The Senior Bowl is where a lot of players can go and make money if they play well, especially during the practices and when they get around NFL coaching.
There are three guys that stick out to me as players who could do well this year, and they’re all edge rushers.
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Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Tech
When you watch Wilson’s film, he has tremendous size (6-foot-6, 275 pounds) and burst, and I think he potentially could be the best pass rusher of anyone in this draft. If he goes down to Mobile, Ala., and shows out the way that I think he’s going to, teams will have to weigh their options between him and Myles Murphy from Clemson, who won’t have the same opportunity to impress scouts at the Senior Bowl because he declared for the draft after his junior season.
With a string of strong practices, Wilson could be the second edge rusher off the board after Alabama’s Will Anderson.
Andre Carter, Edge, Army
Carter got approved to play in the NFL (after speculation that he might have to serve). When you watch his film, he’s long (6-foot-7, 265) and athletic with tremendous burst. He needs to get a little stronger at the point against the run, but he has an opportunity to go down to Mobile and play against the best of the seniors in this year’s draft.
If he can show up against top-level competition, he could solidify himself as a first-round prospect.
Zach Harrison, Edge, Ohio State
You can’t build a better body to play defensive end than Harrison’s 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame. When I watched him on video, the issue I saw was he was more disruptive than productive. He started playing better toward the end of the year. I thought, in the beginning, he did not have a lot of production, registering only eight tackles and zero sacks in Ohio State’s first five games.
But if you take a guy like this with all his physical traits — I think he’s going to run well — and develop him as a pass rusher, he has potential. He has a chance to shoot up the boards because it is tough to find guys with his size and speed.