The 2016 college football regular season and post-season have come and gone, which means the NFL Draft season is officially here, and while we all wait to see who will host the Lombardi Trophy next weekend (rooting for the Falcons here), we get to spend today intensely gazing upon potential future 49ers performing in the premier collegiate all-star game, the Senior Bowl. Let's take a look back at current 49ers who have graced the field of the Senior Bowl.
Phil Dawson, K - 1998
Joe Staley, OT - 2007
Zane Beadles, OG - 2010
Colin Kaepernick, QB - 2011
Christian Ponder, QB - 2011
Jeremy Kerley, WR - 2011
Tony Jerod-Eddie, DL - 2012
Quinton Patton, WR - 2013
Vance McDonald, TE - 2013
Chris Davis, CB - 2014
Jimmie Ward, DB - 2014
Dontae Johnson, CB - 2014
Trent Brown, OT - 2015
Jaquiski Tartt, S - 2015
JaCorey Shepherd, CB - 2015
Aaron Burbridge, WR - 2016
Josh Garnett, OG - 2016
John Theus, OG - 2016
The Senior Bowl is a scouting haven where NFL talent evaluators, draft analysts, and couch GM's decipher the best of the best senior prospects in this years' class. For those selected few seniors, it's their last chance to play collegiate football competitively against quality talent, where iron sharpens iron in hopes of increasing a players' draft stock or create a memorable and lasting blip on an NFL teams' radar.
Players from both rosters will be coached under the tutelage of NFL guidance with first-year NFL head coach Hue Jackson and the Cleveland Browns' coaching staff coaching the South Team, and second-year NFL head coach John Fox and the Chicago Bears' coaching staff coaching the North Team.
Earlier in the week Niners Nations' draft writers posted articles highlighting and profiling several standout players to keep an eye on for each squad, specifically players who could fit with the 49ers. The full breakdown on those prospects will be linked under each team section. So, sit back, put your scouting hat on, grab some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and let's get things started with today's action.
Reese's Senior Bowl
North vs. South
Location: Mobile, AL | Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Game time: 11:30 AM PT
Channel: NFL Network
North Coach: John Fox and the Chicago Bears
South Coach: Hue Jackson and the Cleveland Browns
Gmiller18's breakdown on Nathan Peterman and Cooper Kupp:
QB Nathan Peterman, No. 4, 6024 - 225 lbs., 4.93 40 - (4th) - Pitt
Nate is an efficient QB prospect that understands the game. He beats opponents with a game plan and can get the ball to a variety of receivers. He ranked 8th nationally in passer rating and can flash in shootout style games. Peterman led Pitt into Clemson (ranked No. 2 at the time and would go on to become National Champs) and threw for 308 yards five touchdowns with no interceptions. Leading Pitt to victory with a 4th quarter drive to set up the game winning field goal. He is more of a willing runner than a talented runner, but with that being said he still runs well. I dislike the term game manager for Peterman because it is often translated as “lacks playmaking ability,” but I would be happy if Nate were to manage football games for my team. He will be a good value pick because he isn’t going to be drafted day one, but he will understand the offense as well as anyone.
Round Projection: 4th
WR Cooper Kupp, No. 10, 6014 - 198 lbs., 4.54 40 - (1st-2nd) - Eastern Washington
Kupp has been dominate at this level and looks like a he could make a smooth transition into the NFL. He has great hands and runs routes as well as anyone at the collegiate level. He is a workhorse; grabbing 117 catches for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2016. He can make defenders miss in space and plays faster with the ball in hands. His only question mark will be speed. The 40 yard dash will be very important for his draft stock; if he can log a fast time he will be a day two selection, if not then he will be viewed as just a possession receiver out of the slot.
Check out gmiller18's more in depth coverage of the following North Offensive prospects to keep an eye on, here.
