With the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl all wrapped up, we are gonna take a look at players who stood out in the three days of practice. How you play in the game is critical, although it’s even more important to succeed in practice. Practice consists of team time, independent drills and
one-on-ones. Some players raised their draft stock, while others didn’t. Today we will be taking a look at five players who tremendously raised their stock in Mobile.
WR Western Michigan
Dwayne Esckridge came into this week with a lot to prove, and he didn’t disappoint. He dominated in the MAC conference this past season. However, with the lack of competition in the MAC, there were still some doubts. Esckridge came down to Mobile and played tremendously well. Esckridge was creating separation in every rep he took, and his hands were flawless with multiple contested catches. He stands smaller at only 5’9, but with his speed I don’t think it will be an issue at the next level.
OT North Dakota State
Dillon Radunz thrived this week in Mobile. Radunz, like Esckridge, is a small school player who had a lot to prove. Many people were curious to see how Radunz would play against better competition. Radunz didn’t back down to the competition. He was excellent in one-on-ones, and played great during team time. The one thing that jumped out to me is how powerful of a blocker he is in the run game. He was driving defenders five yards down field to create holes for his running back. Overall Radunz had a great week and I think moved himself to the first round conversation.
Here is a clip of Radunz dominating Rashad Weaver, a top five pass rusher in this year’s draft. https://twitter.com/ZachHicks2/status/1354454037408710656?s=20
Demetric Felton was another guy who jumped out to me during practice. Felton is a running back who switched to receiver. Needless to say, I think he found a home at wide receiver. Felton was dominant in the one-on-ones, his footwork at the line of scrimmage was some of the best I saw. He was able to stop on a dime, and accelerate in an instant. People questioned his ability to catch the ball because of him being a running back, but he made sure to leave no doubts. Felton had some nice contested catches that helped display his great hands. He won’t play running back at the next level because he is undersized, but I think he will thrive as a receiver at the next level.
Quincy Roche had a very impressive week in Mobile. In my opinion, Roche was the best pass rusher in Mobile. His ability to win with his speed was unmatched and he plays with an intensity that will help him succeed at the next level. Roche was hardly ever stopped in the one-on-ones as he was in the backfield on almost every play. Roche made it look effortless running around the tackles. Not only could he win with his speed,but also he was able to shed blockers with his hands. Roche had multiple reps where he would throw the blocker to his side and sack the quarterback. Overall Roche had a dominant week, he was one of my favorite players to watch, and came out looking like the top rusher in Mobile.
Tre Brown was another player that jumped out to me this week. I wasn’t super high on him coming into the week but he quickly proved me otherwise. Brown played great in the one-on-ones and really stood out. He came out of the week of practice looking like one of the top players, and that’s saying something considering the talent at corner. He’s super fluid in his breaks, and very patient in his press man technique. He’s solid at making a play on the ball with multiple pass break ups in practice. He plays a bit too high in his back pedal, but that’s something that can be coached over time. If he fixes a few things I could see him being a solid starter in the NFL.