The Reese’s Senior Bowl concluded with the North team, coached by the Detroit Lions, conquering the South team coached by the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-17. Prospects had a chance to impress NFL scouts in practice leading up to the game. Each day served as an interview for the league’s 32 teams.
CBS Sports has declared some winners that only helped their respective cases in Saturday’s showcase.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert
Herbert really helped his stock this week. The Ducks offense certainly did him no favors this season but that does not remove him from blame either. His ball placement needs to improve but the offensive play-calling limited him to a lot of jet sweeps and screens, which is not the best use of his skill set. Herbert was not included inbut that had more to do with trades not being any option. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be taken in the first round.
Syracuse edge rusher Alton Robinson
Robinson was one of three players with at least 1.5 sacks Saturday. He was strong around the edge in addition to giving the offensive guards some work. His dominance was a bit unexpected considering he had a total of 4.5 sacks this season. The Texas native is best suited as a 4-3 defensive end.
Utah edge rusher Bradlee Anae
Anae was disruptive Saturday. He found his way to the quarterback on two separate occasions at the expense of Texas Tech’s Terence Steele and Mississippi State’s Tyre Phillips. The Hawaii native’s career culminated with 13 sacks this season. He needs to do a better job of containing the edge. His comfort in coverage will need to improve or else he will be exclusively pegged as a 4-3 defensive end.
Michigan edge rusher Josh Uche
Uche has been a prospect sparking conversation over the past month and that only continued in Mobile. He recorded 8.5 sacks this season, and he does a great job covering sideline to sideline. The Florida native got to the quarterback multiple times by showing good bend around the edge. There is a legitimate chance that his name starts garnering more attention as a potential first-round pick.
UCLA running back Joshua Kelley
Kelley is lightly-discussed across NFL circles but he consistently stood out when watching other players on that team. The UC-Davis transfer has eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards each of the past two seasons. He was decisive Saturday and that led to opportunities in the open field.
TCU running back Darius Anderson
Anderson did a great job receiving passes out of the backfield and making himself available. He accumulated three 100-plus rushing yard performances in the first four games of the season. He did not record another in the final eight games. Talent evaluators will want to know why his production fell off a cliff, and the loss of starting right tackle Lucas Niang will not be an acceptable answer. He is a dynamic player capable of making an impact.
LSU offensive guard Damien Lewis
The starting South interior offensive line did a great job aiding Herbert and the offense on the first few series. Lewis showed great strength and held up well under pressure. The national champion is regarded as a top-150 prospect in our composite rankings but improved his case to be rated even higher.
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