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On January 26th, 2019 the Reese’s Senior Bowl will take place in Mobile, Alabama. Every year the best senior college football players in the nation converge on the Gulf Coast to be seen by a who’s who of NFL coaches, scouts, and personnel departments.
This time of year, players from across the country will start to receive their invitation to play in next year’s game. Below I will list each player that has accepted an invite to play in this year's game. This list will constantly be updated until the day of the game.
2019 Senior Bowl: Invitation Acceptances
LB Deshaun Davis Auburn Sr 5'11 246
G B.J. Autry Jacksonville State Sr 6'5 340
EDGE Montez Sweat Mississippi State Sr 6'5 241
DL Greg Gaines Washington Sr 6'2 318
RB Ryquell Armstead Temple Sr 5'11 205
LS Dan Godsil Indiana Sr 6'4 234
LS Nick Moore Georgia Sr 6'3 250
CB Kris Boyd Texas Sr 6'0 195
Boyd is a good cover corner. He has solid length and decent ball skills.
LB Christian Miller Alabama Sr 6'3 230
Miller has battled injuries throughout his Bama career. 2018 was his first playing a complete season. He can be both an edge rusher or off-ball linebacker. Miller recorded 7 sacks this season with 33 tackles.
WR 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?
DL 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.
RB L.J. Scott Michigan St Sr 6'0 238
Scott has been a productive back for most of his career. He has dealt with injuries, including missing eight games this season. There were reports he would redshirt this season and return to East Lansing. Scott apparently had a change of heart.
**ADDED ON 11/21/18**
CB Isaiah Johnson Houston 6'2 195
Johnson is a former wide receiver. He has four career interceptions and 12 PBUs. Johnson has the length and ball skills teams crave.
CB Rock Ya-Sin Temple 6'2 190
More than just an awesome name, Rock Ya-Sin is a tremendous player. He transferred up from FCS Presbyterian. After recording five picks for the Blue Hose as a junior, Ya-Sin has two picks in 2018 with twelve passes defensed. The trend of long corners continues.
CB Amani Oruwariye Penn State 6'0 209
A three-year starter with eight career picks, Oruwariye is likely to hear his name called in the first two rounds. Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy says that Oruwariye is one of the most physically impressive players they saw this fall.
CB Corey Ballentine Washburn 6'0 204
I had to Google where Washburn was (Kansas for those interested). Ballentine has track speed with great special teams’ value. He has averaged over 30 yards per kick return in his career.
DL Charles Omenihu Texas 6'6 275
Big and physical player for the Longhorns. Omenihu will offer scheme versatility and pass rush for any team selecting him.
EDGE John Cominsky Charleston (WV) 6'5 275
I have never seen Cominsky play and I probably won't until Senior Bowl week. Per Jim Nagy, scouts were blowing up his phone to get him to Mobile.
EDGE Oshane Ximines Old Dominion 6'3 247
While not as physically gifted, Ximenes could see a similar rise during the draft process as Marcus Davenport. Boasting 32.5 career sacks and 51 TFL, Ximines is one of the most productive pass rushers in the nation. I look for him to dominate in the practices.
EDGE Josh Allen Kentucky 6'4 230
Before the season I saw the first round buzz for Josh Allen. I didn’t believe it. I am now a believer. Allen could be one of, if not the highest drafted player in the game. Allen is the epitome of player development. He arrived in Lexington as a lightly recruited 215-pound LB. He is now a 260-pound wrecking machine. Allen has 13.5 sacks in 2018 with 80 tackles.
G Nate Davis Charlotte 6'3 311
Davis is a right tackle for the 49ers but he projects inside at the next level. I have currently not studied him.
LB Terrill Hanks New Mexico State 6'3 225
Hanks is an athletic linebacker that can cover in space. His length and sideline-to-sideline ability make him very attractive to NFL teams.
LB Drue Tranquill Notre Dame 6'1 225
Tranquill is a former safety that made the switch to linebacker. After failing at safety, Mark Barron moved to linebacker and became a star. Tranquill is the latest to make this conversion. He hopes to use his athleticism to become a new breed of NFL space LB.
