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Senior Bowl standouts try to shine at NFL Scouting Combine

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As the NFL Scouting Combine concludes today, Senior Bowl standouts shift their focus to impressing NFL scouts and coaches. The Senior Bowl is the premier event for college seniors, allowing them to face off against some of the top talent and showcase their skills. Many of these standout players will have used this experience to build momentum and improve draft stock before arriving at the combine. NFL teams are looking for talent, athleticism, and versatility, and the Senior Bowl is an excellent preview of what is to come.

Senior Bowl Standouts Look to Make a Name for Themselves at NFL Scouting Combine

The Senior Bowl has long been a staple of the pre-draft process, giving NFL teams a chance to see many of the top college prospects in action against each other under similar circumstances. And while the practices and games in Mobile, Alabama are certainly important, they’re just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to evaluating these players.

The next step for many of these Senior Bowl standouts is the NFL Scouting Combine, where they’ll have another opportunity to showcase their skills for scouts and GMs from every team in the league. Here are a few players to keep an eye on as they try to build on their strong showings in Mobile.

Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Jones was a late addition to the Senior Bowl after initially declining his invitation, but he certainly made the most of his opportunity. He completed 13 of 19 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in the game and looked poised and confident throughout the week of practice. But there are still questions about his athleticism and arm strength, and he’ll need to answer those in Indianapolis.

Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Harris was the Senior Bowl MVP after rushing for 79 yards and two touchdowns in the game, showing off a combination of power, vision, and agility that makes him one of the top running backs in the draft. But as the NFL continues to move toward committee backfields and pass-catching specialists, Harris will need to prove he can contribute in those areas as well.

Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville

Fitzpatrick was one of the most consistent performers during Senior Bowl practices, consistently separating from defenders and making acrobatic catches downfield. He finished the game with two catches for 37 yards, but it was his work during the week that really stood out. The combine will give him a chance to show off his speed and agility in drills, which could push him up draft boards.

Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami

Roche was a terror off the edge during Senior Bowl practices, consistently winning one-on-one battles against some of the top offensive linemen in the draft class. He had a sack in the game and looked like a natural fit as a pass-rushing specialist at the next level. But he’ll need to prove he can hold up against the run and drop into coverage if he wants to be a three-down player.

Aaron Banks, OG, Notre Dame

Banks was an anchor on the interior of the offensive line during the Senior Bowl, showing excellent strength and technique in both pass protection and run blocking. He has the size and power to play guard or tackle at the next level, but he’ll need to prove he’s nimble enough to handle the speed and quickness of NFL defenders in Indianapolis.

These five players are just a few of the Senior Bowl standouts looking to make a name for themselves at the NFL Scouting Combine. Whether they’re trying to answer questions about their athleticism, versatility, or technique, they’ll all have a chance to impress scouts and GMs over the next few days. And if they can continue to build on their strong showings in Mobile, they could find themselves moving up draft boards and into the conversation as potential impact players in the NFL for years to come.


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