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PFF's 2018 Senior Bowl coverage

Senior Bowl week begins on Monday, January 22, and culminates with the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday, January 27. We at Pro Football Focus will be in attendance all week long as several of our Senior Analysts will be on hand for exclusive takeaways, practice videos and immediate reactions to some of the bigger storylines of the week.

Saturday, January 27:


PFF's top-graded players in the Senior Bowl:

1. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo – 89.0 overall grade

2. D.J. Chark – 85.6 overall grade

T3. Jeremy Reaves – 85.1 overall grade

T3. Isaac Yiadom – 85.1 overall grade

LSU WR DJ Chark

PFF's Jordan Plocher gives a full recap of the standout performances from both sides of the ball during the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl. Read more…

Thursday, January 25:


[Editor's Note: The 2018 NFL Draft Guide is coming. For PFF Edge & Elite subscribers, a comprehensive guide featuring player profiles of signature stats, grades and exclusive PFF content will be released on February 26.]

For a full recap of Day 3, PFF Analyst Jordan Plocher gives you his takeaways including some of the small school prospects who jumped out on Thursday. Read more…

Injury news and updates

Out for Day 3 and the actual game:

  • Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan – North SB Team
  • Chad Thomas, edge, Miami (Fla.) – North SB Team
  • Nathan Shepherd, DI, Fort Hays State – North SB Team
  • Dorian O'Daniel, LB, Clemson – South SB Team
  • Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia – South SB Team

Additions:

  • Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt – South SB Team
  • Nate Andrews, S, Florida State – South SB Team
  • Bilal Nichols, DI, Delaware – North SB Team

Day 3 in pads

  • Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield continues to be the most accurate quarterback on the North team against the air
  • Penn State cornerback Christian Campbell displaying very sticky coverage during the team's red zone coverage drills
  • Iowa running back Akrum Wadley follows up a strong Day 2, with yet another touchdown reception
  • Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard continues to win all over the field, runs into a crowd barrier and bounces back up, follows that with a toe-tapping touchdown catch versus the air

 

  • Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen opens the practice with struggling accuracy in the red zone while Mayfield continues his ability to throw with anticipation, hitting his receivers before they make their break
  • Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki beats West Virginia safety Kyzir White for a touchdown in the red zone
  • Washington State quarterback Luke Falk underthrows a vertical route and Boston College cornerback Isaac Yiadom records the pass breakup
  • Falk follows that up with continually strong play off play action in all drills

 

  • Allen misses Colorado State wide receiver Michael Gallup on a red zone out route in 7-on-7s, but follows it up with a nice floating pass to Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe for a touchdown
  • Falk leads Lazard on a very-nicely located fade route in the end zone for a touchdown in the red zone 7-on-7 drills
  • Mayfield hits Lazard again, as the Iowa State receiver continues to dominate, this time with a contested fade touchdown in red zone 11-on-11s
  • In one of the day's highlights, NC State interior defender B.J. Hill scores an immediate win over Iowa guard Sean Welsh

 

Wednesday, January 24:


Day 2 in pads

For a full Day 2 recap, check out PFF Analyst Jordan Plocher's takeaways and standout performances from the second day of action in Mobile. Read more…

  • From the first snap of wide receiver versus defensive back one-on-ones, Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton showed off his excellent route-running. South Carolina cornerback JaMarcus King was turned inside out on a post-corner route by Hamilton in one of the day's highlights.
  • LSU wide receiver DJ Chark impressed with a one-handed sideline catch, but the highlight moment of the day for Chark was UNC cornerback M.J. Stewart jumping a post route for a pass breakup
  • While it's to be expected due to his smaller size, Southern Miss running back Ito Smith is noticeably the quickest and shiftiest of the South team running backs
  • San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny continues his display of hands and skills across the board by fielding punts and running routes well
  • UCF tight end Jordan Akins put on a show in Day 2, hauling in a catch against Virginia safety Quin Blanding before beating South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard
  • Akins dominates the day, capping it with his highlight reel one-handed touchdown reception

 

  • Late addition to the week, WKU tight end Deon Yelder makes his presence felt with a contested catch against San Diego State safety Kameron Kelly
  • Both Oklahoma State wide receiver Marcell Ateman and UCF receiver Tre'Quan Smith hauled in red zone touchdown receptions on nice moves
  • Kansas State wide receiver Byron Pringle continues to be a hard assignment for defenders with his quick change of direction and stop-start ability
  • Returning punts are Chark, Penny and Stewart
  • Akins again displays great moves in 7-on-7 drills, beating his own teammate, who slipped on the play, in edge defender Shaquem Griffin for a touchdown

 