QB Clayton Thorson Northwestern 6'3 215
Thorson has the prototype NFL size. What he doesn’t have is good decision making. Thorson has thrown 24 interceptions over the last two seasons. He also tore his ACL in their bowl game last season. Thorson is currently my 12th ranked QB. This would project to a late-round pick.
QB Trace McSorley Penn State 6'0 205
This was the first selection that baffled me. Baffle is probably the wrong word. McSorley is a name. He has been very successful in the Big Ten. McSorley is a three-year starter with 74 TD passes and has thrown for nearly 10,000 yards. He will likely measure less than six-foot tall. He doesn’t have the arm to succeed in the NFL, in my opinion.
RB Jalin Moore Appalachian State 5'10 207
Moore was cruising right along until a fractured ankle ended his season in October. I am not sure if the injury will keep him out of the game or not. Moore was one of the most productive runners over the last few seasons.
S Nasir Adderly Delaware 6'0 200
Adderly is well thought of in the draft community. Dane Brugler of the Athletic thinks he is one of the top FCS prospects available. He may even get the opportunity to play some corner in Mobile.
S Johnathan Abram Mississippi State 6'0 215
A former JUCO star, Abram has become one of the best safeties in the SEC. He is a ferocious hitter. Sometimes a bit too much. Abrams aggressiveness will serve him well on special teams early.
S Marquise Blair Utah 6'2 195
Blair is another big hitter in the backend. Scouts tell Jim Nagy that they also want to see him rep at corner during practices.
TE Foster Moreau LSU 6'4 255
Moreau is an old breed of tight end. A get your nose dirty type. His numbers aren’t eye-popping. Moreau has less than 600 career receiving yards. However, he can make himself a solid target.
**ADDED ON 11/30/18**
S Juan Thornhill Virginia 6'0 200
Thornhill is a rising safety prospect. He is a solid tackler with great ball skills. In 2018, he has 58 solo tackles and five picks.
EDGE Ben Banogu TCU 6'3 245
Banogu is a talented edge rusher. He is a transfer from UL-Monroe. Since arriving in Fort Worth, Banogu has 33.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks.
TE Tommy Sweeney Boston College 6'4 255
Sweeney is a throwback tight end. He is a solid blocker with reliable hands. Sweeney is a great red zone presence. He does not have seam-stretching speed. The ceiling for Sweeney is probably a #2 tight end.
OT Tytus Howard Alabama State 6'6 280
Howard is a multi-year starter at left tackle for the Hornets. He had a phenomenal against Auburn this season. His athleticism and length will be huge from him. The weigh-in at the Senior Bowl will also be key.
EDGE Carl Granderson Wyoming 6'4 255
Granderson has the length coveted by NFL personnel for an edge rusher. His production has dipped some in 2018. Make no mistake, however, Granderson can play at the next level.
G Dru Samia Oklahoma 6'5 303
G Ben Powers Oklahoma 6'3 310
Samia and Powers, along with RS freshman Creed Humphrey form one of the best interior offensive line trios in the nation.
OT Andre Dillard Washington State 6'5 306
Dillard is a tremendous pass blocker. He has the arm length and athletic ability needed to handle the elite edge rushers. Can he run block? That is the question he will need to answer.
QB Gardner Minshew Washington State 6'2 220
Minshew is a fabulous story. A former JUCO QB, he was benched at East Carolina and was set to be a grad transfer. Initially, he was committed to Alabama to be a third-stringer before Mike Leach convinced him to come to Pullman. In 2018, Minshew is leading FBS in nearly every passing category.
RB Karan Higdon Michigan 5'9 190
Higdon is a hard-nosed runner with burst. He has rushed for over 2000 yards and 20 TDs over the last two years. Higdon needs to show he can excel in the passing game during the week in Mobile.
C Dalton Risner Kansas State 6'4 300
Risner can play anywhere on the line he wants. His best position may be at center. However, Risner could also play right tackle. He could be a riser during the process.
G Micheal Deiter Wisconsin 6'5 325
G Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin 6'5 321
Deiter and Benzschawel are a part of arguably the best offensive in America (Oklahoma would be the other choice). Benzschawel, in particular, is one of my favorite guard prospects in this draft.
