2019 Senior Bowl: Stock Report
This is Charlie Campbell's 2019 Senior Bowl Stock Report. Charlie reported live from Mobile, Ala., and he described what he saw at practice and whom certain prospects talked to all week.
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By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell
2019 NFL Draft Stock Up
Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State
Sweat was the best player at the 2019 Senior Bowl and was superb in practice all week. Aside from performing well in the one-on-ones, Sweat was very good in the team scrimmage. He gave offensive tackles all they could handle with his speed, length and athleticism. Sweat is fast off the edge with a good first step, agility to bend and length to fight off blocks. Sweat had three good practices to solidify his standing on the opening night of the draft and improve his potential for going higher.
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Jones was not flawless in every practice, but he showed the ability to really spin the ball. With good size and a powerful arm, Jones has the look of a NFL pocket passer. Team sources said that he interviewed well and that trend should continue as he has received excellent preparation for the NFL. A couple general managers told me that they think Jones will rise and could be the first quarterback selected next April. While Jones did not dominate on the field, he improved his draft standing with his performance at the Senior Bowl.
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Lock also helped himself in Mobile. He showed off his powerful arm, and team sources said that Lock interviewed very well with teams. One general manager singled out Lock as having been a really good interview. In speaking to Raiders coaches around halfway through the Senior Bowl week, they liked Lock the most. They said that Lock was picking things up faster than Jones, and they were a little surprised that Jones was not picking things up as fast as Lock was. That statement was said in more praise for Lock rather than criticism of Jones. Evaluators like Lock's skill set and on-field confidence along with how he was picking up the playbook and concepts. Lock was not flawless in practice, but he performed well enough at the Senior Bowl to improve his draft standing.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
Team sources have told me that Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin helped himself this week, and he finished off his good practice sessions on Thursday. McLaurin ran crisp routes, showed good hands, and looked very smooth and natural catching the ball. This week should help McLaurin to be a mid-rounder rather than a late-round pick.
Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Ya-Sin had a number of team sources complimenting his play this week. Ya-Sin (5-11, 198) plays bigger than his listed numbers, as he is a physical cornerback who fights receivers. He also showed some nice quickness and athleticism to run routes with receivers. Ya-Sin elevated himself to having second-day potential after his strong week in Mobile.
Carl Granderson, DE/OLB, Wyoming
Granderson had a strong start to the week on Tuesday and added another quality showing on Thursday. He used his speed and athleticism to get some wins in the pass rush, including an impressive sack in the team scrimmage where he flew around the corner and was on the quarterback quickly. Granderson used the Senior Bowl opportunity to his advantage, as he showed that he could be effective against the better competition. Granderson could make sense for a 3-4 team looking for an outside linebacker on Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Samuel was very good in all three practices, and he finished off his week with an excellent showing on Thursday. Samuel was superb in the one-on-ones and in the red zone scrimmage. He used his quickness and ran some good routes to get separation. In the red zone seven-on-seven, he burned double coverage to on a corner post for a touchdown. He ran by defenders to get open in the back of the end zone on a crossing route as well. Samuel also showed the ability to catch with his hands and avoided some of the drops from body catches that other receivers had.
Samuel could be a solid No. 2 or 3 receiver in the NFL. He could work out of the slot or line up on the outside. With his quickness and athleticism, Samuel is tough to cover. He has a running back build, which hurts him some, but brings added value with special teams returning skills. Samuel could be a good value on the second day of the draft.
Greg Jennings, WR, West Virginia
Will Grier struggled in Mobile, but his teammate, Greg Jennings, had a strong week of practice. He showed some speed to get vertical and challenge secondaries in the deep part of the field. Perhaps because fellow Mountaineer wideout David Sills has gotten more attention, Jennings has been somewhat of a sleeper in the draft process. In Mobile, he showed could be a valuable mid-round pick with vertical speed for the next level.
2019 NFL Draft Stock Down
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
The West Virginia product really struggled in multiple sessions, as his lack of arm strength was exposed. Even in the install periods and position drills with no defense, Grier had numerous passes off the mark to fall incomplete on Thursday. Grier showed some arm strength limitations all week, and those could be seen again in mildly windy conditions. While some in the media have hyped him as a first-round pick, team sources were down on his performance in Mobile. Grier looks like a future backup quarterback in the NFL. On the positive side, some team sources said that Grier interviewed well with them.
Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
Boyd showed that he has some problems in coverage in Mobile, as he consistently has issues finding and playing the ball in the air. On top of his practice performance, as well as his multiple pass interferences in the game, teams are concerned about some of his off-the-field habits and they have serious character concerns regarding Boyd. Team interviews did not ease the concerns that evaluators had regarding the character issues. Boyd has a decent skill set, but a lot of technical issues in coverage and off-the-field concerns could cause him to have big slide in the draft.
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