The 2021 Senior Bowl wrapped yesterday, and even with the COVID-19 regulations, it was an interesting week. Everyone loves the game, but I pay more attention to the drills early on in the week. With there being no centralized combine this year, the Senior Bowl could be more impactful than usual. Lets look at who boosted, or dropped their stock.
Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
I think before the Senior Bowl, we all had Jones as a late Day 1, early Day 2 guy. After a very impressive week at the Senior Bowl, I think he has solidified himself as a top 15 pick. Physically, he didn’t show us anything we didn’t already know. He moved in the pocket well and delivered a super accurate ball. It’s the intangibles he displayed that has scouts raving. Jones showed super high football IQ, the ability to think on his feet, and great leadership in the huddle.
Amari Rogers, WR, Clemson
Rogers is a guy I had graded as a fourth round pick, but boy has he helped his stock here as of late. Between his outstanding showing in his final game as a Clemson Tiger, and this week at the Senior Bowl, I think there is a strong possibility he goes early Day 2. He boosted his stock this week by showing he can play in the slot and on the outside.
Michael Carter, RB, UNC
No one ever doubted that Carter was extremely talented, he averaged 8.0 yards per carry in 2020. The only thing holding him back was his size, putting his ceiling in the 4th round. Not only did Carter turn heads by weighing in at 202 pounds, he was excellent all week, especially in the Senior Bowl game. Carter seemed impossible to tackle, he carried the ball 8 times for 60 yards and scored a touchdown. With this showing I would not be shocked to see Carter rise up to a late second round, early third round pick.
Demetric Felton, WR/RB, UCLA
One of the main storylines of the week was Felton making the switch from RB to WR. He ended up proving to be very effective as a WR as he showed great route running skills, and he even scored a TD in the game. Felton was a late 6th to early 7th round pick as a RB. With him showing his ability to play WR, don’t be surprised to see a team take him in the fourth round.
Deonte Brown, OG, Alabama
Brown was an interesting prospect coming into the Senior Bowl. He had a impressive final year at Alabama helping to keep Mac Jones clean. He is also a mammoth of a man, weighing in at 364 pounds, yet that was quite possibly the only positive from his week in Mobile. He was beat multiple times in the practices as well as in the game. His feet were not good in pass protection, and he struggled to get to the second level in run blocking. It would be in Brown’s best interest to trim down to under 350 and try to salvage his draft stock at his pro day.
Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
Wilson was a guy who I have been very high on all year, I even defended him when he began to slip down mock drafts. Naturally I was excited to watch him dominate the Senior Bowl, and get back into the top 10 pick conversation, but that never happened. Wilson looked severely outmatched all week, losing most of his one on ones. His technique was bad, and often caused him to get taken out of the play completely. Wilson was a Day 2 guy coming into the Senior Bowl, and he’s leaving a Day 3 guy.
Jordan Smith, Edge, UAB
Smith was a player who needed to have an impressive week in Mobile. He’s a very raw, yet physically gifted prospect. He measured in at 6’6″ 255 pounds with 33 inch arms, which understandably turned heads, but like Deonte Brown, that was the only positive from his week. Smith looked technically flawed and was taken out of the play more often than not. He also made some mistakes that showed he has a low football IQ. Smith had the opportunity to become a late Day 2 guy, but after this week, late Day 3, and that because of his physical abilities.
Jamie Newman, QB, Wake Forest
Newman had a good first half of the week. He showed off his cannon of an arm, and how athletically gifted he is. However, things progressively got worse for Newman as the week went on. His accuracy was all over the place, his feet in the pocket were a mess, and he showed that he is not capable of reading a defense. Newman wasn’t a highly touted prospect coming into this, he was a Day 3 guy, but after this, I can see him going undrafted.
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