Reese’s Senior Bowl, Day 1: The Trenches

Reese’s Senior Bowl, Day 1: The Trenches
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With Day 1 of practice in the bag, and Day 2 about to get under way in Mobile, we take a look at which defensive and offensive linemen have established early momentum. With so much emphasis being placed placed on ‘winning in the trenches’, those who impress in this most different of draft cycles will certainly enhance their draft stock.

Defensive Linemen

Levi Onwuzurike – Washington

Washington’s defensive tackle, Levi Onwuzurike, chose to sit out the 2020 college season in favour of preparing for the draft, on the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. He looks to be in good shape!

Dominating opposing interior offensive linemen on day 1, Onwuzurike will look to continue his impressive displays as the weeks go on. Although thought of in most circles as a day 2 prospect, there is no clear DT1 in this draft. If teams like what they see in the upcoming weeks, the former Huskie may come off the board towards the end of day 1

Carlos Basham Jr – Wake Forest

Affectionately known as ‘Boogie’, Carlos Basham could have entered the NFL draft in 2020 and been selected by the end of day 2. Coming off a 10 sack, 18 tackle for loss season, his stock was reasonably high. However, he decided to return to school – COVID-19 shortening the season, and a weakened roster, meant Basham didn’t quite hit those heights in 2020. He came to the Senior Bowl looking to reassert himself.

An excellent showing in the 1 on 1 drills, in which he dominated opposing offensive linemen, has done Basham no harm and we are keen to see how he progresses as the week goes on. A 2nd round selection, if thing fall in his favour, could be on the cards

Offensive Linemen

Creed Humphrey – Oklahoma

1 on 1 drills usually favour the defensive players and it can be difficult for the offensive linemen to shine. However, plenty took the opportunity to showcase their talents. First up Creed Humphrey, a player we’d already flagged as one to watch

As mentioned earlier Levi Onwuzurike was dominant, except against Humphrey. A calm, poised presence in the centre of the offensive line, the former Sooner is only going to improve his draft stock in Mobile. He has the ability to be a day 1 starter in the NFL, as should go no later than mid round 2 come draft day with lower round 1 not out of the question

Dillon Radunz – North Dakota State

The North Dakota state offensive tackle was limited to one game in the 2020 season. However, he is more than making up for lost time down in Alabama. He was also the first invite to the Senior Bowl back in October.

Stifling most of his opponents in the 1 on 1 drills, as well as shining in the zone run team drills, Radunz has certainly helped his case so far.

With day 2 just beginning, head over to @NinetynineYards for all the news coming out of Mobile

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