The 2016 Senior Bowl takes place on January 30th, 2016 in Mobile Alabama. Every year, some of the top players in college football converge in Mobile to try to draw the attention of NFL scouts. 2016 is no different. The watch list has been released for the Senior Bowl (this list is a list of all potential prospects for the game, not a final roster, which will be released later). I'll list the players below, and add scouting reports daily. It's never too soon to prepare for the draft. Here's the first "big board" for 2016! Enjoy! --Mike B.
Mehdi Abdesmad, DT, Boston College. When Abdesmad left high school, he was one of the top Canadian prospects from his draft class and used that to gain some leverage heading into college. His high school film (here) shows some solid base pass-rushing skills. He carried those skills over as a player at Boston College, and while he's not getting a lot of attention by some scouting sites (NFL Draft Scout has him rated #48 out of 224 DTs), but that has as much to do with an extensive injury history as with anything else. He's got the raw talent to make an impact at least as a role player at the NFL level. He's a big boy at 6'6 (or 6'7 depending on who you ask) and 286 pounds, and his film shows a bit more of a pass rusher than a pure DT. He's a guy that could do well in a rotational role off the edge as an end as well as playing some as a DT. Slightly oversized to play OLB, but as a DE, he could make his biggest impact. Likely a late round pick at best, but could make a nice impact in the right scheme rotationally.
Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina. Adams is a classic case of potential versus production. NFL Draft Scout has him rated as the #3 tight end in the 2016 class, and was viewed by some as a middle-round prospect. However, he hasn't been able to turn his measurables into production and may be sliding into UDFA territory; over 8 games this season, Adams has managed only 16 receptions. The upside is there for Adams to be a weapon in the right offense, but he is still a couple of season away from truly arriving. He only started 6 games prior to his senior season, so he's lacking in experience. Scouts love his physical tools, but again, needs better numbers to really gain attention in the draft. He'll be a slight project player at the next level, but one with intriguing upside. His slow season could knock him down to the tail end of the draft, at which point, he's a worthwhile gamble. Here's a highlight. The tools are there. He just needs to grow into them, and could benefit from a redshirt year or two in the NFL.
Andrew Adams, S, Connecticut. Andrew Adams is a guy whos rating is a bit lower than it should be. He's ranked as the 12th best free safety in the 2015 class by NFL Draft Scout, but Adams is an integral part of the UConn defense, and he always seems to find the ball. I've watched a few UConn games this year and he's always near the football, even if he's not the guy making a play. Tony Pauline views him as a late round prospect who could, at worst, stick as a special teams player and in dime packages. I agree, and think that he could definitely improve given time.
Vernon Adams, Jr. QB, Oregon. Vernon Adams is a guy that has generated some hype lately, but is ranked relatively low as far as quarterbacks in this class; NFL Draft Scout has him listed as the 16th QB in this class. He's a dual threat-type of quarterback who has a decent deep ball. He's small, fast, and reminds some scouts of guys like Johnny Manziel. Adams transferred from Eastern Washington, where he performed well as a player, and continued to perform well at Oregon. However, according to one Oregon assistant coach, Adams is "just a guy." The coach notes that Eastern Washington continued to put up solid production after Adams left. That being said, Adams stepped up from Division IA football to Division I football and continued to put up decent numbers. Here's some film. At the end of the day, Adams is a guy that has some decent upside, but more likely will max out as a backup in the NFL. He's a guy that could go near the end of the draft (or undrafted),and at that point he's worth a lottery ticket (as he could show up at the next level), but at the same time, he could also wind up on a practice squad. He's one of the more difficult prospects in this class to properly pin down for me, but I think his most likely career trajectory is a backup/practice squad type of role. I still peg Adams as a Big Sky Conference dual-threat type of guy that excells in that conference but tend to not catch on in the NFL (a good analogy is DeNarius McGhee from Montana State). Adams' time at Oregon should at least get him a camp invite though, where he could carve out a role.
