Who helped and who hurt their draft stocks from the Reeses Senior Bowl (1/31/21)

Osa Odighizuwa (DE) helped his draft stock! He is a redshirt senior from UCLA. In the first half of the game he beat Greg Brown, OG from Alabama, and forced an incompletion by Kellen Mond on a QB Hit.

Michael Carter (RB) probably helped his draft stock the most with an outstanding performance in the Senior Bowl. During the season he had 1,245 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns (8.0 average yards per carry). In the Senior Bowl he had 8 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown. On his touchdown run he converted a first down and never gave up and moved the pile until he reached the end zone. He had a great game and definitely caught the eyes of some NFL scouts looking for a RB.

Demetric Felton, WR from UCLA, helped his draft stock by catching 2 important passes in the game. One was a touchdown and the other was a conversion on 4th and 8.

Patrick Jones, DE from Pittsburgh, raised his already impressive draft stock with an important sack on 3rd down. He is a top 2 defensive end in this draft and proved it on Saturday.

Kenny Yeboah, TE from Ole Miss, raised his draft stock with his miraculous touchdown catch where he displayed his vertical leaping ability.

Shi Smith, WR from South Carolina, raised his draft stock by having 3 catches for 57 yards. He made one sliding catch and saved an incompletion. He also caught a pass by Sam Ehlinger and showed off his elusive speed and big play ability by gaining a ton of yards after his catch.

Josh Palmer, WR from Tennessee, raised his draft stock by catching a touchdown pass. What was more impressive than the touchdown was the slant route he ran and his ability to create space against defenders.

Feliepe Franks, QB from Arkansas, was the best quarterback for the National Team Saturday. Not only was he 9/16 for 122 yards and a touchdown but he also completed on a 4th and 8 conversion and was an instrumental factor in the National Team’s victory.

Dez Fitzpatrick, WR from Louisville, caught 6 passes for 90 yards which was the most in both categories for either team. He had an AMAZING catch in the 4th quarter over a premier defender which showcased his strong hands and ability to continue on with a play through tough defense.

Probably the most impressive WR from the game was Amari Rodgers, from Clemson. He showcased his catching abilities and ability to hold onto the ball after a big hit with his touchdown catch. Amari Rodgers is one of the biggest winners from participating in the Senior Bowl.

Obviously Kellen Mond was a winner from the Senior Bowl. As a senior quarterback from Texas A&M, he won the MVP, he threw for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. More importantly he converted on a 2-point conversion by using his legs to run the ball into the end zone. A true dual threat QB who may have brought himself into the conversation for a first round pick.

There were two players that needed to have a good game with hopes of being drafted and they underperformed. These players are:

Sam Ehlinger Texas QB & Ian Brook Notre Dame QB.
Ehlinger went 4/10 for 42 yards with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. After watching his game film and religiously studying him during his senior season at Texas I believe that Ehlinger will go undrafted in the upcoming draft. He did not impress in the Senior Bowl and even though he went to a Big 12 school his injury might’ve affected his game, but the inaccurate passes are not a good look for any scout.

Ian Brook is definitely not getting drafted. He went 5/11 for 48 yards 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. He looked awful for the National Team, and in a draft with tons of depth at the quarterback position, he should find a new profession because the NFL will not be calling his name on draft day.

These are simply my opinions after breaking down the game film from Saturday’s Senior Bowl. Maybe the scouts saw something in certain players that I missed. I also did not hilight any offensive lineman. The NFL draft is on April 29, 2021. I can only hope that these players prove me wrong and get drafted, which is every college football players dream. There are only 255 players that get drafted each year and drafts are conducted based on team needs not always the best player available. In the NFL draft anything can happen, so my predictions are just as good as anyone else’s.

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