LIVE: The Unofficial Guide to the Senior Bowl: Offense

0
839

Full Press Coverage will be providing Senior Bowl coverage this season! As exciting as that is for us here, the first steps are being made to put this event together. Prospects will be receiving invites over the next few weeks. Here in this article will be a full list of the prospects who have officially accepted, and a little bit of information about what we hope to see answered in Mobile. The NFL Draft starts in Mobile!

To see the Defensive Prospects, click here.

RB Lamical Perine, Florida

What an addition to the Senior Bowl. Lamical Perine is arguably the biggest riser in this running back class this season. He’s a good balance of power and speed, and has excellent footwork and contact balance. The Senior Bowl is just going to bolster Perine’s stock, as he will have an opportunity to show just how shifty he is against top linebacker prospects in the country.

RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt

Ke’Shauwn Vaughn is a speed back from Vanderbilt, a player who received much hype during the offseason. Vaughn has been the featured back for Vandy, and has produced big numbers, but doesn’t present the size nor the skill set to do so in the NFL. Vaughn is a valuable complimentary piece who can be used as a receiver out of the slot and backfield, a quick change of pace type runner, and a speed threat.

WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State

At 6’1″ and 195, Brandon Aiyuk plays bigger than his frame. A physical, stout receiver, Aiyuk has been deadly on the deep balls this season, being the go to guy for freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels. Currently averaging a 19.5 yards per catch, Aiyuk is deadly after the catch. Scouts want to reaffirm that Aiyuk has a way to consistently create separation, as he is not the fastest receiver on the field.

Week 5 Watchlist (Featuring Brandon Aiyuk)

WR Devin Duvernay, Texas

Devin Duvernay resembles a running back that we all remember in the NFL ranks very well, dare I say, Chris Johnson? Duvernay won’t run a 4.24 forty yard dash, but he has incredible quickness and speed as an athlete who used to run track. At 5’11” and 210 pounds, he has a similar body structure as the all-time great at East Carolina did. Duvernay needs to show scouts that he is disciplined and smart, as sometimes he tries to do too much with the ball in his hands.

Devin Duvernay Feature

WR Bryan Edwards, South Carolina

Another stud receiver being added to this all-star game, Bryan Edwards has been a bit of a wildcard throughout his career at South Carolina. Once regarded as one of the finest receivers in the country, Edwards has struggled with consistency just about his entire career. He has good size, 6’3″ and 215 pounds, and has flashed an extraordinary catch radius. He will be hard pressed to solidify his status as a receiver by showing his hands are fine and his routes are crisp.

Draft Prospect Profile (2019)

WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty

Antonio Gandy-Golden is my favorite wide receiver prospect in the NFL Draft. He reminds me of a certain great receiver who played at Georgia Tech in college… Regardless, he’s a phenomenal prospect who has shown route running savvy despite his rather large frame (6’4″ 220 pounds). Some scouts feel as though Gandy-Golden has feasted on far lesser talent, so it’s exciting to see him show up with a group of prospects on his level.

Antonio Gandy-Golden Feature.

WR Collin Johnson, Texas

The second Texas wide receiver entering the Senior Bowl, Collin Johnson was a hot name last season who somewhat unexpectedly decided to return to school for another year. He’s a big, physical receiver (6’6″ and 220 pounds), and has a great catch radius. Johnson doesn’t have much speed, so teams are a little concerned with his ability to separate, but Johnson has all of the upside in the world and can be a great NFL receiver.

WR Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt

Kalija Lipscomb is a route runner. At 6’1″ and 201 pounds, Lipscomb has valuable size and athleticism that NFL teams crave. He’s made some highlight catches in his career too, but does seem to struggle to consistently make routine grabs. He’s quick, and fast, but at best a late round option for a team looking to bolster their receiving depth.

WR Michael Pittman Jr, USC

Want to talk about an underrated receiver in college football? Michael Pittman receives the west coast treatment. He doesn’t play many games where the east coast can see, and doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. At 6’4″ and 220 pounds, he has excellent size and uses it well on the field. The son of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver, Pittman just has to show up. The rest of the hype will follow.

Draft Prospects Week Four (Featuring Michael Pittman Jr)

TE Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic

Harrison Bryant is one of my favorite players in this draft class. A 6’5″ 240 pound tight end from Florida Atlantic, Bryant is easily one of the most underrated prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft class. He is the featured receiver in the Owls offense, he’s very athletic and strong. I think some NFL teams may be worried about his blocking ability, but that shouldn’t be anything that knocks his stock down.

Week 8 Prospects (Featuring Harrison Bryant)

TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue

Brycen Hopkins is a dynamic tight end prospect, and has his strengths as both a pass catcher and a blocker. Hopkins is that tough breed of tight end that George Kittle has ushered into the league. Fun, exciting and very much a part of the offense. At 6’5″ and 245 pounds, Hopkins offers the NFL a special blend of athleticism and strength. NFL scouts will be looking for Hopkins to separate himself as an elite prospect in the draft.

TE Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt

Jared Pinkney came into this season as one of the guys that NFL teams really likes, and I don’t believe that has changed. At 6’4″ and 260 pounds, there is a lot to like about the multi-dimension that Pinkney brings to the field. He produced as a junior, but has struggled to produce as a senior, something that some teams are going to be concerned about. We know he can block, we know he can catch. Now we want to be sure Pinkney can produce at the next level.