  • Iowa running back Akrum Wadley shines, both by hauling in a couple of receptions and in pass protection, stonewalling BYU's Fred Warner early
  • Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton brought down several nice receptions on the afternoon, creating separation often
  • Oklahoma edge defender Ogbonnia Okoronkwo easily wins in his first pass-rush drill of the afternoon
  • Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield hits New Mexico State wide receiver Jaleel Scott on a wide open out route, working against Penn State cornerback Christian Campbell

 

  • Okoronkwo wins again in the pass-rush drill, proving too much for any tight end to block him along the edge
  • Tight ends are having a hot and cold afternoon, Wisconsin's Troy Fumagalli beat Texas A&M safety Armani Watts on an out route, while Central Michigan's Tyler Conklin had one of his attempts broken up by West Virginia's Kyzir White
  • Oklahoma tight end/fullback Dimitri Flowers hauls in a one-handed reception
  • Conklin hauls in a wheel route out of the backfield, placed very nicely away from coverage by Mayfield

 

  • Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage looks very impressive on Day 2, easily beating Warner on an out route, beating Okoronkwo in coverage and then hauling in a touch reception that was well over his head
  • Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki displays his hands for the second day in a row, this time over Watts
  • Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson showing his skillset, hauling in a deep pass from Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee, and getting big separation from the defender despite an overthrown target

 

In 11-on-11 reps, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen hits Wilson on an intermediate pass placed well, and subsequently overthrows a deep ball for Wilson

Mayfield connects with Colorado State wide receiver Michael Gallup on an intermediate route and Mayfield then finds Gesicki streaking down the sidelines for another nice throw

Hamilton brings in an intermediate route from Lee, and Washington State quarterback Luke Falk showcases his play action skills that saw him with a 26.5 percent higher completion percentage after a play fake in 2017

 

[Editor's Note: The 2018 NFL Draft Guide is coming. For PFF Edge & Elite subscribers, a comprehensive guide featuring player profiles of signature stats, grades and exclusive PFF content will be released on February 19.]

Injury news, and updates

Western Kentucky tight end Deon Yelder has been added to replace two injured tight ends on Day 2. Florida cornerback Duke Dawson is on the field today, after sitting out yesterday with strep.

Out of North practice today:

  • WMU CB Darius Phillips (ankle)
  • Miami (Fla.) edge Chad Thomas (groin)

Out of South practice today:

  • Virginia LB Micah Kiser (knee)
  • UMass TE Adam Breneman (hamstring)
  • South Dakota St. TE Dallas Goedert (hamstring)

Full Day 1 Report

PFF Analyst Jordan Plocher gives his account of the first day in Mobile in his full Day 1 Report. Who won their position battles? Who stood out in 1-v-1 matchups? Who went down with injury? All of that and more…

Tuesday, January 23:


Day 1 in pads

For the first time, the teams participated in live action with pads and shorts on, officially kicking off the week. Below are our analysts immediate takeaways, from their perspective on the sidelines and in the press box.

  • UCF edge defender Shaquem Griffin showing really quick feet in bag drills
  • Quarterbacks are missing a lot of throws to their new receivers
  • WKU quarterback Mike White hits South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert
  • Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington brings in two contested catches against Southern cornerback Danny Johnson
  • Texas interior defender Poona Ford has been disruptive, as usual, going against guards

 

  • UNC cornerback M.J. Stewart records a PBU with a nice break on the ball
  • Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert hits LSU wide receiver DJ Chark for a deep pass touchdown
  • Kansas State wide receiver Byron Pringle showing off his receiving skills, hits a nice long touchdown and grabs a catch against Alabama cornerback Levi Wallace

 

  • San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny taking turns returning punts
  • Western Michigan cornerback Darius Phillips looks good through all his movements, and is taking turns fielding punts
  • Colorado State wide receiver Michael Gallup now back deep to return punts
  • UTSA edge defender Marcus Davenport is quick to pop upright, letting blockers get into his frame and control him at the line of scrimmage, showed his movement earlier in the afternoon

 

  • Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen showing a bit of spotty accuracy in his first go, definitely the least accurate of the North quarterbacks
  • Hawaii safety Trayvon Henderson shows speed, makes beautiful play on a Washington State quarterback Luke Falk out route
  • Allen continues to throw at a higher velocity than every other quarterback, but has thrown two bad overthrows on downfield shots
  • Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard has struggled this afternoon so far, at least three clear drops
  • Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield fumbles a snap from under center, his second on the day
  • UTSA guard Will Hernandez displaying awesome strength in all of his drills

 

  • Miami wide receiver Braxton Berrios makes a nice diving catch on a deep ball
  • Texas A&M safety Armani Watts intercepts an overthrow
  • Mayfield hits Gallup on an intermediate throw, shaking off a fumbled center exchange just a few snaps earlier

 

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