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    ICYMI: Justin Herbert rises to the occasion. Division III prospect has @NFL
    scouts buzzing. In-demand tight end says the #Bears are showing him interest.@seniorbowl
    Day 2 wrap-up: http://nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001098624/article/2020-senior-bowl-day-2-justin-herbert-sizzles-bears-eye-te?campaign=tw-cf-sf228744169-sf228744169&sf228744169=1 (via @LanceZierlein
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  2. #72
    Forgot to mention that Ben Barth spent extra time with Jim Turner before Thursday’s practice.

  3. #73
    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_NC View Post
    He's got good hands too. He had that 1 handed catch last year where he "celebrated" by acting like the ball was stuck to his hand.
    I saw him make one crazy one-handed catch in the team period yesterday. Caught the nose of the football... really impressive although he didn't tuck it in afterwards.

  4. #74
    2020 Senior Bowl: 10 players whose great week of practice will only improve their NFL Draft stock
    Yes, it starts with the quarterbacks but plenty of players balled out this week ahead of the 2020 Senior Bowl

    Ryan Wilson mugshot
    by Ryan Wilson @ryanwilsonCBS 2 hrs ago • 7 min read

    MOBILE, Ala. -- A year ago, Montez Sweat and Deebo Samuel arrived at the Senior Bowl as prospects with something to prove to the 32 NFL teams that still weren't sold on how the skills that made them so successful in college would translate to the next level.

    Both players were dominant all week, and both players parlayed that into higher-than-expected draft picks; Sweat went 26th overall to the Redskins and 10 selections later, the 49ers took Samuel, who ended his rookie regular season No. 2 on the team in receptions (57) and receiving yards (802) behind only George Kittle.

    All told, the 2019 Senior Bowl roster had 10 players go in the first round and 40 in the first three rounds. Those are mind-boggling numbers, but it felt like the 2020 group collectively had a better week than their predecessors from a year ago. At this point, just a day removed from the final practice, and still with Saturday's Senior Bowl game to be played, that's more anecdotal observation than empirical analysis but the takeaway remains the same: Expect many of the players on the field this week in Mobile to be playing on Sundays in the NFL next season.

    With that in mind, here are 10 winners from practice week.
    Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

    We've written about Herbert all week and through three practices he has exceeded expectations in every way. He's shown off one of the best arms in this draft class, he has thrown accurately and on time during 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11, and he'll have a chance on Saturday to show what NFL teams they really want to see from him: His ability to command the huddle and be a leader.

    “Was really excited for the opportunity to come back … I really worked on decision making this year, and got a good feel of the offense.”

    Justin Herbert joined @ryanwilsonCBS to discuss what he worked on during his senior season at Oregon. pic.twitter.com/lMCHRGGzQs
    — CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 22, 2020

    Herbert is unquestionably a first-round talent, but he didn't play close to that level during his junior season in 2018. He returned in 2019 and was much more consistent, but questions will follow him throughout the draft process. Going strictly by the tape, Herbert played more like a second-round pick last season but his physical attributes, along with his good showing this week -- and the insatiable need for franchise quarterbacks -- will almost certainly see him be among the first 32 picks, and in all likelihood, he'll work his way into the top 15.
    Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

    Like Herbert, Love arrived in Mobile with a lot to prove. His 2019 tape was hard to watch at times, especially after his breakout 2018 campaign. There are many reasons for his struggles last season -- new coaching staff, new offensive line, many new skill-position players -- but Love admitted that part of the reason he regressed was that he was trying to do too much to help the team. In some ways, he was under less pressure in Mobile, where he's had a lot of experience working with new faces.

    "I'm trying to go out there and showcase my ability and my talent." - @ryanwilsonCBS catches up with potential 1st-rd pick @jordan3love on his Senior Bowl goals pic.twitter.com/tzCEhkKcRo
    — CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 23, 2020

    Love was sharp in all three practices. And while the ball explodes out of Herbert's hand, Love's delivery was effortless -- and yet with similar arm strength. Love also showed much better touch on deep balls, something that we saw throughout his college career too.

