A number of college football stars had the chance to show out in front of NFL scouts in Mobile, Ala. this week, with practices ahead of the Senior Bowl.
Today, on the eve of the all-star exhibition, the game has picked the player from each position group who stood out from his peers.
Early this morning, Sugar Bowl executive Jim Nagy took to Twitter to name the “Practice Players of the Week.”
It is fair to assume that these nine players have really helped their draft stock over the last few weeks.
QB: Jarrett Stidham (Auburn)
RB: Dexter Williams (Notre Dame)
WR: Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)
TE: Foster Moreau (LSU)
OL: Garrett Bradbury (NC State)
DL: Isaiah Buggs (Alabama)
LB: Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame)
DB: Darnell Savage (Maryland)
ST: Austin Seibert (Oklahoma)
With Dexter Williams and Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame is the only school to land two Senior Bowl participants on the list.
One NFL Draft analyst, Scott Wright of draftcountdown.com, told ND Insider that he believes Tranquill may even go ahead of positionmate Te’von Coney, who has largely been viewed as the better pro prospect to this point.
“Five, 10 years ago, Coney probably would have been a more coveted prospect and Tranquill would have been more of an afterthought,” said Wright via telephone from Mobile. “I just think that with the way the pro game is going, you need your linebackers to have that range and ability to play in space.
“That’s not Coney’s forte. He’s better in the box, playing downhill. He’s strong. He’s tough. He’s powerful. He’s got some pop. But he’s going to have to show the athleticism to drop into coverage and do the things that today’s game requires. Tranquill has shown that.”
That’s extremely high praise for Tranquill, who has overcome a pair of ACL surgeries. Wright says that thanks to his athleticism and positional versatility, he may find his way as high as the fourth round. Williams, who has impressed at running back, could be going on the second day of the NFL Draft, in rounds two or three.
The 2019 NFL Draft is set to run from April 25-27.