The Reese’s Senior Bowl has come and gone. Some players raised their stock; while others failed to make a good first impression. This is the first of two articles. First, I’m gonna take a look who had a good practice week. On the second article, I’ll evaluate what went wrong for some players this past week. I decided to keep it to 5 players for each list just to keep things brief. There are plenty more players who hurt or helped themselves this week but it would take forever to name them all. I am gonna have a brief section at the end naming some honorable mentions with a brief sentence or two about their stock. Let’s start with the winners!
- Dalton Risner, OG/OT, Kansas State
Oh man, do I love Dalton Risner as a prospect. He came down to Mobile with questions about his athleticism and what position he would play in the NFL. While his athleticism still has questions he definitely proved he could play right tackle. Risner was competing and winning all week against the likes of Montez Sweat, Jaylon Ferguson, and Oshane Ximines. His mental processing is extremely high for a college tackle, so I expect him to be a day one starter in the league. There was a rep where he and Chris Lindstrom successfully passed off a stunt and it was beautiful to watch. I’ve had a fringe round-one grade on him all year, and after this week I think he might move up.
- Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
Chris Lindstrom was known as mostly just a run blocker coming from Boston College. In Mobile, he proved that he could anchor down and be effective in the passing game. The senior guard showed mental development as well handling stunts upfront with relative ease. Lindstrom rarely lost a rep last week, which is impressive because one-on-ones are made for defenders to win. I’ve said this before about Lindstrom: he doesn’t always wow with “traits”, but he is a damn good football player worthy of a top 50 pick. Lindstrom has been a round two player for me most of the season; I think it’s time we talk about late round one now.
- Charles Omenihu, DT, Texas
It’s really hard to win the weigh-in period at any event but Omenihu pulled it off. He was measured with 36-inch arms which is Stretch Armstrong long. Omenihu put those arms to work right away in practice frequently using them to disengage from blocks and win reps. He really showed that he had some meanness behind him which is something I wasn’t sure about after watching his tape. I was definitely wrong though because Omenihu is an absolute baller. He holds a round-three grade on my board currently but he will definitely move up next time I update it.
- Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
If you told me that the quarterback leaving Mobile with the most buzz would be Jarrett Stidham I would have told you that was crazy. However, here we are because Stidham had a really good week of practices where most quarterbacks struggled. Stidham flashed the ability to throw some receivers open which is something I value highly in quarterback prospects. Stidham even earned practice MVP for his week. I recently went back and watched tape on all the quarterbacks in this class, so seeing Stidham perform so well this week was a surprise for me. It is looking like maybe Auburn was the problem, not Jarrett Stidham. He currently holds a round-four grade on my board and it might be time for him to move up.
- Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
It has been one hell of a journey for Samuel over the past two seasons. Last season he was projected as a second-round pick before injuring his leg and being forced to return to South Carolina for his senior season. Samuel had an okay senior season but didn’t really show scouts that he was all the way back from his injury. Deebo came to Mobile and put that injury narrative to bed. You probably saw all of the highlights of him cooking cornerbacks on twitter (I’ll link some just in case you didn’t), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear some people in the media say they are hearing round-one talk for him. Samuel has quick feet and has become a very polished route runner over the years. That combination makes him the ideal Tyreek Hill type piece for NFL offenses. Samuel held a round-three grade on my board coming into the week (WRs with a lot of injury history really worry me); it is time I moved him up when I do my next update.
Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple: Getting some round one talk now.
Nasir Adderley, Saftey, Delaware: If he is not a first rounder I’ll be shocked.
Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State: Haven’t watched his tape yet but he impressed as a route runner and speed guy.
Garret Bradbury, Center, NC State: Has insane quickness in short areas. Might be a round one player.
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri: Impressed a lot of teams in interviews. He’s gonna go top 15.
Khalen Sanders, DT, Western Illinois: Had a baby, did some backflips, won a lot of reps.
Terry McLaurian, WR, Ohio State: Haven’t watched his tape yet but looks a really good vertical threat.