2020 Senior Bowl: Stock Report
This is Charlie Campbell's 2020 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
2020 NFL Draft Stock Up
Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Kinlaw was the best football player at Senior Bowl practice on either team, bar none. South Carolina did not play in a bowl game, but Kinlaw picked up where he left off in SEC play, as he dominated at the point of attack to open the week in Mobile. Kinlaw destroyed the offensive linemen in the one-on-ones in the initial practice, using a bull rush to go through Temples' Matt Hennessy, a dip and speed victimized Michigan's Ben Bredeson, and he used quickness to dart by Hennessy. Kinlaw's practice was reminiscent of Aaron Donald's Senior Bowl practices in 2014. I'm not saying Kinlaw will be that good in the NFL, but this practice was similar to the dominating sessions that Donald delivered six years ago.
Kinlaw just has an incredible skill set, and he knows how to use it. He overwhelms offensive linemen with speed and athleticism to dart by them. He can overpower them with strength, and he uses his great length to keep them from getting into his chest to sustain contact. Kinlaw could go in the top 15 next April.
Logan Stenberg, G, Kentucky
The offensive lineman who helped himself the most from the South squad was Kentucky's Logan Stenberg. He was strong and tough at the point of attack with an aggressive style of blocking. He is a real scrapper who plays with a mean streak. Stenberg was especially impressive in the run blocking one-on-ones. After his strong Senior Bowl, he could be a day-two pick.
Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn
Some team sources feel that if TCU's L.J. Collier could be a first-round pick, then Davidson certainly has a shot as they feel that Davidson is a better version of Collier. Both are tough defenders who are strong at the point of attack and really fight. However, team sources feel that Davidson is quicker and more athletic, and he's a better pass rusher. He showed that he is a well-rounded player in Mobile getting after the quarterback in the one-on-ones and being stout in the run game. An injury cut Davidson's week short, but he really helped himself with how he played at the start of the week.
Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
Jefferson had a nice week in Mobile. Team sources have said they like his polish with his route-running, hands and instincts. In the final session in the one-on-ones, Jefferson caused a murmur from the scouts, as he juked Pitt's Dane Jackson badly to get wide open for an impressive win. On top of his ability to contribute as a receiver, Jefferson could be a core special-teams contributor in the NFL. He may not have a fast 40 at the combine, and that could push him into the early rounds of day three. Jefferson could be a nice value pick for someone this April. He showed that he can be a pro contributor as a good backup wideout with special-teams added value.
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Justin Herbert couldn't address the major concerns with him at the Senior Bowl, as he is not answering questions about leadership, playing in big moments, and acclimating to an NFL city. However, team sources said Herbert interviewed well so that could be just as, if not more important than his on-field performance. Between the white lines, Herbert had a strong week of practice, as each day he lofted in good passes downfield and showed off his strong arm with accuracy. A number of team sources think that Herbert is going to end up being a riser from this week. His skillset is atop of the draft, and there are plenty of quarterback-needy teams that will get more comfortable with Herbert, as they see his abundance physical talent.
Darnay Holmes, CB/S, UCLA
The best defensive back at Senior Bowl was Darnay Holmes, in this draft analyst's opinion. All three practices saw Holmes make plays in coverage, showing the ability to prevent separation and play the ball. He had a beautiful break up on a pass from Jalen Hurts for Collin Johnson in the middle of the field on Thursday. Holmes had a diving play to slap it away and came close to making the catch for an interception. Holmes looks like a nice defensive back who could play some nickel corner, free safety and outside corner. That versatility could lead to him being a riser in the draft process.
Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA
The Bruins' talented back went under the radar this past season in college football, but multiple team sources have said that Kelley impressed them during the ball and at the Senior Bowl. In Mobile, he showed that he has a good build to him with quickness, cutting ability and natural instincts. Kelley also could contribute on third downs, so he could develop into a three=down starter in the NFL. He had a really good week in Mobile and caught the attention of team staffers.
Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
Gallimore had three good practices in Mobile. He is a quick interior rusher who can get upfield and give interior blockers problems in pass protection. Gallimore could be a good fit as a three technique in a 4-3 defense with the potential to be a steal on day two of the draft. At Senior Bowl, he showed that he could be the next Grady Jarrett.
Terrell Lewis, DE/OLB, Alabama
Lewis had multiple good sessions to help himself in a weak draft class for edge rushers. He consistently used his length to get some wins in the pass-rushing one-on-ones, keeping blockers off of him and then using his speed to dart by them. He has natural size and functional strength with a repertoire of pass-rushing moves. If it weren't for the medical red flags, Lewis would be a safe pick to be solid pro edge defender, as he as a very good skill set with developed technique.
Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
Team sources have told me that Liberty wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden has helped himself this week. Entering Senior Bowl practices, Gandy-Golden had speed concerns, as teams liked his size and aggressive style of play, but the question of if he could run well enough was weighing down his draft grade. Going against better competition, Gandy-Golden has run better than expected, showing enough quickness to get some separation. With his big size and catch radius, Gandy-Golden has mismatch potential and could be a real red zone weapon. If Gandy-Golden runs fast at the combine and in pre-draft workouts, he could rise over the weeks leading up to the draft.
2020 NFL Draft Stock Down
Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
Hurts was not impressive in Mobile. During the week, team sources talked about how Hurts struggles to see the field well, and that was clearly visible in practice. On many plays, Hurts stared down his primary read. Sometimes, he quickly looks to run when that read is covered. Otherwise, he keeps watching and it takes far too long for him to move his head to the middle and other side of the field. In the NFL, that is going to lead to a lot of sacks, as Hurts must get faster working through progressions and reading the defense. Given the amount of work he needs, Hurts would be fortunate to be a third-round pick.
Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan
Patterson struggled on Tuesday and had another rough practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He had a number of balls batted, and his placement was off at times. He also struggled to see the field. This week has illustrated that Patterson is probably more of a priority free agent rather than being a late-round pick.
Essang Bassey, CB, Wake Forest and Lamar Jackson, CB, Nebraska
Two cornerbacks who really struggled this week were Bassey and Jackson. Bassey is short and slow which makes for a bad combination for a NFL cornerback. Jackson has size and some straight-line speed, but he gives up separation over the top and struggles to stay with receivers out of their breaks. Both Bassey and Jackson look like late-rounders, and both of them will have to be stars on special teams to make a NFL roster in 2020.
Hakeem Adeniji, OT, Kansas
Adeniji has struggled some this week, and that continued in the final session on Thursday when he should have been playing his best. Adeniji got bulled in the one-on-ones on a few plays and knocked backward in the run scrimmage. It would be understandable if he had a slow start considering it had been about two months since his last game, whereas as other players had bowl games and December/January practices to help keep them sharp, but Adeniji had a slow start and finish. He has some quickness and athleticism, but he has to get stronger for the NFL. Improving his base and ability to anchor is necessary for him to develop into being a competitor for playing time. Adeniji might be better off moving to center.
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