Quarterback- Jake Haener, Fresno State (6-0, 208)
The quarterback group in Mobile left a lot to be desired, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Excluding Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker who was still recovering from a torn ACL, there’s a good chance this crop of passers at the Senior Bowl this year will be the first group to not have a quarterback selected in the first three rounds since 2001.
With that being said, Fresno State’s Jake Haener was far and away the most consistent quarterback in the group. Although it wasn’t a spectacular week for Haener, he was easily the most accurate passer with the cleanest footwork and was the most willing to attack the intermediate part of the field.
It culminated in a strong performance in the actual Senior Bowl game where he took home MVP honors after completing 63 percent of his passes for 139 yards and a 44-yard touchdown to Stanford’s Michael Wilson where he was fearless and staying strong under pressure.
A week like this in a not-so-sexy quarterback class should do wonders for Haener. He’s clearly a top-10 passer in the class, if not top-six, and pushing towards being the first QB selected on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Honorable mention: Clayton Tune, Houston (6-2, 216)