    But is he a first-round talent? Without a doubt. NFL teams will have to convince themselves they can limit the mistakes that plagued him in 2019 when he had 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, but much like Daniel Jones a year ago, Love will benefit from having much better players around him at the next level. In terms of his physical abilities, he's drawn comparisons to Patrick Mahomes, and like Mahomes, he'll need to spend a year on the bench before easing into a starting role.
    Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

    We've been saying for months that the 2020 wide receivers class is deep. That was confirmed in Mobile and Mims had a breakout week. The Baylor wideout is 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, and caught everything thrown in his direction. He high-pointed the ball well, showed off a huge catch radius, got in and out of his breaks like someone 3-4 inches shorter, and routinely beat 1-on-1 coverage, often early in the route. This was from Thursday's practice but just as easily could've been from the two previous sessions:

    Denzel Mims has had a strong week. Just grabbed this one-handed pass from Jordan Love in the end zone at Thursday’s Senior Bowl practice. pic.twitter.com/22GfuLekbi
    — ryan wilson (@ryanwilsonCBS) January 23, 2020

    Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

    Jefferson is the son of former player and current Jets wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson -- and he plays like it. Maybe the best route runner at the Senior Bowl, Jefferson regularly won against some of the best defensive backs in the country, and by the way, he was one of the fastest players in Mobile, too.

    Coming into the week there were questions about why Jefferson didn't put up better numbers at Florida last season but if you want a crash course on what type a player he is, just watch the LSU game; he had eight catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns, often while lining up across from Derek Stingley Jr., arguably the best cornerback in college football.

    Nice separation by Van Jefferson pic.twitter.com/5vghKC4iZR
    — Billy M (@BillyM_91) January 21, 2020

    Van Jefferson is so fluid and flexible as a route runner. Keeping his pads down, selling each step with his upper body and staying explosive by driving off his in-steps. Clinic tape. pic.twitter.com/iv5D2O1CLK
    — Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) January 24, 2020

    Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

    Trautman has NFL size -- he's 6-foot-5, 251 pounds -- and he was at no point overwhelmed by better competition in Mobile. Trautman played at Datyon, an FCS program, but he was dominant throughout the week, both as a receiver and a blocker.

    Nice burst at the top of the route by Dayton TE Adam Trautman. Extends away from his body to make an impressive hands catch. pic.twitter.com/wrgrbzd5pb
    — Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) January 24, 2020

    ADAM TRAUTMAN (TE, Dayton) was the star of Thursday’s practice with his receiving skills....BUT, I liked his blocking. pic.twitter.com/QhED5Cq5G3
    — Paul Alexander (@CoachPaulAlex) January 24, 2020

    Dayton last had a player drafted in 1977, but that will change this year when Trautman will almost certainly be a Day 2 pick.
    Josh Jones, OT, Houston

    A year ago, Jones considered leaving school early to enter the NFL Draft and he would've likely been a Day 3 pick. Returning to Houston proved to be the right decision for the athletic left tackle because he had a strong 2019 season and continued to impress NFL teams here at the Senior Bowl. He's one of the most athletic offensive linemen in this draft class and that was obvious to even though half-paying attention in Mobile.

    josh jones is on another level

    pic.twitter.com/t6kUIiKqHS
    — Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) January 23, 2020

    There's more:

    ANOTHER Josh Jones highlight💪 pic.twitter.com/F9oWst7lQ0
    — PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 23, 2020

    We've had Jones going in the first round in many of our weekly mock drafts prior to Senior Bowl week and that won't change based on what we saw this week.
    Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama

    The biggest question facing Lewis coming into the 2019 campaign was if he could stay healthy. He missed 2018 with an ACL injury and most of 2017 with an elbow injury. But in 10 games last season he had 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, and he showed up in Mobile looking every bit the part of NFL Pass Rusher. He's 6-foot-5, 258 pounds and some NFL evaluators think he can add even more weight because at this stage of his development he's a much at getting into the backfield than dropping into coverage.

    #SeniorBowl Alabama DE Terrell Lewis with a very nice rep against St. Johns LT Ben Bartch. Bartch typically plays on the left side, lines up at RT here which is an extremely difficult transition: pic.twitter.com/mUEFl8eJaT
    — Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) January 22, 2020

    This rep against St. John's Ben Bartch is noteworthy not because Bartch is from a Division III school in Minnesota and would clearly have no chance against one of Alabama's best defensive players, but because Bartch balled out all week, at no point looked out of his element, and this is one of the few examples where he was easily beaten.

