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Tre'Davious White. The next Bayou Bengal DB to star in the NFL?
Tre'Davious White. The next Bayou Bengal DB to star in the NFL?
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2017 Senior Bowl Prospects to Watch (Defense)

Who are the best defensive prospects to keep an eye on in Mobile?

NORTH

1. Desmond King 5'10 203 CB Iowa

- King is the best cornerback prospect in the country. The leader of the Hawkeyes defense that has been solid all year. Not the most explosive athlete out there but is very fundamentally sound in all aspects of the game. A willing tackler as well. Runs the route for the receiver at times. Returned for his senior season even after being projected as a first round pick last year as a junior. He had an inconsistent start to 2016 but returned to form late. Size may be a question for him to answer at the next level.

2. Rasul Douglas 6'1 208 CB West Virginia

- Douglas is possibly the most underrated corner in this year's class. He's the veteran leader of the stingy Mountaineers defense that led the Big 12 in most defensive categories. A tall and lanky corner with plus athleticism. Has shut down nearly every receiver that has dared to face him. Instincts are a major plus. A ball hawking corner that tied for the national lead in interceptions.

3.  Jourdan Lewis 5'10 186 CB  Michigan

- Lewis had the interception of the year against Wisconsin when he pulled off an OBJ like leaping one handed catch to seal the deal for the Wolverines. Athleticism is a huge plus to his game. Can keep up stride for stride against faster receivers without breaking a sweat. Frame, however is a question as he's smaller than most corners. Arguably the most improved prospect at his position. Will be part of the loaded secondary for the North team.

4. Ben Gedeon 6'3 247 ILB Michigan

- Gedeon was the leader of the fearsome Wolverines defense that led the country in some categories. Limited athletically but it will be fun to watch him in the one on one drills with the RB/TE. A very fundamentally sound tackler and football IQ is very good.

5. Ryan Glasgow 6'4 299 DT Michigan

- The younger brother of former Wolverine and Senior Bowl alumni Graham Glasgow. He was the anchor of the defensive line that freed up Taco Charlton and co to go make plays. Does the dirty work. Limited to 4-3 tackle due to frame and scheme. Character and work ethic are a plus. Will be part of a strong Wolverine contingent in Mobile.

6. Steve Tu'ikolovatu 6'1 320 DT USC

- Stevie T was a classic 3-4 nose tackle that had a great 2016 for the Trojans. He had an impact during the Rose Bowl as he did his job ably. Keep an eye on him during the one on ones with the guards and centers. He's a disruptive force to be reckoned with. Could stand add a few more pounds and be a true battleship NT.

Bonus prospect to watch

1. Lorenzo Jerome 6'0 195 S St. Francis (PA) (Shrine Game promotion)

- There's always a small school DB that blows up during these things and Jerome could be that guy this year.

SOUTH

1.  Montravius Adams 6'4 306 DL Auburn

- Adams popped off the screen when I watched current Titan Angelo Blackson during my research. It left me really intrigued coming into 2016. Adams had an outstanding 2016 on top of a good 2015. A five star recruit that has played major reps from day one. Athleticism is very good for a guy his size. Footwork is a plus. Work ethic and character are not a concern. Does the dirty work inside willingly. Position versatile. Improved football IQ. Consistently a bright star amongst a putrid Auburn D (but it has improved somewhat) as a whole.

2. Corn Elder 5'10 180 CB Miami

- No, Elder did not go to Nebraska despite his name. I checked film and everything! Elder was the Hurricanes' best corner and possibly best defender at times. He's a fundamentally sound corner in all facets of defense. The "Elder" statesman of the youthful Canes defense. Elder has seen just about everything that goes into being part of a rebuilding program. Character and work ethic = plus. 180 might be a little too light for some teams' tastes.

3. Josh Carraway 6'4 250 DE TCU

- The latest in a long line of great defensive line prospects from the Horned Frogs factory. He has the athleticism to play both outside linebacker and enough power to slide down to end on certain downs. Frame is ideal to add on more weight as well. Hidden gem of the class as TCU had a "retooling" year.

4. Carlos Watkins 6'3 305 DT Clemson

- Yet another Clemson defensive lineman ready to show out in Mobile. The next great Tigers defensive lineman in the factory. Not the best athlete in the world but gets the job done in steady manner. Knows how to use his size to leverage his lack of athleticism. Projects as a nose tackle in a 3-4 or needs to be paired with a more athletic tackle in a 4-3.

5. Dalvin Tomlinson 6'2 305 DT Alabama

- The unheralded glue guy that keeps the star studded defensive line humming. Tomlinson is having a pretty solid 2016 campaign doing the dirty work inside so his teammates can go make plays. Underrated athlete that's stuck in between the 4-3 DT and 3-4 NT positions. I think he really shines in Mobile now that the spotlight is away from his teammates.

6. Cam Sutton 5'11 186 CB Tennessee

- Is Sutton recovered enough to participate after suffering a season ending injury in midseason? Was in the running for the title of best corner in the country entering 2016 but the injury has dinged his stock a bit. He's a fun guy to scout as he's very fundamentally sound. Medical will be crucial for him.

7. Tre'Davious White 6'0 197 CB LSU

- The best corner in the SEC not wearing an Alabama jersey. White had a breakout 2016 campaign being the main man in the traditionally stout Tigers secondary. He could've gone early in the draft last year but decided to return to school.

8. Eddie Vanderdoes 6'3 325 DT UCLA

- He was one of the best defensive tackles in the country last year before suffering a torn knee ligament late. Had the option of playing offensive tackle early on but chose to play defense instead. Plays angry all the time, which can be both a positive and negative thing. There were several games in 2016 where he got demonstrably upset on the sidelines. Needs to interview well.

9. Ben Boulware 6'0 235 ILB Clemson

- The unquestioned leader of the Tigers defense. He's a bit undersized and limited athletically to play anywhere else other than inside linebacker. Boulware is a tackling machine that had an outstanding playoff career. He plays a little reckless beyond the whistle at times, however. Had some interesting comments defending Christian Wilkins' "groping" of an Ohio State player. Colin McCarthy 2.0.

Bonus prospects to watch

1. Daeshon Hall 6'6 260 DE Texas A&M

- The "other guy" opposite Myles Garrett. A talented DE in his own right.

2. Jordan Willis 6'5 268 DE Kansas State

- Like most KSU teams, very well coached and fundamentally sound.

3. Alex Anzalone 6'3 241 ILB Florida

- Technically classified as a junior but eligible for Senior Bowl due to graduating school provision in the rule book.

4. Ryan "Mr" Anderson 6'2 253 OLB Alabama

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