DEEP FRIED DRAFT
The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl is upon us. Beginning January 22nd, 110 senior football prospects will interview with and practice in front of hundreds of NFL coaches and scouts. Tuesday morning, the players will weigh-in and then both teams will lightly practice in the afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday are the two biggest practice days when both squads practice in full pads. This culminates in the game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The game can also be seen live on NFL Network.
Deep Fried Draft will have it covered all week. Look for daily write-ups about the practices each day.
Below I rank the defensive linemen playing in this year's game. I go from best to worst.
**Please note that these rankings are based on what I have seen up to this point. What I see upon further tape study, Senior Bowl performance, and the rest of the draft process will likely change these rankings.**
***This also reflects the roster that was announced in early January***
1 Gerald Willis Miami (FL) Sr 6'3 300
Willis is a tremendous interior pass rusher. He has four sacks in 2018 with 18 TFL. Willis will likely be the highest drafted player from the U.
2 Zach Allen Boston College Sr 6'5 285
Allen is a highly productive player for the Eagles. He lived in the shadow of Harold Landry for three years but now has his own spotlight. Allen recorded 100 tackles in 2017. He has 61 more this year with six sacks. Scheme versatility and hustle are the main selling points for Allen.
3 Isaiah Buggs Alabama Sr 6'4 292
Often the forgotten man behind Quinnen Williams and Raekwon Davis, Buggs had a great season for the Crimson Tide. He is a former JUCO transfer. Buggs finished with 9.5 sacks in 2018. I don’t think he is a first-round pick. However, he will make a team happy on Day Two.
4 Charles Omenihu Texas Sr 6'6 275
Big and physical player for the Longhorns. Omenihu will offer scheme versatility and pass rush for any team selecting him.
5 Renell Wren Arizona State Sr 6'6 297
Wren is a run-plugging interior lineman. He has tremendous size with good movement skills.
6 Greg Gaines Washington Sr 6'2 318
Gaines is a mountain of a man. He was often overshadowed by his former teammates Vita Vea and Elijah Qualls. Gaines is probably best as a two-down run plugger. However, he did record 4.5 sacks this year.
7 Kingsley Keke Texas A&M Sr 6'3 315
Along with his teammate Daylon Mack, Keke formed an impressive interior duo. The former Aggie has pass rush upside.
8 Dontavius Russell Auburn Sr 6'3 320
Russell is probably going to be a two-down run blocker at the next level. This will probably limit his ceiling. However, Russell could still be a productive role player at the next level.
9 L.J. Collier TCU Sr 6'4 276
Collier is a consistent player for the Horned Frogs. He offers some interior rush. Collier is probably best suited a five or seven technique.
IC Khalen Saunders Western Illinois Sr 6'2 310
I know little-to-nothing about this Leathernecks defender. Saunders has 16 career sacks, including 4.5 this year. I look forward to seeing him next week.
2019 Senior Bowl: Ranking the DL