4 Risers after the Senior Bowl
Senior Bowl week has come and gone. Here are four draft prospects who boosted their draft stock and will be rising on draft boards after their performances.
1. Josh Allen-QB-Wyoming
Post Senior Bowl Rank: No.1 QB
Allen has been our No.1 QB since the end of the 2016-17 college football season. He hasn’t been able to convince everyone of his ability, but there is no doubt here at MFST.
He didn’t have a lot of success in the first half of the game, and could have shut it down at that point, but he didn’t. He came back out to start the second half, and I love that he did. He competed, and he showed his complete skill set in second half, finishing the day 9-of-13 for 158 yards and 2 TDs.
We saw his strength to be able to absorb hits and make throws despite the contact. We saw his athletic ability when he took off and ran a couple of times. We also saw the fastball that everybody talks about — he gets plenty of juice on his throws. However, both of his TD passes in the third quarter were beautiful touch throws. I also liked watching him interact with his teammates in this game. He had a lot of energy, and you could see guys rally around him.
2. DJ Chark-WR-LSU
Post Senior Bowl Rank: 10th WR
Chark came out of nowhere to steal the Senior Bowl show. To be honest, he was on the bottom of my radar in terms of watching film on the wide receiver draft prospects–but with his showing, he is on a lot of teams radar. His production was outstanding (game-high 160 yards on 5 catches), but it shouldn’t go overlooked that he also was good on the coverage teams, covering kicks.
3. Rashaad Penny-RB-San Diego State
Post Senior Bowl Rank: 3rd RB
Despite his unbelievable production at San Diego State, Penny isn’t high on a lot of rankings or mock drafts, but not here at MFST. He continues to be our third ranked running back and will be a steal for any team that selects him Day 2 or later.
Penny showed that he has plenty of burst, racking up 137 total yards (64 rushing, 73 receiving). His 73-yard TD catch showed the versatility that he brings to the table.
4. Marcus Davenport-DE-UTSA
Pre Senior Bowl Rank: 6th DE
Post Senior Bowl Rank: 4th DE
Davenport was I guy I had my eye on all week in Mobile, he wasn’t very effective in the first two days of practices here, and some people didn’t really give him much of a chance to adjust to the environment at the Senior Bowl before criticizing him. He clearly needed that adjustment period because he was unstoppable late in the week of practices, and it carried over to the game. He recorded a half sack and scored a TD on a fumble recovery. His numbers might not jump off the page, but the North team had its hands full trying to slow him down.