With the understanding that it’s a college All Star Game, there were some individual performances and moments Saturday afternoon in the 2018 Senior Bowl that are worth noting.
First, Wyoming QB Josh Allen, whom many are drooling over because of his size and arm, did not disappoint in his time commanding the North squad. He tallied 9-13 for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns, including this beautiful touch throw in the 3rd Quarter:
— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 2018
WR Durham Smythe of Central Michigan was there to haul in the score, as the North squad stayed in the game at that point.
As for Allen, there are many reputable draft analysts that believe that he will go in the top 10 of the upcoming draft and ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. projected him at #1 to Cleveland in his first mock draft of the winter.
The Dolphins, who are picking #11, but are unlikely to go QB that early, were on hand this week to watch Allen in the practices and even met with him, as well. Stay tuned on the hype around him.
Another player that we wrote about leading up to the game, who could be a factor later in the draft for both the Buccaneers and the Dolphins is RB Rashaad Penny of San Diego State.
Penny did not disappoint in the game with nine carries for 64 yards, but it was this moment in a broken play, where also showed his ability as a game breaking receiver, too:
? BIG PLAY!?
Kurt Benkert steps up and drops a DIME to @pennyhendrixx in stride, who goes 73 yards to the house!
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 27, 2018
Again, Penny is likely going to be a day three (3rd-7th round) prospect, but he could also move up, as the process continues from the NFL Combine to individual workout day, etc.
Finally, we wondered about whether WR Tre-Quan Smith of UCF (photo above) would make an impact during the game Saturday, and he showed up with the games first TD:
— 2017 National Champions (@UCF_Football) January 27, 2018
Smith finished with five catches for 79 yards and including hauling in a 42 yard pass from Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta in the third quarter of the game.
Just like Penny, he showed what teams wanted to see in game action on Saturday, and his second round mock draft status may, eventually rise towards the first round, too.
Once more, it’s an All-Star game, but still, it’s better than the upcoming Scouting Combine that that doesn’t have scrimmage, much less live rep action in helmet and pads to judge guys on, either.
And, Allen, Penny and Smith all appeared to help themselves.
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