QB Sefo Liufau, No. 13 (3), 6033 - 240 lbs. - (6th) - Colorado
QB C.J. Beathard, No. 16 (15), 6025 - 219 lbs. - (4th) - Iowa
RB Kareem Hunt, No. 3 (33), 5104 - 208 lbs. - (4th) - Toledo
RB De'Veon Smith, No. 4 (44), 5107 - 220 lbs. - (4th) - Michigan
WR Zay Jones, No. 7, 6017 - 202 lbs. - (3rd) - East Carolina
OT Zach Banner, No. 73, 6083 - 361 lbs. - (3rd) - USC
MichaelBR07's breakdown on Haason Reddick and Vince Biegel:
DE/OLB/ILB Haason Reddick, No. 58/7 (57), 6014 - 237 lbs., 4.54 40 - (2nd) - Temple
This may be the most intriguing player to watch in the Senior Bowl on the North’s defense. He’s listed at 6’1, 230 lbs, which seem appropriate for an ILB. The thing is that he’s been playing as an OLB up until now. He obviously is speedy because he was actually a productive pass rusher, but that size won’t cut it in the pros. What will be interesting is watching his transition process unfold. Not a lot of players can play a whole new position right off the bat, so his Senior Bowl showing will be telling. Fun fact about him, he was voted as one of the toughest players by his teammates. There’s a tradition at Temple that whomever gets voted as being the toughest gets a single digit jersey. I’d love to see more toughness instilled at our ILB position this offseason.
Round Projection: 2nd
OLB Vince Biegel, No. 47, 6031 - 242 lbs., 4.75 40 - (3rd) - Wisconsin
This is one of those special moments when position of need and player meet at the right time. Vince Biegel’s draft stock is currently in flux so it’s hard to pinpoint where would be best to go for him. On the other side of that though, he’s definitely one to target. He’s a special player that is constantly creating pressure on the line. While he’s not exactly a player you game-plan for, he is solid. His leadership is unmistakable, and he’s a team player. He works well in coverage adding to his scheme versatility, and he has my nomination for potential steal of the draft if he makes it to Day 3. It might just be the Borland effect, but I love me some Wisconsin linebackers.
Round Projection: 3rd
Check out MichaelBR07's more in depth coverage of the following North Defensive prospects to keep an eye on, here.
CB Desmond King, No. 14, 5101 - 206 lbs. - (1st-2nd) - Iowa
DE Dawuane Smoot, No. 91, 6027 - 255 lbs. - (3rd) - Illinois
CB Jourdan Lewis, No. 26, 5100 - 188 lbs. - (2nd) - Michigan
My breakdown on Davis Webb and Ryan Switzer:
QB Davis Webb, No. 7, 6045 - 229 lbs., 4.86 40 - (3rd) - California
Webb's 2016 season stats: completed 382-of-620 passes (61.6%) for 4,295 yards with 37 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a 135.63 passing efficiency rating.
QB Davis Webb is a graduate transfer from Texas Tech showcasing ideal size, length, solid accuracy, decent mobility, good and quick decision making, big-time arm with a quick motion and snappy release, solid vision, and great field awareness. A technician processing information efficiently operating in an up-tempo Air/Bear Raid offense, Webb is an exciting player to watch take apart defenses at every level, where he can beat defenders with quick passes, drive passes in tight windows, great ball placement, throws with touch and precision, or gracefully lofts one over-the-top with amazing touch. He shows poise standing tall in the pocket with impressive footwork and is always looking downfield. Although he is not overly athletic, Webb displays good movement in the pocket, and when pressure forces him to scramble, he consistently keeps his eyes downfield looking to pass squaring up to make impressive throws on the run. Operating exclusively from the shotgun, Webb will need to learn to operate under center at the next level. A very intelligent prospect with an outstanding work ethic, the grit and toughness absorbing hits in the pocket, and a prototypical NFL quarterback frame.
Round Projection: 3rd
WR Ryan Switzer, No. 3 (13), 5084 - 179 lbs., 4.50 40 - (3rd) - North Carolina
Switzer's 2016 season stats: 96 receptions for 1,112 yards averaging 11.6 yards per reception with 6 touchdowns. 16 punt returns for 106 yards averaging 6.6 yards per return.
WR Ryan Switzer looks like a Wes Welker clone and has a game that is more dynamic than his popular comparison (he's more of a Tyler Lockett comparison to me). The former high school basketball and track star is a nightmare match-up for defenders with his amazing suddenness in and out of his breaks and his fast quick feet darting across the field like a jitter-bug making defenders miss. He is a fluid and sharp route runner with a clean technique and smoothness to his game. Switzer displays great bend on breaks popping out quickly with terrific athleticism, outstanding footwork, quickness, and erupting burst breaking away with impressive speed. He is a natural pass catcher with very strong soft reliable hands (terrific hand-eye coordination) extending arms to make the catch and excellent ball skills and is tough as nails. One of my favorite college wide receivers, Switzer is a dynamic explosive playmaker with excellent quickness and great speed. Although Switzer is only 5'9", he showcases superb ball skills, strong reliable hands, and a toughness to his game. There is not enough that can be said about his great route running, explosion off the line of scrimmage, tremendous change of direction skills, fluidity, the straight line speed to take the top off coverages, and the short area quickness (can make a defender miss in a phone booth) and terrific balance to gain separation selling routes with his impressive foot speed. A slot receiver at the next level, Switzer also bestows great vision, which gives him extra value in the return game - another electrifying aspect to his game.
