Never has the Senior Bowl been more important than in 2021 and that was reflected by the depth and level of talent on show in Mobile last week. With the 2021 NFL Draft creeping up on us, we are learning more everyday about these prospects.
The top prospect on the roster, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, did not participate in on-field drills because of a hand injury. His status as a first-round pick has long since been secured, but there were plenty of others who were on the field for practice sessions and the game who had the chance to vault themselves into first-round contention.
Normally those aiming to improve their chances of being selected on day one would also have the Scouting Combine, as well as their pro day, to boost their odds.
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However, with no Combine this year because of the public health crisis and potential limitations on the number of personnel staff that can attend pro days, the Senior Bowl undoubtedly represented the best opportunity for players to increase their standing or at least convince teams to go back and re-examine the tape.
Several players grasped that chance with both hands with impressive performances in practice and during Satuday’s game itself, with three prospects in particular doing their hopes of hearing their name called in the first round the world of good.
In a week largely defined by strong showings from small school prospects, it is perhaps unsurprising that none of the trio come from major football programs.
Here we look at the three players who should be in the first-round mix following tremendous displays in Mobile.