As of Friday morning, the legitimate practices of the Senior Bowl are now over with today’s walk-through closed off to the media prior to tomorrow’s game.
Last night, the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, Jim Nagy, announced via Twitter this week’s Practice Players of the Week for each position, including the overall player of the week.
Congrats to Senior Bowl Practice Player of the Week (Top Overall), USC tackle Chuma Edoga (@edogawd). There’s a long list of players that improved their draft stock this week in Mobile but none more than Edoga, who consistently stood out in OL/DL 1-on-1’s. #seniorbowl pic.twitter.com/CvGnN6Wgwr— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 25, 2019
Edoga played both tackle positions for the Trojans this past year and more than earned his right to be in Mobile during 2018. He measured in at 6-foot-3 6/8 inches and 303 pounds, which won him some points as he supposedly played at around 290-295 during the regular season.
Each day of practice, Edoga came out and consistently stoned edge rushers. It didn’t matter if they were power rushers or speed rushers with excellent bend. The former-Trojan was having none of it. With the offensive line group one of the more talented units at this year’s Senior Bowl, it makes Edoga’s nomination even more impressive.
As for the rest of the practice award winners, they were a lot more surprising, and for some, perplexing, than the Edoga selection.
Congratulations to our Reese’s Senior Bowl Defensive Practice Players of the Week:— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 25, 2019
DL: Isaiah Buggs @AlabamaFTBL
LB: Drue Tranquill @NDFootball
DB: Darnell Savage @TerpsFootball
ST: Austin Seibert @OU_Football #seniorbowl pic.twitter.com/hzG5ejcysc
From top to bottom, these selections are wild and it makes me wonder what exactly went into the evaluation process.
Bama’s Isaiah Buggs was a ‘tweener in the truest sense. His weigh-in of 295 pounds at 6-foot-2 1⁄2 is not too bad. However, his arm length was 30 7/8 inches which was under most defensive backs and just a hair over the length of Punter Jake Bailey’s arms.
He failed to stand out much at all during 1-on-1’s and looked overwhelmed when going up against guys like MSU C Elgton Jenkins and OU OG Ben Powers.
#SeniorBowl North Day 3 “Winners”:— Optimum Scouting, LLC (@OptimumScouting) January 24, 2019
-#NCState QB Ryan Finley
-#Memphis RB Tony Pollard
-#NCState WR Jakobi Meyers
-#USC OT Chuma Edoga
-#Maryland DL Byron Cowart
-#NotreDame LB Drue Tranquill
-@BCFootball SAF Will Harris
Notre Dame LB Drue Tranquill and Maryland S Darnell Savage were among the names I rarely heard throughout the week. If I had any say, Tranquill’s ND teammate Te’Von Coney would have had my vote for the linebacker position and a guy like Delaware’s Nasir Adderley would have had my vote for defensive back.
Congratulations to our Reese’s Senior Bowl Offensive Practice Players of the Week:— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 25, 2019
QB:Jarrett Stidham @AuburnFootball
RB: Dexter Williams @NDFootball
WR: Deebo Samuel @GamecockFB
TE: Foster Moreau @LSUfootball
OL: Garrett Bradbury @PackFootball #seniorbowl
The offensive players selected were much more on par with what many from the media saw during the this week’s all-star practices, sans Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham.
Duke’s QB Daniel Jones and Missouri’s Drew Lock were much more impressive while maintaining a decent amount of “consistency”. I put that in quotations because that trait was very hard to come by as all signal-callers really struggled to mesh with their Senior Bowl teammates.
The selections of Notre Dame RB Deter Williams, South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel, LSU TE Foster Moreau, and NCST C Garrett Bradbury were all spot-on.
Williams showed immense burst through the hole all week and will be a tough man to stop when he gets to the second level. He also likely earned himself some money by showing a soft pair of hands on day 3 of practice.
Dexter Williams from Notre Dame wants to prove to scouts he has reliable hands pic.twitter.com/KA2lPUVG53— Bears Barroom (@BearsBarroom) January 24, 2019
Samuel put on a release/seperation clinic this week and had many fans in attendance standing up whenever he did something like this:
My goodness, Deebo Samuel, you didn’t have to do him like THAT pic.twitter.com/7xLhwTXyJm— The Draft Network (@DraftNetworkLLC) January 24, 2019
At 5-foot-11 4/8 and 216 pounds, Samuel is built like a brick s***house at the wide receiver position and may have done enough to get him into the early-second, late-first conversation if he runs as fast as many believe he will in Indianapolis.
Media assumed Moreau would come into the Senior Bowl and help build on his case as one of the best run-blocking tight ends. In the end, he proved he was much more well-rounded than we all initially thought, showing a knack of finding the holes in zone coverage all week, specifically in end zone work.
Bradbury out of North Carolina State was considered the top center prospect coming in to Mobile and absolutely nothing has changed about that assertion. His elite movement skills and functional strength were on display all week against some of the stoutest defensive tackles in all of college football. He is one of those players that makes the game look so easy and will be a borderline first-round pick come April.
Daniel Jeremiah says Garrett Bradbury (NC State) has the athleticism of Jason Kelce, lateral movement of Ryan Kalil and has been blowing teams away in the meetings with his football IQ - brings a huge element of leadership to the center position.— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) January 24, 2019