NFL Draft 2016

Senior Bowl: Watch List

The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama is one of the biggest events of the NFL draft season showcasing the best senior NFL draft prospects. This week’s practice and preparation leading to Saturday’s 2:30 pm ET kickoff was well represented by hundreds of scouts from across the country. While splashy skill position players like North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz and Ohio State WR Braxton Miller grabbed headlines for the North squad, it was Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence and Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins on the other side of the ball who created a buzz for the South.

A great week of practice in front of scouts is the best way for a player to boost their stock, but making plays in the game is also a good way to get notice and move up draft boards.

Based on the Vikings three primary positional needs, here is a list (in no particular order) of prospects to watch in todays all-star game.

Safety:
Jeremy Cash #16 South, Duke 6’1” 212
ACC Player of the Year who can play the run as well as any safety in the country.

Sean Davis #21 South, Maryland 6’1” 201
Very physical with great tools and athleticism who can play safety or cornerback.

Miles Killebrew #25 North, Southern Utah 6’2” 219
One of the most physically impressive players at weigh-ins. Great hitter in run support.

Darian Thompson #4 North, Boise State 6’2’ 215
Had a great week of practice. A ballhawking center fielder who can also attack against the run.

Jalen Mills #28 South, LSU 6’1″ 194
Four year starter who can play safety or corner. Shows good position and balance to get his hands on passes downfield.

Offensive Line:
Vadal Alexander #74 South, LSU 6’5” 336
Devastating force at the guard position. Hopes to impress scouts at the tackle position as well.

Cody Whitehair #55 South, Kansas State 6’4” 305
Great week of practice at left guard. Plays with a mean streak.

Spencer Drango #58 South, Baylor 6’6” 320
Measured in with the longest arms of any player. 48 starts at left tackle but could move inside.

Joe Dahl #56 North, Washington State 6’4” 299
Technically sound guard with a big punch and great balance. Great pass blocker.

Jason Spriggs #78 North, Indiana 6’6” 301
Looked outstanding in practice. Athletic pass blocker with first round potential at left tackle.

Joe Haeg #59 North, North Dakota State 6’6” 307
Small school standout who is a good enough athlete to develop into a starter at left tackle.

Wide Receiver:
Charone Peake #9 South, Clemson 6’2” 208
Long strider with vertical talent that can win jump balls.

Paul McRoberts #88 South, South East Missouri State 6’2” 202
Displays quickness off the line with excellent hands and concentration to high point passes.

Chris Moore #85 North, Cincinnati 6’1” 203
Made some noise this week. Deep threat with a 21.1 per catch average.

Jordan Payton #19 North, UCLA 6’1” 216
UCLA’s all-time leader in receptions with 201. Physical and dependable. Impressed scouts in practice.

Malcomb Mitchell #86 South, Georgia 6’1” 196
Made a nice one handed catch on the first day of practice and is earning great reviews.

 

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  1. what about the gaurd from Arkansas Sebastian Tretola. Has been rumored to done well at the senior bowl and could be a later round (3-5). Would be a typical Spielman type guard.

    1. Tretola will be wearing number #73 for the South. He measured in at just over 6’4″ and 317 lbs. A powerful mauler with the ability to pull. Had a good first day of practice and is certainly deserving to be on the list.

  2. I have seen several mocks having us take Tretola at 3…Given we are also looking WR…It will be interesting to see how WR Braxton Miller does in the game and at the combine. It should also be noted Bleacher report is suggesting that Treadwell`s 40 will be slow (around 4.7) knocking him down to late 1st…early 2nd…

  3. Honestly what I would do is take Josh Doctson in Round 1, Jeremy Cash in Round 2, and Tretola in Round 3. I could live with us taking Whitehair too in Round 1. He will be a solid Left Guard for the next decade and would instantly fix our OL problem. And another guy to watch is Nick Martin from Notre Dame too, another big body who has the skills to a caliber pro-bowler like his brother Zack.

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