"The draft starts in Mobile," unless you're a Kansas City Chiefs fan when nothing in the offseason starts until after the Super Bowl. The slogan of the Senior Bowl is fitting as the kickoff of the NFL draft, however, as the pre-draft cycle is now in full swing. As the all-star games wrap up, all eyes will be on the start of the new league year and the NFL Combine in Indianapolis as we inch closer to the actual draft.
The Senior Bowl has provided great opportunities for college players over the years—prospects who showcase their skills with NFL coaches and in front of scouts and media alike. This is the first opportunity for players to start impacting their draft stock after their collegiate careers have ended.
While there are some natural risers and fallers after the week, that doesn't mean they've gone from 1st to 7th rounders. It also doesn't mean that their fate is sealed either. This is merely a check mark along the way.
Who helped their stock?
Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
Mitchell was already looked at as a fringe first-rounder coming into Mobile but he leaves as a first-round lock. Mitchell was described by many as the best player on the field this week. He has been dominant in the MAC but he was able to showcase his skills against top competition this week and he dominated. His ball production has been excellent at Toledo and he showcased the ability to play man coverage well this week.
Ricky Pearsall, WR, Florida
One of the best route runners on the field this week, Ricky Pearsall has the speed and the agility needed to win at the next level. At 6'00" and 193 lbs, he will likely be a slot weapon at the next level but could be leveraged on the outside occasionally. Pearsall frequently created separation in 1-on-1 situations and showcased breakaway speed returning punts as well. A likely day 2 pick, he could be a nice option for a team looking for a viable slot option.
Darius Robinson, ED, Missouri
No player improved their draft stock more this week than Darius Robinson. Voted "practice player" of the week by scouts and front-office executives in attendance he looked dominant. At 6'5", 286 lbs., and with 34-inch arms, Robinson is an ideal physical specimen that showcased good speed and bend around the edge. Robinson has propelled himself into first-round conversation in a weaker edge class.
Roman Wilson, WR, Michigan
Wilson has been a tough evaluation over the last few years at Michigan. The dominant Wolverines run game and inconsistent quarterback play have left some questions around Wilson. On the field in Mobile, he looked like one of the best receivers in attendance. Wilson showcased speed as a downfield threat and excellent hands at the catch point. It's hard to tell where he will fall in a loaded WR class, but some team is going to be happy to draft him.