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3 Players Who Took Advantage of the Senior Bowl
Three player took advantage of the Reese’s Senior Bowl from beginning to end to elevate their draft stock. These players flashed the ability to help NFL teams as well as fantasy owners. Dynasty owners will want to remember these names as the NFL Draft approaches as they will be names that climb up ADP as rookie drafts approach.
Zay Jones | WR | East Carolina University
Zay Jones was the star of the Senior Bowl game, constantly garnering the attention Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah calling the game. He was targeted eight times catching six balls for 68 yards and a touchdown.
However it was the two catches that did not count that may have been the most impressive. Jones caught a ball in the back of the endzone and it sure looked like he got both feet in bounds. The Senior Bowl does not utilize replay otherwise it would have likely been overturned. He had another touchdown called back because of a penalty at the line of scrimmage.
They keep taking away touchdowns from Zay Jones, but we got the receipts. pic.twitter.com/e81yMGQbvv
— Ryan Mathews (@Ryan_POD) January 28, 2017
Jones showed an impressive ability to consistently get open and adjust to the ball in the air. He wanted to show that he was more than just a volume guy that he appeared to be during his time at East Carolina. During his senior season Jones caught 158 balls for 1,746 yards and 8 touchdowns. These numbers followed up an impressive Junior season catching 98 balls for 1,099 yards and 5 touchdowns.
According to DLF Rookie ADP Jones is 46th player off the board with an ADP of 38. I will be curious to see how that changes when they release February’s ADP. My guess is he becomes a guy that comes off the board in the mid-third and maybe it climbs higher depending on where he lands in the draft.
Josh Reynolds | WR | Texas A&M University
Josh Reynolds was my pick to be the Senior Bowl MVP on the latest Angle of Pursuit podcast. He did not disappoint catching six balls for 96 yards and a touchdown. He constantly got open on routes and would have had more production with better play at quarterback.
— Colin Deaver (@KAGS_Colin) January 28, 2017
Reynolds was another player that took advantage of a strong week of practice to elevate his draft stock. He was a guy that went into Mobile as a guy who would likely be a third day pick to a guy with real day two potential. At 6’ 2.5’ and 187 pounds, Reynolds has the size to excel at the next level.
He is coming off the board in that early to mid fourth round range that Jones is being selected in. Like with Jones I expect Reynolds to have an uptick in his ADP when DLF releases its February data.
Kareem Hunt | RB | Akron Zips
Kareem Hunt was incredibly impressive during Saturday’s Senior Bowl despite coming to Mobile 17 pounds lighter than when he was at Akron. He looked explosive running for 118 yards on 15 carries. He also caught one ball for 11 yards. Hunt was able to carry over a productive week of practice into the game.
Kareem Hunt with a nice run. pic.twitter.com/FdISqthum6
— LJ Chaney (@pacificscouting) January 28, 2017
Hunt showed the skills to be a true three down back displaying both skills on the ground and via the pass. He gave me a very similar feeling I had watching Kenneth Dixon a year ago. Depending on landing spot, there is a chance he makes an impact in the 2017 season.
Hunt is a guy that is coming off the board in the mid to late second. An impressive Senior Bowl locked in his value at this point. He will be a player that will see his ADP swing depending on where he is selected in April’s draft.
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