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2016 Senior Bowl Prospect Preview (Offense)

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Who are some offensive prospects to keep an eye on this week in Mobile?

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North

1. Kenneth Dixon 5'10 212 RB Louisiana Tech (#28)

- Dixon is second all time in career touchdowns next to Navy's Keenan Reynolds. He's one of the best running backs in college football but a more hyped prospect residing in Baton Rouge took away some of the spotlight. Dixon isn't the quickest guy in the world but his instincts and vision are elite. Patient runner that sets his blocks up very well.

2. Kevin Hogan 6'4 218 QB Stanford (#8)

- Hogan possesses an above average arm that will get him places in the NFL but needs to work on becoming more consistently accurate. He has some ability to land those critical "touch" passes and has really improved in that area so far this year outside of the opener where he was horrendous all around. A better athlete than most will give him credit for. Pocket awareness isn't as ideal since he hasn't had to deal with a "busy" pocket since the Stanford OL has been good so far.

3. Braxton Miller 6'2 215 WR Ohio State (#1)

- Miller converted to receiver in 2015 after it was made clear to him that he wasn't in the QB race. Miller has shown flashes of his receiver potential throughout 2015. His athleticism is very good. Hands are surprisingly above average given his lack of reps at the position. Miller could be a nice project pick in the fourth round or so. Could play QB in a pinch.

4. Kyle Murphy 6'7 301 OT Stanford (#77)

- He has quick feet and surprising agility. Arm length is good. Weight distribution is good as well. His problem is that he needs to play more physical at the snap. This week will be big for him as he needs to show some physicality against the best ends in the country. Best tackle prospect in Mobile for either team.

5. Aaron Burbridge 6'1 208 WR Michigan State (#86)

- Burbridge was Sparty's top receiving weapon in 2015 after playing a limited role behind former teammate Tony Lippett in 2014. He plays bigger than his size would indicate. A solid set of hands. Route running is above average as well. Projects as a third or fourth round pick at this point.

6. Nick Martin 6'5 301 OL Notre Dame (#72)

-  The Irish's best and most consistent lineman. Position versatile as he's played both center and guard but stuck with center this year. 2016's best center prospect. Younger brother of Cowboys' lineman Zack. Could be an early round pick.

Bonus prospects to watch

Leonte Caroo 6'1 215 WR Rutgers

- Interesting receiver prospect provided that he can stay out of trouble like another receiver from Rutgers that Titans fans are well aware of.

Tajae Sharpe 6'3 188 WR UMASS

Jack Allen 6'2 296 C Michigan State

- In the running for the best center prospect in the country.

South

1. Spencer Drango 6'6 310 OT Baylor (#66)

- He's been the starting left tackle for the Bears for four seasons so experience isn't a question. Lateral agility is a plus to his game. Very good at engaging defenders with great hand usage. Football IQ is a major plus as well. A major concern is the system fit he'll encounter given Baylor's spread attack. Could've been drafted as high as the second round last year. Projects to more of a guard at the next level.

2. Sterling Shepard 5'10 191 WR Oklahoma (#3)

- The Sooners most consistent weapon and helped out QB Baker Mayfield tremendously. A good route runner and above average athlete. Versatile as he's played both inside and outside. Had a pretty solid bowl game against the runner up Clemson Tigers. Looks to be a second round pick.

3. Aaron Green 5'11 205 RB TCU (#22)

- The unheralded star back that made the TCU offense go. He has pretty good feet and is quicker than fast. Hits the hole with authority.

4. Vadal Alexander 6'6 329 OL LSU (#74)

- Alexander projects as the best guard prospect in the class even though he's been at tackle for most of his career. Steadying presence on the line for a much maligned Bayou Bengals offense. A good run blocker with some work to do as a pass blocker. Projects as a second round prospect

5. Johnathan Williams 6'0 223 RB Arkansas (#32)

- Alex Collins' running mate in the Hogs backfield. Injured for most the year. Could be Mike Tolbert 2.0 in the league.

6. Kenyan Drake 6'1 210 RB Alabama (#17)

- The "other" guy in the national champion Crimson Tide backfield. Drake is a dynamic weapon out of the backfield and used as such. Could convert to receiver and star there for a long time. Return specialist that essentially won the title for Alabama with his electrifying kick return TD. David Johnson 2.0?

Bonus prospects to watch

1. Graham Glasgow 6'6 303 C Michigan

- Got the call up to the Senior Bowl after a decent week of practices at the Shrine Game last week.

2. Jake Coker 6'5 232 QB Alabama

- The starting QB for the national champions. He transferred to Alabama after losing a hard fought battle with Jameis Winston at Florida State. Has an NFL caliber arm but needs to work on the mental aspects of the game a lot better. Rescued Bama from several close calls throughout 2015. Isn’t your prototypical turn around and hand it off to a Bama running back QB. Features decent athleticism for his position. A more athletic Zach Mettenberger if you will.

3. Dak Prescott 6'2 230 QB Mississippi State

- Prescott was the entire offense for the Bulldogs at times throughout his illustrious career. He features an NFL arm talent but like Coker has to put it together mentally as he tends to trust his arm too much. Holds most of the passing records in Miss State history. Profiles as a MUCH better passing Tim Tebow right down to the jersey number. Also has to explain away that weird episode of him getting into an altercation during the summer.

4. Malcolm Mitchell 6'1 196 WR Georgia

- Can the oft injured receiver hold up this week and make a name for himself like his former teammate Chris Conley? I like him as a talent but the injury history is very frightening which includes multiple knee ligament tears. Projects to be a sixth round pick because of the medicals.

5. Sebastian Tretola 6'4 330 G Arkansas

- Tretola is one of the better guards not being hyped as he should be. Good footwork and base to work from. More known for a memorable trick play in which he threw a touchdown in 2014.