Earlier today I reviewed my top offensive players from the Senior Bowl. Here are four defensive players that I thought flashed all week long in Mobile.
I’ll start off with DT Davlin Tomlinson of Alabama. If you talk to his teammates, they will tell you he was the most underappreciated player on that defensive roster for the Crimson Tide, and the most unselfish. He’s a 6-3, 305-pounder with a wrestling background, so he understands leverage and uses it well in his play on the field. He was also pretty productive from the interior. He might not be considered on the same level as Jarran Reed, who was a 2nd rounder as a DT last year out of Alabama, but he could work his way into the second round. He was that good in Mobile.
Haason Reddick was the talk of the week. The former Temple DE is 6-1, 230 pounds and made the move to ILB this week. What I saw on the field during the game was sideline to sideline ability. He was all over the field, and was pretty good in coverage, especially for a player who had never, ever been asked to do that before. He had a tremendous week and showed great athleticism.
Another interesting prospect that helped himself a lot was Florida ILB Alex Anzalone. He has a long injury history that kept him out of 20 games in his career, but all week he showed a lot of intensity. He came with it in every one-on-one drill, brought every ounce of energy he had to the field, brought a lot of fight and wasn’t afraid to stick his nose in there to make the stop. He backed it up with more of the same in the game. He was on the field the whole game, showed a nose for the ball, and was around it all afternoon.
Lastly, I loved Connecticut S Obi Melifonwu. Get to know this player. He’s 6-4, 217 pounds, and when Pat Kirwan and I spoke with him, he said teams were talking to him about playing LB, S, and CB, because he has the athletic traits to play them all. He’s a huge safety and actually dwarfed a lot of other players on the field. I saw WR’s who weren’t willing to block him. During the game, he was in the box all day and is a big, physical player. A lot of people are going to make the Kam Chancellor comparisons, and though he likes more of a FS role, he looks more to me like an in the box safety who has the athleticism to cover the TE. He’s an extremely physical player who is going to continue to rise.Add to My RFN