10. Brandon Allen QB Arkansas
Allen may have had the smallest hands of any QB at the Senior Bowl but that doesn’t mean he can’t throw the ball. Among all of the South’s teams quarterbacks North Carolina State’s Jacoby Brissett, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott and Bama’s Jake Coker Allen was said to be the steadiest all week and was the most accurate. A scout we talked to said that Allen’s draft stock definitely improved this week. In his eyes he went from a sixth or seventh round pick to a mid-round selection.
9. Jeremy Cash S Duke
Cash is a hybrid safety-linebacker who has a lot of NFL GMs drooling. He missed the Pinstripe Bowl due to injury but seemed to have bounced back this week in practice. Cash was an All-American last year but playing at Duke may have hurt his draft stock. This week Cash is getting show out and he has got a lot of attention which can only help his draft stock. Right now Cash is thought to be a second or third round pick.
8. Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
Raglan was already thought to be a top twenty pick in the 2016 draft. He’s been lining up outside this week despite playing inside most of the year. It didn’t matter. Ragland has been dominant and has shown a lot to scouts just by asking to switch to the outside where he wasn’t as comfortable. We hear that Ragland could’ve played himself into the top ten this week as many teams were left impressed by the Alabama star.
7. Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
Rankins was dominant all week but unfortunately sprained his knee yesterday and will have to sit out the actual game Saturday. The Louisville star is deceptively quick for a 6’2, 300 pound lineman and showed he can be a difference maker in topping the run and rushing the passer all week. It’s likely Rankins will be drafted in the second or third round in the draft in April.
6. Darian Thompson S Boise State
Thompson left an impression on several teams this week with his physical play. He plays with confidence and is a ball hawk. We were told by one scout that Thompson looked better than Jeremy Cash who is thought to be the best safety there. Coming into the Senior Bowl Thompson was thought to be a third or fourth round pick. Now it’s looking like he could go in the second or early third.
5. Jihad Ward DL Illinois
Ward is a monster at 6’6, 295 pounds. He is explosive and made a real impression on scouts this week. Ward had his way with just about every offensive lineman he played against and there are whispers he could’ve done well enough to be drafted late in the first round or early second. Coming into the Senior Bowl it was thought that he would go in the third or fourth round.
4. Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
Butler was hard to contain all week. His swim move gave offensive linemen fits as he consistently beat blockers to leave and impression on scouts in Mobile. We hear that Butler really helped his draft stock and went from a second or third round pick up to an early second round selection.
3. Noah Spence DE/LB Eastern Kentucky
Don’t let the OVC school on his helmet fool you. Spence is a man among boys at the Senior Bowl. At 6’3, 250 pounds he had his way with offensive linemen this week. There are a lot of questions about his character after getting kicked out of Ohio State before landing at EKU but Spence can play. According to our source Spence went from being a late first round or second round pick all the way into the top ten. He might slide due to concerns about his past but we’ve been told that Spence is a legit prospect.
2. Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
Of all the quarterbacks in Mobile this week Carson Wentz looked the best. The Cowboys coaching staff has fallen in love with him and with the forth pick in the draft could be the team that grabs him. Wentz has all the tools to be a starter in the NFL but really surprised scouts with his athleticism. He also got a chance to show his personality and did well in meetings with different teams that met with him. It was thought that Wentz would be a mid-first round pick but after a week in Mobile could have jumped into the top five.
1. Braxton Miller WR Ohio State
According to our sources, Miller was, “the best guy there” this week at the Senior Bowl. Scouts were blown away by how he had adjusted to the receiver position after playing it for one year at Ohio State. Miller has great speed and knows how to get open and create separation from a defender. Our scout told us that the Buckeye standout went from a late second or third round pick up to a late first round or early second.