    Lewis has a chance to be a Day 1 pick and that was only aided by his performance this week.
    Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame

    Pride had a solid but not spectacular 2019 season and we expected to pretty much see that play out in Mobile. But the Notre Dame cornerback. He's slightly undersized by NFL cornerback standards (5-foot-11, 193 pounds) but was one of the toughest competitors on the field this week. Here he's running Quartney Davis' route for him during 1-on-1s:

    Troy Pride, man. He's been having a great week pic.twitter.com/R98ZYf6PCm
    — Billy M (@BillyM_91) January 23, 2020

    And here he is again, showing up on 11-on-11 (at the bottom of the screen):

    Notre Dame CB Troy Pride Jr. may be the biggest draft board riser this week. pic.twitter.com/0cKXwvDb9f
    — PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 23, 2020

    Few defensive players did more to help themselves this week than Pride.
    Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina

    The only thing that could stop Javon Kinlaw was ... Javon Kinlaw. He suffered an injury Wednesday, didn't practice Thursday and he won't take part in Saturday's game. And that's fine; he was dominant early in the week and only reconfirmed that he's one of the best pass-rushing interior defensive linemen in this class, as evidenced by this rep:

    oh my god, javon kinlaw pic.twitter.com/O5K389DdOd
    — Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) January 21, 2020

    Kinlaw, who could find his way into Round 1, also has an amazing story, which makes you pull for him even more.

    Stop what you're doing and listen to @JavonKinlaw talk about growing up homeless. Incredible story from the former #Gamecock. @abc_columbia #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/mdsO3Zgvsg
    — Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) January 21, 2020

    Kyle Dugger, S, Lenior-Rhyne

    Dugger weighed in at nearly 6-foot-1, 217 pounds. That's big, even for Power 5 safeties, so imagine Dugger lining up against Division II opponents during his Lenior-Rhyne career. In the past, we've seen small-school players come to Mobile and need time to acclimatize to the bigger, stronger, faster competition. Dugger suffered none of that, and instead, we saw glimpses of his playmaking abilities that were on display weekly during the college season.

    PICK! Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger makes the interception during one-on-one drills. #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/nqbS438EyT
    — PewterReport (@PewterReport) January 22, 2020

    He could play a LB/S hybrid role at the next level, much in the same way Clemson's Isaiah Simmons will be expected to do, and Dugger has the added benefit of being able to return kicks.
    Honorable mention

    Other players who had stellar weeks and improved their draft stock: Ohio State WR K.J. Hill, LSU OC Lloyd Cushenberry, St. John's OT Ben Bartch; Michigan LB Josh Uche, Wisconsin EDGE Zack Baun, Ole Miss DT Benito Jones


    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2...l-draft-stock/

  5. #75
    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
    Forgot to mention that Ben Barth spent extra time with Jim Turner before Thursday’s practice.

    Injured his left knee during the final practice and did not return. Will not play in the game.

  6. #76
    Quote Originally Posted by HOF View Post
    Injured his left knee during the final practice and did not return. Will not play in the game.
    that stinks but actually benefits the Bengals imo

  7. #77
    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
    that stinks but actually benefits the Bengals imo
    It may not be serious. The game is almost meaningless and other players are simply choosing not to play. Probably wouldn't take much for them to shut him down early.

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    Chase Goodbread

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    Jan 25




    That's a wrap from Mobile.Some names scouts floated my way throughout the week:

    Stock up: Kinlaw, Herbert, V.Jefferson, Dugger, Bartch, Agim, Pittman, Strowbridge, J.Jones, Anae, Gandy-Golden.

    Mixed reviews: A.Taylor, Weaver, Mayden.

    Stock down: S.Patterson, Steele, Simpson.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post


    Chase Goodbread

    @ChaseGoodbread

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    Jan 25




    That's a wrap from Mobile.Some names scouts floated my way throughout the week:

    Stock up: Kinlaw, Herbert, V.Jefferson, Dugger, Bartch, Agim, Pittman, Strowbridge, J.Jones, Anae, Gandy-Golden.

    Mixed reviews: A.Taylor, Weaver, Mayden.

    Stock down: S.Patterson, Steele, Simpson.

    Anae boosted himself for sure... he made the Ts for the South look like they were standing still. Steele couldn't knock the rust off... in fact, Anae oxidized him. (!)


    As a UM fan, I never liked Patterson much and he looked pretty bad on Saturday. Seen that movie before. Was impressed by Dugger - big for a safety but didn't look stiff. For a small school guy, he didn't look at all out of place in the game.

  10. #80
    Quote Originally Posted by texbengal View Post
    Anae boosted himself for sure....
    Terrell Lewis at #33 is starting to feel like a dream scenario too good to be true. Anae right behind him IMO.

    Dugger looked like a big CB. More fluid than most players his size.

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