The Senior Bowl practices officially got underway on Tuesday afternoon in Mobile, Alabama and some of this year’s top NFL draft prospects got to compete. While some of the prospects that are being picked to go at the beginning of the draft are not at the Senior Bowl, most of the top quarterback prospects are in attendance. There is not a consensus top quarterback in the draft and this week of practice could go a long way in determining that. There are other positions that are being watched closely as well. The offensive linemen and defensive linemen at this year’s Senior Bowl have been turning heads. There are still days left for prospects to compete and make an impression on the coaches and scouts in attendance.
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5. Myjai Sanders– Edge, Cincinnati
The edge players here in Mobile are one of the most stacked positions on either roster. There are talented guys that could go in the first two rounds and one of those guys is Sanders. Sanders had a good season in Cincinnati, helping the Bearcats to have one of the best defenses in college football. He was a big reason that the team made the college football playoff and he is projected to go in the first couple of rounds of the draft.
Sanders showed why during practice on Monday. During drills, Sanders was able to win one-on-one battles against some of the best offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl. He is an explosive athlete that can get to the quarterback quickly and that was on full display. If he keeps having days like this, Sanders could play himself into first-round consideration.
Cincinnati Edge player Myjai Sanders is having a nice practice here in Mobile pic.twitter.com/mo7EsI6n0o
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4. Rachaad White– Running Back, Arizona State
There is an interesting group of running backs here in Mobile. Most of the top guys are known, but one that is flying under the radar in this year’s draft is White. White had a solid year running the ball at Arizona State, running for over 1,000 yards and adding in 15 touchdowns.
One way for running backs to separate themselves at events like the Senior Bowl is being able to catch the ball out of the backfield. White did just that in some drills on Tuesday and was impressive in that area and was explosive. This is one of the running backs to keep an eye on as the draft process goes on.
Rachaad White was a decisive and patient runner. While he may not have an elite third gear, he has plenty of burst and speed in his lower body.
When he plants, he chases daylight! pic.twitter.com/URcae7qH6L
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3. Kerby Joseph– Safety, Illinois
A name that has been picking up steam during the later part of the college football season was Joseph. Joseph is a safety that has the length and athleticism that NFL teams covet from the safety position. His coverage skills were on full display during practice on Monday and he continually made plays on the ball and was able to prevent catches.
The area in which Joseph made the most plays was in man coverage against tight ends. He is going to be valuable to NFL teams because of his skill set and could go much earlier than most think at the moment. If Joseph keeps having a good week of practice, lookout.
2. Zion Johnson – Offensive Linemen, Boston College
In a Senior Bowl that is filled with quality offensive linemen, Johnson managed to stand out the most among the group on Monday. Johnson had a good career at Boston College and already had a good draft projection, but he is in the process of elevating his draft stock even further.
Pass protection was where Johnson seemed to make his mark on Monday. He showed the strength to be able to hold up against a good bull rush from opponents. Johnson also displayed athleticism when run blocking and being able to open up holes and get to the second level. Athletic interior linemen are always coveted in the NFL and that could make Johnson’s stock sore way up.
1. Jermaine Johnson– Edge, Florida State
The most consistently dominant player at Senior Bowl practice on Monday was Florida State defensive end, Jermaine Johnson. Whether it was one-on-one drills against offensive linemen or team periods, Johnson was consistently making plays. He had one of the best seasons in college football at Florida State this past season after transferring from Georgia.
One thing to keep in mind about Johnson is that he might be just be scratching the surface of his potential. He did not play much at Georgia and really showed what he is capable of during his only season at Florida State. This is a guy that is playing himself into round one consideration and maybe even more than that.
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