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2019 Senior Bowl: Game Time, TV Info, Open Thread

NCAA Football: Senior Bowl Practice-South John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The 70th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl kicks off on Saturday from Mobile, Alabama, with its players hoping to build on the past week of practice in a live game setting in front of NFL scouts, coaches, and GMs.

TV Info

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Game start: 2:30pm EST / 1:30pm CST

Broadcast: NFL Network

Venue: Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama

Titans Connections

I touched on the importance of the college all-star circuit to Titans’ general manager Jon Robinson’s scouting process in my 2019 East-West Shrine Game preview last week.

Here’s the list once again of Robinson’s selections from past Senior Bowls.

Tennessee Titans Senior Bowl Alumni

  • Austin Johnson, 2016
  • Kevin Byard, 2016
  • Tajae Sharpe, 2016 (invited but did not play due to injury)
  • Sebastian Tretola, 2016
  • Taywan Taylor, 2017
  • Jonnu Smith, 2017
  • Luke Falk, 2018

The Titans have another important connection to the Senior Bowl outside of the players. In March of 2018, Jon Robinson hired Patrick Woo as a Titans’ scouting assistant. Woo had served as a Scouting Coordinator for the Reese’s Senior Bowl from 2014 to 2018, presumably scouting prospective invitees.

You better believe the Senior Bowl will be an important date circled on the Titans’ scouting calendar.

The Players

Over 100 players from around the country, divided into two teams based regionally on where they played their college ball, have gathered in Mobile for the 2019 Senior Bowl.

Here’s the full roster for the North team, and right here you can find the full South team roster.

A few key players I’ll be watching closely in this game based on the Titans’ needs:

Deebo Samuel, Wide Receiver, South Carolina —

Perhaps no single player was more dominant in the past week of practice than South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel. With a strong build and lightning-fast quickness, Samuel checks all the boxes and may wind up in the conversation for WR1 by the time the draft rolls around. His ability to line up in the slot or out wide is valuable, and he catches everything thrown in his vicinity. Samuel will be wearing #1 for the South team, and he’s already #1 in our hearts (ask Mike about Deebo).

Garrett Bradbury, Center, North Carolina State -

Garrett Bradbury is my favorite offensive lineman in this class. He was listed by countless sources as a “winner” in every day of practice this week, and his tape from North Carolina State supports his performance thus far in Mobile. His biggest strength is his athleticism; he profiles as an ideal fit for a zone blocking scheme.

As a converted tight end, Bradbury still needs to work on his anchor in pass protection, but his ability to reach defensive linemen to open up holes in the run game could make the Rimington Trophy winner a first-round pick by April. Bradbury will be #65 for the North squad (ask SuperHorn about Bradbury).

Montez Sweat, Defensive End, Mississippi State -

Recently mocked to the Titans by Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox, Montez Sweat may have played his way into top-ten consideration with his dominant showings in practice. Showing off his length and power, Sweat was an unblockable force all week. If he’s still in the Titans’ range after the Senior Bowl, he would make a great power compliment across from Harold Landry’s speed. Look for Sweat wearing #9 for the South team.

There are a handful of others receivers I’m also interested to see play in this game, particularly David Sills (WVU), Andy Isabella (UMass), Alex Wesley (Northern Colorado), and Terry McLaurin (Ohio State).

There are some intriguing interior defensive line prospects, too, such as Daylon Mack (Texas A&M), who got the call up from the Shrine Game last week, Renell Wren (Arizona State), Khalen Saunders (Western Illinois) — who can easily do a backflip at 320 pounds — and Isaiah Buggs from Alabama.

Other interior offensive linemen to watch include Chris Lindstrom (Boston College), Michael Deiter (Wisconsin), Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi State), and Nate Davis (Charlotte). There’s also a lot of buzz surrounding Dalton Risner, who mostly lined up at tackle for Kansas State but may have the ability to play all five positions on the line at a high level (and he hasn’t given up a sack since the 2016 season).

A few more EDGE guys to keep an eye on are Charles Omenihu (Hook ‘Em), , Carl Granderson (Wyoming), and the NCAA’s record holder for career sacks, Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech).

Of course the quarterbacks are always interesting, but the quarterback class is weak overall in 2019. Many in Mobile were not impressed with this year’s crop. Even so, multiple guys in the Senior Bowl could end up as first-round picks, like Duke’s Daniel Jones or Missouri’s Drew Lock.

Interestingly, there are a few QB-WR duos who played together in college: the North has Ryan Finley and Jakobi Meyers (NC State), while the South has Tyree Jackson and Anthony Johnson (Buffalo). West Virginia QB Will Grier on the South team actually has two college receivers to throw to in David Sills and Gary Jennings.

The Practices

As I mentioned, each of the two teams held practices on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, consisting of individual drills, one-on-ones and other competition drills, as well as team practice periods, after the weigh-ins, measurements, and media appearances took place on Monday.

Here’s a bunch of practice recaps from The Draft Network and if you’re interested in catching up on the week-long scouting event (unfortunately due to weather, the Day Two practice was moved inside and general media were not able to view this session):

The Game

The Senior Bowl is the most significant scouting even between now and the NFL combine. This college all-star game is another chance for draft hopefuls to impress NFL scouts, although college seniors and graduated juniors are the only prospects eligible to participate.

Stand-out alumni of past Senior Bowls include Von Miller, Aaron Donald, Russell Wilson, and Zack Martin, among many others. Just last year, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen turned heads on their road to becoming top 10 selections in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Who will turn heads this year?

Find out today, and use this thread to discuss the game...