Round Projection: 3rd
Check out my more in depth coverage of the following South Offensive prospects to keep an eye on, here.
RB Matthew Dayes, No. 21 (20), 5085 - 207 lbs. - (4th) - NC State
RB Donnel Pumphrey, No. 19, 5082 - 169 lbs. - (4th) - San Diego State
RB Jamaal Williams, No. 21, 6000 - 211 lbs. - (4th) - BYU
WR Josh Reynolds, No. 11 (81), 6026 - 187 lbs. - (3rd-4th) - Texas A&M
WR Travin Dural, No. 83, 6010 - 206 lbs. - (4th) - LSU
WR Fred Ross, No. 8, 6005 - 203 lbs. - (4th) - Mississippi State
TE O.J. Howard, No. 88, 6055 - 249 lbs. - (1st) - Alabama
TE Evan Engram, No. 17, 6031 - 236 lbs. - (3rd) - Ole Miss
OT Antonio Garcia, No. 53, 6063 - 293 lbs. - (2nd-3rd) - Troy
OG Nico Siragusa, No. 56, 6044 - 326 lbs. - (4th) - San Diego State
C Ethan Pocic, No. 77, 6060 - 307 lbs. - (2nd-3rd) - LSU
LI49er's breakdown on Montravius Adams and Ryan Anderson:
DT Montravius Adams, No. 1, 6033 - 308 lbs., 5.12 40 - (4th-5th) - Auburn
2016 Stats: 39 Tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception.
There is a lot to like about the senior defensive tackle out of Auburn. Whether the 49ers switch to a 4-3 or remain a 3-4, Adams can be a valuable asset on the line. In a 3-4, Adams would play the five technique defensive end or nose tackle - a position the 49ers are looking to improve upon. In a 4-3 he could play tackle. Adams is as disruptive as they come against the run. Has great sense for following the ball. Played some of his best football against top competition, and had one of his career games this season in the opener against Clemson. Adams does have speed off the line, and because of his size, he can give blockers all sorts of trouble trying to contain him. His quick hands allow him to beat blockers, especially on pass rushing attempts. One concern that should be noted is that he struggles to remain low, below the pad level, due to his size. He will need to continue this development at the next level. Another concern is if the 49ers see him as a nose tackle, he will need to add some weight to what is listed. What I have heard is that he is very coachable, and a dedicated worker and teammate.
Round Projection: 4th-5th
OLB Ryan Anderson, No. 22, 6021 - 258 lbs., 4.77 40 - (2nd-3rd) - Alabama
2016 Stats: 54 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles
While many 49ers fans may be paying attention to a certain inside linebacker on the Tide, fans should certainly get to know Ryan Anderson. If the 49ers decide not to invest their 1st or 2nd round pick on a pass rusher, then Anderson can be great option. Like many of his teammates, Anderson plays a tough, physical style of football. Has an impressive jump off the line, to go along with his quick hands against blockers. Anderson played in a 3-4 at Alabama and will best develop in a 3-4 on the edge against the run as well as rushing the passer. He is on my list of prospects with the arrow pointing up. For now I would grade him as a day 2 selection.
Round Projection: 2nd-3rd
Check out LI49er's more in depth coverage of the following South Defensive prospects to keep an eye on, here.
ILB Ben Boulware, No. 10, 6000 - 236 lbs. - (4th) - Clemson
OLB/ILB Duke Riley, No. 40 (0), 6005 - 231 lbs. - (3rd-4th) - LSU
OLB/ILB Alex Anzalone, No. 34, 6030 - 240 lbs. - (5th) - Florida
OLB Tyus Bowser, No. 81 (5), 6024 - 244 lbs. - (4th-5th) - Houston
DT Tanzel Smart, No. 77 (97), 6005 - 296 lbs. - (4th) - Tulane
DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, No. 92, 6067 - 280 lbs. - (3rd) - Villanova
SS Justin Evans, No. 14, 6000 - 193 lbs. - (3rd) - Texas A&M
CB Tre'Davious White, No. 18, 5111 - 191 lbs. - (2nd) - LSU
CB Cameron Sutton, No. 23 (33), 5110 - 182 lbs. - (3rd) - Tennessee