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Max Duggan
NFL Draft

Senior Bowl 2023: Get To Know Max Duggan

  • Justin Melo
  • January 17, 2023
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The 2023 Senior Bowl will provide an opportunity for NFL draft prospects to prove themselves on the largest pre-draft stage. TCU quarterback Max Duggan plans on taking full advantage. Duggan recently spoke exclusively with the Senior Bowl and Draft Network to discuss his motivation for accepting his invitation to compete in Mobile, Alabama.

Duggan may be the Senior Bowl’s most intriguing talent. Bagent also discussed what he’s striving to prove to NFL general managers and scouts in attendance at the Senior Bowl, his approach to playing quarterback, and more. Let’s get to know Max Duggan a little better.

JM: Where were you when you found out about your Senior Bowl invite and what was your initial reaction like?

Max Duggan: I was actually up at our facilities when I received my invite. I was super excited. I grew up watching the Senior Bowl. I’m familiar with the high level of competition that’s scheduled to be in attendance. I’m well aware of what attending the Senior Bowl has done for players in the past. There’s a ton of opportunity for both personal and professional development. I’m super excited for the Senior Bowl.

JM: Building on that, what was your motivation for accepting the Senior Bowl’s offer?

Max Duggan: I wanted to accept their offer to get in front of scouts and coaches. I’ve seen what the Senior Bowl has done to develop players in recent years. I’m excited to compete against some of the best players in the country. That was a massive motivating factor for me.

JM: What are you looking to prove to NFL general managers, coaching staffs, and scouts in attendance in Mobile?

Max Duggan: I want to display my skill set first and foremost. It’s an excellent setting for me to display the type of leader I am at the quarterback position. I want to get to know them [coaches and scouts] while affording them opportunities to get to know me as well. Above all, I want to be around those guys. There are a ton of on-field and off-field opportunities at the Senior Bowl.

JM: Quarterbacks always have a ton to gain at the Senior Bowl. You could seriously improve your draft stock with a strong performance. Does that alter your approach or mindset at all?

Max Duggan: No, I wouldn’t say it changes anything for me. I plan to be myself. It’s a great opportunity for me to be me. Everybody that’s playing in the game will get an opportunity to have the nation’s eyes on you. Being yourself and being genuine is the most important thing. That’s how I’m going into this.

JM: What an incredible season it was for you, despite the difficult ending. Most would agree this season was overwhelmingly successful for Max Duggan and TCU. How do you reflect on it?

Max Duggan: It was a great year, but obviously it didn’t end the way we wanted it to. That last one [National Championship defeat to Georgia] didn’t go the way we wanted it to. I was blessed to be around a bunch of great guys and coaching staff. We were able to fight through a ton of adversity. We went through some ups and downs but still managed to string together a memorable season. We’ll never forget it.

JM: You threw for career-highs in touchdowns (32) and yards (3,698) this season. You looked at home in Sonny Dykes’ system. Tell me about the chemistry you managed to capture with coach Dykes and his scheme.

Max Duggan: I think we made an awesome pairing. Coach Dykes has had a ton of success with quarterbacks and offense in general. He puts a ton of confidence in his players to make plays. He encouraged us to be ourselves. He encouraged us to play loose and free. I think that was the best thing for us. It allowed us to play with confidence. That’s why we had such a great season offensively.

JM: What sort of responsibilities did you have at the line of scrimmage?

Max Duggan: It depended on the scheme. Coach Dykes and [former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks] coach Riley allowed me to have a lot of freedom and leverage at the line of scrimmage. I had the opportunity to check things and get us into looks I considered to be more favorable. I was able to slide protections and whatnot.

Whether I was getting two plays from the sidelines and had to dissect coverages and leverages to get us into the best look, or just dictating the looks I wanted, I was afforded a ton of opportunities and freedom. They trusted me to be me and to put us in the right spots.

JM: As a quarterback that had a ton of freedom within the offense, how do you balance being aggressive with taking what the defense gives you?

Max Duggan: You have to be smart first and foremost. You have to mature as a quarterback and player as the years go by. You understand that you’re basically an extension of the coaching staff out there. You want to put the team in the best spots to be successful. You want to be aggressive, but you don’t want to be reckless. You have to walk a fine line between them.

JM: That’s terrific stuff. What can you accomplish at the Senior Bowl that you can’t at other pre-draft events?

Max Duggan: I think all of the eyes and opportunities at the Senior Bowl make it a truly unique pre-draft event. You’re going through the process with hands-on learning from coaches and scouts. You’re meeting with general managers. A lot of these decision-makers have been around the Senior Bowl for a long time. They know what they’re looking for. I’m excited to see all of those people in person. It’s extremely valuable.

JM: Is there a player in the NFL you’re looking forward to eventually swapping jerseys with?

Max Duggan: There’s a ton of them. There are probably too many for me to name in all honesty (laughs). Anytime you get an opportunity to compete against one of the greats, guys that have been playing in this league for a long time, you have to take advantage of those opportunities. I look forward to those special moments.

JM: What does a successful Senior Bowl week look like for Max Duggan at the conclusion of the week?

Max Duggan: It looks like me getting out there and soaking it all up. I’m excited to meet all of the NFL personnel that’s scheduled to be in attendance. I’m excited to put my skill set on display in front of the coaches, scouts, and general managers.

I’m looking forward to playing a great Senior Bowl game. I’m going to showcase the type of quarterback and person I am.

View Duggan’s full scouting report here.

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Justin Melo