The Reese’s Senior Bowl wrapped up this weekend with the North all-stars defeating the South all-stars 34-17. Senior Bowl standouts flashed their potential ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The all-star festivities included a week’s worth of practices with NFL coaching staffs and in front of NFL scouts and front office personnel.
Here’s a look at the 10 Senior Bowl standouts on the offensive side of the ball.
Senior Bowl Standouts: Quarterback
Of the six quarterbacks in attendance at the senior bowl, two stood out from the rest: Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Utah State’s Jordan Love. Both signal callers enjoyed excellent weeks at practice, and Herbert parleyed that into an MVP performance.
Herbert demonstrated his poise and mobility throughout the week and during the game. He showed his legs during a 19-yard scramble on his first drive. Herbert finished 9-of-12 for 83 yards and touchdown, and with 22 rushing yards on three carries.
In addition to those numbers, Herbert put up 3,471 passing yards and 32 touchdowns on 66.8 percent completions in 2019. His performance at the Senior Bowl may have solidified his top-10 potential.
Jordan Love started slow at practice, and didn’t really have much to show for in the game. But overall, his practice presented his arm-strength, athleticism and quick release for all to see. His disappointing 2019 might have been due to a new coaching staff and new offensive line. But during the Senior Bowl, Love demonstrated he has the tools of an elite talent.
Senior Bowl Standouts: Wide Receiver
The 2020 NFL Draft is loaded with talented wideouts, so these Senior Bowl standouts had a lot of work to do.
Florida’s Van Jefferson put on a clinic as a route-runner during practice. The son of former NFL wideout Shawn Jefferson, Van demonstrated a great release off the line and was a technician on the route. His 2019 numbers show his potential as well: 49 receptions, 657 yards and six touchdowns in the SEC.
K.J. Hill of Ohio State also had a solid Senior Bowl week. He created separation at every turn and flashed a large catch-radius. A good route runner, Hill also fielded punts for the North team. In 2019, he caught 57 passes for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s played his way into Day 2 of the draft.
Baylor’s Denzel Mims has also played his way into the Day 2 conversation. During the Senior Bowl, Mims showed separation, fluidity and quickness. At 6’2″, he’s clearly a red-zone target. And his 2019 stats (66 receptions, 1,020 yards, 12 touchdowns) imply he’s a difference maker.
Senior Bowl Standouts: Tight End
Harrison Bryant of Florida Atlantic University played well throughout the practice week and during the game. In a weak tight end class, Bryant’s numbers stand out (148 receptions, 2,137 yards, 16 touchdowns over four years at FAU). He demonstrated toughness at the line of scrimmage. With good hands, Bryant is a fundamentally solid tight end who may have played his way into Day 2 of the proceedings.
Adam Trautman of Dayton transcended the small-school stigma. He played well versus better competition. In addition, he showed himself to be a good blocker. His impressive practice legitimized his 2019 numbers (70 receptions, 916 yards and 14 touchdowns).
Senior Bowl Standouts: Offensive Line
There were a number of talented edge rushers and defensive linemen for these guys to deal with. And while there were some offensive linemen who struggled, these two did not.
Matt Hennessy of Temple performed particularly well in the center of the line. The younger brother of New York Jets long snapper Thomas Hennessy, Matt held his own at practice. He didn’t allow a sack in 2019. At 6’4″, 295-pounds, he’s best suited for a zone-blocking scheme.
Damien Lewis of LSU was also among the offensive Senior Bowl standouts. At 6’2″, 339-pounds, Lewis is a massive human being. His stout lower-half, coupled with good hands, means he moves defenders well. He could be a Day 3 selection who earns a starting nod in the NFL soon.
Senior Bowl Standouts: Running Back
The 2020 NFL Draft class of running backs is deep, despite some of the talent that chose to return to school. The Senior Bowl standouts from this stable is actually the position itself.
It’s clear with players like UCLA’s Joshua Kelley (105 yards and one touchdown), TCU’s Darius Anderson (43 yards on seven carries, 87 yards and a touchdown on two catches), and Florida’s Lamical Perine (42 yards on seven carries, 17 yards and a touchdown on two catches) all demonstrated the position’s depth.