Latest From FPC on SportsCastr

TE Adam Trautman, Dayton

Adam Trautman has some hype going into the Senior Bowl. A stud at Dayton, Trautman towered over almost all of his competition. He’s 6’6″ and I would estimate around 245 pounds. He moves with fluidity, has excellent hands and was a lock-down blocker at the FCS level. Trautman, like most of the smaller school guys here, needs to show scouts that he is indeed as dominant as he looked at lower levels.

OL Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas

A stout pass protector, Hakeem Adeniji was one of the few good players in the Kansas football program. His tape is littered with mistakes, mostly mental, that come with the territory of being surrounded by far less superior talent. Adeniji tried to do too much before this season. As Les Miles appears to have solidified a few things in the offense, Adeniji this season has looked much improved. Now, NFL scouts want to see him work surrounded by people on his level. It’s a fantastic snag for the Senior Bowl.

OL Ben Bartch, Saint John’s (Minnesota)

This was a real shock and surprise to almost everyone in the Draft media. As I am still in the process of obtaining tape on Ben Bartch, I managed to find some sideline footage that Saint John’s video team produces every week. He’s a giant on the field at his level (which is D3 by the way). He’s 6’6″ and 305 pounds, and a real locker room guy. He spent the Spring of 2019 studying abroad in South Africa, and was a 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works nominee. Bartch just has to show scouts everything. His slate is clean.

OL Ben Bredeson, Michigan

Ben Bredeson is that big-bodied, physical offensive linemen that any team wouldn’t mind having on their interior. He possesses a very balanced skill set, being a solid pass protector as well as a mauling run blocker. Bredeson is 6’5″ and 310 pounds, and sometimes gets caught with his pad level too high. That’s what he will be working on, and what we will be looking to see in Mobile.

OL Robert Hunt, Louisiana

Robert Hunt is a solid left tackle that many NFL teams are intrigued by. He has excellent size, listed at 6’5″ and 325 pounds. Hunt is a solid run blocker, but NFL teams want to know a little bit more about his pass block potential. Because he is gifted with such a massive frame, teams want to explore his prospectus and know if he can develop into a blind side protector.

Senior Bowl Director Jim Nagy also noted that Robert Hunt was the only initial invitation that his staff sent to a prospect without seeing him in person. That says a lot about what his tape shows.

OL Josh Jones, Houston

Josh Jones is a favorite among the Pro Football Focus staff, as he has graded higher than almost every tackle in the country this season. He hasn’t been talked about too much yet, but he’s a real delight of a prospect. At 6’7″ and 310 pounds, he already has the body for the part. Jones can answer a few simple questions in 3v3’s that can convince scouts that he is the real deal.

OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia

Colton McKivitz is the guy who pops on tape when you turn on a West Virginia game. A powerful and big body, McKivitz stands at 6’7″ and is listed at 312 pounds on the West Virginia website. He’s a good blocker in both aspects of the game, but seems to struggle with consistency in his reps. The Senior Bowl can answer a lot of questions about McKivitz, for better or for worse.

OL Matt Peart, UConn

Matt Peart has to be one of the most entertaining offensive linemen in this class. Is that even possible? Yeah, it is. Peart is from Jamacia, and is a 6’7″ 303 pound athletic freak. Peart is very aggressive, and comes across on tape as very raw as a result. However, he shows refined technique when dropping into pass protection and recovering. He’s played right tackle at UConn, but I think with some work he can be a serious left tackle in the league. Mobile will be an incredible opportunity for Peart to show what he has.

OL Terence Steele, Texas Tech

Terence Steele has excellent size. Listed at 6’6″ and 310 pounds, Steele comes from one of the most storied and dominant high school programs in Texas – Steele High in Chibolo. Steele only had three major school offers, and was overall overlooked. He still is, as he’s not anywhere to be found on The Draft Network or most anyone’s player rankings. Still, he’s a powerful blocker, and just needs to show off at the Senior Bowl.

OL Logan Stenberg, Kentucky

Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy is really choosing some big boys to anchor in Mobile. Logan Stenberg fits this mold, standing at 6’6″ and 320 pounds. He has great strength, and while he isn’t the most athletic player on the field, he very rarely get’s overpowered. So far, scouts haven’t been impressed with his lack of bend. He’s got to work on that over the next few months and show up in Mobile with an improved flexibility.

OL Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn

At 6’7″ and 305 pounds, Prince Tega Wanogho is a fierce prospect with a huge frame. The red-shirt senior is currently regarded as one of the best prospects at his position. He’s quick, agile, and surprisingly light on his feet. Scouts overall want him to put a little bit more weight on his lower frame, AKA leg day, and want to see his technique become more defined. Mobile will be the perfect place to showcase this work.

OL Alex Taylor, South Carolina State

Alex Taylor simply looks interesting from just the roster. Taylor is listed at 6’9″ and 305 pounds. While this size is massive, and definitely something to watch, Taylor can get beat by smaller defenders who just move around him. NFL teams want to see him show good blocking technique so that they can see he won’t be overwhelmed against shorter defensive linemen.

To see the Defensive prospects, click here.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.