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 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.
EDGE D.J. Wonnum, So. Carolina (6’3”/260) *Early Preview Grade: D
I didn’t see anything here. Watching him against Alabama…he was eaten up by blockers 1-on-1. Barely noticeable, low impact player. 6.0 sacks as a sophomore was his best pass rush season and 6.5 sacks in two seasons since (missed some of 2018 with injury).
EDGE Trevon Hill, Miami, Fla. (6’3”/238) *Early Preview Grade: D
Good size and reach, but another ‘looks good on paper’ prospect, to me. On tape, he plays slow and I saw him get worn down and sluggish quickly. Didn’t appear in great shape but played hard…may have just burned himself out at times on the two games I watched. Again, there are some tools to work with here for the NFL, but I did not see a ‘wow’ prospect here…I saw a dime-a-dozen guy. 5.5 sacks was his high for a college season (2017).
DE Carter Coughlin, Minnesota (6’3”/245) *Early Preview Grade: D+
Not impressed. Looks like a safety trying to be an edge rusher. It’s weird. Has nice feet and might run in the 4.6s. He has some NFL size-speed potential, but he plays like he’s afraid to touch other people. Hard to describe. I didn’t see a bloodthirsty pass rush monster, more a slightly thin-framed, quick off the edge guy. More an OLB, but I just don’t know that I saw a ‘football player’. Might have been bad tape I watched. We’ll see.
EDGE Alton Robinson, Syracuse (6’4”/260) *Early Preview Grade: D+ (Update: D+/C-)
UPDATE: Was pretty disruptive at times, especially in the game itself. I still don’t see a great prospect, but he’s more OK/good than I thought, perhaps.
Org. Comments: Has the NFL size. Not bad movement skills, but a questionable ‘get off’ on the snap. Not a ‘wow’ pop off the edge. The size, but not the ‘pop’ at a glance. He did have 17.0 TFLs and 10.0 sacks in 2018 season and halved those numbers in 2019. There’s a body to work with here but possibly not an elite edge rusher.
EDGE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame (6’4”/265) *Early Preview Grade: C-/D+
Has the look for sure. Very long arms. Team captain. All the intangibles and the eyeball test, but then you watch the tape and look at the numbers and it’s kinda ‘meh’. Slow pop off the snap. A bit lanky so it takes time for his body to get in sync and moving at top speed…and his top speed isn’t anything special. Maybe if he drops 10 pounds there is something. There are some NFL pieces to work with but not a ready-made star watching him against better blockers.
DE Jabari Zuniga, Florida (6’4”/246) *Early Preview Grade: C-
Has the sleek, muscular body and quickness of an NFL 4-3 DE…but I didn’t see much on his tape that let me know he had that quickness. Didn’t really dominate blockers. Not a lot of moves…just tries to out-quick blockers. He’s a raw talent to work with, but not an insta-star that I see.
DE Trevis Gipson, Memphis (6’4”/286) *Early Preview Grade: C-
Has sweet NFL size-speed-effort. Plays with a high motor. The downside…he needs to add body muscle fast. I don’t recall ever watching a Senior Bowl DE prospect get pancake blocked so much. He can speed around, past blockers but when he gets locked up with a blocker, he has no chance to come off and make a play. His size alone is NFL-worthy of consideration.
EDGE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee (6’4”/255) *Early Preview Grade: C-
Has the prototypical size and the movement skills of a starting 4-3 DE in the NFL. The problem I saw was he was way too easily blocked out of the play, not creating a bit of pressure way too often (watching him against Georgia). He didn’t seem to offer any moves to fluster his blockers. He didn’t seem to make a great surge on better blockers. He also looked like he gave up on plays pretty quickly and just jogged around after his first surge was thwarted. Physical tools will get him drafted, but he has work to do from there. Not sure if his heart is fully in it.
EDGE Jonathan Greenard, Florida (6’4”/263) *Early Preview Grade: D+ (Update: C-/C)
UPDATE: Made some plays during the week and in the game that were pretty impressive, and then would go missing for too long. There’s something here but I’m not sure why it’s not working better/more effectively.
Org. Comments: Decent college DE. Good effort, but very slow off the snap for the pros…lost most of his pass rush efforts to the blocker, not making a real dent. He is above-average strong. He will push a blocker back some, but more times than not he’s too slow off the block and then just gets danced with by the offensive tackle handling him.
EDGE Joshua Uche, Michigan (6’2”/250) *Early Preview Grade: C- (Update: C-/C)
UPDATE: He kinda stuck out all week…I’d see him/his jersey near plays and chasing around a lot. He didn’t make a ton of plays, but he seemed to be reading plays properly and giving a good effort. Maybe a middle linebacker lurks here?
Org. Comments: Nice power-speed pass rusher, but a touch undersized and didn’t appear to offer much besides ‘try to blow the blocker backwards’ as a pass rush move. He has NFL tools to work with and with some technique enhancement, he might end up on an NFL roster making some noise.
EDGE Bradlee Anae, Utah (6’3”/265) *Early Preview Grade: D (Update: C+)
Update: Had a pretty nice week. A lot of people were talking/buzzing about him, and I didn’t see the superstar some saw but Anae was faring well in the practice 1-on-1s and really made an impact in the game itself. I could be the one not getting it.
Org. Comments: All I saw was Anae trying to speed around his blocker to the outside, and when that didn’t work he just turned and jogged and watched what was going on. Good NFL size. Mediocre speed-agility. Low energy/low motor (except trying to get a sack). What I saw…I’m not interested.
EDGE Jason Strowbridge, UNC (6’5”/285) *Early Preview Grade: C+ (C+/B-)
UPDATE: He was a big winner for a lot of people this week, but I think he got attention for his batting down of some passes that were nice but I wanted to see him crushing blockers and ballcarriers, and he was OK there but not a ‘wow’ guy. He accounted for himself well here and maybe he is a legit 3-4 DE more than I thought in my preview.
Org. Comments: Very active big man…a lot of energy and motion from a guy his size. He played 4-3 DT and 4-3 DE for South Carolina. He profiles like a 3-4 DE for the NFL. He’s active enough and has the size for it. Could add 10+ pounds and be an interesting 4-3 DT, but more likely is a 3-4 DE prospect. A legit one for the NFL. He wasn’t ‘wow’ on tape, but he did impress with his sheer effort/motor with his size and ability. Tools to work with there.
DE Marlon Davidson, Auburn (6’3”/297) *Early Preview Grade: B+
UPDATE: I was given notice he was 280 +/- pounds and he was listed as a DE prospect, but really he is a sweet 4-3 DT prospect and he’s near 300 pounds officially – which now I see his movement skills as ‘great’, for that size. His advanced info was misleading and his work at Auburn as a DE doesn’t help him shine. He needs to be a 4-3 DT to shine.
Org. Comments: Mediocre ‘tweener’ D-Line prospect. Not big enough for 4-3 DT work, but not quick enough or gifted enough to be a 4-3 DE rusher or an effective 3-4 DE. He has some NFL viability but a lower-level player it appears.