2020 Senior Bowl: Watch List Offense Breakdown

Senior Bowl

The 2020 Senior Bowl is a mere five months away. Yesterday, the nation’s top collegiate All-Star game released their annual watch list. The list contains over 450 players from schools all across the country.

The SEC leads all other conferences with 120 prospects.

Today, we will look at the different position groups on offense and break down who we like the most and who we can’t wait to see more of in the fall.

QUARTERBACKS (29)

Khalil Tate Arizona
Steven Montez Colorado
James Morgan Florida International
D’Eriq King Houston
Brady Davis Illinois St.
Nate Stanley Iowa
Stephen Calvert Liberty
Joe Burrow LSU
Shea Patterson Michigan
Brian Lewerke Michigan State
Tommy Stevens Mississippi State
Kelly Bryant Missouri
Malcolm Perry Navy
Mason Fine North Texas
Case Cookus Northern Arizona
Jacob Knipp Northern Colorado
TJ Green Northwestern
Nathan Rourke Ohio
Jalen Hurts Oklahoma
Justin Herbert Oregon
Elijah Sindelar Purdue
Jake Bentley South Carolina
Blake Barnett South Florida
Tom Flacco Towson
Jake Maier UC Davis
Nick Tiano UT-Chattanooga
Kai Locksley UTEP
Riley Neal Vanderbilt
Bryce Perkins Virginia

29 quarterbacks dot the list. The Senior Bowl traditionally will bring eight into the game. Justin Herbert is the headliner of the group. He is a potential candidate to be the top pick in 2020. A handful of transfer QBs like Joe Burrow and Kelly Bryant are interesting. Jalen Hurts is revered by Alabama fans. If he has any NFL chances at all, he is a virtual lock to be invited. James Morgan is someone I look forward to seeing more of this year.

RUNNING BACKS (38)

Billy McCrary Abilene Christian
Devwah Whaley Arkansas
Kam Martin Auburn
JaMycal Hasty Baylor
Ty’Son Williams Brigham Young
Adrian Killins Jr. Central Florida
Johnathan Ward Central Michigan
Benny Lemay Charlotte
AJ Hines Duquesne
LaMical Perine Florida
Brian Herrien Georgia
Reggie Corbin Illinois
James Robinson Illinois St.
James Gilbert Kansas State
Raymond Calais Louisiana Lafayette
Patrick Taylor Jr. Memphis
Tru Wilson Michigan
Rodney Smith Minnesota
Antonio Williams North Carolina
Loren Easly North Texas
Scottie Phillips Ole Miss
Tario Fuller Purdue
Juwan Washington San Diego State
Tra Minter South Alabama
Rico Dowdle South Carolina
Tavien Feaster South Carolina
Jordan Cronkite South Florida
Otto Zaccardo Syracuse
Darius Anderson TCU
Sewo Olonilua TCU
Shane Simpson Towson
BJ Smith Troy
Darius Bradwell Tulane
Joshua Kelley UCLA
Zack Moss Utah
Gerold Bright Utah State
Ke’Shawn Vaughn Vanderbilt
LeVante Bellamy Western Michigan

38 backs fill out the Senior Bowl watchlist. Zack Moss and Ke’Shawn Vaughn are my two highest-rated players. Lamical Perine played locally at Theodore high school. He has an NFL skill set and should find his way back home in January. AJ Hines of Duquesne jumps out to me. I have never heard of Hines. However, if he is on NFL radars, Hines is someone I should probably familiarize myself with.

WIDE RECEIVERS (68)

Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State
Deon Stewart Arkansas
Dahu Green Arkansas State
Kirk Merritt Arkansas State
Sal Cannella Auburn
Denzel Mims Baylor
Chris Platt Baylor
John Hightower Boise State
Aleva Hifo Brigham Young
Tyrie Cleveland Florida
Josh Hammond Florida
Van Jefferson Florida
Keith Gavin Florida State
Lawrence Cager Georgia
Tyler Simmons Georgia
Cedric Byrd II Hawaii
JoJo Ward Hawaii
Keith Corbin Houston
Jequez Ezzard Howard
Nick Westbrook Indiana
Josh Pearson Jacksonville St.
Antonio Gandy-Golden Liberty
Malik Stanley Louisiana Tech
Seth Dawkins Louisville
Dee Anderson LSU
Derrick Dillon LSU
Jahrvis Davenport Maryland
Pop Williams Memphis
KJ Osborn Miami
Darrell Stewart Michigan State
Tyler Johnson Minnesota
Stephen Guidry Mississippi State
Deddrick Thomas Mississippi State
Johnathon Johnson Missouri
Jaron Woodyard Nebraska
Elijah Bell North Carolina A&T
Rico Bussey Jr. North Texas
Michael Lawrence North Texas
Ben Skowronek Northwestern
Chase Claypool Notre Dame
Chris Finke Notre Dame
KJ Hill Ohio State
Austin Mack Ohio State
Binjimen Victor Ohio State
Eric Kumah Old Dominion
Juwan Johnson Oregon
James Proche SMU
Bryan Edwards South Carolina
Isaiah Wright Temple
Marquez Callaway Tennessee
Jauan Jennings Tennessee
John Burt Texas
Devin Duvernay Texas
Collin Johnson Texas
Jonathan Giles Texas Southern
Jalen McClesky Tulane
Theo Howard UCLA
Michael Bandy University of San Diego
Michael Pittman Jr. USC
Kalija Lipscomb Vanderbilt
Joe Reed Virginia
Scotty Washington Wake Forest
Aaron Fuller Washington
Dezmon Patmon Washington State
Easop Winston Jr. Washington State
George Campbell West Virginia
D’Wayne Eskridge Western Michigan
AJ Taylor Wisconsin

With 68 prospects, wide receiver has more players on the Senior Bowl watch list than any other position. Bryan Edwards and Collin Johnson are the top prospects, in my opinion. Keep an eye on the trio of Ohio State wideouts. Antonio Gandy-Golden is a prospect I am looking forward to watching this year.

