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2017 Senior Bowl Study Hall

Written by Bryan Perez on December 22, 2016

The 2017 Senior Bowl is about one month away, and that means it’s time to prepare for the talent that will be on the field. The best way to enjoy the week of practice coverage and the game is to educate yourself on the participating prospects. For the second year in a row, Draft Breakdown will keep a running list of all the confirmed players and links to their film in this post.

Check back for updates throughout the next two months.

QB:

Seth Russell (Baylor) Davis Webb (Cal) C.J. Beathard (Iowa) Chad Kelly (Ole Miss) Josh Dobbs (Tennessee) Sefo Liufau (Colorado) Antonio Pipkin (Tiffin) Nathan Peterman (Pitt)

Next:  RB/FB


Locked On NFL Draft – 12/8/2016 – Senior Bowl Additions

Written by Joe Marino on December 8, 2016

Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs discuss the Senior Bowl additions of the past week.  The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

Be sure to follow the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast on Audio Boom and iTunes.


Dede Westbrook leads pack of mid-tier WRs headed to 2017 Senior Bowl

Written by Bryan Perez on December 7, 2016

The 2017 Senior Bowl is less than two months away, and as the list of accepted invites continues to be revealed, the crop of wide receivers who will be participating in the three days of practices is looking like a group of mostly second and third-day prospects.

The position group is led, so far, by Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook, who after a phenomenal 2016 season has earned himself a trip to New York City as one of the five Heisman Trophy finalists.  At 6-feet tall and 175-pounds, Westbrook is far from an opposing physical presence at wide receiver, but his 1,465 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns are indicative of the slippery playmaker that he is in the open field.  He’s a quick-twitched route-runner who freezes corners in their tracks with his well-timed footwork and upper-body fakes, not to mention his natural speed that already has defenders on their heels.  But (read more…)


Davis Webb leads early pack of Senior Bowl QBs

Written by Bryan Perez on November 28, 2016

In a draft class dependent on underclassmen at quarterback, senior passer Davis Webb has a chance to cement his status as a second-day prospect with a strong week of practices at the 2017 Senior Bowl.

 


Senior Bowl WR Amba Etta-Tawo goes off for 5 TDs vs. Pitt

Written by Bryan Perez on November 28, 2016

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The annual Draftnik pilgrimage to Mobile, AL for the Reese’s Senior Bowl is one of the highlights of the NFL draft calendar.  With the list of accepted invites starting to roll in, it’s fun watching the senior prospects finish their college careers on a high note.

One such player is Syracuse WR Amba Etta-Tawo, who went wild against Pitt in what was a wild all-around game.  Syracuse lost 76-61, but it wasn’t without a fight from their senior pass-catcher.  Etta-Tawo caught 13 balls for 178 yards and five touchdowns, a stat line that certainly has the NFL taking notice.

With a big week of Senior Bowl practices, Etta-Tawo could throw his name into late-second day consideration.


What to Watch in the 2016 Senior Bowl

Written by Bryan Perez on January 30, 2016

The 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl is set to kickoff today at 2:30 p.m. EST, and after a week of practices, rumors and hot takes, the following list is what I think you should be focusing on during the game.  Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive.  There are a lot of talented seniors participating in today’s game, many of which do not appear below.  Take a look at our complete Senior Bowl coverage to get familiar with some of the other players who stood out this week and have a lot to gain today.

 

Will Carson Wentz deliver?

The North Dakota State quarterback was all the buzz in Mobile, looking every bit the part of a young franchise quarterback.  From his size, arm, and overall presence on the field, Wentz made believers out of all those in attendance. He needs to put a ribbon on (read more…)


2016 Senior Bowl: Day Three Practice Recap

Written by Bryan Perez on January 28, 2016

The final day of practices for the 2016 Senior Bowl were met with slightly warmer and much less windy conditions, making the evaluation process a bit more enjoyable than the near frozen tundra conditions yesterday.

I focused most of my attention today on the running backs and linebackers, but I made sure to get a some looks at the tight ends as well.

Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon started his week with a great weigh-in (5’10”, 215 lbs) and finished with an impressive third day of practices.  He ran with an aggressive and decisive style of play and displayed the kind of quick feet needed to navigate to and through the hole.  Dixon caught the ball well and was just about impossible for the linebackers to cover in the one-on-one drills.  If he runs in the 4.4’s at the Scouting Combine, he’ll have a legitimate chance to leapfrog Derrick (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Day Three 2016 Senior Bowl Notes and Lunch

Written by Joe Marino on January 28, 2016

The final day of Senior Bowl practices got underway in much warmer temperatures here in Mobile, much to the delight of all attendees. In case you missed any of my previous practice notes, links are below.

Day One Practice Notes

Day Two Practice Notes

North Practice Notes

-LA Tech DT Vernon Butler showed up just under 6’4”, 325 pounds and is a true dancing bear. He has show good movement skills and power.

-LA Tech RB Kenneth Dixon was the clear-cut best running back here all week and is making his case to be a day two selection. Dixon has a very translatable skill set with tremendous burst and is an excellent pass blocker.

-To continue my thoughts on LA Tech players, QB Jeff Driskell has the strongest arm of any QB here not named Carson Wentz. He is a developmental prospect but also very “toolsy”.

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365 Draft Podcast: Senior Bowl Recap, Days 1 & 2

Written by Bryan Perez on January 27, 2016

Kyle Crabbs and Joe Marino are joined by Draft Breakdown Senior Analyst Bryan Perez and Bleacher Report NFL Draft Featured Columnist Luke Easterling to recap the first two days of the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl.


2016 Senior Bowl: Day Two Practice Recap

Written by Bryan Perez on January 27, 2016

The second day of the 2016 Senior Bowl was — in one word — cold.  The start times for the practices were pushed back because of the early morning rain, with the North Team taking the field at 12:00 p.m.  The South Team started their session at 2:30, resulting in 4.5 hours of nearly non-stop evaluations.

Before I touch on who stood out today, I first want to acknowledge the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff for the pace and tone of their practice sessions.  For the second consecutive day, Coach Garrett and company have run an intense and fun-to-watch two hours.  They are winning the battle between the coaching staffs, and quite frankly, it isn’t even close.

I focused my attention on the quarterbacks and receivers yesterday, and my summary of Day One can be found here.  Today’s target was the offensive and defensive lines.

 

The Good

Indiana OT (read more…)


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