We had an awesome week at the Senior Bowl. It was a great opportunity to evaluate the talent coming out in the draft, we saw a great week of practice, and we learned even more during the game itself. Here’s my list of the ten guys who most significantly improved their draft status with their performance in Saturday’s Senior Bowl Game.
10. Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State: He’s a 165-pound RB who showed he has a little power, and he showed his skills as a return man. He made the first guy miss on every return I saw him take. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield and will drop his shoulder. He may have moved as high as the 4th round in my opinion.
9. Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut: This guy is a lot like Kam Chancellor, and probably moved into 3rd round consideration this week. He packs a punch and shows good range on the field.
8. Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana: This guy moved from late 2nd to early 2nd round consideration. He was very, very impressive. They were able to run behind him all day, and he’s terrific in pass protection.
7. Jerome Lorenzo, S, St. Francis College: This is a small, small college kid who came in and competed. He had a pick, made a number of big plays, and he is a smart player. He might have gone from a 7th round grade to a potential 5th round grade, but most importanatly, he showed he can hang with the big boys.
6. Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo: Kareem is a terrific RB, and if the North Team had won, he would have gotten my vote for MVP. He’s a very versatile player that teams should consider around the end of the 3rd round.
5. Nate Peterman, QB, Pitt: He did a lot of good things. He made a mistake or two, but he helped himself and will be hard to pass up at the end of the 3rd round. He has very good west coast skills, so teams in that market will want to pay attention.
4. Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina: Jones is an acrobat! He makes a lot of plays. Put him on a team with a Brady or a Ryan and the sky’s the limit. He’s headed for a low 2nd round selection.
3. Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A & M: He spent part of his career in the shadows at A & M, but he’s an incredible target who can climb the ladder and will compete for and win the contested ball. I was very impressed, and as of now, I have a low 3rd round grade on him.
2. OJ Howard, TE, Alabama: We all know he’s a great player, but he was the best practice player all week, he had the most talent on the field, and then he played very well in the game. He can be a dominant playmaker in the mold of Jordan Reed, and is probably a mid-1st rounder at this point.
1. Davis Webb, QB, California: This kid showed all kinds of poise, all kinds of escape skills, and good decision making skills. He can throw the 25-yard out with a flick of his wrist, and he can gun it inside through the belt buckle at the receiver facing him, which is a skill Brady has. In my mind, he went from a 4th round pick to somewhere in the 2nd round. Remember, the Cleveland coaches coached him all week. If they don’t take a QB in the 1st round, they need to select this kid on Day Two.Add to My RFN