The three days of practice at the 2019 Senior Bowl have concluded. Who were among the standouts?
NFL.com draft analysts Lance Zierlein and Daniel Jeremiah offered up a few names each day, and you can read more about some of their selections below.
Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat
The Buzz: Sweat may have helped himself more than anyone by accepting an invite to the Senior Bowl. His stock is very much on the rise after raising a ton of eyebrows with his dominant pass-rush ability during the practices.
“The bottom line is he used his length to defeat blockers in pass protection on a consistent basis. He's 6-foot-6, 252 pounds with 35 5/8-inch arms. That's a big deal to NFL teams… If you had him as a late first-rounder, you need to go back and reassess your grade for him. I projected him for the late teens in Round 1 coming into this week, but that might be too low for him.” – Lance Zierlein
South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel
The Buzz: Samuel was one of the headliners when the Senior Bowl rosters were first announced, and he hasn’t disappointed, showing off his physicality and separation skills on a consistent basis.
“He was fantastic all week. He's physical, well put together and runs good routes. Receivers get grabbed a ton out here at Senior Bowl practices. The corners are really grabby -- things that are going to be penalties at the next level. Not only did he play through it, but a lot of times he worked himself wide open through his physicality inside the route and route acumen. He was smart in terms of how he got out of his brakes, and he caught everything that was thrown his way.” – Lance Zierlein
Missouri QB Drew Lock
The Buzz: The talk entering the week was that this was one of the deepest quarterback groups competing in Mobile in quite some time. Lock, the strong-armed quarterback from Missouri, has impressed, and he’s pushing to be QB1 come draft day.
“It's early, but I'm already hearing buzz about people liking what they're seeing from Lock in Mobile. He and Duke's Daniel Jones are throwing next to each other on the North squad. I don't think it's a stretch to say that those two guys could be competing to be the first or second quarterback off the board this year.” – Lance Zierlein
Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin
The Buzz: He’s got more than just a great name, apparently. Ya-Sin has long arms and coverage skills that have NFL evaluators excited.
“He's very fluid. He's had some really good battles with Deebo in each of the first two days of practice. Ya-Sin has a nice mix of size, speed and competitiveness. He looks like a top-50 pick.” – Daniel Jeremiah
Wyoming DE Carl Granderson
The Buzz: Originally projected as a middle-round prospect, Granderson took advantage of the opportunity to show his athleticism and battle major competition.
“He's really effective with his hands, and he's been able to bend better than I thought he could. He was ultra-productive at Wyoming (35.5 career tackles for loss), but I thought he was stiff on tape -- he hasn't looked stiff during practice this week, though. I came into the week thinking he was in the Rounds 4-5 range, but he's helped himself.” – Daniel Jeremiah
Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, a former NFL scout, handed out his practice awards after the three days of practice:
Overall – OT Chuma Edoga (USC)
Quarterback – QB Jarrett Stidham (Auburn)
Running Back – RB Dexter Williams (Notre Dame)
Wide Receiver – WR Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)
Tight End – TE Foster Moreau (LSU)
Offensive Lineman – C Garrett Bradbury (N.C. State)
Defensive Lineman – DE Isaiah Buggs (Alabama)
Linebacker – LB Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame)
Defensive Back – CB Darnell Savage (Maryland)
Specialist – K Austin Seibert (Oklahoma)