Senior Bowl preview

January 20, 2019

Senior Bowl set to get underway … Folks are slowly starting to gather in Mobile for this coming week’s Senior Bowl, one of the main three phases of the pre-draft process along with the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in late February and the pro days in March. The actual Senior Bowl weeks gets underway with the measurement and weigh-in sessions on Tuesday morning, followed by three daily practice sessions for each team beginning Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately, the weigh-in session is not televised, the NFL Network will cover each of the practice day activities. And as usual, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette will be on the ground in Mobile providing daily updates from this week’s activities.

In terms of the pecking order of the main pre-draft activities, the Senior Bowl probably falls somewhere between the combine and pro days in importance. The big problem for the Senior Bowl is just that. Its primarily for seniors, although some graduated juniors will be in Mobile this week; however, the reality is that few of the really top prospects will be at the Senior Bowl this week because they are underclassmen. This year, for example, 9 of the top 10 prospects on the GBN Big Board are underclassmen as are 26 of the first 32. Still, there will be some good prospects in Mobile this week especially at QB, although as with the overall class, the this year’s top twp QB prospects – Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray – aren’t eligible. In fact, the QBs rated 3rd thru 7th on our positional ranking will be in Mobile including Duke’s Daniel Jones, Drew Lock of Missouri, West Virginia’s Will Grier, Ryan Finley of North Carolina State and Gardner Minshew of Washington State. The Senior Bowl QB roster will be filled out by Trace McSorley of Penn State, Buffalo’s Tyree Jackson and Jarrett Stidham of Auburn.

Meanwhile, there will be at least a couple of other legitimate first-round prospects at this week’s Senior Bowl in Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat and Boston College DE Zach Allen. There are also a number of solid second-round candidates expected to be in Mobile including Kansas State OT Dalton Risner, Mississippi State Elgton Jenkins, Notre Dame LB Te’von Coney, Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye, Buffalo WR Anthony Johnson and OGs Chris Lindstrom of Boston College and Wisconsin’s Beau Benzschawel.

What could make this week’s Senior Bowl potentially really interesting is the number of players who fall in the ‘rising’ category including UMass WR Andy Isabella, Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping, Elon OG Oli Udoh, Texas A&M C Eric McCoy; DEs Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech, Charles Omenihu from Texas and Oshane Ximines of Old Dominion, Northern Illinois ER Sutton Smith and safeties Johnathan Abram of Mississippi State and Delaware’s Nasir Adderley. Here are the full rosters for both the North and South teams in Mobile.