Day two of the 2020 Senior Bowl is in the books and once again I kept an eye on the offensive and defensive lines while Zach Hicks took... everything else. Watching this group for the second day in a row gave me a chance to see if some guys were able to recover after having a rough first day and it gave me a chance to see what flaws and strengths were consistent among the prospects.
Winners from the North
Houston, Tackle, Josh Jones
Jones looked like a fluid mover in both the run and pass and had a very good showing against a multitude of pass rushers. One on one situations are always very difficult for offensive linemen but Jones was up to the task on day two.
Michigan, Guard, Ben Bredeson
Michigan IOL Ben Bredeson VS Arkansas IDL McTelvin Agim.— John Vogel (@johndavogel) January 23, 2020
Bredeson does this again very well. Agim struggles to gain leverage at times, and immediately moves to a bull rush. #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/vsL31rXEGF
Bredeson was strong at the point of attack and moved really well when asked to run block. Today was a good day overall for the North offensive line but Bredeson stood out with good rep after good rep. I’m not sure where he will be drafted but Bredeson looked like he has the potential to be a difference maker at the next level.
North Carolina, Defensive Line, Jason Strowbridge
Nick Harris, Washington vs Jason Strowbridge, UNC— Matt Valdovinos (@MVScouting) January 22, 2020
Strowbridge has FEASTED in 1v1s so far. He’s been an eye opener, in very excited to get to his film pic.twitter.com/0sDX2lr7ge
Strowbridge, was quick off the ball and made plays in a multitude of ways. His quickness at the snap on the inside is going to create problems for opposing offensive lines. He doesn’t appear to have the same kind of power as someone like Javon Kinlaw, but Strowbridge’s physical gifts are apparent.
North Team Honorable Mention: DE, Kenny Willekes, OL Hakeem Adeniji, DE, Bradlee Anae, G, Jusin Herron, DT, Neville Gallimore
Winners from the South
Clemson, Guard, John Simpson
Simpson finds himself in my winners article today, not because of a dominate performance but more from the strides he made from day one to day two. Simpson spent all day Tuesday providing Javon Kinlaw’s Senior Bowl highlight reel with great video. In short Simpson looked terrible. Fast forward to Wednesday and Simpson had a much more solid day overall. He has technical flaws and even in the clip above he was beaten the rep before by DT Benito Jones, but Simpson was able to keep his composure and win this rep. If nothing else Simpson showed some mental toughness working to overcome some adversity.
San Diego State, Center, Keith Ismael
Ismael has been nothing short of solid all week. Watching him on Tuesday I saw a solid center prospect but nothing that “wowed” me. Wednesday rolled around and it was more of the same, and it’s for that reason Ismael finds himself in this article. There aren’t many truly dominate, game changing interior offensive linemen in the NFL and if one comes along Chris Ballard drafts him sixth overall.
Most of what you want up front is consistency and solid technique and so far Ismael has shown both. No one wins every rep and Ismael is no different but he never lost back to back reps and even when he did lose, he lost well. He wasn’t flailing or falling or grabbing at air, his technique stayed solid even while losing. The Colts don’t need a center but Ismael looks like the kind of player that will end up starting for close to a decade.
Alabama, EDGE, Terrell Lewis
#SeniorBowl Alabama DE Terrell Lewis with a very nice rep against St. Johns LT Ben Bartch. Bartch typically plays on the left side, lines up at RT here which is an extremely difficult transition: pic.twitter.com/mUEFl8eJaT— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) January 22, 2020
Lewis’ talent has never been a question. When healthy he looks like a top 15 pick, the problem is he just hasn’t been able to stay healthy. That’s not the case this week in Mobile. Lewis has put on a show. The rep above is against yesterday’s winner Ben Bartch. Bartch looks really bad here but note they moved him from left tackle to right and let a top 15 type player feast on the division III standout. That said, Lewis has left a lot of guys grasping at air all week and deserves the accolades.
South Team Honorable Mention: DT, Benito Jones, DE, Trevis Gipson, DT, Josiah Coatney
Check back tomorrow for the winners from the final day of practice of the 2020 Senior Bowl!