Siaosi Aiono, C, Utah.
Vadal Alexander, T, LSU.
Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas.
Davonte Allen, WR, Marshall.
Jack Allen, C, Michigan State.
Leon Allen, RB, Western Kentucky.
Stephen Alexander, WR, Cal.
Caleb Azubike, DE, Vanderbilt.
Adairius Barnes, CB, Louisiana Tech.
Tarow Barney, DT, Penn State.
Storm Barrs-Woods, RB, Oregon State.
Willie Beavers, T, Western Michigan.
Mike Bercovici, QB, Ariona State.
Jake Bernstein, G, Vanderbilt.
Zeek Bigger, ILB, Eastern Carolina.
Beau Blackshear, DT, Baylor.
Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State.
Austin Blythe, C, Iowa.
Briean Bobby-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota.
Evan Boehm, C, Missouri.
Joe Bolden, ILB, Michigan.
Devontae Booker, RB, Utah.
Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU.
James Bradberry, CB, Samford.
Trey Braun, G, Georgia Tech.
Jake Brendel, C, UCLA.
Kentrell Brice, S, Louisiana Tech.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State.
Kentrell Brothers, IILB, Missouri.
Kweishi Brown, CB, Arizona State.
DeAngelo Brown, DT, Louisville.
Ryan Brown, DE, Mississippi State.
Chris Brown, WR, Notre Dame.
Chris Brown, QB, Cal Poly.
DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon.
John Bullard, DE, Florida.
Quenton Bundrage, WR, Iowa State.
Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State.
James Burgess, ILB, Louisville.
Deon Bush, S, Miami.
Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech.
Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee
Jamie Byrd, S, South Florida.
Devon Cajuste, WR, Stanford.
Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State.
Taveze Calhoun, CB, Mississippi State.
De'Vondre Campbell, OLB, Minnnesota.
Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia.
Jordan Canzeri, RB, Iowa.
Mike Caputo, S, Wisconsin.
Lloyd Carrington, CB, Arizona State.
Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers.
Tra Carson, RB, Texas A&M.
Kyle Carter, TE, Penn State.
Tevin Carter, S, Utah.
Kivon Cartwright, TE, Colorado State.
Jeremy Cash, S, Duke.
Rashon Ceaser, WR, Louisiana Monroe.
Bryan Chamberlain, T, Georgia Tech.
Gary Chambers, WR, Arizona State.
Joseph Cheek, G, Texas A&M.
Brandon Chubb, ILB, Wake Forest.
Le'Raven Clark, T, Texas Tech.
Donavon Clark, G, Michigan State.
Theiren Cockran, DE, Minnesota.
Jake coker, QB, Alabama.
Arjen Colquhoun, CB, Michigan State.
Aidan Conlonn, G, Northern Illinois.
Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State.
Fahn Cooper, T, Ole Miss.
Marshaun Coprich, RB, Illinois State.
Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss.
Blake Countess, CB, Auburn.
James Cowser, DE, Southern Utah.
Brad Craddock, K, Maryland.
Ken Crawley, CB, Colorado.
Jared Dangerfield, WR, Western Kentucky.
Sean Davis, CB, Maryland.
Quinshad Davis, WR, North Carolina.
Sheldon Day, DE, Notre Dame.
David Dean, DT, Virginia.
Clay DeBord, T, Eastern Washington.
Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State.
Kenya Dennis, CB, Missouri.
Denzel Devall, OLB, Alabama.
Seth Devalve, WR, Princeton.
K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech.
Riley Dixon, P, Syracuse.
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU.
Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky.
Spencer Drago, T, Baylor.
Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech.
Trayion Durham, FB, Kent State.
Jake Duzey, TE, Iowa.
Ed Eagan, WR, Northwestern State. LA
Parker Ehinger, G, Cincinnati.
Kennedy Estelle, T, West Alabama.
