The 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl is under way, and several players can help their draft stock with a good week of practice in Mobile, Ala. The Senior Bowl is the premier postseason college all-star game, and gives its invited players a valuable opportunity to prove themselves in front of scouts and league executives during the week of practice leading up to the game on Saturday. For some players, this week will simply be about shedding labels, for others, it will be about proving they have NFL-caliber talent, and for all of them, it will be about trying to move up in the draft and make more money on their rookie contracts.
Here is a look at five players who have the most to gain during Senior Bowl week in Mobile.
1. Garrett Grayson, quarterback, Colorado State
Grayson can make the race for the third quarterback slot in this year’s draft even more confusing with a good week in Mobile. The former Colorado State signal caller has above average arm strength and accuracy, throws the ball well on the move, and has the mobility extend plays with his feet. Early reports have indicated that Grayson has been throwing the ball better than every other quarterback in Mobile through the first two days of practice.
2. Clive Walford, tight end, Miami
With a good week of practice, Walford has a chance to overtake Maxx Williams of Minnesota as the top tight end in this draft class. Walford has already proven his worth as a receiver, but if he can prove that he has the blocking ability of a true three-down tight end, he could sneak his way into the first round this year’s draft.
3. Josh Shaw, defensive back, USC
Shaw was considered a first-round talent heading into the 2014 season. That was before the hoax regarding his preseason ankle injury. He has excellent size for a cornerback, and the versatility to also play safety. What may be the most important thing for him, however, will be transparency, accountability, and honesty in his interviews with teams.
4. Bryce Petty, quarterback, Baylor
Petty has a chance to not only shed the “system-quarterback” image that comes with playing quarterback at Baylor, but he also has the opportunity to separate himself from the pack in the race for the third quarterback spot in the 2015 NFL Draft.
5. Nick Marshall, defensive back, Auburn
Marshall is making the switch from college quarterback to NFL defensive back, and with a good showing in Mobile, he will more than likely hear his name called during the NFL Draft this May. Early reports out of Senior Bowl practices are saying that Marshall has displayed impressive footwork in his work as a cornerback, and scouts have been raving about his competitive streak.