Senior Bowl Week Winners and Losers
By Ben Elsner and Robert Simpson
After a very productive week at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, several college prospects had a chance to stand out and improve their stock for the 2021 NFL Draft. On the other hand, some players did not help themselves. The 33rd Team was on hand all week, and here is our list of the biggest winners and losers from Mobile:
1. Richie Grant, FS, Central Florida
Grant looked smooth in coverage and aggressive at the catch point, with several physical pass breakups. Voted the top DB on his team, he is making his case as one of the top safeties in the draft (moved from late day 2 to early day 2).
2. Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
Radunz was known as one of the top FCS linemen coming into Senior Bowl week, and showed he could be a day 1 prospect, looking agile in pass pro and effective as a run blocker.
3. D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
One of the lesser-known prospects heading into the event, Eskridge looked crafty on both his releases and as a route runner, routinely creating separation in one-on-one drills.
4. Quinn Meinerz, C/G, Wisconsin-Whitewater
A late addition to the event, the DIII center won the offensive lineman of the week for his team and gritted through a broken hand to show off his power and ability against top competition. He showed the flexibility to play center as well, after only playing guard in college.
5. Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee
Palmer looked big, fast and physical in one-on-one drills, making a few impressive catches. His frame will be the main factor that intrigues NFL teams, as he looked the part of a next level receiver (he will be a value pick early day 3, late day 2).
6. Tre McKitty, TE, Georgia
Little-used as a pass catcher at Georgia, McKitty improved his stock by showing off his receiving skills and hauling in a pair of one-handed catches. His measurables caught the eye as well (11 inch hands).
7. Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
One of the quicker pass rushers on the field, Roche was able to dart by and counter around the slower offensive linemen and make plays. He looked explosive out of his stance and proved to be a problem.
1. Jamie Newman, QB, Wake Forest
Newman struggled with multiple turnovers throughout the course of the week, showing inconsistent power on his deep passes. He looked uncomfortable running a pro-style offense, and may need a system made for him.
2. Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State
Toney struggled in one-on-one drills, failing to show the athletic twitch seen on film. He had a few pass rush wins in the early drills, but his lack of a pass rush arsenal quickly caught up to him.
3. David Moore, OL, Grambling State
Weighing in at 350 pounds, Moore has the size to be an NFL interior lineman but does not move like one. His feet were often too slow to counter faster pass rushers and he looked outmatched.
4. Tuf Borland, LB, Ohio State
Borland struggled in pass coverage, showing stiff hips and an inability to properly flow in zone. He was routinely targeted by opposing QBs and his coverage deficiencies limit his NFL upside to being just a 2-down player.
5. Felipe Franks, QB, Arkansas
Franks showed the inconsistency that has plagued him throughout his college career. While he had some nice balls in one-on-one drills, he often looked lost in team drills and displayed poor decision making.
6. Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
Though he has the elite length desired from a tackle, he looked a step slow in pass protection drills, raising questions about his ability to play outside at the next level.