The Senior Bowl is later today, but the three practice sessions and their interviews during the week are what is important to their stock.
The Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears coaching staff were coaching the North and South squads. Also, Scouts, General Managers, and Coaches were present to watch the practice sessions and/or interviewing them to get to know them better. This part of the process is more important than anything that happens during the game today.
So let's take a look at the winners from this week's Senior Bowl practices.
Temple ILB/OLB/DE, Haason Reddick, 6-1, 237lbs
Reddick played 4-3 defensive end his entire career at Temple, but this week he showed he can play outside and inside linebacker as well. He also showed he can do it all very well too and has been one of the most impressive players at the Senior Bowl.
He flashed in coverage, blew past offensive lineman and running backs, and showed off his athleticism all week.
Haason Reddick just had a strong stretch of reps. pic.twitter.com/6j26aqbTFn— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) January 25, 2017
This week has turned Reddick into a potential first-round pick, but where is the question. He could be an edge rusher in a 3-4 defense, he could play inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, he could play outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense or put his hand in the dirt and rush the passer. That versatility will get the attention of most NFL defenses.
Haason Reddick... That's how you flatten to the QB, then flatten the QB— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 26, 2017
For the Broncos he could play inside linebacker next to Brandon Marshall and serve as depth at edge rusher if anything god forbid happened to Von Miller.
I think the Broncos address the Inside Linebacker spot at some point in the draft and I think Reddick could be high on the Broncos list.
Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp, 6-1, 198lbs
One of the best wide receivers at the Senior Bowl has been Cooper Kupp. He consistently ran smooth routes and showed reliable hands during practice. He was practically uncoverable during the practices.
Kupp had to show he could perform well against top tier talent and he proved that this week. I think he is a plug and play slot receiver in the NFL and this so happens to be a need for the Broncos.
I can see the Broncos going to more of a spread offense this year and we could plug Kupp into the slot with DT and Sanders on the outside.
Alabama Tight End O.J. Howard, 6-5, 249lbs
Probably the best prospect at Mobile this week has been Alabama tight end, O.J. Howard. He showed off his athleticism, soft hands(multiple one handed catches) and blocking ability this week and likely solidified himself as a first-round pick in April's NFL Draft.
He wasn't the only top tight end at Mobile, but he showed why he should be the first tight end off the board.
As I have said prior, the Broncos have a big need at tight end. Virgil Green hasn't proved to be a starter, A.J. Derby was inconsistent, and Jeff Heuerman has been hurt more than healthy in his career. So the Broncos could look to add a tight end like Howard
Indiana Guard/Center, Dan Feeney, 6-4, 304lbs
Probably one of the best, if not the best offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl has been Indiana guard/center, Dan Feeney.
Now that pads have come on it's becoming clear that #Hoosiers OG Dan Feeney is one of the best prospects at the Senior Bowl. Beast & a bully— RosterWatch (@RosterWatch) January 25, 2017
The name to watch prior to the Senior Bowl was Forrest Lamp(He had one great practice before leaving due to a high ankle sprain) but Dan Feeney really stepped up.
He flashed power in the run game and kept pass rushers at bay during one on one drills. He showed off his versatility by being dominant at center and guard during the practices as well.
As we know, the Broncos have a major need along the offensive line. They could use two new guards and Feeney is a day one starter. Also, he showed he can be equally dominant at center and the Broncos starting center Matt Paradis is coming off hip surgery and may or may not be ready for the season.
Ole Miss Tight End, Evan Engram, 6-3, 236lbs:
O.J. Howard might be the best tight end at Mobile, but Evan Engram isn't too far behind him.
This is what Evan Engram can do for you. pic.twitter.com/QnYbfRllKx— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 25, 2017
Howard and Engram are two completely different type of tight end. Howard is a bigger and more traditionally used tight end while Engram is used more like Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. He showed his route running ability, explosiveness, and pass-catching ability during the practice. He also showed surprising skill as a blocker, but I believe he will be a better move tight end in the NFL.
As I said prior, the Broncos have a need at tight end, and Engram could be high on their list come this spring. He is likely an early day two pick.
Other notable winners:
- Wide receiver Zay Jones
- Wide receiver Ryan Switzer
- Safety Obi Melifonwu
- Running back Jamaal Williams
- Running back Corey Clement
- Offensive tackle Taylor Moton
- Offensive tackle Antonio Garcia
- Offensive tackle Julie'n Davenport
- Defensive tackle Montravius Adams
- Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson
- Cornerback Damontae Kazee
- Defensive end Chris Wormley