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Senior Bowl- Offense

by Zachary Somma

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This Year’s Reese’s Senior Bowl just concluded down in Mobile, Alabama, and the event offered a great look at over 100 interesting prospects for the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. Players participated in various drills and competitions against each other over 3 practice sessions before playing in the game itself. So, going by position grouping, Draft Nation will examine who did well and boosted their stock or who had a poor week and may have hurt theirs. Each position group has been ranked based on how Draft Nation rated each player's performance during practices and the game. This is not a ranking of each as an overall prospect, only how they performed in Mobile.


Photo courtesy of Jacob Kupferman / Associated Press.


Quarterbacks


  1. Spencer Rattler (South Carolina)

  2. Michael Penix Jr. (Washington)

  3. Michael Pratt (Tulane)

  4. Bo Nix (Oregon)

  5. Carter Bradley (South Alabama)

  6. Sam Hartman (Notre Dame)

  7. Joe Milton III (Tennessee)


This year’s QB class at the Senior Bowl was one of the more anticipated groups of signal callers in the past few years. Despite not having the expected top 3 QBs (Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels), the presence of Oregon’s Bo Nix and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. brought a lot of attention to the group this year. 


However, it was Spencer Rattler, the former Sooner and Gamecock, who ended up being the most impressive QB at the event. In practice, Rattler showed off his quick release and arm strength in his limited opportunities and ended up taking home Senior Bowl MVP honors with his short but efficient performance in the game itself. After a disappointing 2023 season for Rattler and the Gamecocks, this showing has helped reestablish Rattler as a Tier 3 QB in this class. While the first round is still likely out of reach, teams should be viewing him as a nice developmental prospect thanks to his athletic upside.


Outside of Rattler, the rest of the QBs were underwhelming, although both Penix Jr. and Tulane’s Michael Pratt both had quality moments during the week of practice. Penix was fairly accurate to go along with his live arm, while Pratt distributed the ball well in team drills. Bo Nix had an up and down week, as he struggled with timing and accuracy during the first two days of practice, before turning in a solid performance on Day 3, as well as the game. South Alabama’s Carter Bradley also proved his worth during the week, really proving he belonged despite the lack of attention he had coming into the event. Both Sam Hartman and Joe Milton III needed a good week down in the Mobile as both are in the conversation for being Day 3 draft picks. But both struggled with touch, accuracy and turnovers during the week and might be trending more toward UDFA status.


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Running Backs


  1. MarShawn Lloyd (USC)

  2. Dylan Laube (New Hampshire)

  3. Cody Schrader (Missouri)

  4. Ray Davis (Kentucky)

  5. Emani Bailey (TCU)

  6. Rasheen Ali* (Marshall)

  7. Isaiah Davis (South Dakota St.)

  8. Daijun Edwards (Georgia)

  9. Kimani Vidal (Troy)


*Ali suffered a torn bicep tendon in Practice Day 2.


In what looks to be a wide open RB class lacking in top tier players, this year’s Senior Bowl group had a great opportunity to establish themselves. Overall, the majority of the players here did that, which is impressive given how hard it can be to stand out as a running back during these practice drills. Out of all prospects though, USC’s MarShawn Lloyd stood out. He is a smaller, but physical back who possesses quick feet and elusive ability. In addition, Lloyd also has receiving upside, and showed off some nice hands and route running during practice.


A few other backs stood out as well. Dylan Laube, from FCS New Hampshire, is a supremely interesting player. A lot of people view him as a bit of a RB/WR hybrid thanks to his receiving prowess. But not only did he show off that receiving ability in the slot during the week, but he also showed his chops as a rusher as well. Missouri’s Cody Schrader and Kentucky’s Ray Davis, similarly, demonstrated their abilities in the receiving game as well. Both are veteran backs with lots of experience, but should be instant contributors to an NFL running back room.


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Wide Receivers


  1. Ladd McConkey (Georgia)

  2. Roman Wilson* (Michigan)

  3. Johnny Wilson (Florida State)

  4. Ricky Pearsall* (Florida)

  5. Jamari Thrash (Louisville)

  6. Brenden Rice (USC)

  7. Jha’Quan Jackson (Tulane)

  8. Malachi Corley (Western Kentucky)

  9. Xavier Legette (South Carolina)

  10. Jacob Cowing (Arizona)

  11. Tez Walker (UNC)

  12. Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint (Georgia)

  13. Javon Baker (UCF)

  14. Luke McCaffrey (Rice)

  15. Ainias Smith (Texas A&M)

  16. Ryan Flournoy (SEMO)


*R. Wilson and Pearsall both withdrew following Practice Day 2.


As expected at this point, this NFL Draft cycle has yet another extremely deep and talented WR class, and this year’s Senior Bowl group was a fantastic example of that. There are players who fit into nearly every role in the receiving core; smaller slot guys, physical outside presences, speedy deep threats, and many more archetypes. On their own, though, Ladd McConkey stole the show out of the group. Maybe the craftiest route runner in the draft, the Georgia product plays so fluidly and quick in his routes that he innately creates separation. He demonstrated a mastery of understanding cornerback leverage while in Mobile, and knows exactly where to put himself to create a window for the ball to come to him. Not too far close behind him though was Michigan’s Roman Wilson. The “Flying Hawaiian” put more than just his speed on display, as he constantly dominated through good route running and his impressive ability to adjust to the ball in the air.


There were plenty of other receivers who put on a good showing during the week as well. Johnny Wilson’s sheer size immediately drew eyes from scouts, and he had a good week at consistently catching the football and playing with physicality. Ricky Pearsall is another dangerous slot weapon who has a knack for making big catches in traffic. Jha’Quan Jackson from Tulane was the surprise of the week, an undersized but extraordinarily quick player with some upside.


