It is finally here, Senior Bowl Week. Right behind the NFL Combine, the Senior Bowl is the second most important week in the draft process for many of these players trying to break into the NFL. The Senior Bowl is attended by all 32 NFL teams, whether it be the scouts, general managers, or coaching staffs, it is without a doubt one of the most important events of the NFL year.
More often than not, game film is the most important aspect in developing an opinion of a player. However, many teams value the Senior Bowl for the opportunity to interview the players and see them in practice. In practice, they are able to decide the situations these players are put in and they can gauge how they perform and directly compare it what there own players do in practice. For many of these players, the Senior Bowl is the highest level of competition they face, and a way to qualify what organizations have already seen on tape.
Another wonderful aspect of the Senior Bowl is that it brings in the best talent from all over the country regardless of conference or division. What this means for you as a dynasty player is the future of your fantasy team could be in Mobile this week.
All week I will be down in Mobile watching practice and interviewing players, and all week I will be giving you positional breakdowns of the players down here.
The man with the most explosive arm down in Mobile has to be Tyree Jackson. On several occasions last season he threw the ball fifty yards plus. I wrote in an article before my biggest critique of his has to be his throwing motion. I also have stated that he reminds me of a hard working Jamarcus Russell. From everything I’ve read and heard, however, Jackson has a tremendous work ethic which leads me to trust that he can fix his throwing motion. If he can do that and demonstrate some accuracy this week in Senior Bowl practice he could see his stock soar come April.
Did someone mention strong arms? Lock has a cannon attached to his shoulder, and much like Jackson the biggest critique are his mechanics. His feet seem to flutter all over the place, which leads to him making some of the most awful looking throws, but he somehow makes it work. As he transitions to the NFL he has to work on his lower body, and that is where his new quarterback coach Jordan Palmer comes into play. Lock brought Palmer in to help him for the draft the same way Palmer helped Josh Allen last year. Lock will debut what he has learned this week and we will all see it in the game come Saturday.
A player with the most to win this week here in Mobile has to be Daniel Jones. Jones is athletic, mechanically sound, and can be a playmaker. He was a tiny bit inconsistent at times in college, and while he is good mechanically he can also be seen as robotic in his motions. As I have mentioned before he has a lot of Manning-isms to his game thanks to his coach David Cutcliffe, who served as the Mannings’ personal coach for years. What I want to see is how he takes advantage of having weapons such as Karan Higdon, Andy Isabella, and Donald Parham.