OT Dennis Daley South Carolina 6'6 324
Daley was a JUCO product at Georgia Military College. He quickly emerged as the starting left tackle for the Gamecocks. He has gotten better, seemingly on a weekly basis. Daley has the measurables that NFL teams crave. A good week at the Senior Bowl could make his stock soar.
WR Jaylen Smith Louisville 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.
S Will Harris Boston College 6'2 210
Harris is a rangy safety who has been a three-year starter for BC.
S Khari Willis Michigan State 6'0 215
Willis is a two-year starter for the Spartans. He has recorded over seventy tackles in each of the last two seasons.
S Darnell Savage Maryland 5'11 200
Savage has been a ball hawk for the Terrapins. He has eight career picks, including seven in the last two seasons.
S Marvel Tell Southern Cal 6'2 195
Tell has started 29 games for the Trojans. He is a great player in run support and has some range.
**ADDED ON 11/29/18**
EDGE Jaylon Ferguson Louisiana Tech 6'5 265
Ferguson is one of the best pass rushers in the country. He has a chance to break Terrell Suggs FBS sacks record this season. Ferguson has burst off the edge and an array of pass rush moves. He and Oshane Ximines have a chance to get into the first round conversation.
DL Gerald Willis Miami (FL) 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.
DL Khalen Saunders Western Illinois 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 in January.
QB Ryan Finley NC State 6'4 200
Finley is a transfer from Boise State. He has had an up-and-down season. Finley is a career 64% passer with nearly 11K yards. He has a chance to elevate himself into a potential 1st-round discussion with a good week.
LB Germaine Pratt NC State 6'3 235
Pratt is an athletic backer with great size. He is a sure tackler. This season, Pratt has produced six sacks. He had zero coming into 2018. Pratt also has four career picks.
C Garrett Bradbury NC State 6'3 300
Bradbury is an athletic center who can play multiple interior positions.
DL Zach Allen Boston College 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.
G Chris Lindstrom Boston College 6'4 310
Lindstrom is a tremendous interior lineman. While not as highly touted as Quentin Nelson, I wouldn’t be shocked if he snuck into the back end of round one.
WR Andy Isabella UMass 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 is a Biletnikoff Award finalist (he received my vote).
LB Chase Hansen Utah 6'2 212
Hansen transitioned from safety to linebacker and is better for it. He has been highly productive since making the move. Hansen has 88 tackles this year, including 19 TFL. The biggest issue with him is age. Hansen will be a 26-year old rookie.
C Elgton Jenkins Mississippi State 6'4 310
Jenkins has started at four different positions for the Bulldogs. He has played left tackle, right tackle, left guard, and center. Versatility is king in the NFL and this will serve him well. Jenkins has also held his own against some of the best defensive tackles in the SEC.
DL Dontavius Russell Auburn 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.
QB Will Grier West Virginia Sr 6'2 204
Grier has been one of the best passers in the nation over the last two years. He transferred to WVU from Florida after a P.E.D. suspension. In 2018, Grier threw for 3700 yards and 37 touchdowns.
QB Jarrett Stidham Auburn Jr 6'2 210
Stidham came into the season with first-round hype. He has not lived up to the bill this year. Maybe his supporting cast was bad? Maybe he was a bad fit in the offense? Stidham will have a chance to rehabilitate his draft stock in Mobile.
QB Drew Lock Missouri Sr 6'3 205
Drew Lock has a tremendous arm. My main concern with him has always been his performance against top competition. He fared better in that aspect this season. Lock has thrown for nearly 12,000 yards in his career. He also got some work in a pro-style system with OC Derek Dooley in 2018.
RB Dexter Williams Notre Dame Sr 5'11 216
Williams is a one-year starter. He finished his senior season 155 touches for 1045 yards and 13 touchdowns.
RB Myles Gaskin Washington Sr 5'9 193
Gaskin is the only player in Pac-12 history to rush for 1000 yards in every season of his career. Gaskin is a well-rounded back. I expect him to have a great week in Mobile.
FB Alec Ingold Wisconsin Sr 6'2 246
Ingold is a true fullback. He is not asked to do much other than clear a lane. Ingold has 14 career receptions.
FB/TE Trevon Wesco West Virginia Sr 6'3 274
Wesco is a tight end for the Mountaineers. He will play a fullback/H-back role in Mobile. Wesco has a huge build and can move in space. He has 24 catches in 2018.
