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Senior Bowl Week is one of the best weeks of the year. I still rememeber after watching it last year and thinking, “I gotta wait a whole year, for next year’s Senior Bowl”. Turns out, I didn’t have to wait that long, because the year flew by pretty fast. Jeez, does time ever fly. Scouts and team executives across the league, have a chance to watch the top graduated players in the Country. This year’s game is the most important of them all, due to the Scouting Combine being cancelled. I wrote about the guys who were winners from the week of practice, and a few players to watch during the game tomorrow.
D’Wayne Eskridge (RSr) WR – Western Michigan
Eskridge might have had the best performance of everyone during practices. He consistently showed the ability to create separation, and also catch the Football. He’s fast, and he was leaving defenders in dust. I barely even heard of this guy before this week started, but that’s one of the joys of all-star games. Guys who you barely heard of, or never heard of, can pop up out of nowhere, and can improve their Draft stock so much. Eskridge played mostly WR during his time at Western Michigan, and did play some Cornerback as well. He’s a little undersized at only 5’9, but he can still do damage. I’m not sure, if he will be a true outside WR, but he’s a player you can use on fly routes, end-arounds, and also quick screens. He’s a mix of Deebo Samuel, and Mike Wallace. At the end of the day, I don’t see him being a 1st Round pick, however, I do see him going somewhere in the 2nd, due to his strong performace during the practices.
Kadarius Toney (Sr) WR – Florida
Toney is really the human joystick. He just moves different, than everybody else. He’s so quick in and out of his routes, it’s so difficult for Defensive Backs to mirror, and we saw that on display during the practices. It seemed like every time I watched him run a route, he instantly created seperation, and DB’s looked lost. However, I did notice, he dropped the Football on many occasions. It’s ironic, because he didn’t drop a pass all season.This past season, he really made strides, as to becoming a true outside WR. I don’t think he’s their yet, but he’s on his way. I wouldn’t be surprised, if he goes in the opening frame. He’s going to make a team very happy.
Richie Grant (RSr) S – UCF
I really thought Grant would have came out last year. He most likely would have been a middle round pick, had he entered last year’s Draft. Well, it turns out he made the right decision to return to School, because he is going to go higher than that. He arrived at UCF, as a WR, before switching to the other side of the ball. He’s been arguably the best Defensive Back all week of practice. He was real sticky in coverage, showing explosiveness, great range, and good closing burst. He’s really elevated his stock this week in Mobile. He could slip in to the end of the 1st Round, but I see him being a 2nd Round pick.
Quinn Meinerz (Sr) IOL – Wisconsin-Whitewater
Meinerz might be the fan favourite of this year’s Senior Bowl. He’s the only D3 player their this week in Mobile. Whether you play D1, FCS, D2, D3, NAIA, if you ball, the scouts will find you, and this is a perfect example of that. It sure didn’t look like he was a D3 player, because he had a great week of practice. He showed off his really quick feet, and strength all week during practices. If he can translate what he did in the 3 days of practices to the game tomorrow, his stock is going to skyrocket even more.
2 guys to watch during the game tomorrow
Feleipe Franks (RSr) QB – Arkansas
Franks is my favourite Quarterback in this year’s Draft. He dislocated his ankle early in the 2019 Season, causing him to miss the rest of the season. With Kyle Trask having a good year, after taking over for him, Franks decided to transfer to Arkansas. He had a nice season at Arkansas, throwing for 2,017 Yards, while completing 68% of his passes, tossed 17 Touchdowns, and threw 4 Interceptions. He will most likely have to start off his career as a backup, but I really think he has starter potential, in the near future. A good game tomorrow, would make it more clear to evaluators, that he can start in this league. He will be a Day 3 pick, and I see him going in the 5th Round. He could really be a steal for a team. I really like his upside.
Quincy Roche (RSr) EDGE – Miami
Roche spent 4 years at Temple, and then transferred to Miami for his final season. More eyes were on teammate Jaelan Phillips this past season, however Roche put together a nice season, finishing with 45 total tackles (27 solo), 4.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and recovered 2 fumbles. The Hurricanes have 3 stud Edge rushers coming out this year in Rousseau, Phillips, and Roche. Roche might end up being the best out of the 3. He had a nice week of practice, which should propel him, to having a nice day tomorrow. He could very well, become the best Edge rusher out of this years Draft.