Following a week full of practices, the North and South teams faced off at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. NFL scouts, general managers, coaches and other front office personnel flocked to Mobile this week in hopes of gathering more information regarding the draft prospects in attendance. The North team ended up winning the game 34-13 over the South team.
Delaware tight end Nick Boyle, who had an excellent week of practice, made one of the standout plays of the first half. The 6-foot-4, 267 pound tight end caught a pass over the middle of the field and jumped way up to hurdle a defender. The play showed Boyle’s underrated athleticism and soft hands, which are a nice addition to his strong blocking skills. The Delaware standout has made a name for himself at the Reese’s Senior Bowl and looks like a number two tight end at the next level.
Physically, Northern Iowa running back David Johnson is a standout draft prospect. At 6-foot-1, 224 pounds, Johnson offers excellent size with 4.5 speed. The Northern Iowa back blew through a number of tackler on his way to scoring a first half touchdown for the North team. Johnson is a big back with three-down ability, but he also could play as an H-back because of his ability to block and catch the ball out of the backfield. The Buccaneers could use a versatile back with size and Johnson could be an interesting day three option for the team.
Minnesota running back David Cobb scored a short touchdown run in the third quarter. Cobb is a power back who grinds his way through tacklers, but he showed this week he has three-down potential with his ability to catch the ball. It was hard for Cobb to show off his power at practice, but the Minnesota back got his chance to shine in the game. In a deep running back class, Cobb looks a third day pick.
TCU cornerback Kevin White had a fantastic week of practice in Mobile, Alabama, and he capped that off with a great performance in the game on Saturday. White intercepted Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, who was looking for tight end Ben Koyack down the seam. Petty had a poor week of practice and struggled mightily on Saturday. He looks like a day three selection at best.
Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack caught a short touchdown from Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion. Koyack was a bit disappointing this week at practice. The Notre Dame prospect didn’t show great athletic qualities and struggled as a blocker. He looked more like a day three selection than a day two pick. Mannion has a strong arm and is accurate but his lack of mobility and questionable decision-making makes him a late-round prospect.
Miami (OH) cornerback Quentin Rollins made an absolutely gorgeous diving interception against Central Arkansas wide receiver Dezmin Lewis, who was running a go route. Rollins has phenomenal ball skills and is still learning the game of football. Rollins has only played football for one year and looks like he could transition to safety if need be. After an excellent week of practice and a good game on Saturday, Rollins looks like a fourth or fifth-round draft selection.