The senior bowl is a great event. Not only does it showcase some of the best players in the country, but it gives them an incredible opportunity. An opportunity to get together with other great players and show NFL coaches first hand what they can do. Some players need this chance to prove themselves. Whether is be as an athlete, or with their football knowledge and skill, or as a man. Showing well in this event can be the difference between hearing their names called early or not at all. Our Senior Bowl preview continues with a few guy I think have something to prove.
5 With the Most to Prove
Elgton Jenkins, iOL, Mississippi State
Jenkins has a lot of good moments in 2017. However, he regressed in a big way this year. Looked much less mobile and didn’t show the ability to open up lanes as a run blocker. If Jenkins can perform like the guy we saw two years ago then he could be drafted as early as day two. If he continues to struggle then I’d expect him to slide come draft weekend.
Jaylon Ferguson, DE, LA Tech
Ferguson has put together a great career at LA Tech and showed he was one of the better pass rushers that the loser level schools had to offer. With that said, he needs to prove that he’s more than just a big fish in a small pond. This is one of his only opportunities to show that he can play with the big boys and he has to take advantage or he will tumble down draft boards.
Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Ya-Sin has the size and talent to climb draft boards. His ball skills and mental processing are very good. What he’ll need to show is the quickness and footwork to really stick to polished route runners and shifty receivers. If he can blanket the competition in Mobile then he could be a top 50 pick in the draft.
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
There are many who feel (myself included) that this class of quarterbacks isn’t particularly strong. One guy who will try to prove us wrong is Grier. He’ll need to show he’s got the mental make up to be an NFL quarterback, in addition to all the physical aspects. He needs to show that he’s not just the product of his system at West Virginia, which has turned out inflated passing prospects in the past.
Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
A division two guy who has caught a lot of attention so far in the draft process. And understandably so because he really stands out among his peers. With that being said, maybe a handful of players at that level will even sniff the NFL. Adderley has to show that’s he’s a legitimate prospect as he plays with legitimate competition.