The three quickest days in my calendar year seem to be the three days in Mobile, Alabama where PewterReport.com is on-site for the Senior Bowl. There is so much to pack in those three days. It’s not just about how the players perform on the field, though that, of course, is a big part of it. There are interviews to do, scouts, agents and general managers to catch up with and learn from – it’s a big deal.

No matter how you learn the information you do, those who attend the Senior Bowl surely leave with more knowledge than they came, with and that was the case this year. On the field, prospects began their journeys of turning potential into reality. For some, it was them moving up in stock. For others, Senior Bowl week didn’t help them out as much – and in some cases may have hurt their cause.

On the next few pages, we’re going to go position-by-position and identify a most impressive and a most disappointing player from each category. Now, most impressive is pretty self-explanatory with a player performing well, but I did want to clarify that, for this article, the “most disappointing” player might not have necessarily been the player who performed the worst in that group, but rather may have just been the one who I thought would have been much better than whatever we saw over the course of those three days relative to their hype or their tape.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. THanks for the analysis Trevor.
    I watched some of the practices of the linemen and I was not impressed with what I saw from Davenport.
    I can not imagine he will be drafted in the top 10.
    The Bucs have the 7th pick in the first round and I am fairly convinced it will be one of these players:

    Barkley RB Penn State
    Chubb DE NC State
    Vea DT Washington
    Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
    James DB Florida State.

    All five are freak athletes with great size and speed for their positions and all have been extremely productive.

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  2. How did Nathan Shepherd injure his hand at practice?

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  3. Great article Trevor! I just watched day 2 and day 3 video of OL vs DL and DT Justin Jones and DT BJ Hill of NC State seem to have dominated almost all OL they faced. I wouldn’t mind picking one of these guys in the mid to late rounds of the draft

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  4. Barkley at 7 if available. DE ‘s are not real great. Chubb gone by 7. Best instant upgrade. Barber not ready to take full load.

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  5. Having watched every UCF game I’ll tell you what Scott Frost said about Griffin. ” I don’t care if he has one hand, arm, or leg, you want this kid on your football team”. When a play needed to be made, he’d make it. He has great bend around the edge, and get’s under tackles pads. What makes him special as a pass rusher though is his closing speed. His burst in the closing 3 yards takes Q.B.’s by surprise. You’d think he’d miss tackles having one hand, but he uses that one arm of his as a hook runners can’t escape from. Unbelievable how he wraps up guys better then most with two hands. He’ll probably go undrafted which is a shame, but I’d certainly use a late round pick on him.

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  6. The Game seemed to tell a different tale of Marcus Davenport. He recorded a sack on what I believe was the first 3rd down he rushed in the game, and continued with several QB hurries, and pressures, plus a scoop and score. He worked inside and outside and was disruptive at both positions. Davenport was so disruptive that he had to be doubled and chipped in the 2nd half, which gave other player opportunities, IMO which lead to the defensive dominance from the South team. Maybe he needs some instructions on technique for 1-on-1 drills, but Marcus Davenport is holding down a very solid slot as the 2nd best pass rusher in the 2018 draft. Not sure how the Bucs could pass on him. If they do, he will be gone at pick 8.

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  7. Is Jaylen Samuels what the Bucs wanted Dan Vitalie(sp?) to be? A more physical straight line/goal line runner than Charles Sims?

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