Andrew Harbaugh | Aug 21st, 2019
Jim Nagy and the incredible staff down in Mobile have released their watch list of players who will make the trip to the Senior Bowl in January.
With the season starting this Saturday, it is perfect to look over to see some of the names that the staff will be watching this upcoming college season.
The aforementioned list is loaded with top talent from some of the top end colleges that produce NFL talent such as Oregon and Texas, all the way down to the smaller schools such as Abilene Christian and Northern Colorado to name a few.
That’s the beauty of the Senior Bowl though is that it is a platform where guys of all levels get together and prove that you have to scout the player, not the helmet. A prime example in recent memory is Marcus Davenport, Marcus was this perfectly sized edge talent from the small school of UTSA.
Davenport came to Mobile, got better every day in practice, so much so that I remember the guys from the Stick to Football Podcast having him as a top ten prospect by weeks end. He was ultimately drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round and many believe he doesn’t become a first-round pick if he doesn’t take that chance and head down to Mobile.
Now, who are some players that can make a lasting impact on their draft stock or have the most to prove if they do indeed get an invite? Let’s introduce you to some of the names.
Hakeem Adeniji, OT, Kansas
Kansas is a basketball school, likely to remain so for a while even with the hiring of Les Miles. That being said Adeniji is a breath of fresh air for Kansas football, he brings physical play topped off with great size that translates perfectly to the NFL. He is a top ten offensive tackle for me heading into the year and with a renewed focus on Kansas football this year all eyes will be on Adeniji.
Breiden Fehoko, DT, LSU
Breiden Fehoko may be more known for his epic hype ups his dad shares with him before games than his football to the outside world, that being said he is one hell of a football player and I love that he is on the early watchlist. With other defensive stars like Derrick Brown of Auburn and Raekwon Davis of Alabama also on the early watchlist, we could have a super talent group competing in January. If Fehoko can dominate in one on ones we have seen in the past what it can do for the likes of Montez Sweat and the aforementioned Marcus Davenport.
Mason Fine, QB, North Texas
The era of underestimating small school and small quarterbacks may be finally over, Mason Fine will be the ultimate test to this idea. Fine thrived at North Texas in years past under offensive coordinator Graham Harrell who left for USC this past year so it will be interesting to see how he does without him. Fine does have a solid core around him on offense led by Rico Bussey Jr. who also made the watchlist, look out for the Mean Green come January.
Kenny Willekes, Edge, Michigan State
Arguably the best player on one of the best defenses in the country, Kenny Willekes plays like a bull in a china shop. He is an absolute disrupter on the line and can come off the line as fast as anyone in the country. For me personally, he is right behind top edge talent in this draft like A.J. Epenesa and Chase Young, Willekes would be a blast to watch all week in practice down in Mobile.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
The bell of the ball that is the Senior Bowl could be Ke’Shawn Vaughn this year. Vaughn returned for his senior year to the surprise of some after a strong bowl performance last year against Baylor he had been in the discussion for being a second-day draft pick. Vaughn has a complete running game at his disposal, he can run through you or by you and has shown since transferring to Vanderbilt from Illinois he can be a game-changer whenever he touches the ball.
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