Senior Bowl: Dynasty Names to Know
The Senior Bowl is the cream of the crop when it comes to senior NFL prospects. Although some may say this draft class lacks the elite top-level players, this class may in fact have the most depth of talent at each position that we have ever seen. This should be a huge benefit to dynasty owners in the middle rounds of their rookie drafts this year. Here is a summary of the top talents in this year’s game to keep an eye on going forward in the pre-draft process.
The Senior Bowl can be seen Saturday, January 26 at 3:00pm CST on NFL Network.
The quarterbacks this year are shaping up to be one of the best groups ever assembled in the history of the Senior Bowl. At one time or another, all of these guys have been mentioned as potential first round picks in this year’s draft. Geno Smith and Matt Barkley decided not to take part in this week’s activities, opening the door of opportunity for two other highly touted prospects on the North squad in Ryan Nassib and Zac Dysert. Also on the North team competing will be the much-hyped Mike Glennon. On the South side Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson looks to stand out as he tries to live up to his preseason hype. Landry Jones had all the production and stats at Oklahoma, but will have to work on how he handles pocket pressure amongst other things. EJ Manuel is the sleeper of this bunch. He has flashed at times, and the potential is there, but he will have to improve and might not be able to contribute right away. Will any of these guys have separated themselves come post game?
The running backs in Mobile this week are no slouches either. The North roster will display the talents of UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin, Robbie Rouse of Fresno State and Oregon’s Kenjon Barner. Franklin and Barner are similar in size, but Barner is more of a shifty pass catching back, while Franklin relies more on power. Rouse is the wildcard on this squad, standing at only 5’5 and 186 lbs. Despite his size, he is a great all-around back, and his stock could be elevated closer to draft time. The South team guys to watch out for are Mike Gillislee, Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor. Again, all three of these backs are around the same size, but bring different things to the table. Ellington is the speed back that can outrun just about anything in the open field. Gillislee is more of a between the tackles runner with good vision. Taylor is often referred to as a “boring” or “plain” running back. He isn’t flashy or fast, but does everything well.
Most of the wide receivers and tight ends in this game will have separated themselves by post game. The guys at the top are Markus Wheaton, Quinton Patton and Terrance Williams. Patton has been the standout at practices this week, catching everything in sight. He seems to be the consensus top receivers in this game. Wheaton has developed into a nice receiving option with even more room to grow. Williams had the privilege of having RG3 throwing the deep ball to him for a few years, but therein lies the problem. He seems to only be sharp on deep routes, and will need to improve his other routes. Some other names to keep an eye on include Aaron Dobson, Chris Harper, Tavarres King, and tight ends Nick Kasa and Vance McDonald.