The Senior Bowl is the Super Bowl for NFL coaches and scouts. This week, the NFL finally had a chance to see how these players act around a group of top talents with the Scouting Combine less than a month away. Many players will rise and fall based on this week's practices and today's game.
Will the Senior Bowl help or hinder prospects? Anything could happen as these seniors want to impress their potential employers.
With so many players to highlight during this week, I've got six seniors that the Rams should keep their eyes on.
Carson Wentz (QB, North Dakota St.)
Wentz has become the most popular QB not only in the Senior Bowl but perhaps also in the NFL Draft. After meeting with teams this week and displaying his skillset, it appears the small-school prospect will not only land in the top-10. It stands to chance that he could be the first QB drafted. Wentz has the athleticism, arm talent, and build of a franchise QB, if the Rams want to draft Wentz, the team has some wheeling and dealing to do.
Braxton Miller (WR/QB, Ohio St.)
Coming into the Senior Bowl, Miller was just another interesting former QB now playing receiver. Miller was viewed as a high upside athlete, which makes sense since Miller only has 26 catches to his name. The former Ohio State QB was raw as receiver in 2015. Were it not for the athleticism, he would not have been thought about. During Senior Bowl week, Miller has looked like the most impressive receiver during practices. Miller has a quick twitch to combine with speed out of his breaks.
Reggie Ragland (LB, Alabama)
Ragland has experience dropping back into coverage, playing the run, and even rushing as a down lineman. Ragland has 97 tackles with 56 of them being solo tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and seven pass deflections. Ragland decided to show teams that he is versatile and can rush the passer moving from inside linebackers, his position at Alabama, to OLB this week. There have been mixed opinions on his performance, so he will be an interesting player to watch.
Jack Allen (C, Michigan St.)
The fifth-year center has been a standout during practices for the Senior Bowl. Allen appears to be the prospect that the Rams thought Barrett Jones was a few years ago. Allen is a smart center that is not the strongest guy, but he has the brains to handle the position. Allen does a good job when it comes to pass blocking and is a solid run blocker. He has room to develop, so it will be interesting to see if this week will help make Allen the first center drafted.
Aaron Burbridge (WR, Michigan St.)
Burbridge is an interesting prospect. Without elite speed or elusiveness and and average build at best at 6' tall with 8" hands, Burbridge is interesting for his solid route-running ability and his knack for impressive catches.
Sterling Shepard (WR, Oklahoma)
Shepard has been noted as being the best WR in the Senior Bowl, which is not a surprise based on his impressive college tape. The biggest knock on the senior receiver is the fact that his height is below average by NFL standards at just 5'10". On the field, Shepard is a playmaker, running good routes and continually showing that he can make the big catch. Shepard will more than likely make his living in the slot where his quickness can be utilized in the middle of the field.