Who's that guy? The Reese's Senior Bowl (2:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, NFL Network) will give fans a chance to answer that question before the 2019 NFL Draft takes place. There are always big names that create buzz in Mobile, Ala., and college football fans know most of the names. Still, there are some under-the-radar players with a chance to make an impression that should last into the NFL Combine and beyond. MORE: 2019 NFL Mock Draft Here are eight players who can dramatically improve their draft stock with good showings at practice up through the Senior Bowl:
Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo
Who's that guy?
The Reese's Senior Bowl (2:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, NFL Network) will give fans a chance to answer that question before the 2019 NFL Draft takes place.
There are always big names that create buzz in Mobile, Ala., and college football fans know most of the names. Still, there are some under-the-radar players with a chance to make an impression that should last into the NFL Combine and beyond.
MORE: 2019 NFL Mock Draft
Here are eight players who can dramatically improve their draft stock with good showings at practice up through the Senior Bowl:
Jackson led the Bulls to the MAC championship game and entertained transferring before entering the NFL Draft. The 6-7, 245-pound quarterback is more than just a big body. He totaled 28 passing touchdowns and seven rushing scores in his first full season as a starter, but was a high-volume passer who needs to answer questions about his accuracy. This is the best place to do it, especially on a North roster with Will Grier, Jarrett Stidham and Gardner Minshew.
Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock
Hills (6-2, 218) was the MVP of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and he's looking to build on that momentum in Mobile. He rushed for 1,714 yards and 17 touchdowns as a part of a productive senior season, and that included three games with 200 rushing yards or more. This year's draft isn't stock-piled with blue-blood running back talent, so Hills can make a strong impression.
Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
Ferguson is a known commodity to most. The 6-5, 262-pound edge-rusher set the FBS record for career sacks with 45. He also had 26 tackles for loss in 2018. He's a potential first-round talent, and the measurables are there. Don't act surprised when he's prolific at the next level, too.
Jaylon Ferguson arms just over 34 inches
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) January 22, 2019
Oli Udoh, T, Elon
Udoh's size alone stands out. The 6-5, 356-pound tackle started in every game for the Phoenix in the FCS the last four seasons. The team allowed just 16 sacks. He's just tough to get around, and a week of facing some elite pass-rushing talent will add to the curiosity factor.
#Elon OT Oli Udoh completely handled #ODU EDGE Oshane Ximines on this rep: pic.twitter.c
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Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Jones is the hot name among quarterbacks in this draft, boasting the prototypical NFL frame at 6-5, 220 pounds and tutelage of Duke's David Cutcliffe, the position coach for Peyton Manning at Tennessee. It's tough to gauge where he stands on college numbers alone (he's coming off a 423-yard, five-touchdown performance in the bowl victory against Temple, but also failed to pass for more than 200 yards in five games this season), but could be the second quarterback drafted behind Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Or, he could slip to the second day.
Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Adderley is a relative of Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley, and he plays with range as a 6-0, 200-pound safety. Herb was a converted running back before emerging as a star with Vince Lombardi’s Packers. Nasir is a playmaker. He had four interceptions in 2018, but he also led the Blue Hens with 48 solo tackles.
Andy Isabella, WR, UMass
Isabella (5-10, 190 pounds) was a Biletnikoff Award finalist after he put up 102 catches, 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Minutemen in 2018. He is an excellent route runner with the footwork and quickness necessary to work in the slot right away, and that is a proven niche at the next level.
Andy Isabella’s quickness and precise route running are as good as advertised. #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/WXN1aczXL0
— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) January 22, 2019
Donald Parham, TE, Stetson
Parham is another massive prospect at 6-8, 240 pounds, and he put up huge numbers at Stetson with 85 catches for 1,319 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. That included a 257-yard, three-touchdown game against Valparaiso. The stride alone is impressive to watch. …
Stetson tight end Donald Parham is a gazelle. #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/da6YefZLcB
— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) January 22, 2019