Standouts from Day 3 of Senior Bowl practices
Senior Bowl practices wrapped up on Thursday, and once again, several players stood out from the rest of the pack.
On Thursday, Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers and UCF safety Richie Grant caught the eye of NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks. Watch the video below to hear what he had to say.
Here are Daniel Jeremiah's standouts from Day 2:
C Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma: "The former Sooner impressed for the second straight day... He had an errant snap on Wednesday, but aside from that, the reigning Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year has helped himself this week. He looks like a Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) pick and an immediate starter."
IOL Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater: "The Senior Bowl is important for every prospect in attendance, but it's especially critical for a player like Meinerz, who comes from Division III and didn't get to match up against top competition until he arrived at the Senior Bowl. He certainly is showing he belongs. He's been even better than the Buccaneers' Ali Marpet -- a fellow former DIII player -- was at this event several years ago. Marpet used this all-star game to launch his career, and Meinerz is well on his way to doing the same thing."
WR Cornell Powell, Clemson: "After having to wait his turn behind some highly talented Clemson receivers (including Mike Williams and Tee Higgins) Powell finally broke out when he got more of an opportunity in 2020. He's carried the momentum from the season into practices this week. I saw him get on top of coverage and track the ball really well on Wednesday. He was very efficient at the top of his routes."
EDGE Quincy Roche, Miami: "Roche was outstanding in team sessions, pushing his way into the backfield to make plays. He relies on power over speed to disrupt offenses and has a little stiffness in his game, but he reminds me of former NFL defensive lineman Darryl Tapp, a second-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks back in 2006. Tapp spent more than a decade in the league and was a productive player. We could see Roche make the same kind of impact."
WR Amari Rodgers, Clemson: "I loved his crisp route running on Wednesday. He has strong hands and a solid overall feel for the game. He was Trevor Lawrence's top target this past season, and he has good bloodlines, too. His father is former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin, who's been coaching in the college ranks for more than a decade. Rodgers reminds me of Randall Cobb. The Houston Texans wide receiver has had a long, successful run in the league, and Rodgers has similar potential."
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James Bradberry earns national praise
One of the bright spots of the Giants' 2020 campaign was the performance of the defense.
Big Blue's D finished the season ranked ninth in points and 12th in yards allowed. Patrick Graham's unit allowed just 22 passing touchdowns on the year, tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL, while their 22 turnovers tied for the 10th-most.
With only the Super Bowl remaining, ESPN's Dan Graziano looked back at the best, worst, and most underrated moves made during the 2020 offseason. Considering the success of the Giants' defense this year, it is no surprise that the signing of James Bradberry made the list.
Bradberry started 15 games this season and certainly made the most of his opportunities. The veteran corner finished the year with 18 passes defended, tied for the second-most in the league, to go with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, all of which either matched or beat his previous career-highs.
As Graziano notes, the Giants' defense ranked eighth in defensive efficiency, thanks in part to the additions of Bradberry and Blake Martinez.
"Bradberry played like a shutdown corner and, along with fellow free-agent signee LB Blake Martinez, helped fuel a defense that played hard every week and performed better than we've seen a Giants defense perform since Ben McAdoo's first year in 2016," writes Graziano.
ESPN wasn't the only national media outlet to praise the Pro Bowl corner this week.
NFL.com's Nick Shook selected one "under-the-radar stud" from each team as their unsung hero, and for the Giants, that honor went to Bradberry.
"The first of two NFC East cornerbacks on this list is Bradberry, who finished as the 13th-best wide corner in targeted EPA at -6.1," Shook writes. "Bradberry also posted a targeted completion percentage allowed below expectation of -5.1, and tied for second in the entire league in passes defensed with 18. Only stellar Dolphins corner Xavien Howard had more than Bradberry, who also added three interceptions to his ledger in 2020 and finished with a ballhawk rate north of 21 percent."
PFF's top offensive linemen in 2021 NFL Draft
The 2021 NFL Draft kicks off exactly three months from today.
Many experts believe this year's draft class is deep at several premium positions, such as wide receiver and edge rusher. But another one of the position groups that many believe is quite deep this year is the offensive line.
Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo released his list of best offensive linemen available this offseason, both in free agency and the draft. But today, we are going to keep our focus solely on the linemen available in the draft.
According to PFF's 2021 NFL Draft Board, 15 offensive linemen are ranked within the top 80 players in this year's class.
Here are Palazzolo's top five offensive linemen available in the draft, along with their overall PFF draft board rank:
- Oregon OT Penei Sewell (4)
- Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater (12)
- Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw (16)
- Oklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins (27)
- USC G Alijah Vera-Tucker (30)
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.