Perfect Senior Bowl Prospect For Every NFL Team

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The Senior Bowl is loaded with talent and nearly every NFL scout, executive and coach has eyes on the crop of talent in Mobile this week. With 114 prospects in town, which one should each team be lasered in on? Let's examine the perfect match for every team.

AFC South

Indianapolis Colts - Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

After Malik Hooker, there are questions about long-term forecast at the safety spot opposite of him. A converted cornerback, Thornhill is an interchangeable defensive back with the upside to lineup in multiple positions. His features sharp processing skills and a nose for the football that would nicely complement Hooker.

Tennessee Titans - Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston

The Titans have plenty of ''names'' at the cornerback position, but the group collectively underperformed last season. With a clear need to add competition and upside to the group, Johnson would be a wise target for the Titans to consider. A converted wide receiver, Johnson features exceptional length and movement skills. While he needs to develop further, he would challenge the depth initially while offering considerable upside to become a starter.

Jacksonsville Jaguars - Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State

Jacksonville is taking a new course at the quarterback position and that new guy would love to have a prospect like Raymond in the arsenal of weapons. A seam-busting tight end with terrific run after catch skills, Raymond would add a much-needed dimension to the office. With the offensive identity supposed to be the power running game in Jacksonville, having Raymond on the field as a target in the play-action game would be exciting.

Houston Texans - Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Someone get Brian Gaine a sticky note that reads "offensive line no matter what". Watching Deshaun Watson get hit so frequently is becoming Russell Wilson-eque and he deserves better pass protection. In Dillard, Houston would get a smooth operator with good length that serves as a strong foundation for an NFL offensive tackle. He needs to get stronger but his pass blocking upside is considerably high.

AFC East

New England Patriots - Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas

This one makes a lot of sense to me. New England needs edge defenders and they love guys with length. Omenihu checked in with over 36-inch arms and tallied 18 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks as a senior. Omenihu features a loaded toolbox of traits and improved every season at Texas.

Buffalo Bills - Ben Powers, G, Oklahoma

The loss of Eric Wood and Richie Incognito was felt heavily last season and Buffalo has a host of free agent decisions to make with its offensive line. A 35-game starter for Oklahoma, Powers is a people-move in the run game and features a stout anchor in pass protection. That's what Buffalo needs on the interior.

Miami Dolphins - Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

The Dolphins offense has been limited by inept interior offensive line play for several seasons and Lindstrom would be an outstanding addition to begin shoring things up. A four-year starter for BC, Lindstrom is a standout run blocker both in drive blocking situations and on the move. He has experience playing tackle which lends itself favorably to mirroring interior pass rushers.

New York Jets - Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

Sam Darnold thrived with timing and rhythm throws and Samuel is the type of wide receiver that knows how to uncover quickly. Samuel's rapid footwork, attention to detail and ability to sell his route breaks to create separation would be a welcome addition to the Jets offense. Samuel is a three-level threat with good ball skills and a surprisingly excellent above-the-rim game for his size.

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers - Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico State

The Steelers defense needs help on the second level and Hanks is the type of developmental prospect worth investing in that offers a high ceiling. A converted safety, Hanks has work to do in terms of play recognition skills but his mobility and physicality is exactly what the NFL is looking for in off-ball linebackers.

Cincinnati Bengals - Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

The Bengals made strides with its offensive line last offseason but there is still more work to be done. Risner is a powerful blocker that illustrates great technique and is always square to blocks. He is an experienced starter that provides position flexibility to fit wherever Cincy would need him most. He has plug-and-play upside.

Cleveland Browns - Renell Wren, DL, Arizona State

There is a lot of exciting young talent on Cleveland's defensive line but a running mate alongside Larry Ogunjobi needs to be identified. Wren isn't a polished player and often looks like a bull in a China shop on the field. That said, his traits are exciting. His blend of power, size, quickness and motor serve as a strong foundation to develop from.

Baltimore Ravens - Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

The weaponry at wide receiver around Lamar Jackson figures to look quite different next season and an infusion of young talent is needed. While Jackson is still developing his ability to process coverage and hit throws with anticipation, adding a guy with the separation skills of Isabella would be perfect. He isn't the biggest receiver, but I have little doubt Isabella won't be a great separator in the NFL and make life easier for his quarterback.

AFC West

Los Angeles Chargers - Demarcus Christmas, DL, Florida State

With pending contract decisions to be made over the next two seasons regarding Brandon Mebane and Corey Liuget, new pieces figure to be added to the mix starting this offseason. While Christmas doesn't offer much in terms of pass rushing ability, he is a tank against the run and an unselfish player. His reliability to maintain his run fits and keep the second-level clean helps the entire defensive unit become more stout.

Kansas City Chiefs - Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

The Chiefs’ offense is really exciting but the defense... not so much. The Chiefs’ pass defense has been suspect this season and reinforcements are needed on the back end in Kansas City. Versatile enough to play at a high level in any coverage technique, Oruwariye has impressive length, strength, body control and ball skills.

Denver Broncos - Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

There has been some buzz about this Lock to Denver fit and I can get behind it. Lock has impressive tools in terms of arm strength and athletic ability, while he took major strides in a progression-style offense as a senior. Lock has an intriguing skill set with upside to get better and Denver just might be the place for that to come together.

Oakland Raiders - Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

The Raiders need for a pass rusher is among the greatest of any in the league. With 22 sacks over the last two seasons in the SEC, Sweat can be of assistance. Sweat illustrates good vision, length, power, hand usage and a variety of counters to win as a pass rusher.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys - Dontavius Russell, DL, Auburn

The defensive identity of the Dallas Cowboys for years to come figures to be its dynamic duo of Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith at linebacker. In order for those dudes to continue emerging as stars, making sure they are kept clean by stout defensive lineman will be important. I am not crazy about the current DT situation in Dallas which could be upgraded with a powerful guy like Russell. He may not be the most explosive, but his anchor is among the most stout in the class.