Draft Nation wanted to make a separate note about Tez Walker from UNC. An extremely athletic player with potential 1st Round hype, Walker had an inconsistent week in Mobile. He showed his speed and ability to get open but struggled immensely with drops and poor ball tracking. Walker did not have drop issues in his collegiate career, especially this past season for the Tar Heels, so this may have just been an off week for him. Still, many were expecting much bigger things from him at the Senior Bowl.


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Tight Ends


  1. Theo Johnson (Penn State)

  2. Ben Sinnott (Kansas State)

  3. Jaheim Bell (Florida State)

  4. Brevyn Spann-Ford (Minnesota)

  5. AJ Barner (Michigan)

  6. Jared Wiley* (TCU)


*Wiley did not participate in Practice Day 3.


While last year was viewed as an extremely deep and talented tight end class, this year’s group leaves much to be desired outside of a few top players. Still, those that attended the Senior Bowl were a pleasant surprise, none more so than Penn State’s Theo Johnson. Despite not having the greatest production, mainly due to playing with other talented tight ends around him (Brenton Strange in 2022, Tyler Warren in 2023), Johnson was a very consistent target down in Mobile. He’s a big target with soft hands, and plays with a good amount of speed and agility. Plus, he demonstrated a solid level of blocking ability during his time as a Nittany Lion. He will be a well-balanced tight end option available on Day 2 or Day 3.


Ben Sinnott from Kansas State was another impressive player in Mobile. The former walk-on had a good week showing off his physical play style and dependable catching ability. Despite lacking in speed somewhat, he plays with a high effort level that should draw attention from NFL teams.



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Offensive Tackle


  1. Taliese Fuaga* (Oregon State)

  2. Javon Foster (Missouri)

  3. Patrick Paul (Houston)

  4. Jordan Morgan (Arizona)

  5. Tyler Guyton* (Oklahoma)

  6. Christian Jones (Texas)

  7. Travis Glover* (Georgia State)

  8. Roger Rosengarten (Washington)

  9. Delmar Glaze (Maryland)

  10. Kingsley Suamataia (BYU)

  11. Isaiah Adams (Illinois)

  12. Jeremy Flax* (Kentucky)

  13. Ethan Driskell (Marshall)

  14. Karsen Barnhart (Michigan)


*Fuaga and Guyton opted out following practice Day 2.

*Flax left following practice Day 1 after injury, Glover replaced him from Day 2 onwards.


The 2024 Draft is going to feature a lot of offensive linemen, especially offensive tackles, going early and often. Multiple first-round caliber tackles took part in the Senior Bowl, as well as many potential starters and depth options down the board. One of the top tackles both in the Draft and in Mobile, Taliese Fuaga from Oregon State, was a dominant force during the week of practice. Fuaga is a powerful run blocker who mainly projects as a right tackle. However, he demonstrated that he could also play some left tackle and showed his worth as a pass protector against some talented edge rushers. At this point, it would be a bit of a surprise if Fuaga did not end up in the 1st Round come April.


Other tackles who are on the fringe of the 1st round who had good weeks included Javon Foster from Missouri, Patrick Paul from Houston, Jordan Morgan from Arizona and Tyler Guyton from Oklahoma. Guyton is the most athletic of the group, Foster is the most consistent, Paul has the size and arm length and Morgan has the veteran experience. All have potential starter upside, and each player’s combine numbers will better help determine who goes on Day 1 or Day 2 of the Draft.


Down the board, a few tackles were able to use the Senior Bowl to draw some attention to themselves. Washington’s Roger Rosengarten was a guy who impressed with his movement skills and footwork, especially as one of the few juniors invited to the bowl game. Another guy who came out of nowhere was Georgia State’s Travis Glover. Glover was not even an initial invitee to the game, arriving on Day Two after an injury to another participant. He not only proved he belonged during one on one drills but was one of the best linemen there. It would not be a surprise if he played his way into a Day 3 draft position with his work in Mobile.


Photo courtesy of Sean Meagher/The Oregonian.


Interior Offensive Linemen


(1)Jackson Powers-Johnson (Oregon)

(2) Christian Haynes (UConn)

(3) Dominick Puni (Kansas)

(4) Sataoa Laumea (Utah)

(5) Tanor Bortolini (Wisconsin)

(6) Charles Turner III (LSU)

(7) Layden Robinson (Texas A&M)

 (8) Andrew Raym (Oklahoma)

 (9) Beaux Limmer (Arkansas)

 (10) Brandon Coleman (TCU)

(11) LaDarius Henderson (Michigan)

(12) Javion Cohen (Miami FL)


*Zach Frazier (West Virginia) was present, but unable to participate in any drills due to prior injury.


Finally for the offensive side of the ball, is the interior offensive line class. While it lacks the depth and top end talent of the offensive tackles, this group did a good job overall at the Senior Bowl. One of the best players overall was Oregon’s Jackson Powers-Johnson. Likely a center at the next level, JPJ was almost unbeatable in the one on one drills and may have vaulted himself into Round 1 consideration, a rarity for a center in today’s era. The other standout star from the IOL group was UConn’s Christian Haynes. He was hyper-competitive and showed off his power and mobility at a high degree. He’s been a riser throughout the draft process so far with some impressive film and has put himself into contention as potentially the top guard in this class. He also took some reps at center during the week, adding to his potential versatility, and a group of centers that included 


Other players who helped raise their stocks included Kansas’ Dominick Puni was one of the best movers at the guard position, and most of the center group, including Wisconsin’s Tanor Bortolini, LSU’s Charles Turner III, Oklahoma’s Andrew Raym, and Arkansas’ Beaux Limmer.

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