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Notable Senior Bowl 1-on-1 performances in recent seasons

Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; South quarterback Will Grier of West Virginia (7) looks to throw against the North in the first quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

While Chiefs and 49ers fans have a big game to prepare for in a couple of weeks, for the rest of the NFL, and its many applicants, the Senior Bowl is the next attraction. While the Senior Bowl game has its importance and is entertaining for the fans who take it in (or bet on it), the rest of the week has valuable practice situations as well.

We at PFF have charted who has won and lost one-on-one matchups between offensive and defensive linemen, receivers and defensive backs, and running backs with linebackers. In this article, we highlight some past standouts from this data, and how said appearances in such (small) samples translated to the NFL:

Notable quarterback performances:

Jacoby Brissett (2016)

Brissett was accurate on 79% of his 34 throws in one-on-ones during Senior Bowl week in 2016. When he was selected by the Pats in the subsequent third round, we never thought he’d end up a team’s starting quarterback, but he ended up as the de facto franchise quarterback for the Colts in 2019. After failing to generate a positive grade on more than 20% of his dropbacks in 2019, the Colts may be looking for a new face of the franchise in 2020.

Carson Wentz (2016)

Wentz showed off his accuracy in the 2016 Senior Bowl practices as one of the few FCS participants, throwing an on-target pass on 78% of his 27 reps. He was selected second overall by the Eagles and has guided them to the playoffs in each of the past three seasons. Injuries and ineffective play have gotten in the way of him being viewed as an elite signal-caller, but his statistical profile still holds promise moving forward.

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