The Senior Bowl, the college all-star game featuring top seniors and graduates, takes place on January 25. Practice during the week leading up to the game is the real chance for NFL front offices to evaluate these players on the field and meet them at night to get a feel for them as people off the field.
Here are the guys I'll be focusing on during the week in Mobile.
The Battle Up Front
Watching the one on ones between the offensive and defensive lineman is always a highlight. It is a deep offensive tackle class overall, and it will be interesting to see how they hold up against some talented pass rushers.
Javon Kinlaw: Other than possibly Justin Herbert, analysts have South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw as the highest rated prospect at the Senior Bowl. He is a monster of a man at 6-6 and 310 pounds and has the size, strength and athleticism to be a difference maker in the middle of the line.
Terrell Lewis: The outside linebacker from Alabama has the size (6-5, 252 pounds) to line up as an edge rusher in a two-point or three-point stance. He missed all of the 2018 season with a knee injury but managed six sacks in 10 games in 2019.
Khalid Kareem: With 5.5 sacks in his final season, this senior edge player from Notre Dame formed a fearsome tandem with Julian Okwara. At 6-4 and 265 pounds, he doesn't possess the raw edge speed of his teammate, but he is strong, good with his hands, and fundamentally sound.
Zack Baun: At 6-3 and 235 pounds, Baun totaled 12.5 sacks playing outside linebacker for Wisconsin this season. Primarily used as a pass rusher, it will be interesting to see if he tries to show off more of his coverage skills at the Senior Bowl. He has the athleticism to do it and at only 235 pounds, it is likely his future in the NFL.
Josh Jones: Standing at 6-7 and 310 pounds, Jones played 45 games for the University of Houston over the course of his career. He started his senior season at left tackle and showed he could thrive in the run and pass game.
Matt Peart: A fifth-year senior, Peart is 6-7 and 301 pounds. He started at right tackle for the University of Connecticut as a senior and played in 48 games in his collegiate career.
Prince Tega Wanogho: At 6-7 and 305 pounds, he started three seasons at left tackle for the Auburn Tigers. A fifth-year senior, he has excellent athleticism and length to hold up on the edge.
View photos of players who accepted their invites to the 2020 Senior Bowl.
In what is a very deep wide receiver class, the Senior Bowl has its share of players to watch at the position that should provide great challenges for the cornerbacks in attendance.
Brandon Aiyuk: Projected to be a first round pick by some draft analysts, Aiyuk finished his final season at Oklahoma State with 65 catches for 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns. At 6-1 and 206 pounds, he is a big play receiver with great run after catch ability and speed to turn a short catch into a big gain.
Michael Pittman Jr.: Pittman had 101 catches for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final season at USC. He has excellent hands and great size at 6-4 and 220 pounds. He is a well-rounded player and will have a chance to show if he can create consistent separation against excellent cornerbacks in Mobile.
Devin Duvernay: He finished his four-year career at Texas with a breakout senior season where he caught 106 passes for 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns. He is only 5-11,, but at 210 pounds he has the strength to break tackles and sprinter's speed to make the big play.
You can't help but pay attention to the quarterbacks, even though the Giants found their franchise quarterback in Mobile last year.
Justin Herbert: The Oregon signal caller will be a first round pick, and his physical tools are bound to impress in Mobile. He has an A+ arm and can run the football. He completed 67% of his passes at Oregon this year for 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. People will be watching his consistency on passes down the field, and decision making once he gets into the game on Saturday.
Jordan Love: Love had an explosive season for Utah State, completing 62% of his passes for 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. If he plays well and continues to show off his skills through the draft process, he has a chance to move from a day two selection into the back half of round one.
Jalen Hurts: Hurts re-imaged himself as more of a passer with Oklahoma this season, throwing for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns while completing nearly 70% of his passes. His accuracy will be something people will be watching in Mobile.
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