The reality is pro scouts aren't going to put a ton of stock into today's Senior Bowl game. A restricted exhibition game isn't going to sway anyone's firm opinion of a player. But when the performance serves as the exclamation point of a bad week of practice, it's a hard pill to swallow.
So which players capped their poor weeks with poor performances? Here are five prospects who I wished I'd have seen more from in today's game.
5. CB Kris Boyd, Texas
Boyd was pretty bad all week after a disappointing 2018 season. The game was no exception. We saw three yellow hankies on the field courtesy of Boyd within just the first few minutes of the ballgame. Boyd was flagged for DPI and defensive holding, further enhancing his tendencies to panic when he's got his back to the football.
Boyd's bad week actually started with an underwhelming weigh-in, he's lost his appeal as a "big corner" due to being much smaller than he was billed. And now? With the game serving as the last impression in pads for Boyd, I don't see much of an avenue to rebound.
4. QB Gardner Minshew, Washington State
Minshew was...okay this week. He was fairly steady but unspectacular, missing some throws and showing better zip than you'd expect for an undersized guy. But in today's game, Minshew had the worst series of possessions out of a horrid group of 1st-half passers.
Minshew finished 1-for-8, passing for 4 yards on the day. It could have been worse. Minshew got lucky avoiding an interception and didn't really have any chemistry with his receivers. That won't help to alleviate concerns on film: primarily that he finds targets late and isn't very good in timing concepts.
3. DL Zach Allen, Boston College
Allen, like Kris Boyd, had a frustrating week all together. Allen, unlike Kris Boyd, had a great season in 2018. But the game isn't going to help me reconcile the differences between Allen's film and his Senior Bowl.
Allen had a brain fart early on, getting called for shoving Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham out of bounds on a roughing the passer. And when he wasn't getting flagged, he was pretty invisible...as in he couldn't find a lot of real estate to create pressure. Allen had clamps put on him most of the week, too. So now I'm less certain there's a clean projection for Allen's game than I was just a few days ago.
Time to seek out those telling reps on the tape.
2. OG Javon Patterson, Ole Miss
Patterson fits into the Kris Boyd model: he struggled in this setting. And Western Illinois DT Khalen Saunders put a whoopin' on him in today's game, forcing a whiff in protection. The end result? Patterson looked like a human turnstile in chasing Saunders into the backfield.
Patterson is going to have to find a different way to inspire teams throughout the rest of the pre-draft process, as he's likely heading home from this week's showing with a bad taste in his mouth.
1. TE Caleb Wilson, UCLA
Wilson was a last minute addition to this year's Senior Bowl, showing up on Thursday and only having two chances to impress scouts: one day of practice and the game. Not ideal, considering Wilson had a fumble this afternoon and looked pretty stiff and lethargic on his routes.
Wilson's perception as a player is going to be tied closely to his performance in the pre-draft process: it's a fully stocked group of tight ends and Wilson doesn't have a ton of great tape to stand on.
So a fairly routine tackle turning into a fumble isn't an ideal way to start his efforts to separate from the pack.