The Nagy Effect
When Jim Nagy left the backroom staff at the Seahawks and took up his new role as the CEO of the Senior Bowl there was a lot of excitement. Bringing in a younger, modern face with an outstanding track record in NFL scouting has been an awesome move. He worked tirelessly this year to make the product more approachable and increase its social media presence, if you don’t follow Nagy on Twitter you should because when he speaks its worthing listening. He and his team worked side by side with team scouts, executives and college football personnel to bring NFL the talent they wanted to see in Mobile which gives us amateur draft nuts loads to dissect about where teams are at right now in terms of what they are looking to do come April.
Are the QB’s all that?
It has already been said that the group of Quarterbacks at this years Senior Bowl was the best in years, I think its not hard when you think it included Luke Faulk and Tanner Lee last year…. The truth is the group overall was good but there was no mega star this year despite the constant hype by NFL commentators. The weeks stand out was Missouri QB Drew Lock, he has all the traits the NFL is looking for size, height, athleticism and a 2018 PCT above 60. He showed clearly he was better than the next tier this week but fans be warned! Lock needs to work on his foot movement and he has a few other flags to sort out including over-throwing, poor at touchline throws and can struggle with accuracy. Will Grier, Ryan Finley, Gardner Minshew, Trace McSorley and Tyree Jackson all struggled this week to produce anything that said “draft me in the second round!”. Final note is Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham, he was poor in 2018 but I think he comes away from the Senior Bowl having flashed some of his old self. Stidham could be a project for a team looking further down the road and considering his current draft stock could be a nice value pick in the 3/4 rounds.
Wider Receiver class just got interesting….
There might not be a Megatron in this draft but this WR class is very deep and like a tool box, there is a player in here to suit all team needs and job roles. Two players who turned heads all week were South Carolina’s Debo Samuel and Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow. Samuel is a 6 foot well build catching machine, he has explosive speed off the line of scrimmage and can make big time plays. If he was talked about as a top 50 player before this week he is now firmly put himself in the frame to be low 1st, high 2nd round potential. Every time I watched a practice I kept seeing a player swivel and beat cornerbacks like they were play things and make the crispest separation I have seen in ages and that player was Hunter Renfrow of Clemson. He made some incredible catches too including in the game itself whist under triple coverage. He is not a big receiver standing at 5-10 and 180 lbs but he has the making of a play maker in the slot. I can almost hear the announcement now…..”The New England Patriots select….Hunter Renfrow, Clemson”
The Beasts up front
Going into the week I had hoped that Montez Sweat would show the world what he can do after being in the shadow of DT Jeffery Simmons at Mississippi State all season, he did not disappoint. There were question marks consider the edge rush talent in this draft whether Sweat could be a first rounder and my god did put that to bed. He crushed all in front of him (literally), like a bulldozer he consistently put offensive linemen on their ass (only Andre Dillard of Washington could deal with him in practices we will talk more about him another time). However…the gossip in Mobile was that Sweat was interviewing badly with team executives, that is something he has to learn from and will have to be as sweet and humble as apple pie when in invited to visit teams in the coming months. Quick note on Texas A&M interior lineman Daylon Mack, he is a thick 6-1 and showed incredible power and speed off the line, watch him closely at the combine as I think teams will be gushing about him in March.
Rock my world
One of the strongest cornerback classes for some time which is set to feature some physical, tough, electric talent will include a player who put some extra 0’s on the end of his signing bonus cheque this week and thats Rock Ya-Sin. The Temple corner is a physical 6-1 190 lbs playmaker in man coverage and had a great week showing off his skills. Prior to this week he was marked as a potential 4th round development project but I think teams will fall in love with his athleticism and expect him to rise up a few big boards.
Thats all for now, lots to come over the next few weeks
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