TE O.J. Howard (Alabama)
It was almost certain that Howard would have himself a very productive Senior Bowl week before being named Senior Bowl practice player of the week. Howard showed his high athleticism and dynamics in the short passing game and in the deep threat game
QB Nate Peterman (Pittsburgh)
Of the three North Quarterbacks in the Senior Bowl practices, Peterman definitely showed the most promise in position drills. Peterman was even trusted with 23 of the 25 passing attempts of the North Quarterbacks. Nate threw for 16 completions (out of 23 attempts) for 153 yards and 1 touchdown
DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova)
Kpassagnon was a player who was consistently in the opposing team’s backfield. He showed aggressive push and motor throughout practices. Had 2 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a force fumble in the Senior Bowl game.
WR Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington)
If you were paying attention to the North’s Wide Receivers, you heard two names, East Carolina’s Zay Jones and Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp. Scouts were highly impressed with the speed and the instant ball catching ability in position drills.
WR Josh Reynolds (Texas A&M)
Reynolds was a one man wrecking crew against the opposing Defensive Backs, both in practices and in the game. Reynolds accounted for 6 receptions for 96 yards and 1 touchdown in the Senior Game bowl, making California QB Davis Webb’s job a lot easier.
CB Rasul Douglas (West Virginia)
When a Cornerback like Douglas is quiet throughout a series or a game then he is doing a good job. Scouts were impressed with a mix of his lockdown coverage skills and great hip mobility.
ILB Alex Anzalone (Florida)
If you want a player who will fly to the ball, finishes to the whistle and will make the ball carrier pay with hard hits, then Alex is your player. Anzalone is a player that read a play quickly to make tackles and can cover an inside Receiver or Running Back deep down the field.
LB Haason Reddick (Temple)
Reddick is easily NFL.com’s NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock’s favorite player from the Senior Bowl. Hasson was a player who was at the tackles in every play of both the practices and the game. This was one of the most exciting players to watch in the pass rush as he won most of his matchups.
RB Donnel Pumphrey (San Diego State)
The NCAA leading rushing leader came into the Senior Bowl with high intensity and an attitude to fight through tackles. This is a good attribute to have considering his size. Pumphrey was very useful in the running game and passing game.
OT Taylor Morton (Western Michigan)
Morton was one of the heart and souls of the Western Michigan’s very successful season. With Morton being a dominant blocker for the North, he was a big reason why the North averaged 6.1 yards per rush.
FB Freddie Stevenson (Florida State)
Of the Running Backs that were used in the passing game for the South squad, a Fullback from Florida State was the most efficient player. Stevenson is a stealthy player in the passing game from screens. He has surprising speed for a bulky Fullback like him.
S Obi Melifonwu (UConn)
If there was one player who excelled expectations in the Senior Bowl week, Melifonwu would be that player. Obi was questioned on how well his pass coverage would be against Wide Receivers in man to man coverage. Coaches lined him up at Cornerback to test his coverage skills and performed remarkably.
OT Antonio Garcia (Troy)
Garcia is from a Trojans Offensive Line where they only allowed 8 sacks all season long. Antonio made plenty of blocks that resulted in pancakes on the opposing Defensive Tackles like Alabama Defensive Tackle Dalvin Tomlinson.
RB Kareem Hunt (Toledo)
Hunt had one of the best performances in the Senior Game by accounting for 15 carries for 118 yards (an average of 7.9 yards per rush). He was one of the only Running Backs to rush over 66 yards. Hunt showed great vision and great running routes when given the ball.