DEEP FRIED DRAFT
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2019 Senior Bowl: Risers and Fallers (1-27-19)
SOUTH TEAM FALLERS
1. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Grier was indecisive and inconsistent all week. He showed a below-average arm. Anytime Grier had to move off of his spot, the play was over. I have heard first-round chatter surrounding Grier. I will have no higher than a fourth-round grade.
2. Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo
Johnson was M.I.A. for most of the week. I saw nothing in practice as I saw on tape. Johnson struggled to separate or make any type of impact.
3. Javon Patterson, G, Mississippi
Patterson was the worst offensive lineman from both teams this week. Consistently poor hand usage, a lack of power, and poor technique all plagued him this week. This was especially evident in the sack he gave up to Khalen Saunders during the game.
4. Ross Pierschbacher, C, Alabama
Pierschbacher was a shock to me. I didn’t see on tape a powerless player with poor technique. This week of practice exposed Pierschbacher’s weaknesses. I think his NFL ceiling is as a reserve interior lineman.
5. Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
Johnson has the size and length you look for in a corner. However, he is stiff and can’t change direction well. Johnson also gets too handsy. Honestly, a move to safety is probably in the cards.
SOUTH TEAM RISERS
1. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
While it is hard to say Samuel is a riser as he really just cemented his status as the top senior receiver. However, it would be negligent of me to not mention him here. Samuel was the most dominant player during the week of practice. He was uncoverable and caught nearly everything. He is likely an early second-round pick.
2. Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion
I knew little of Fulgham before the week began. I even like his teammate Jonathan Duhart more. Fulgham is fast and a terrific route runner. He was especially dominant during red zone drills. Fulgham has worked himself from undrafted to a potential mid-round pick.
3. Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
I had only seen Howard in one game this season. He looked good against Auburn but I needed to see more. Howard had a great week of practice. He really took to coaching well. If he lost a rep, he got coached up and never repeated that mistake. People will remember the rep where Montez Sweat stiff-armed him to the ground. However, they don’t talk about the next three reps where he stoned Sweat. With the demand so high for athletic offensive tackles, I will not be surprised to see Howard taken in the middle portion of day two.
4. Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico State
Hanks was a productive backer playing in anonymity in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He showed this week that he plays with the aggression, range, and techniques necessary to be a three-down linebacker in the NFL. Hanks has everything needed to be this year’s, Darius Leonard.
5. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Ya-Sin was the only corner this week to have any success with Deebo Samuel. He can get a bit grabby but he has the range and ball skills to be a great corner. The second round is not out of the question.
Every year after the Senior Bowl the question is always who made money and who lost money. I like to pick five players from each team who I think are “RISERS”. These are players who will be rising up my draft board after this week. I will also pick five players from each team who I think are “FALLERS”. These are players who will be falling down my draft board after this week.
NORTH TEAM FALLERS
1. Alex Wesley, WR, Northern Colorado
In the weeks after his invitation acceptance was announced all I heard was how fast Wesley was. Speed was the name of his game. What I saw in practice was a player who struggled with his route running and a player who couldn’t get open. He didn’t play in the game because of an injury.
2. Beau Benzschawel, G, Wisconsin
There weren’t many that disappointed me more than Benzschawel this week. I had a high rating for the former Badger coming into the week. I now have to go back to the tape. I saw a player fail to execute at a high level in the 1-1s. Benzschawel (and to a lesser extent his teammate Michael Dieter) failed to handle the bull rush from several of the North team defensive linemen in practice. The game offered no such reprieve either.
3. Ben Banogu, EDGE, TCU
This week proved that Banogu is a one trick pony. He is purely an edge rusher. That he is very good at. However, Banogu has no clue how to cover a back or tight end. His ability to rush the passer will make him a day three pick. Banogu contributing on special teams will determine him making a 53.
4. Sutton Smith, LB, Northern Illinois
I was super excited to see Sutton Smith this week. That excitement went away quickly. Sutton Smith as an edge rusher is currently buried six feet under the Ladd-Peebles Stadium turf. Smith was okay in the coverage drills. However, the weigh-in did him no favors. He is 6’ even and 234 pounds. The 30 5/8” arms are not helpful. Athletic testing will be the key to getting a draftable grade back for Smith.
5. Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
Boyd probably got flagged (or should have been flagged) for about ten defensive pass interference calls during the week. He got flagged on back-to-back plays during the game. Boyd can be so much more as a corner. He just needs to clean up his technique a lot.
NORTH TEAM RISERS
1. Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State
I had never even heard the name of Penny Hart until a couple of days before he declared for the draft. He had tremendous production for GSU. During the practices, Hart started taking some of the buzz away from Andy Isabella. His feet are ridiculous. Hart runs crisp and clean routes. He will probably run a sub 4.4 seconds. I don’t think Hart is a Top-100 guy. However, he is certainly draftable early on day three.
2. Drew Sample, TE, Washington
Sample can do it all. He can catch, block, and run clean routes. Sample consistently found himself wide open in the middle of zones. I don’t believe he will go until rounds 4 or 5. But would you rather spend a 2nd or 3rd on a tight end that is just slightly higher rated than Sample? Or spend a later pick on him?
3. Chuma Edoga, OT, Southern Cal
Edoga was an unknown to me coming into this week. He lacks the ideal height to play left tackle. However, Edoga makes up for it with near 35” arms. His footwork is borderline amazing. Edoga showed great technique all week. I need to go back to the tape to confirm, but Edoga could get into the 40-60 pick range.
4. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M
Another unknown to me coming into the week, no center showed more brute strength than McCoy. He doesn’t have the range that his counterpart Garrett Bradbury has. However, McCoy does enough to make me think he is a top three center in this class.
5. Anthony Nelson, EDGE, Iowa
Let’s continue the trend of players I was behind on. Nelson was not expected to declare for the draft. He is a legit 6’7” and weight 275. Nelson has great arm length. He showed an array of pass rush moves. Nelson will also offer position versatility to the team that selects him. I don’t think he is a first round player but definitely round two.