From Senior Bowl to Sundays, who’s next?

Already a big part of the scouting process leading up to the NFL Draft, this year’s Senior Bowl carries more weight than ever without the NFL Combine taking place in Indianapolis due to COVID-19.

On Saturday, over 100 draft day hopefuls descended upon Mobile, Alabama for the last college football game of their careers.

They say the draft starts in Mobile and at the Senior Bowl it’s all about who is next. Just think back to last year, Senior Bowl MVP Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts, Chase Claypool, all now household names in the NFL.

So, who is next? Maybe Texas Quarterback Sam Ehlinger, maybe Notre Dame QB Ian Book, or any number of guys that just played their final college football game at the new Hancock Whitney Stadium. Tulane Defensive Lineman Cam Sample said, “I know a big question coming in for myself, a lot of people were saying how does his game translate on the Power Five stage? And things like that. So just being able to come in and compete three days in practice against the best of the best in this senior class and then come out and play the game, I definitely think I set myself in a good position.”

Texas A&M Quarterback Kellen Mond said, “I would say I’m not super high on a lot of people’s boards, but I feel like everything will fall into a certain place. And obviously, I’ve dealt with a lot of adversity and I’ve overcome that, so everything will work itself out.”

Louisville Wide Receiver Dez Fitzpatrick said, “Definitely why I got this hat on, I’m L1C4 until I die. I’ve been there for five years now, and one thing about going anywhere else. I didn’t think about opting out, didn’t think about transferring when the coaching staff changed, so definitely I’m thinking I’m representing Louisville Cardinals definitely pretty well, along with Jaire Alexander and Lamar Jackson in the league, so I’m just trying to be like them. I’m trying to put on.”

Now Mississippi was well represented at the Senior Bowl. Ole Miss with a pair, offensive lineman Royce Newman as well as tight end Kenny Yeboah, who caught an impressive fourth quarter touchdown catch. As for Mississippi State, running back Kylin Hill didn’t jump over anybody, but he did find the end zone in the form of a two point conversion in the fourth quarter.

Perhaps the biggest name in the Senior Bowl was Heisman Trophy finalist and National Champion winning quarterback Mac Jones from Alabama who did not play due to an ankle injury.

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