The Senior Bowl took place today, and it was a battle of some of college football’s best seniors on a stage with scouts and coaches around the league watching ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft. It was an explosive showcase, but after a competitive first half, the South pulled away, winning 45-16. Many players from a lot of different schools across the country had a chance to showcase their abilities throughout this week-long interview process, and some guys managed to help their stock while some hurt their stock.
QB Mike White, Western Kentucky (#193 on Big Board, 6th Round grade)
— Riley Auman (@junioraumanac) January 27, 2018
Mike White is a name that has flown heavily under the radar throughout the draft process so far, but he showed in the first half that he may have the tools to become a legitimate NFL starter. He was accurate, looked comfortable in the pocket, and kept the ball moving consistently early in the game. I look forward to seeing more of him throughout the draft process.
RB Kalen Ballage, Arizona State (#236 on Big Board, 7th Round grade)
Kalen Ballage is another guy who really stood out to me with his first half performance. He looked like a true NFL running back with his burst right off the snap. But what impressed me the most about him was how much power he finished his runs with. He never avoided contact and always lowered his shoulder to get that extra yard or two before going down. A back like that has the chance to really wear out a defense.
WR D.J. Chark, Louisiana State (#163 on Big Board, 5th Round grade)
LSU’s D.J. Chark showed flashes of his playmaking ability in the first half, but my God, in the second half he exploded onto the scene. He showed his length and ability to stretch the field and he has a chance to be a dangerous weapon at the next level.
QB Tanner Lee, Nebraska (#387 on Big Board, Undrafted grade)
Although the final score would suggest that it was a blowout the whole afternoon, that actually was not the case. It was 18-16 at one point in the 3rd quarter. During the North team’s downward spiral, Tanner Lee was playing QB. He had a strip sack fumble he lost, an interception on a air-mailed deep ball, and had another pass that should’ve been picked but was dropped, Lee was erratic. He looked shaky in the pocket and was way off on the deep ball – he definitely hurt his stock today.
OT Brett Toth, Army (Unranked on Big Board – committed to military service for two years)
Brett Toth was a skilled run blocker who had a really successful career at Army, a school where they almost never pass. If he is going to stick around in the league at the tackle position, he needs to show that he can adapt his game and become a better pass blocker. He allowed too much pressure today and has a lot to work on still. He also likely has to wait two years before playing in the league.
OT Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh (#64 on Big Board, 2nd Round grade)
Great rush by Davenport. Beats Pitt OT Brian O’Neill and finishes. pic.twitter.com/tW65iDPBec
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) January 27, 2018
The North team’s inability to move the ball in the second half had a lot to do with their pass blocking inadequacies. Toth obviously had a transition to make as explained above, but Brian O’Neill was a guy who impressed on film, came to Mobile this week, and didn’t really show as much as scouts would have hoped. The North’s QBs were under pressure all afternoon.