5 Offensive Players to Watch at Senior Bowl

5 Offensive Players to Watch at Senior Bowl


1. TE O.J. Howard, Alabama – South
If there’s a consensus among draft analysts at the Senior Bowl, it’s that Howard is the top player on the field. He caught 45 passes for 595 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2016 and saw steady increases in production in each of his four years. Howard averaged 15.1 yards per reception and was one of three finalists selected for the John Mackey Award, which is given to the top tight end in the country. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Howard graded as a late first-round pick.

2. OL Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky – South
Lamp finished his career having started 51 of out his 53 games at Western Kentucky and did not surrender a sack in his final two seasons in a college uniform. In 2016 he allowed just three pressures, according to his profile on the Senior Bowl’s website. Lamp was graded as one of the five-best offensive tackles in the country in both his junior and senior years, according to Pro Football Focus. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Florida native also caught a touchdown pass and rushed for a score.

3. WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington – North
Kupp appears to be the consensus pick as the top wide receiver playing at the Senior Bowl. He caught 17 touchdowns as a senior and recorded at least 16 touchdowns in each of his four seasons. He is also highly regarded as a kick returner, bringing back three attempts for touchdowns during his career. Kupp also threw two touchdowns and rushed for a score in 2016. CBS projects him to be selected in the second or third round.

4. RB Kareem Hunt, Toledo – North
Hunt rushed for 4,945 yards during his career, a Toledo record and the third-most ever by a MAC player. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry during his career and rushed for 100 yards or more in 28 different games. In four seasons, he fumbled just once and found the end zone 44 times on the ground. Hunt also had success catching the ball out of the backfield, catching 73 passes for 555 yards and a touchdown.

5. WR Amara Darboh, Michigan – North
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound wide receiver caught 57 passes for 862 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016, averaging 15.1 yards per catch. He was a second-team all-Big 10 selection by both the coaches and media. Darboh appeared in 48 games with 28 starts during his time at Michigan. CBS projects him as a third-round pick.


Published at Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:49:24 +0000