practice, often embarrassing corners in one-on-ones. His speed and separation at this event, combined with an elite history on special teams at Ohio State should see him go on Day 2.
Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Going into the year, Stidham was the quarterback to watch. However unflattering performances behind an awful offensive line at Auburn did him no favours. In Mobile this week Stidham flashed moments of talent that built that hype last year. Scouts will see traits in Stidham’s game that will make him a tantalising prospect come draft time. His week in Mobile will go some way to allay the concerns over his performances this season.
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