Michael Eubank, QB, Samford.
Anthony Fabiano, C, Harvard.
Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah state.
Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, UCLA.
Taylor Fallin, T, Memphis.
Jason Fanaika, DE, Utah.
LaMichael Fanning, DE, Jacksonville State.
Kenneth Farrow, RB, Houston.
Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington.
Josh Ferguson, RB, Illinois.
Josh Forrest, ILB, Kentucky.
D.J. Foster, WR, Arizona State.
Kyle Friend, C, Temple.
Blake Frohnapfel, QB, U-Mass.
Kris Frost, OLB, Auburn.
Adam Fuehne, TE, Southern Illinois.
Devin Fuller, WR, UCLA.
Rohan Gaines, S, Arkansas.
Jack Gangwish, DE, Nebraska.
Jake Ganus, ILB, Georgia.
John Gibbs, Jr. QB, Alcorn State.
Reggie Gilbert, DE, Arizona.
Graham Glasgow, G, Michigan.
Jamal Golden, S, GeorgiaTech.
Everett Golson, QB, Florida State.
B.J. Goodson, ILB, Clemson.
Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech.
Jonathan Gray, RB, Texas.
Aaron Green, RB, TCU.
Darion Griswold, TE, Arkansas State.
Brynjar Gudmundsson, G, South Florida.
Tom Hackett, P, Utah.
Joe Haeg, T, North Dakota State.
Deiondre' Hall, CB, Northern Iowa.
Darius Hamilton, DT, Rutgers.
Russell Hansbrough, RB, Missouri.
Alex Hanson, DE, Air Force.
Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State.
Darien Harris, OLB, Michigan State.
Keon Hatcher, WR, Arkansas.
Joel Heath, DT, Michigan State.
Quayvon Hicks, FB, Georgia.
Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky.
Taysom Hill, QB, BYU.
Darius Hillary, CB, Wisconsin.
Mike Hilton, S, Ole Miss.
Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford.
Joshua Holseey, CB, Auburn.
Jermaine Hough, CB, Jacksonville State.
Tres Houston, WR, Arkansas State.
DeAndre Houston-Carson, CB, William & Mary.
Pig Howard, WR, Tennessee.
Jabari Hunt-Days, OLB, Georgia Tech.
Tyler Hunter, S, Florida State.
D.J. Hunter, OLB, Marshall.
Matt Ioannidis, DT, Temple.
Dominick Jackson, T, Alabama.
William Jackson, CB, Houston.
Desmond Jackson, DT, Texas.
Cory James, OLB, Colorado State.
Paul James, RB, Rutgers.
Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia.
Devon Johnson, RB, Marshall.
C.J. Johnson, ILB, Ole Miss.
Isaiah Johnson, S, South Carolina.
Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon.
Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama.
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn.
Deion Jones, OLB, LSU.
Orion Jones, DT, Toledo.
Michael Jordon, CB, Missouri Western.
Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia.
Ufomba Kamalu, DT, Miami.
Ted Karras, G, Illinois.
Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M.
Nila Kasitati, G, Oklahoma.
Bronson Kaufusi, OLB, BYU.
Jami Kehn, P, LSU.
Chuckie Keeton, QB, Utah State.
Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama.
Nick Kelly, C, Arizona State.
Cody Kessler, QB, USC.
Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah.
Alex Kinal, P, Wake Forest.
Chris King, WR, Duquesne.
Deon King, ILB, Norfolk State.
Macgarrett Kings, Jr., WR, Michigan State.
Raphael Kirby, OLB, Miami.
Nick Kwiatkowski, ILB, West Virginia.
Royce LaFrannce, DE, Tulane.
DaVonte Lambert, DE, Auburn.
Mitch Lane, S, Louisiana-Monroe.
Daniel Lasco, RB, California.
Terrell Lathan, DE, TCU.
Nile Lawrence-Stample, DT, Florida State.