TIGHT ENDS (29)

Cheyenne O’Grady Arkansas
Josiah Deguara Cincinnati
Adam Trautman Dayton
Lucas Krull Florida
Harrison Bryant Florida Atlantic
Jared Rice Fresno State
Charlie Woerner Georgia
Eli Wolf Georgia
Tyler Davis Georgia Tech
Nate Wieting Iowa
Erik Henneman Lindenwood
Stephen Sullivan LSU
Joey Magnifico Memphis
Nick Eubanks Michigan
Sean McKeon Michigan
Carl Tucker North Carolina
Briley Moore Northern Iowa
Rashod Berry Ohio State
Octavious Cooley Ole Miss
Jacob Breeland Oregon
Noah Togiai Oregon State
Charlie Taumoepeau Portland State
Brycen Hopkins Purdue
Kyle Markway South Carolina
Mitchell Wilcox South Florida
Nigel Kilby Southern Illinois
Dominick Wood-Anderson Tennessee
Jared Pinkney Vanderbilt
Giovanni Ricci Western Michigan

29 tight ends populate the Senior Bowl list. My favorite is undoubtedly Jared Pinkney. This group has a long way to go to replicate the hype of the 2019 class. Nigel Kilby is a small school prospect that has me interested. He is listed at 6’7” 250.

OFFENSIVE TACKLES (34)

Victor Johnson Appalachian State
Colton Jackson Arkansas
Jack Driscoll Auburn
Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn
Jake Fruhmorgen Baylor
Matt Peart Connecticut
Josh Jones Houston
Adam Solomon Illinois
Coy Cronk Indiana
Bryce Meeker Iowa State
Hakeem Adeniji Kansas
Scott Frantz Kansas State
Mason Wolfe Kentucky
Ray Thomas-Ishman Massachusetts
Jon Runyan Michigan
Cole Chewins Michigan State
Tyre Phillips Mississippi State
Yasir Durant Missouri
Charlie Heck North Carolina
Alex Givens Ole Miss
Calvin Throckmorton Oregon
Matt McCann Purdue
Kamaal Seymour Rutgers
Alex Taylor South Carolina St.
Drake Dorbeck Southern Mississippi
Lucas Niang TCU
Terence Steele Texas Tech
Darrin Paulo Utah
Jared Southers Vanderbilt
Justin Herron Wake Forest
Trey Adams Washington
Colton McKivitz West Virginia
Miles Pate Western Kentucky
David Moorman Wisconsin

On the surface, the 29-man offensive tackle group isn’t earth-shattering. However, this is a position where players can work their way into the first round. Andre Dillard and Tytus Howard weren’t first-rounders last August, but they were in April. Calvin Throckmorton is the leader in the clubhouse. Trey Adams has to play a full season to re-attain his higher grade. Keep an eye on TCU’s Luca Niang. Victor Johnson of App State is a player I want to see more of.

INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINE (44)

OC Cohl Cabral Arizona State
OC Mike Horton Auburn
OC Kaleb Kim Auburn
OC Sam Tecklenburg Baylor
OC Jordan Johnson Central Florida
OC Nick Buchanan Florida
OC Hunter Littlejohn Indiana
OC Ellis McKennie Maryland
OC Darryl Williams Mississippi State
OC Kyle Murphy Rhode Island
OC Zach Venesky Rutgers
OC Donell Stanley South Carolina
OC Zach Shackelford Texas
OC Aaron Brewer Texas State
OC Nick Harris Washington
OC Frederick Mauigoa Washington State
OC Luke Juriga Western Michigan
OG Matt Womack Alabama
OG Cody Creason Arizona
OG Austin Capps Arkansas
OG Marquel Harrell Auburn
OG John Molchon Boise State
OG John Phillips Boston College
OG Gage Cervenka Clemson
OG John Simpson Clemson
OG Simon Stepaniak Indiana
OG Landan Paulsen Iowa
OG Logan Stenberg Kentucky
OG Damien Lewis LSU
OG Sean Christie Maryland
OG Ben Bredeson Michigan
OG Michael Onwenu Michigan
OG Tyler Higby Michigan State
OG Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms Missouri
OG Jake Nelson Nevada
OG Elex Woodworth North Texas
OG Jared Thomas Northwestern
OG Jonah Jackson Ohio State
OG Shane Lemieux Oregon
OG Steven Gonzalez Penn State
OG Michael Mendez Purdue
OG Daishawn Dixon San Diego State
OG Justin Polu UNLV
OG Saige Young Vanderbilt

The interior offensive line rarely gets any love. This group isn’t sexy but there are a handful of really nice prospects. Shane Lemieux of Oregon may be the top guard prospect on the Senior Bowl list. The two best center prospects are underclassmen. However, keep an eye on Donnel Stanley. The Gamecocks swiss army knife has played nearly every position upfront.

The 2020 Senior Bowl takes place from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday, January 25th.

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