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2019 Senior Bowl Preview (Offense)

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Who are some of the top offensive prospects to watch at the Senior Bowl?

NCAA Football: Washington at Oregon Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

NORTH

QB

1. Daniel Jones 6’5 220 RS Junior Duke

- The fast rising QB prospect is under the best possible situation as he has the coach who tutored the Mannings and is physically gifted. He has a rocket arm that can make all the throws. Athletic enough to move around in the pocket when things get messy. There are things such as consistency in the pocket, medicals, and a worrisome accuracy (a career 59.5%) to correct. A solid week would lock up a first round selection.

2. Drew Lock 6’3 225 Senior Missouri

- Lock does have the strongest arm in the class. The deep ball is a major plus. Pocket awareness is somewhat decent. Arm is NFL ready. Can make every throw in the book. Nice quick and compact delivery. No wasted motion. Above average athlete that can make things happen on the move. He has improved on decision making this year by not relying on the fastball on every pass as much as he has in the past but is still shaky. Needs a big week to solidify a first round selection.

RB

1. Jalin Moore 5’11 190 RS Senior App State

- Moore has been injured for most of the 2018 season and is now getting healthy for the Senior Bowl. Really productive outside of this past season.

2. Myles Gaskin 5’9 191 Senior Washington

- Gaskin has been a mainstay for the Huskies’ running game for four years now. He is the only running back in conference history to rush for 1000+ yards every year. Undersized runner that excels catching passes out of the backfield. Football IQ is above average. Knows how to work angles and cutback lanes to his benefit. Tree trunk legs. Plus speed and lateral agility.

3. Karan Higdon 5’9 190 Senior Michigan

- One of the more underrated running back prospects in the nation. Has had a decent senior year thus far. He’s a solid threat to score from anywhere on the field but prefers to grind away on tough carries. Not the most experienced as a senior. Size questions will abound at the next level. Has 209 carries for 1106 yards and 10 touchdowns.

4. Dexter Williams 5’11 203 Senior Notre Dame

- Williams broke out as a senior after playing a backup role for most his career. There is an off field issue for him, as he was suspended for four games. He was an electric playmaker for the Irish.

WR

1. Andy Isabella 5’10 190 Senior UMASS

- The darling of the scouting community as of late. He has increased his production every year. Fits as an excellent slot receiver at the next level. Could be the most talented receiver in Mobile. Every year, there’s a guy that every team falls in love with, could be him this year.

2. Anthony Johnson 6’2 207 Senior Buffalo

- Tyree Jackson’s main target man but will be playing on the opposite side interestingly enough. He needs a significant week to improve his stock as he’s seen as a TE athletically.

3. Emanuel Hall 6’2 200 Senior Missouri

- Underrated receiver that plied his trade in the SEC. A speed demon that can play both outside and inside. Willing blocker. He’s simply a good football player.

OL

1. Beau Benzschawel 6’5 319 OG RS Senior Wisconsin

- A typical Wisky type of offensive lineman in that he has a bunch of power but is slow of foot. One of the best guards on the best (on paper) offensive lines in college football. He will need a big week to prove himself ready for the NFL caliber defensive linemen.

2. Michael Deiter 6’6 321 OL RS Senior Wisconsin

- A versatile lineman that has played throughout the line in his Sconnie career. The versatility alone should get him drafted high.

3. Chuma Edoga 6’4 295 OT Senior USC

- Edoga projects to be a right tackle at the next level after being at the position for a majority of his college career. Bordering on late round draft range but can change that quickly with a good week.

4. Chris Lindstrom 6’4 305 OG Senior Boston College

- One of the best guard prospects that no one ever really talks about. Well schooled in the fundamentals of line play. Underrated athlete that can move to the second level. Possibly the best offensive lineman in the ACC in 2018.

5. Kaleb McGary 6’6 318 OT RS Senior Washington

- Started at left tackle to begin the 2018 season when Trey Adams was out with injury. Did well in the interim before moving back to right tackle. This is a great test for him as the edge rushers are just as talented as last year’s Senior Bowl group.

6. Dalton Risner 6’5 308 OT Senior Kansas State

- Risner is one of the best offensive tackles in the nation that hardly anyone talks about due to the program. He’s seriously talented.