WR 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.
WR 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.
WR 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.
WR 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.
WR 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.
WR 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.
WR 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.
WR 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.
TE Alize Mack Notre Dame Jr 6'4 245
Mack has a chance to be a better pro than collegian. His production in 2018 nearly doubled from 2017. Mack could see his stock rise with a good week of practice.
TE Josh Oliver San Jose State Sr 6'5 250
Oliver leapt onto my radar early this year and has steadily risen up my board since. He is athletic enough to stretch the seam. Oliver has excellent hands. He also reportedly runs in the 4.5 range. Look out for this guy.
TE Dax Raymond Utah State Jr 6'5 250
Raymond is an early graduate. He is a name I had not heard of until he declared for the draft. Raymond will be an older rookie because of serving an LDS mission. He has 70 career catches.
TE Drew Sample Washington Sr 6'4 260
Sample was an under-utilized player in the Huskies offense. He is a reliable target and he will get his nose dirty blocking. Sample should be able to carve out a niche for himself at the NFL level.
OT Yodny Cajuste West Virginia Sr 6'5 321
Cajuste is a mauler at left tackle. Athletic and a fighter best describe him. Cajuste has a minor injury that will keep him out of their bowl game.
OT Kaleb McGary Washington Sr 6'6 318
McGary is a three-year starter at right tackle. He was named first-team All-Pac 12 the last two seasons.
OT Chuma Edoga Southern Cal Sr 6'4 295
Edoga has made 16 career starts with the Trojans. Most of the starts came on the right side.
OT Max Scharping Northern Illinois Sr 6'6 320
Scharping has started 49 consecutive games, every game of his career. He played every offensive snap (3,185 plays) in 2018.
DL 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.
DL Renell Wren Arizona State Sr 6'6 297
Wren is a run-plugging interior lineman. He has tremendous size with good movement skills.
EDGE Jonathan Ledbetter Georgia Sr 6'3 280
Ledbetter finished 2018 with 55 tackles. He added about thirty pounds to his frame over the last two years.
EDGE Jalen Jelks Oregon Sr 6'5 245
Jelks is a multi-faceted defender for the Ducks. His TFL and sack numbers are down from last season. Jelks is dealing with a nagging injury.
EDGE Chase Winovich Michigan Sr 6'3 253
Winovich is an athletic edge defender for the Wolverines. He arrived in Ann Arbor as a tight end. Winovich has 17.5 career sacks.
LB Te'Von Coney Notre Dame Sr 6'0 235
Coney has over 100 tackles over the last two seasons for the Irish. Can play MIKE or WILL at the NFL level.
LB Bobby Okereke Stanford Sr 6'3 234
Okereke is an athletic backer. He can cover space and carry tight ends.
LB Cameron Smith Southern Cal Sr 6'1 245
Smith burst onto the scene as a true freshman and never looked back. He has led the Trojans defense for the last four years.
LB D'Andre Walker Georgia Sr 6'3 245
Walker is a two-year starter for Georgia. He has the ability to rush off the edge. In fact, this is probably Walker’s best position. He has 13.5 career sacks.
CB Lonnie Johnson Kentucky Sr 6'3 206
Johnson is a long-armed corner. He is a JUCO transfer. It is safe to question his ball skills. Johnson has zero career picks.
S Mike Edwards Kentucky Sr 6'0 201
S Darius West Kentucky Sr 6'0 210
Mike Edwards has 10 career INTs and over 300 career tackles. Rush is a two-year starter for the Wildcats with four takeaways in the last two years.
K Cole Tracy LSU Sr 5'11 188
Tracy is a grad transfer from tiny Assumption College. He was 25/29 on field goal attempts with a long of 54.
K Austin Seibert Oklahoma Sr 5'9 214
Seibert was the placekicker and punter for the Sooners. He has a long field goal of 51-yards.
P Jake Bailey Stanford Sr 6'2 198
Bailey averaged nearly 44-yards per punt in his career. He had an 84-yarder against Cal.
P Mitch Wishnowsky Utah Sr 6'2 220
Wishnowsky is a two-time All-American, 2016 Ray Guy Award winner and three-time Ray Guy Award finalist. He has 61 career punts of 50+ yards.