Senior Bowl Preview: Who Will Benefit From A Big Week

The Senior Bowl, is a huge week for many prospects. It’s the first time in the pre-draft process that teams can get an up-close look at some prospects. Last year the Senior Bowl produced 10 first round picks. Of those picks, Kaleb Mcgarry, LJ Collier and Darnell Savage standout as guys that significantly raised their stock during the Senior Bowl week. So who will help themselves this week?

QB Jordan Love, Utah State

This one seems pretty obvious, because Love has been one of the most talked about prospects in the nation In a QB Class, that many consider a 3 guy race, Love is the wildcard. . The Love truthers, claim he didn’t have capable talent around him, while the doubters claim he didn’t play against high level competition.

The reason Love has so much hype surrounding him is the flash plays he has produced in his collegiate career. Love produced an 82.5 PFF grade his sophomore season, in which he showed great pocket presence and great arm talent. However, when he failed to reach the top 30 in this years PFF rankings, people began to lower his stock. The biggest knock on him is his decision making, which he can show improvement in, in front of pro scouts this week. A good week could propel Love into top 10 pick consideration, while a bad week might cause him to slip to the late 1st or early 2nd.

TE Jared Pinkey, Vanderbilt

In a relatively weak tight end draft class, a stand-out in the pre-draft process can make a major climb up draft boards. Pinkey looks to be that guy, after only playing 8 games at Vanderbilt this year. The statistical numbers don’t jump off the page when talking about Pinkey. He finished the season with only 20 catches for 233 yards. However, the athleticism he possesses for a 6 foot 4, 260 lb tight end, should entice teams to take a closer look this week.

This year aside, there is enough on tape to justify using at top 50 pick on Pinkey. He’s athletic, a good blocker and has very good hands. With a good performance this week in practice and the game, Pinkey could help his draft stock immensely.

Edge Jabari Zuniga, Florida

The edge class is very top heavy in this draft, there is considered to be 3 guys that are top 20 locks. Besides Young, Espenesa and Chaisson; there just isn’t a clear indication on how the other dominoes will fall. That is why the senior bowl edge guys have an upper hand. With a good performance up close for coaches and scouts, Zuniga could jump into the top 5 edge guys conversation.

Zuniga didn’t have much tape in 2019, because he only played 6 games. However, he had his best season in 2018 when he had 11 TFL and 6.5 sacks. People, are low on him right now, saying he lacks burst out of his stance and isn’t bendy enough. However, a solid edge-setting guy in the late first, who can form a pass rush with effort is not a bad pick. Look for Zuniga to help his stock this week, with his high motor effort plays.

DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma

Draftniks everywhere are sweating over Javon Kinlaw and Derrick Brown, and rightfully so. However, There is a third guy who should be in the conversation, and he is a gigantic human named Neville Gallimore. Gallimore isn’t the pass rusher that the other two guys are, but he is a big athletic body in the middle that should garner interest from NFL teams. He will be a better pass rusher in the NFL with some solid coaching, and he’s an excellent run stopper already.

As with the edge position in this draft, after the top guys are off the board anything can happen. It’s a huge advantage for Gallimore to have this week to show off his effort and skill set in front of NFL coaches. I think with a good week you will see his draft stock rise into the late first round.

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