2021 Senior Bowl | Top players on roster


MOBILE, Ala. — The 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl will understandably have a different flavor this year. The media will be limited to a certain degree regarding interaction with players, personnel members and staff. The one-on-one conversations and the connections gained about the week may not be as prevalent compared to usual.

However, one thing remains constant: The rosters are loaded with talent.

In a mission to recruit the best talent with notable buzz coming from NFL front offices and scouting departments, Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy enters his third year with maybe his best roster yet.

During his two-year stint of taking over operations, 186 players that participated in the Senior Bowl have been drafted with 80 being selected within the first three rounds. That marks the best two-year draft record in the event’s 72-year history.

Headlined by a handful of Alabama offensive linemen, productive college quarterbacks and some promising non-FBS prospects, it seems that Nagy and company will continue to extend their impressive draft record.

A quick look at the top players at the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl*

Top QB: Mac Jones, Alabama

Consistent passer with requisite size and arm strength. Accurate deep ball thrower with understanding of coverages at all areas of the field. 

Next in line: Jamie Newman, Wake Forest/Georgia

Top RB: Najee Harris, Alabama

Physical specimen with above average vision. Impressive acceleration with athleticism to make any cut or football move. Best receiving running back in the class.

Next in line: Michael Carter, North Carolina

Top WR: Kadarius Toney, Florida

Maybe the best short area quickness/explosiveness in the class, regardless of position. Consistent performer in space and can make anything happen with the ball in his hands.

Next in line: Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

Top TE: Hunter Long, Boston College

Smooth route runner with understanding of coverages. Thirty-four percent of his career receptions accounted for more than 15 yards.

Next in line: Kenny Yeboah, Ole Miss

Top IOL: Trey Smith, Tennessee

Burly built player with pop and tremendous upper body power. Inconsistent 2020 season but has the physical attractiveness in the run game and calm pass blocking skillset.

Next in line: Deonte Brown, Alabama

Top OT: Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

Smooth kick with above average strength. Moves well in space and plays calm versus speed. Length to play tackle.

Next in line: Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State

Top DL: Levi Onwuzurike, Washington

Mostly always the first one off the line. Accompanies quickness with hand usage and appropriate pad level.

Next in line: Marvin Wilson, Florida State

Top EDGE: Patrick Jones II, Pittsburgh

Attractive first step quickness with acceleration to attack the pocket. Shows flexibility and bend to consistently corner his matchup.

Next in line: Quincy Roche, Miami

Top LB: Baron Browning, Ohio State

Sideline to sideline speed with ability to quickly unlock hips and attack. Plays well at the point of attack.

Next in line: Chazz Surratt, North Carolina

Top SAF: Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State

Will be used as a chess piece in the secondary. Good height-weight threshold to provide versatility. Downhill player with pop at the point of attack and speed and range as a coverage defender. Consistent tackler.

Next in line: Ifeatu Melinfonwu, Syracuse **

Top CB: Ambry Thomas, Michigan

Gritty press corner with physical attributes. Plays well at the line of scrimmage and plays with the needed hip fluidity to turn and run.

Next in line: DJ Daniel, Georgia


*only including those who plan to participate in the physical portions of the Senior Bowl. Participation of players may vary throughout the week.

**also listed as CB.


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Christian Page is a scout and writer for Cover1.net. His scouting experience dates back to 2015. Christian has a background of radio along with collegiate athletic department experience and corporate marketing.