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 wide receivers playing in this year's game. I go from best to worst in this year's game.
**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 Deebo Samuel South Carolina Sr 6'0 205
Samuel is one of the most electrifying players in college football. Samuel has accounted for a touchdown five different ways for the Gamecocks. He does have an injury history. However, few are better with the ball in their hands.
2 David Sills West Virginia Sr 6'3 201
Sills is a former quarterback who made the transition to receiver. He has a huge frame and is ridiculous in the red zone. Sills is a tremendous all-around receiver. He has 35 career TDs.
3 Anthony Johnson Buffalo Sr 6'2 207
Johnson is a former JUCO transfer who burst onto the scene in 2017. Since joining the Bulls, he has caught 128 passes for 2300 yards. Johnson has 25 touchdowns over two years. I don’t believe he has elite speed. However, he is a magician in the open field.
4 Tyre Brady Marshall Sr 6'3 208
Brady is one of my favorite prospects. A Miami transfer, Brady has nice hands and good speed. His play slumped slightly from ’17 to ’18 with lesser QB play. He should turn heads in Mobile.
5 Andy Isabella Umass Sr 5'10 195
Don’t let the size fool you. Isabella can play. He has track speed to go along with his sure hands. Isabella is one of the most productive receivers in the nation. He finished 2018 with 101 catches for 1697 yards and 15 TDs. Against Georgia, a defense that will send several players to the NFL, Isabella torched the Bulldogs. He finished that contest with 15 receptions for 219 and two scores. Isabella was a Biletnikoff Award finalist (he received my vote).
6 Jalen Hurd Baylor Sr 6'2 230
Hurd is an interesting story. He was the top running back coming out of high school and committed to Tennessee. Hurd amassed over 3100 scrimmage yards while scoring 26 touchdowns at Tennessee. He decided to transfer midway through his junior season and settled in Waco. Hurd dropped some weight and converted to WR for the Bears. In 2018, he caught 69 passes for 946 yards and four scores. Hurd also rushed for 209 yards and three scores. It will be very interesting to see him run the route tree during practices at the Senior Bowl. He is certainly an NFL type athlete. Can he put it all together?
7 Keelan Doss UC-Davis Sr 6'1 206
I have watched Doss play several times this year and came away impressed each time. Doss has good speed and an excellent catch radius. The step-up in competition will be interesting to monitor.
8 Emanuel Hall Missouri Sr 6'3 200
Hall missed several games in 2018 with an injury. He is a burner. Hall has nearly 2000 career receiving yards.
9 Jakobi Meyers NC State Jr 6'2 203
Meyers is an early graduate. He and Kelvin Harmon formed a terrific 1-2 for Ryan Finley. Meyers is relatively inexperienced at the position. He came to Raleigh as a QB. Meyers is a great athlete.
10 Terry McLaurin Ohio State Sr 6'1 205
McLaurin was modestly productive in ’16 & ’17. However, he emerged as a big play threat this season. McLaurin averaged 20 yards per catch and scored 11 TDs.
11 Hunter Renfrow Clemson Sr 5'10 175
Renfrow is the ultimate underdog. A former walk-on, he has played in nearly every game of his Clemson career. Renfrow caught the game-winning TD in the Tigers championship game win over Alabama. He is an excellent route runner with tremendous hands.
12 Travis Fulgham Old Dominion Sr 6'3 215
I knew more about his teammate Jonathan Duhart than I did Fulgham. In 2018, Fulgham caught 63 passes for 1083 yards and 9 touchdowns. I can’t wait to see him in Mobile.
13 Jaylen Smith Louisville Sr 6'3 219
Like the rest of the Cardinals team, Smith’s production went south this season. It was thought he would declare last year. Smith is a height/weight/speed guy. He needs to show more nuanced route running during practices.
IC Alex Wesley Northern Colorado Sr 5'11 184
I know absolutely nothing about Alex Wesley. Those in the draft community I trust think highly of him. Wesley is another I can’t wait to see in the practices.
IC Penny Hart Georgia State Jr 5'8 180
Hart was quite literally added to the roster as I was typing this. I am unsure as of press time if he is replacing anyone. Hart had 72 receptions as a true freshman before missing the next year with an injury. When he returned, Hart added another 74 receptions. His production dipped this season. The QB play for Georgia State was atrocious. He is diminutive but has a chance to put on a show in Mobile.
2019 Senior Bowl: Ranking the WRs