SOUTH

QB

1. Will Grier 6’1 214 RS Senior West Virginia

- Grier is one of the best pocket passers in the class. He makes everything seem so effortless in terms of moving the pocket, making the right reads, and has enough arm talent to make the throws. Has enough athleticism to make things work when things are not on schedule. Footwork is a plus. The frame is a question that needs answering as he’s listed at 6’1 214. I just don’t know if he has the arm talent to make it plus the system fits are not ideal. Needs a good week to prove that he can run a pro style system.

2. Gardner Minshew 6’1 220 RS Senior Washington State

- He can make all the NFL throws and is very accurate in the short and intermediate game. He has completed over 70% of his passes and has lived off of crosses, slants, outs, and the other various short routes to get receivers open. The obvious system fit questions will crop up during the offseason. He’s a grad transfer from East Carolina. Has run some form of the Air Raid offense since high school. Can boost his stock a lot with a good week.

3. Jarrett Stidham 6’2 214 RS Junior Auburn

- He has a lot of arm talent and can make virtually any throw asked of him. Physically looks the part. The biggest flaw is the program that he chose. Auburn’s offensive system is very poor in terms of development for the next level. He has regressed in 2018 and has reverted to being Blaine Gabbert 2.0 in terms of pocket awareness.

4. Tyree Jackson 6’7 245 RS Junior Buffalo

- He’s every bit of 6’7 245. A somewhat elongated release. Has the arm talent to make any throw he wants to. Fundamentally raw and the competition isn’t great obviously. Was the fast rising QB prospect coming into 2018. I just don’t see it with him that says anything NFL caliber. Originally intended to be a graduate transfer but declared for the draft.

RB

1. L.J. Scott 6’1 226 Senior Michigan State

- Scott needs a big week as he missed a majority of the 2018 season due to injury before coming back for the bowl game. He’s been on the radar for a number of years.

WR

1. Jalen Hurd 6’4 229 Senior Baylor

- Hurd had an outstanding senior season for the Bears after transferring in from a hapless Tennessee program. He has the prototypical size that NFL teams will covet. Baylor isn’t a bastion of pro ready receivers but his talent is undeniable.

2. Deebo Samuel 5’11 215 RS Senior South Carolina

- Deebo is one of the most dynamic athletes at receiver in the nation. He’s South Carolina’s version of Percy Harvin. A do it all weapon for the Gamecocks that also returns kicks. Above average route runner. Quicker than fast. A guy who is willing to out tough the defender for a contested ball despite being 5’11.

3. David Sills V 6’4 203 Senior West Virginia

- Sills is a gamebreaker for the Mountaineers. He was ineffective during the bowl game. A big red zone threat that can make any catch. Best known for being a 13 year old with an USC offer given to him by Lane Kiffin. He’s developed nicely into a receiver despite transitioning to receiver only a few years ago.

4. Jaylen Smith 6’4 223 Senior Louisville

The Cardinals’ leading receiver.Excellent route runner who is technically sound and just knows how to get open. Could be a mid round draft pick if things break right for him. Teams will fall in love with his measureables.

5. Gary Jennings, Jr 6’1 209 WR Senior

-He’s an reliable weapon for the Eers. The Air Raid offense has benefited him tremendously as he’s the second leading receiver on the team with 47 receptions and 692 yards to go with 11 touchdowns. A big play specialist with 14.7 yards per catch. Missed the bowl game due to injury and was just recently added to the roster.

OL

1. Yodny Cajuste 6’5 315 OT RS Senior

- One of the more underrated offensive tackle prospects due to the system he plays in. Football IQ is a plus. Technician. Fundamentally sound. Experienced as a senior. Could be drafted in the middle rounds and be a steal.

2. Ben Powers 6’4 314 Senior Oklahoma

- One of the best interior offensive linemen in the nation. Can play both guard and center. Limited athleticism. Football IQ is a major plus. Knows how to use his hands to keep the rushers at bay. Footwork is somewhat decent but slow nonetheless.

3. Ross Pierschbacher 6’3 304 OL RS Senior

- One of the best guard prospects in the country moved to center as a senior. He has been pretty solid as the center of the Tide OL. Character and work ethic are major pluses. A mauler type with some high level technique in his arsenal.