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2019 Senior Bowl Stock Up, Stock Down (Defense)

Which defensive prospects saw their stock go up, which ones didn’t do so well?

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North

Stock Up

1. Charles Omenihu 6’5 274 DL Texas

- Omenihu had a great week of practice, winning most of his one on one reps with a variety of moves. He’s not an one trick pony. Dominated most of his reps in the team portion as well. Carried his strong effort into the game in which he forced an interception with a pass rush. Stock is rising after carrying over a stellar effort from the Sugar Bowl against Georgia.

2. Khalen Saunders 6’0 320 DT Western Illinois

- Saunders was the star of the defensive line this past week. He definitely proved that he belonged with the big boys of Division 1. He was dominant through the week, rarely losing at anything. What’s even better is that he wasn’t fully focused as his fiancee went into labor and subsequently birthed their child this week yet he was a force. Proved that he can do a backflip. AT 310 POUNDS. Saunders had a Brandon Williams type of impact.

3. Iman Marshall 6’1 203 CB USC

- Marshall had a lot of prove entering the week after a so-so 2018 season. Boy, did he ever. He was one of the few to contain standout receiver Terry McLaurin. He won nearly every rep in practice and made a few plays in the game. He was a last minute replacement too. Great week.

4. L.J. Collier 6’2 280 EDGE TCU

- Collier had an impressive week in practices and carried it over to the game. He was nearly unblockable the whole week. He was placed all over the line and excelled in each spot. Collier definitely boosted his stock. He proved that he belongs. Here’s a couple of reps that spotlights his week

5. Ben Banogu 6’3 247 OLB TCU

- Bangou won the week as the best linebacker in Mobile. He featured quite a pass rush arsenal when he was in one on ones. He also made a play in which he was completely walled off but shed the blocker as seen in the tweet below. He stood out on Day 3 as well. This is all coming from a guy who made the switch to linebacker full time this week. That’s impressive.

6. Corey Ballentine 5’11 188 CB Washburn (Division II)

- Ballentine had a mixed week but by winning several one on one reps, he proved that he belongs on this level. I’m not going to hold a loss to Terry McLaurin against him because TM was roasting every DB capable of stepping foot on the field. He had a great rep that called for PI (which was unwarranted but hey it’s the referees) as seen below.

7. Nasir Adderley 5’11 195 S Delaware

- He more than lived up to the hype during the practices even though he was a fish out of water sometimes playing corner rather than his natural safety. Adderley improved every practice, which is great to see. Proved that he belonged on the field. Got a pick in the game to seal the deal too.

8. Anthony Nelson 6’6 272 DE Iowa

- Nelson had a big week even though he lost a couple of reps here and there. He showed up ready to roll as most Iowa guys are. Has really long arms, which is great for leverage and keeping away from blockers. Power is the name of his game. He had an impressive play in the game as well.

9. Will Harris 6’1 207 S Boston College

- Harris was excellent in one on ones, showing that he can play a bit of corner if needed. He was fluid to the ball, showed the range to cover sideline to sideline, and footwork to keep up with faster receivers. He was all over the place making plays every rep. Rarely beaten on reps. Showed a lot more than he did on tape.

10. Renell Wren 6’4 315 DT Arizona State

- Wren’s week in summation. He’s pretty good, y’all.

11. Jalen Jelks 6’5 250 EDGE Oregon

- Jelks looked a rather small 6’5 250 at the weigh-ins but he won the rest of the week. Had several highlight plays. Consistent but nothing really flashy. Had a solid game when he was in as well. Constant motor. Good week to recover his sinking stock somewhat into the second round range.

Stock DOWN

1. Kris Boyd 5’11 195 CB Texas

- Boyd had a poor week and poor is being generous. He was repeatedly burned in one on ones and had scouts wondering why he was invited. There was a play in which he made a hard tackle in practice that wasn’t allowed. Generally abhorrent in every facet. Off field issues as well. Needs a big Combine if he’s invited.

2. Sutton Smith 6’0 234 OLB Northern Illinois

- He was there physically but not really there. Got dominated in one on ones and looked lost in team drills. A very poor week for a guy with his kind of production. Undersized linebacker prospect with very little to show for it.

3. Amani Oruwariye 6’1 204 CB Penn State

- AO had a so-so week but had several plays here and there. He didn’t do much to stand out, however.

4. Zach Allen 6’4 280 EDGE Boston College

- Sure, Allen flashed a bunch but he had some wow what was that hot mess moments as well. Not entirely unexpected but still a stock down.

South

Stock UP

1. Carl Granderson 6’4 246 EDGE Wyoming

- Granderson had a brilliant week, winning most of his one on ones and in team drill reps. He had a standout career at Wyoming and it carried over to Mobile. Stock is definitely rising for him.

2. Kingsley Keke 6’2 286 DT Texas A&M

- Keke had a monstrous week, he was borderline unblockable on nearly every rep. He blew up multiple plays in team drills and largely dominated his one on ones. A fast riser up the boards. Amazing week in Mobile.

3. Lonnie Johnson 6’2 210 CB Kentucky

- He’s a big physical corner that had multiple great reps, winning his one on ones handily. Had an impact play on Day 3 in which he blew up a WR screen and nearly picked off the pass in one motion. Didn’t look overmatched by the faster receivers as well.

4. Daylon Mack 6’1 327 DT Texas A&M

- Mack carried over his domination at the Shrine Game to the Senior Bowl effortlessly. He’s been great the past two weeks. He has shown a ton of improvement from his tape in terms of pass rush. A big nose tackle type.

5. Jimmy Moreland CB James Madison

- Moreland was a last minute call up to the Senior Bowl after a great Shrine Game performance. He has proved that he belonged at this level. He got better every day this past week. Production is insanely good as he totaled 18 interceptions (SIX of the pick 6 variety), 6 blocked kicks, and 45 passes defensed. Stock is crazy high after Mobile after these type of plays

6. Jaquan Johnson 5’10 186 S Miami

- Johnson lived up to the hype and then some. He didn’t look lost at all in coverage. Was one of the best safeties in the ACC the past two years running. Excellent in space player and projects as a free safety type.

7. Terrill Hanks 6’2 234 OLB New Mexico State

- Hanks has a case for being the best outside linebacker in Mobile. He won most of his reps everyday. He has great instincts and burst off the snap, which allows him to make all the plays in the gaps. Plus ball skills. Led the South team in tackles during the game. He’s massively improved his stock.

8. Oshane Ximines 6’3 241 EDGE Old Dominion

- He had a good week of practices, won a majority of his reps. Flashed a lot of talent but had some raw moments as well. Basically what you would expect from a guy from a smaller program like him.

Stock DOWN

1. Isaiah Johnson 6’2 207 CB Houston

- Johnson had a rough week when he needed a big one to dispel some preconceived notions. He’s a tall cornerback that can be beat by the quicker and smaller receivers and it was on full display throughout the week. Stock is falling.

2. Bobby Okereke 6’1 231 ILB Stanford

- Okereke did not have a good week at all. He was being constantly dominated in pass pro and did not flash anything resembling a pro level game. Came in undersized as well. Just didn’t stand out.

3. Darius West 5’11 207 S Kentucky

- Just a guy. He was getting beat in coverage repeatedly throughout the week. He seemed out of his element throughout. Looked stiff.