2017 Senior Bowl Preliminary Rankings
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on: 1/24/2017.
Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky 6-3 305 lbs 1st Round
- Forrest Lamp can play all five positions on the offensive line. He played right tackle in high school moved to left tackle, took snaps as a center, and is projected to play guard in the NFL. Having that kind of versatility on either side really works in his favor. He's likely to play guard in the NFL with 31 7/8 inch arms 10 and 3/4 inch hands, but besides his short arms and needing to improve pass blocking strength you can argue he's the most complete offensive lineman in terms of technique as a pass blocker, run blocker, or zone blocker and in terms of footwork. Lamp dominated at left tackle early on day 1 despite his arm length which means he may be able to play left tackle at the NFL, but is probably a safer bet at guard. We'll see how he does through the rest of the week.
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama 6-5 249 lbs 1st Round
- Alabama tight end O.J. Howard was my best player heading into this week. I think Lamp is higher now because offensive linemen are more valued than tight ends. Howard lost some weight. His hand size is 10 inches which is the NFL standard plus with 33 3/4 inch arms he's got the ideal size you want in a first round tight end. Howard showed he could execute short routes plus made one-handed catches.
Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson 6-3 312 lbs 1st Round
- This is a weak defensive tackle group. The 6-3 305 lb Carlos Watkins is a natural 4-3 defensive tackle who had 10.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss in 2016. He reminds me so much of Aaron Donald that its scary. All of the added weight was muscle weight instead of body fat. Having 11 3/4 inch hands gives Watkins a lot of momentum with a DeForest Buckner like weigh in Mobile. Watkins won a double team against LSU center Ethan Pocic and Miami's guard.
Montravius Adams, DT, Clemson 6-3 308 lbs 1st Round
- Montravius Adams showcased his rip and swim moves. Lots of scouts are debating whether him or Watkins is the top 4-3 defensive tackle, but both look like first round picks so far.
Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU, 5-11 191 lbs 1st Round
- Tre'Davious White had excellent closing line speed. His hands are smaller than Desmond Kings, but his man coverage and zone coverage is better than any senior corner in Mobile. I still need to csee White correct his issues with press coverage and tackling against the run, but he showed the fluid hips, speed, and intangibles on tape that a lot of NFL scouts covet. The Cleveland Browns coaching staff praised White so he had a huge day.
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova, 6-7 280 lbs 1st Round
- Tanoh Kpassagnon was 6-7 290 lbs. I thought he was a pure 5-technique. He lost 10 lbs and dominated at 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right end, and 3-4 left end. Kpassagnon has an outside chance to going the first round after abusing Conor McDermott on tape constantly throughout today.
Dan Feeney, RG, Indiana 6-4 304 lbs 2nd Round
- Indiana right guard Dan Feeney weighed in well. He has 33 3/8 inch arms and 10 inch hands. Feeney can pass block, run block, and zone block like a starting guard in the NFL. Missed 4 games with a concussion.
Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M, 6-0 193 lbs 2nd Round
- Justin Evans had a huge day. He has the intangibles you look for in a starting safety. He's too small to be a first round pick though.
Evan Engram, TE, 6-3 236 lbs 2nd Round
- Evan Engram added 9 lbs of muscle. He has 10 inch hands. He may improve his blocking, but I wouldn't be surprised if his speed regressed. He's a wait and see throughout the week. I have a 1st-2nd round grade on him since I can see him getting pushed up with Howard going earlier than expected.
Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama 6-2 227 lbs 2nd Round
- Gerald Everett had below average hand size. He still showed why he's a complete tight end in Mobile. He should jump David Njoku to be the third tight end unless Njoku stands out with his weigh in at the combine.
Julie'n Davenport, LT, Bucknell 6-6 310 lbs 2nd Round
- Davenport has 36 inch arms and 10-inch hands. I expected Davenport to have around 35-inch arms. He's not in that 315 lb range I expected, but very muscular and athletic. Davenport has the tools to be an NFL left tackle. With Ryan Ramczyk having hip surgery, Cam Robinson sucking in pass protection, and Garrett Bolles being a 24-year-old left tackle that has less strength than Ronnie Stanley, there is a window of opportunity for Davenport to crack the first round if he shines.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington 6-1 197 lbs 2nd Round
- Cooper Kupp dominated in the FCS. He was projected to be 6-2 215 lbs. He's only 6-1 197 lbs and not as fast as John Ross. That pretty much cements his status as a second round pick and probably the fourth receiver taken behind Williams, Davis, and Ross even though I love his tape. Kupp struggled against King early, but rebounded by beating him for a touchdown. Kupp got by Jourdan Lewis for another touchdown.
Ryan Anderson, 3-4 OLB, Alabama 6-2 258 lbs 2nd Round
- There is no question or debate that the 6-2 258 lb Ryan Anderson has the complete ability in terms of pass rushing, coverage, and run stopping. Anderson has impressed. He'd be a first round prospect if he didn't have off the field concerns, but you can make a case he's the fourth best 3-4 outside linebacker and the top outside linebacker in the second round.
Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M, 6-5 265 lbs 2nd Round
- Daeshon Hall confirmed what NFL scouts believed about him all year. Hall may get picked ahead of Justin Evans now.
Zay Jones, WR, Eastern Washington 6-1 202 lbs 2nd Round
- Outside of Cooper Kupp the one receiver who constantly got separation was Zay Jones. Jones is a player to keep an eye on.
Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia 6-2 204 lbs 2nd Round
- Rasul Douglas has excellent size and speed at 6-2 204 lbs. I moved him up from an early fourth round prospect to a second round coverage. He displays the man, zone, and press coverage I look for in a #1 corner despite the lack of experience.
Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State 5-11 190 lbs 2nd-3rd Round
- Damontae Kazee listed at 5-11 190 lbs. Had two deflections and had the biggest impact on the South team outside of Tre'Davious White.
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan 5-10 188 lbs 3rd Round
- Jourdan Lewis showed he could make deflections. He's an ideal nickel cornerback. Lewis has bigger arms than both Cameron Sutton and Desmond King.
Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee 5-11 182 lbs 3rd Round
- Cameron Sutton is skinnier than Desmond King. He's more aggressive in coverage and he doesn't get knocked down.
Desmond King, CB, Iowa 5-10 206 lbs 3rd Round
- Desmond King despite a bad weigh in where he had 29 inch arms 9 inch hands he really showed sound technique in terms of moving his hips. King did a phenomenal job pressing Cooper Kupp on tape. King can press effectively, but he struggles in man-to-man. His zone coverage is good, but he lacks the speed to keep up with receivers and got beat deep by Kupp. King is a nickel corner that may even convert to safety. King gets pushed to the ground against bigger receivers.
Antonio Garcia, LT, Troy 6-6 292 lbs 3rd Round
- Troy Trojans left tackle Antonio Garcia weighed in at 6-6 292 lbs. He was getting beat by Daeshon Hall, but he won matches against every other edge rusher that came his way. I see a developmental third round pick with left tackle potential down the road in two years.
Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse 6-2 198 lbs 3rd Round
- Amba Etta-Tawo is aggressive and he can be a threat in the red zone. He can make big plays and I like how he showed he could adapt against better corners. Not only does he have the intangibles, but a quick learning rate too.
Derek Rivers, 3-4 OLB, Youngstown State 6-4 250 lbs 3rd Round
- Derek Rivers showed natural edge rush ability in both the 4-3 and 3-4 defense. Being 6-4 250 lbs probably limits him to a 3-4 though.
Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane 6-0 296 lbs 3rd Round
- Tanzel Smart has the pass rushing and run stuffing that you look for in a defensive tackle. He should be a day 2 pick.
Ethan Pocic, C, LSU 6-6 307 lbs 3rd Round
- Ethan Pocic is taller than I realized. Pocic had a mixed performance, but like Smart looked good enough to be a day 2 pick.
Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado 6-3 240 lbs 3rd Round
- Sefo Liufau wasn't even a top 10 quarterback on my rankings heading into the week. He was supposed to weigh 6-2 220 lbs according to projected weigh ins. He exceeded that total and is now 6-3 240 lbs. Liufau had the biggest hands among any quarterback. With most sold on underclassmen Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, DeShone Kizer, and Brad Kaaya as the top 5 quarterbacks in different orders, Liufau has emerged as a clear cut senior after his weigh in with the Chicago Bears, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers observing him. Has the short, medium, and deep ball accuracy that you look for in a quarterback. Has starting potential, but needs to react better under pressure. Love his ability to extend plays with his legs. Needs to show more arm strength on day 2.
Zane Gonzalez, K, Colorado 6-0 201 lbs 3rd Round
- Zane Gonzalez had the best Senior Bowl performance by any kicker in quite some time. There were some Ray Guy comparisons plus many expect him to be a day 2 pick like Roberto Aguayo.
Jordan Morgan, LG, Kutztown 6-2 313 lbs 3rd-4th Round
- Jordan Morgan passed the weigh in. He dominated at left guard and outplayed both Adam Bisnowaty and Conor McDermott two tackles I hyped up.
Adam Bisnowaty, G, Pittsburgh 6-5 307 lbs 4th Round
- Adam Bisnowaty played left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle at Fox Chapel High School. As a true freshman at Pittsburgh he beat out T.J. Clemmings for the left tackle job. Bisnowaty has 32 7/8 inch arms and 11 1/8 inch hands. Binowaty lacks the strength to be a tackle and got beat by Derek Rivers off the edge. With smaller arms and a lack of strength he's more of a guard than an offensive tackle at this point.
Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia 6-3 292 lbs 4th Round
- Tyler Orlosky didn't make a strong impression. Orlosky should be a day 3 pick.
Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin 5-10 221 lbs 4th Round
- Corey Clement dominated today. He's gone from being a 6th-7th round pick to a fourth round pick.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo 5-10 208 lbs 4th Round
- Kareem Hunt showed his explosiveness and pass catching in Mobile. Struggled with ball carrier vision and blocking in Mobile.
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