The Senior Bowl is never short of storylines and takeaways. From the weigh-ins to the interviews to everything happens on the practice field, Mobile, Alabama, is always shows you a few things to carry with you through the draft process.
This year was no different.
With the quarterbacks that were in attendances and the numerous playmakers that were flooding your timelines, this week gave us plenty to ooh and aah about. With a lot to pick from, these are three takeaways from the biggest all-star event of the offseason.
Justin Herbert is Going Top 15
We have to start with the quarterbacks; it always starts with the quarterbacks.
Going into the week the consensus on Justin Herbert was, well, there was no consensus. You could ask 10 different people what they thought of Herbert and you might have been able to get 10 different answers. Some believe in him, some don't and some don't know what to make of him. There are many reasons for this, one being Herbert is quite guy. Many college football fans just didn't know a lot about him. As a west coast player, he didn't get as many casual viewers are players on the East Coast. I also believe some are pegging him as another Marcus Mariota, citing Mariota's failures as a highly touted Oregon quarterback in the NFL.
But Herbert showed he has the ability to hang at the Senior Bowl. He was the best passer start to finish throughout the week, and that is exactly what NFL teams wanted to see. Herbert was also confident when answering the awkward questions regarding him being a "natural introvert." He addressed the concerns with a bit of sass, and then during practices, he was seen celebrating with his wide receivers after big passes.
There was nothing "quiet" about what Herbert did this week. In fact, his name is now louder than ever as a potential top-10 pick.
The Interior O-Line Class Is Not What We Thought
Through the first half of the 2019 college football season, we were talking about players like Tyler Biadasz, Creed Humphrey and even Nick Harris as the top interior offensive linemen in the class who could contend for top-50 selections.
However this week, Biadasz doesn't look the same after having surgery, Humphrey went back to school and Harris looked a bit overpowered, at times. At the top, this class is not what we thought. But that doesn't mean it's time to write it off as weak.
Instead, Damien Lewis and Lloyd Cushenberry III from LSU have emerged as solid options, and players like Matt Hennessy and Robert Hunt could be potential guards at the next level too. The class may not be what we thought it was, but it's just that different names have now made their way to the front.
To Every Team: Draft A Wide Receiver This Year
I don't care if your team has a primary wide receiver need, a secondary wide receiver need or doesn't have a wide receiver sneed at all, every team in the NFL should draft a receiver from this draft class. This class is that good. I might not be ready to say it's "better" than the 2014 class, but I am comfortable saying it is the deepest class I have ever scouted.
Collin Johnson, K.J. Hill, Van Jefferson, Michael Pittman Jr. and Denzel Mims all looked like players who could instantly contribute on NFL team this year; while Tyrie Cleveland, Quartney Davis, Chase Claypool, Antonio Gandy-Golden and James Proche all looked like they had the potential to be contributors too. And those are just the names in Mobile.
From Rounds 1-7, you can find a receiver in this class. The Senior Bowl proved just how deep this class is.