Philadelphia Eagles - David Sills, WR, West Virginia

The Eagles have enjoyed plucking prospects from the West Virginia pipeline and Sills would be the next Mountaineer that makes a lot of sense. Adding a vertical threat with ball skills and contested catch ability would improve the Eagles offensive spacing tremendously and allow Alshon Jeffrey to function more in the intermediate areas.

Washington Redskins - Jakobi Meyers, WR, NC State

With Josh Doctson essentially a bust, Washington's work to build its receiving corps remains incomplete. A converted quarterback, Meyers is surprisingly nuanced with his route running, ball skills and ability to win in contested situations. I like his ability to move the chains and as a big slot in the NFL.

New York Giants - Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma

There is so much to love about the offensive weapons the Giants feature, with explosive playmakers at running back, wide receiver and tight end. With that said, the offensive line is still a work in progress and Samia is a guy that blends power and mobility to provide an exciting skill set. In many ways, he is not unlike Will Hernandez and could pair with him to provide New York with a talented young pairing to solidify things up front.

NFC South

Carolina Panthers - Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

I’m not saying Adderley is a top-10 player in this class, but I am saying film is among the ten best players I will study for the 2019 NFL Draft. He is outstanding and executes at a high level. His range, ball skills, coverage awareness, processing skills, physicality and tackling ability are all plus traits. Adderley checks a lot of boxes and does so emphatically. He was an absolute joy to study on film and is a first-round safety all day long, assuming he tests where I believe he will. The Panthers need to get younger and more versatile at safety and Adderley immediately does that.

New Orleans Saints - Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

Stidham needs work and isn't the slam dunk replacement for Drew Brees when he decides to hang up his cleats. With that said, there is a lot to like about Stidham reaching his ceiling with the Saints. When things are on schedule and there is not pressure, Stidham does some pretty things in terms of mechanics and ball placement. He needs work in terms of working progressions and handling pressure but working with Sean Peyton could be a nice marriage to get the most out of him.

Atlanta Falcons - Keke Kingsley, DT, Texas A&M

Whether Grady Jarrett is brought back or not, Atlanta needs to improve its defensive tackle depth and Kingsley is an intriguing prospect. He flashes good hand usage but what really pops is his rare flexibility to corner edges for his size. Kinglsley needs work, but offers good pass rushing upside and the ability to penetrate the line of scrimmage.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Beau Benzschawel, OL, Wisconsin

I am really excited about Bruce Arians being the next head coach of the Bucs. With that said, he is going to need upgrades along the offensive line for that vertical passing game to work. Benzschawel is a 49-game starter with a Wisconsin offensive line pedigree. A two-time All-American, Benzschawel has the experience to challenge for a starting gig right away on the interior.

NFC North

Green Bay Packers - Michael Deiter, G, Wisconsin

The depth of Green Bay’s offensive line has been stressed recently and there’s currently a massive need for an upgrade at right guard. A 54-game starter, Deiter is a ridiculously experienced offensive lineman from the Badger talent pipeline. He has started at least 14 games at center, guard and tackle making him one of the most versatile offensive lineman I have ever scouted. He's ready to step in and start right away.

Minnesota Vikings - Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State

The Vikings are in search of zone-blocking interior offensive lineman and Bradbury might be the best one in the class. He shows advanced technique for a tight end convert, but his lateral mobility that leads to hitting reach blocks on three techniques is unbelievable. I love his range and ability to work in space. And while he isn’t the most powerful blocker, he has a knack for finding leverage points on defenders and creating movement.

Chicago Bears - Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

Bears fans will have a while to wait on draft day to see their team make a pick but if Ya-Sin is there for the taking in the third round then the wait will be worth it. He is a physical corner with impressive man coverage skills that really popped in his final season at Temple. There are some question marks at the corner position for Chicago and Ya-Sin can provide some answers.

Detroit Lions - Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa

The Lions defensive end situation figures to look quite different next season and I can see Nelson as a potential Day 2 target for Detroit. He has the lack and inside/outside pass rushing upside Matt Patricia prefers with a surprising amount of flexibility for a man of his stature.

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks - Byron Cowart, DL, Maryland

The Seahawks are a difficult team to project players to, but we do know that they love freaky athletes with high ceilings. The former No. 1 overall high school recruit, Cowart has a loaded toolbox of traits that just weren't developed well enough in college. That said, he showed flashes as a senior and could be Seattle's next defensive line target to groom.

Arizona Cardinals - Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson

The Cardinals must prioritize building up the offensive line and skill position players around Josh Rosen this offseason and I can see Renfrow being a great fit. Renfrow won't impress anyone physically but his route running savvy and hands are exceptional. A reliable target like Renfrow to work the underneath areas of the field would be great for Rosen.

San Francisco 49ers - Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

San Francisco needs pass rush. Well how about the NCAA's all-time leader in sacks? There are flashes of dominance on tape from Ferguson and he has good rush variety in how he wins. He needs to develop his vision and his athletic ability is modest, but he could be a Day 2 steal if he can evolve and improve as a player.

Los Angeles Rams - John Cominsky, DL, Charleston

Cominsky is a wonderful story of a quarterback turned defensive lineman who has blossomed into one of the nation's top senior defensive line prospects. He has inside/outside pass rush upside and LA could be the perfect landing spot for him to continue evolving and maximize his potential. LA's roster of talented players will lead to some difficult business decisions in the future so adding talent to premium positions is critical. Cominsky could be a steal.

 

Written By:

Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.

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