Senior Bowl Live Blog

by Corey Pieper
Senior Bowl Live Blog

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The Senior Bowl is the culmination of the Collegiate All-Star Game season. This year is the 75th anniversary of the historic game!

Mobile, Alabama has been the host site for every one of those games. That will be no different this season. However, if you can't secure a ticket, you can still watch from the comfort of your home. The game will be aired on NFL Network on Saturday, February 3rd at 1 PM EST.

You just have to scroll through the Senior Bowl's webpage to see how important the game is to NFL Draft fans. The game has had 100 players selected in each of the last three drafts.  Last year, NFL teams selected 40 Senior Bowl participants in the first two days!

Teams that didn't make the playoffs apply to coach the Senior Bowl. This year's head coaches are Terrell Williams and Jeff Ulbrich. You're probably thinking those aren't coaching names you've heard. That's because the Senior Bowl has moved to having assistants coach up to an elevated position from the one they currently hold.

Terrell Williams is the Tennessee Titans Defensive Line Coach and Jeff Ulbrich is the New York Jets defensive coordinator. It will be interesting to see how they utilize the talent they have at their disposal.

You can keep checking the Senior Bowl live blog throughout the game for updates.

Senior Bowl Live Blog

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Pre Game Thoughts

Quarterbacks

  • This year's quarterbacks include Washington's Micheal Penix Jr., Tennessee's Joe Milton, Oregon's Bo Nix, South Carolina's Spencer Rattler, Tulane's Michael Pratt, Notre Dame's Sam Hartman, and South Alabama's Carter Bradley.
  • Michael Penix Jr. looked incredible in the Sugar Bowl against Texas throwing for 430 yards and two touchdowns. Then, he struggled in the National Championship against Michigan. His statistics took a notable step backward in that game. He threw for 255 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice. He needs to get more comfortable throwing over the middle of the field.

Running Backs

  • This year's running backs include Missouri's Cody Schrader, New Hampshire's Dylan Laube, Southern California's Marshawn Lloyd, Troy's Kimani Vidal, Marshall's Rasheen Ali, Kentucky's Ray Davis, Tennessee's Jaylen Wright, Louisville's Jawhar Jordan, and Texas Christian's Emani Bailey. What a fun group!
  • My highest-rated running back in that group is Ray Davis. If you haven't read up on him, he has a truly remarkable story that makes him someone you want to succeed. He's a powerful north-south runner who gets upfield in a hurry. His legs keep churning as he strives to pick up every possible inch.

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

  • This year's tight ends include Penn State's Theo Johnson, Minnesota's Brevyn Spann-Ford, Michigan's AJ Barner, Kansas State's Ben Sinnott, Florida State's Jaheim Bell, Arizona's Tanner McLachlan, and Texas Christian's Jared Wiley. The two biggest names in the tight end class, Georgia's Brock Bowers and Texas's JaTavion Sanders will not be there.
  • Ben Sinnott is a throwback to Chris Cooley. He has played all over the formation from in-line, to slot, and even in the backfield as an H-back. As a mid-round pick, he could be an underneath chain-moving option in the NFL.

Senior Bowl Practice Notes

Measurements

One of the most beneficial scouting aspects of the Senior Bowl is that we receive authentic measurements. Schools skew their player's measurements. Some of the notable measurements for skill position players included the following.

Quarterback Joe Milton is very large. MockDraftable has a fantastic database for player measurements from the scouting combine. The average quarterback is 6 foot 2 inches and 221 pounds. Milton measured in at 6 foot 5 inches and 235 pounds with nearly 10-and-a-half-inch hands. Milton has the size and arm strength that teams dream about.

Running back Ray Davis didn't measure as tall as his listed height on the Kentucky website. Kentucky had listed him at 5 foot 10 inches but he measured in at 5 foot 8 inches. When it comes to running backs, being shorter isn't necessarily a detriment. Being short drops your center of gravity and often helps with contact balance.

Johnny Wilson's measurements were always going to be notable. Was he actually that big or how much smaller was he than his listed size of 6 foot 7 inches and 240 pounds? Turns out that he was close to those measurements. He measured in at 6 foot 6 inches and 237 pounds. He's a big-body receiver who has a diverse release package, but inconsistent hands.

One receiver who measured shorter than expected was Xavier Legette. South Carolina listed him at 6 foot 3 inches and 227 pounds. The Senior Bowl's measurements found him to only be 6 feet and 1 inch. Comparisons have been made to NFL receivers such as DK Metcalf and AJ Brown, but his size profile no longer matches with those receivers. There are some similarities with former South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel though.

Florida State's Jaheim Bell is extremely short to be an NFL tight end. He measured in at 6 feet 1 inch. Surprisingly though, he also weighed 244 pounds which was more than 10 lbs his listed weight at Florida State. It's going to take an offensive coordinator who realizes the unique skill set that Bell offers. While still with South Carolina, he was used at tailback for large portions of time. The landing spot will be key for Bell.

Tuesday Practice Notes

  • Wide receiver Brenden Rice is a physical receiver who showed that contact isn't going to deter him from winning his matchups.
  • One-on-one drills are always going to be slanted toward the offensive player having success. Asking a cornerback to cover Ladd McConkey in that drill is unfair.
  • Roman Wilson's production at Michigan was always capped by the offensive system. Today, he consistently dominated on underneath routes and then won consistently at the catch point.
  • The Senior Bowl is an opportunity for players from smaller schools to showcase their talent against a higher level of competition. On day one of practice Dylan Laube just did that. He consistently beat defenders to the edge with his quickness. He also showed soft hands when receiving the ball.

Wednesday Practice Notes

  • Roman Wilson's big week continued. In the play below, Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell slips which helps Wilson to create so much separation. The incredible one-handed catch is all Wilson.

  • One of the wide receivers whose week has not started on a strong note is DeVontez Walker. He is struggling to create separation from the cornerbacks that made their way to Mobile.

  • NFL teams love a versatile weapon. Dylan Laube backed up his solid first day with an equally impressive second day. Being able to line up a slot wide receiver and beat a cornerback is an impressive skill for any running back.

  • The wide receiver version of an offensive weapon this week is Malachi Corley. While at Western Kentucky, he thrived on catching short routes (only a 5.5 ADOT) and picking up yards after the catch. That hasn't changed at the Senior Bowl as he showed what he offers on this reverse.

Thursday Practice Notes

  • Sadly, the news from today is going to focus on a couple of skill position injuries. The first update was from Tom Pelissero on Rasheen Ali. Ali's pre-draft process will be coming to an end with a ruptured biceps tendon that will need surgery.

  • Measuring in at 5 foot 8 inches and just 165 pounds, Jacob Cowing is the smallest wide receiver at the Senior Bowl. He was an extremely productive collegiate receiver who created separation with ease. Unfortunately, he left today's practice with an injury. Hopefully, we'll have an update in the next few days.

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