Cre'von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic.
Dillon Lee, OLB, Alabama.
Jay Lee, WR, Baylor.
Melvin Lewis, DT, Kentucky.
Alex Lewis, T, Nebraska.
Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU.
Cory Littleton, OLB, Washington.
Jordan Lomax, S, Iowa.
Antonio Longino, ILB, Arizona State.
Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn.
Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State.
Keith Lumpkin, T, Rutgers.
Wayne Lyons, CB, Michigan.
Tre Madden, RB, USC.
Luther Maddy, DT, Virginia Tech.
Curt Maggitt, OLB, Tennessee.
Lene Maiava, G, Arizona.
Ryan Malleck, TE, Virginia Tech.
Justin Malone, G, Mississippi State.
Nick Mangieri, DE, Indiana.
Angelo Mangiro, C, Penn State.
Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia.
Byron Marshall, WR, Oregon.
Corey Marshall, DT, Virginia Tech.
Ross Martin, K, Duke.
Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame.
Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford.
Tyler Marz, T, Wisconsin.
Tyler Matakevich, IlB, Temple.
Ryker Mathews, T, BYU.
Trent Matthews, S, Colorado State.
Mike Matthews, C, Texas A&M.
Boomer Mays, ILB, Northern Illinois.
Tyriq McCord, OLB, Miami.
Jake McGee, TE, Florida.
Connor McGovern, G, Missouri.
LaQuan McGowan, TE, Baylor.
Mekale McKay, WR, Cincinnati.
Cassanova McKinzy, ILB, Auburn.
J.D. McKissic, WR, Arkansas State.
Paul McRoberts, WR, Southeast Missouri State.
Jaydon Mickens, WR, Washington.
Doug Middleton, S, Appalachian State.
Harlan Miller, CB, SE Louisiana.
Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State.
Rolan Milligan, S, Toledo.
Jalen Mills, S, LSU.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia.
Derrick Mitchell, Jr., DT, Florida State.
Will Monday, P, Duke.
Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati.
Fabia Moreau, CB, UCLA.
Marshall Morgan, K, Georgia.
Aaron Morris, G, Ole Miss.
Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida.
Silverberry Mouhon, DE, Cincinnati.
Richard Mullaney, WR, Alabama.
Kyle Murphy, T, Stanford.
Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota.
Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State.
Aaron Neary, G, Eastern Washington.
Stephane Nembot, T, Colorado.
Dadi Nicolas, DE, Virginia Tech.
Jared Norris, ILB, Utah.
Reggie Northrup, ILB, Florida State.
Nick O'Toole, P, West Virginia.
Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor.
Julien Obioha, DT, Texas A&M.
Victor Ochi, DE, Stony Brook.
Rees Odhiambo, T, Boise State.
Mario Ojemudia, DE, Michigan.
Romeo Okwara, DE, Notre Dame.
Casey Osborne, WR, Delta State.
Drew Ott, DE, Iowa.
Montese Overton, OLB, East Carolina.
Will Parks, S, Arizona.
Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA.
Charone Peake, WR, Clemson.
Von Pearson, WR, Tennessee.
Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State.
Kevin Peterson, CB, Oklahoma State.
D.J. Pettway, DE, Alabama.
Michael Pierce, DT, Samford.
Brian Poole, CB, Florida.
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State.
Mykhael Quave, G, Louisiana Lafayette.
Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama.
Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville.
Melvin Ray, WR, Arkansas.
D.J. Reader, DT, Clemson.
Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State.
Jarran Reed, DE, Alabama.
Keenan Reynolds, QB, Navy.
Luke Rhodes, ILB, William & Mary.
Stephen Rivers, QB, Northwestern State LA.
Pete Robertson, OLB, Texas Tech.
Jamal Robinson, WR, Louisiana Lafayette.
Jay Rome, TE, Georgia.
Mike Rose, DE, North Carolina State.
James Ross IiI, OLB, Michigan.
Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan.
KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame.
Alono Russell, WR, Toledo.
Anthony Sarao, ILB, USC.
Bernie Sarra, DT, Navy.
Brennan Scarlett, DE, Stanford.
Steven Scheu, TE, Vanderbilt.
Joe Schmidt, ILB, Notre Dame.
Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin.
Tommy Schutt, DT, Ohio State.
Rashawn Scott, WR, Miami.
Kenneth Scott, WR, Utah.
Justin Scott-Wesley, WR, Georgia.
Jesse Scroggins, QB, Lindenwood.
Ian Seau, OLB, Nevada.
Avery Sebastian, S, Notre Dame.
Caanan Severin, WR, Virginia.
Kevon Seymour, CB, USC.
Hunter Sharp, WR, Utah State.
Tajae Sharpe, WR, U-Mass.
Brandon Shell, T, South Carolina.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma.
Marvin Shinn, WR, South Alabama.
Elijah Shumate, S, Notre Dame.
Devaunte Sigler, DT, Jacksonville State.
Delvon Simmons, DE, USC.
Jordan Simone, S, Arizona State.
Leshaun simms, CB, Southern Utah.
Patrick Skov, FB, Georgia Tech.
Matt Skura, C, Duke.
Geno Smith, S, Alabama.
Terrance Smith, OLB, Florida State.
Demond Smith, CB, Georgia Tech.
Tevaun Smith, WR, Iowa.
Matt Soltes, QB, East Stroudsburg.
Jason Spriggs, T, Indiana.
Nelson Spruce, WR, Colorado.
A.J. Stamps, S, Kentucky.
Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame.
Eric Striker, OLB, Oklahoma.
Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana.
Chris Swain, FB, Navy.
Brandon Swindall, WR, Utah State.
Jordan Swindle, T, Kentucky.
Bradley Sylve, CB, Alabama.
Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma.
Vi Teofilo, G, Arizona State.
Nate Theaker, T, Wayne State.
John Theus, T, Georgia.
Lawrence Thomas, DE, Michigan State.
Duke Thomas, CB, Texas.
Darian Thompson, S, Boise State.
Joe Thuney, G, North Carolina State.
Cole Toner, T, Harvard.
Bryce Treggs, WR, California.
Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas.
Max Tuerk, C, USC.
Landon Turner, G, North Carolina.
Arturo Uzdavinis, T, Tulane.
Soma Vainuku, FB, USC.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, T, TCU.
Clint Van Horn, T, Marshall.
Nick VanHoose, CB, Northwestern.
Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State.
Pio Vatuvei, DE, Louisville.
Dan Vitale, FB, Northwesternn.
Trent Voss, OLB, Toledo.
Marteze Waller, RB, Fresno State.
Jaylen Walton, RB, Ole Miss.
Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois.
Channing Ward, DE, Ole Miss.
Shaq Washington, WR, Cincinnati.
Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State.
Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin.
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State.
Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State.
D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech.
Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State.
Jason Whittingham, ILB, Utah.
Brandon Wilds, RB, South Carolina.
Bryce Williams, TE, East Carolina.
Duke Williams, WR, Auburn.
Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas.
Jordan Williams, WR, Ball State.
Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina.
Trevor Williams, CB, Penn State.
Andrew Williamson, S, Vanderbilt.
R.J. Williamson, S, Michigan State.
Travis Wilson, QB, Utah.
Ma Wittek, QB, Hawaii.
Adrian Witty, CB, Cincinnati.
Josh Woodrum, QB, Liberty.
Antwaun Woods, DT, USC.
Danny Woodson, WR, South Alabama.
Connor Wujciak, DT, Boston College.
Eddie Yarbrough, DE, Wyoming.
Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State.
It's never too soon to prepare for the draft! This list isn't a complete list of prospects for the 2016 draft by any means, but it's a good starting point. Enjoy, and happy drafting! --Mike B.
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