One of the most important events on the National Football League calendar is the Senior Bowl. Held the week after the conference championship games, it is the perfect start to the NFL draft cycle.
Not only do scouts and analysts like us get to see over 100 draft prospects in one place, but it’s also an opportunity for analysts and personnel alike to come together and discuss a wide range of topics.
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As we look forward to this year’s Senior Bowl, both managing editor Tyler Forness and columnist Matt Anderson will be there to break everything down in person.
We’ll break down each position group and what to watch throughout the week. Here is the detailed receiver position.
Freeland is a big, athletic tackle with some impressive traits. He moves well and it shows when he dominates the running game. Technique needs work, but you can’t teach his size and athleticism.
A Vanderbilt transfer, Stein went to Alabama and performed well as their left tackle. He is a strong pass defender with great range and athleticism. One thing he hasn’t shown is dominating the running game and Steen needs to be more consistent with the technical elements of the position. He is sure to be selected one day or two.
Having started 30 games for the Gators in his career, Gourage is a veteran and tall offensive lineman. He has struggles with technique and concerns with strength, but the size and length are too intriguing for a developmental bout.
Duncan is a very good athlete at this position who was getting a lot of buzz early in the season. His lateral agility gives you a lot of hope that he can tackle blockers. Strength is a concern, but with an athletic profile like his, you can expect that strength profile to improve.
Hayes was on the best offensive line in the nation last year as the Wolverines won the Joe Moore Award. A versatile player, Hayes plays with a lot of power but needs to work on his technique. Savvy pass rushers can give him problems mobile.
Richards has been a veteran and veteran player for the Tar Heels, but he hasn’t been great. Richards has allowed a combined 70 pressures over the past three years and may be better suited to play inside at the next level. He has also struggled in run blocking throughout his career. Performing well in Mobile could help him move up the board and potentially be a top three pick.
A dreadlocks in the trenches, Mauch was one reason why the Bison Rush offense was once again incredible. Not only does he have enhanced manpower, Mauch can also run well in space and doesn’t miss blocks in the open field. There could be a move to the interior in Mauch’s future, but letting him fail at tackle is the smart play.
Jones is a mammoth man playing right tackle. At 6’8″ and 360 lbs, he won’t be for everyone, but for teams that run a one man/gap/power scheme, Jones is going to be someone they look up to a lot. His pace is good for a player his size, but pace can give him problems. His extraordinary length helps him a lot, but it doesn’t compensate for everything.
Transferring from Tennessee, Morris saw significant growth from his time in Knoxville. He allowed 36 pressures over 1,000 pass blocking reps and only 11 pressures over his 706 pass blocking snaps with the Sooners. With experience at both left and right tackle, Morris has all the tools to be a starter in the NFL, but needs to work on his erratic technique and inconsistent play.
A tall, athletic tackle, Saldivari was a multi-year starter for the Monarchs after being only a two-star recruit. He is at his best as a pass blocker and stays in control really well. With a league-loved athletic tackle that can run wide fields, Saldivari could be a good addition on day two or three as a developmental player.
Bergeron is one player who is not getting enough love in the scouting world. After playing at Syracuse, Bergeron did not receive much attention during the season. A three-year starter for the Orange, Bergeron is an experienced and intuitive player who needs some strength work. Speed won’t be a problem for him, but power is something that could expose him.
For the Volunteers, Wright has played both right and left back and was in the former last season. A big tackle at 6’6″ and 335 pounds, Wright doesn’t have the most fleet of feet, but he is a mover in the running game. He has played well against elite pass rushers, as he was relatively impressive against Will Anderson when the Volunteers played Alabama. Dealing with the pace is something he will have to prove he can do during practice.
McClendon started at right tackle for the Bulldogs the last three seasons and was a key part in helping them successfully defend their national title. As a late addition to the roster, McClendon will have a chance to boost his draft stock while honoring his fallen teammate Devin Willock.