TDN Staff: Senior Bowl WR Superlatives

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With the 2019 Reese's Senior Bowl less than two weeks away, the TDN staff is hard at work studying tape for the upcoming event. As a result, we're able to compile our annual (we did it last year at NDT) Senior Bowl Superlatives pieces on every position group.

Today, we dive into the wide receiver class, with each evaluator offering their take on which wide receiver is their top guy coming into the week, who has the most to prove and who is the sleeper out of the group. Here's the squad:

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Emanuel Hall, Missouri

Andy Isabella, UMASS

Jalen Hurd, Baylor

Terry McLaurin, Ohio State

Jakobi Meyers, NC State

Anthony Johnson, Buffalo

Tyre Brady, Marshall

Travis Fulgham, Old Dominion

Hunter Renfrow, Clemson

David Sills, WVU

Jaylen Smith, Louisville

Alex Wesley, Northern Colorado

Keelan Doss, UC Davis


Other Senior Bowl Positional Superlatives

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Sikkema

Top Prospect: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

I'm not even Samuel's biggest fan, but I can say with confidence that I think he's the most talented wide receiver at the Senior Bowl this year. Samuel is a guy who can play variety of spot on the offense, so how they use him and where he succeeds best will be telling.

Most to Prove: Jalen Hurd, Baylor

Hurd, the former Volunteers running back who transitioned to wide receiver after transferring, definitely has the most to prove. In his lone season at receiver, Hurd caught 69 passes for 946 yards with four touchdowns. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Hurd has the frame and the strength to be a big body wide out. Can he prove it at the Senior Bowl?

Sleeper: Terry McLaurin, Ohio State

We know the Senior Bowl staff went after fellow Ohio State Paris Campbell, but just because McLaurin was the Buckeye they got instead doesn't mean they were settling much. I've heard really good things about how the NFL and the Senior Bowl staff views McLaurin going into Mobile. I am very interested to see how they use him.

Ledyard

Top Prospect: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

I couldn't be different on this one, much as I wanted to be. Deebo is my top wideout at the Senior Bowl, and could help himself a ton with a great week. His speed and ability to win at the catch point as a shorter receiver will be what I'm looking at closely. Could his stock get resurrected a bit if he dominates?

Most to Prove: Emanuel Hall, Missouri

Speedy receivers with size almost always have more to gain than other players in their position group when it comes to showing all-around skills on the football field. Hall is a field-stretcher with above-average ball skills, but he ran a simple route tree until this year, and then he missed a lot of time injured. Can he show dynamic traits against press coverage and in contested catch spots? Can he cut down on the drops that plagued him in college?

Sleeper: Travis Fulgham, Old Dominion

I also love Jakobi Meyers as a sleeper, but since Joe picked him I'll go with Fulgham. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Fulgham has the size and toughness to match Power 5 cornerbacks and put on a show. He's a polished and a ferocious blocker. If he can show enough athleticism, he could rise through the pre-draft process.

Marino

Top Prospect: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Somewhere inside of Deebo is the player we saw in 2016 that only flashed in 2018 after missing most of 2017. I love how Samuel competes in every aspect of his game. He is a smooth route runner that can uncover quickly but also showcases exciting ball skills. Despite not being overly athletic, he is a dynamic playmaker.

Most to Prove: Jalen Hurd, Baylor

From Tennessee Vols running back to a receiver at Baylor, Hurd has taken an interesting path but there is plenty of intrigue about what he can be at the next level. Continuing to showcase his ability at wide receiver in a stripped down setting like the Senior Bowl can be big for his draft stock.

Sleeper: Jakobi Meyers, NC State

Don’t look now but Meyers just broke Torry Holt’s school-record for receptions in a season. Recruited as a quarterback, Meyers switched to wide receiver just prior to the 2016 season opener and has blossomed into a legit NFL prospect. He makes some circus catches and illustrates exciting body control.

Crabbs

Top Prospect: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Samuel is a potent athlete who should thrive in this atmosphere. His short area quickness will enable him to put quite a few defensive backs in the blender at the Senior Bowl practices, where space is ample and there's a lot of time spent in isolation. Samuel's big to do for the week? Stay healthy.

Most to Prove: Anthony Johnson, Buffalo

A volume receiver at Buffalo, Johnson has his fans. But while he's very good in body control and working the boundary, what kind of separation can he produce? I don't have a confidence answer there just yet, but the Senior Bowl setting figures to provide some answers.

Sleeper: Tyre Brady, Marshall

Brady first played at the University of Miami, but has spent the last two seasons in rural West Virginia catching his passes for Marshall. In two seasons, he's logged 1,944 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Herd...he can put up some really nice numbers and he's got attractive size at 6-foot-3, 206 pounds.