Every year, I get the list of the Senior Bowl prospects and go through each one for a 15-30 minute tape and initial data scouting session. I then slap an initial (school) grade reaction on each prospect and write a few lines about my first reaction to my preview study on them – to publish during Senior Bowl week to get ready for the E-W practice week and game.
I’ll get a better feel for these players after we get their Combine and/or Pro Day numbers and run our scouting analytics and do deeper research on some of them, but for now he’s a first reaction preview of the players going into their Senior Bowl week (ranked by lowest-to-highest initial reaction grades)…
*Updated grades/ranks noted after scouting the entire week.
DT Darrion Daniels, Nebraska (6’4”/340) *Early Preview Grade: D
Huge body but was blocked out of plays WAY to easily for a 4-3 DT his size. No way medium sized schools/opponents should block him away 1-on-1. Not impressed with what I saw.
DT Robert Windsor, Penn State (6’3”/285) *Early Preview Grade: D
Undersized college 4-3 scheme DT…with his foot speed, and playing 4-3 DT, he shoulda been much more productive. His numbers were underwhelming in 2019 and his tape matched that…way too easily blocked away by one blocker.
DT Benito Jones, Ole Miss (6’1”/329) *Early Preview Grade: C-
Big bodied DT/NT. Decent feet. Takes up space. Can move the pile but I saw him get pushed back 1-on-1 a little too much for his size. I saw no signs of something special or radical. Just an NFL body and decent movement skills. He can hang in the NFL, possible starter.
DT Larrell Murchison, NC State (6’3”/291) *Early Preview Grade: C
Pretty quick, nimble DT prospect. Played some 3-4 scheme DE, and some 3-4 scheme NT. Was too quick or too overpowering for blockers at times, but his performance was erratic…great games followed by a stretch of quiet games. The movement skills are there for a quick, slightly undersized 4-3 DT. Might not a real fit/skill set for 3-4 DE at the next level. Too small for 3-4 NT. Got some NFL skills, but it may be more backup level abilities…and then if he drifts in the NFL, he’ll be bounced from it quickly.
DT Davon Hamilton, Ohio State (6’4”/310) *Early Preview Grade: D+ (Update: C)
Update: Held his own all week and made plays in the game itself. I still do not see star power but he’s a legit potential NFL starter body/athlete at DT.
Org. Comments: Has NFL size for a 4-3 DT and decent movement skills, but really was not a factor on the game tape I watched. Gives up pretty easily on plays. Pops up every now and then with some penetration but really never stood out as an impact player on the field.
DT Leki Fotu, Utah (6’4”/335) *Early Preview Grade: C+
Mass of humanity. Typical Utah space eater in the middle. Can move well for his size but I saw him lose energy pretty quickly in games off and on. He’s a big man moving a lot, he gets slowed down too quickly. He might shave 10-20 pounds and be a real monster. Likely he stays 330+ and plays NT in the NFL.
DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama (6’6”/312) *Early Preview Grade: B
*Skipped Senior Bowl
I thought he was an ‘A’ previewing him summer of 2019 looking at his 2017 season…but, statistically, it’s been downhill from there – and the tape shows it too. In 2017, he was lean, nimble, and all over the place. In 2019, he was blocked out 1-on-1 by better O-Lineman and looked a little heavy and slow footed. His 2017 season was an ‘A’. His 2019, was a ‘C-‘. So, I’ll give him a ‘B’ because that 2017 guy existed once, he might again. Big disappointment scouting him this time around.
DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma (6’2”/302) *Early Preview Grade: B+/A- (Update: B+)
Update: Has the body, movements, look of a top DT prospect but he was just ‘good’ in Mobile, not dominant or ‘wow’ that I saw.
Org. Comments: Can really move at 6’2”/302…moves more like a 275-pound DE than a 300+ pound DT. He looks like a traditional 4-3 DT. I’m grading him highly on his movement skills and energy. His stats and highlight reel are limited because he was doubled a lot a 3-4 NT, but he’s definitely NFL top 50 material at first glance.
DT Javon Kinlaw, So. Carolina (6’5”/310) *Early Preview Grade: A-
This is a first-round body, a first-round movement ability at 300+ pounds…and it looks like a 1st-round talent overall. Hard to tell how good or great he is from some preview tape because he’s double teamed a lot. When Alabama and Clemson are double-teaming often…you must be pretty good. When he gets single blocking, he is driving blockers into the backfield. He’s a top 20-40 talent for sure in this draft.