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Will the Senior Bowl yield more new Colts players in 2020?

If the past two drafts are any indication, it seems likely.

Reese’s Senior Bowl Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is just a couple weeks away and if you’ve been paying attention to the last couple Colts draft classes that should have you excited. Why? Because 7 of the Colts last 21 draft picks have participated in the Senior Bowl, and 5 of those 7 have come in the 2nd round.

Kemoko Turay, Tyquan Lewis, Darius Leonard, Ben Banogu, Khari Willis, Bobby Okereke, and Rock Ya-Sin all played in the Senior Bowl and were drafted by the Colts, with Khari Willis being their latest pick of those at 109. The obvious connection with those players is that they all play defense. The Colts have exclusively drafted defensive players out of the Senior Bowl over the past two seasons, so that is something to watch carefully, because defensive standouts may just find their way onto the horseshoe.

Several of those selections have proven to be significant contributors on defense, with Darius Leonard obviously as the steal of the bunch. Is there a Leonard hiding in this year’s class or will the Colts look to the offense in this Senior Bowl group?

Beyond those drafted players, the Colts have consistently brought in Senior Bowl participants as undrafted free agents to compete during camp. Kicker Michael Badgley and wide receiver Penny Hart both got shots in camp with the Colts before ending up with the Chargers and Seahawks respectively.

That means that Senior Bowl week almost certainly contains at least one future Colts player, and probably more. This is good news, because both Zach Hicks and Chris Shepherd of Stampede Blue are going to have boots on the ground in Mobile, Alabama for Senior Bowl week, bringing you close to the action and giving you a sneak peek at some potential picks the Colts might make.

With the Colts likely looking to bolster several positions on the roster including quarterback, wide receiver, defensive tackle, and potentially several positions on the offensive line, there will be plenty to watch. The quarterbacks will undoubtedly get the most buzz, with Jordan Love, Jalen Hurts, and Anthony Gordon topping the list of guys to keep an eye on.

At defensive tackle there is no doubt that players like Javon Kinlaw, Neville Gallimore, and Raekwon Davis will have the Colts’ attention as well as ours.

Perhaps the most intriguing will be the wide receiver group. This is a deep receiver class, and the Colts have a desperate need to increase the talent pool there. The Senior Bowl will give the Colts a great opportunity to evaluate all the different types of receivers and look for guys that stand out to them before they make their selections come draft day.

Here is the full list of players who have accepted their Senior Bowl invites:

Senior Bowl Participants

School First Last Position Conference
School First Last Position Conference
Georgia Southern Kindle Vildor CB Sun Belt
Notre Dame Troy Pride Jr. CB IND
Iowa Michael Ojemudia CB Big Ten
Nebraska Lamar Jackson CB Big Ten
Pittsburgh Dane Jackson CB ACC
Oklahoma State A.J. Green CB Big 12
TCU Jeff Gladney CB Big 12
LSU Kristian Fulton CB SEC
Wake Forest Essang Bassey CB ACC
UCLA Darnay Holmes DB Pac-12
Tulsa Reggie Robinson II DB AAC
Utah Terrell Burgess DB Pac-12
Auburn Marlon Davidson DE SEC
Minnesota Carter Coughlin DE Big Ten
Florida Jabari Zuniga DE SEC
Tulsa Trevis Gipson DE AAC
Clemson K'Von Wallace S ACC
Michigan Josh Metellus S Big Ten
Alabama Jared Mayden S SEC
Notre Dame Jalen Elliott S IND
Lenoir Rhyne Kyle Dugger S SAC
California Ashtyn Davis S Pac-12
Mississippi State Brian Cole II S SEC
Southern Illinois Jeremy Chinn S FCS
Maryland Antoine Brooks Jr. S Big Ten
Notre Dame Alohi Gillman S IND
North Carolina State Larrell Murchison DT ACC
South Carolina Javon Kinlaw DT SEC
Ole Miss Benito Jones DT SEC
Oklahoma Neville Gallimore DT Big 12
Utah Leki Fotu DT Pac-12
Alabama Raekwon Davis DT SEC
Penn State Robert Windsor DT Big Ten
Ohio State DaVon Hamilton DT Big Ten
Michigan Joshua Uche EDGE Big Ten
Tennessee Darrell Taylor Jr. EDGE SEC
North Carolina Jason Strowbridge EDGE ACC
Syracuse Alton Robinson EDGE ACC
Notre Dame Khalid Kareem EDGE IND
Miami Trevon Hill EDGE ACC
Utah Bradlee Anae EDGE Pac-12
South Carolina D.J. Wonnum EDGE SEC
Florida Jonathan Greenard EDGE SEC
California Evan Weaver ILB Pac-12
Alabama Anfernee Jennings ILB SEC
Ohio State Malik Harrison ILB Big Ten
Utah Francis Bernard ILB Pac-12
Wyoming Logan Wilson LB MWC
Alabama Terrell Lewis LB SEC
LSU Blake Ferguson LS SEC
Iowa State Steve Wirtel LS Big 12
Washington Nick Harris OC Pac-12
Kentucky Logan Stenberg OG SEC
Clemson John Simpson OG ACC
Ohio State Jonah Jackson OG Big Ten
Michigan Ben Bredeson OG Big Ten
Saint John's Ben Bartch OG Division III
Temple Matt Hennessy OL AAC
San Diego State Keith Ismael OL MWC
Clemson Tremayne Anchrum OL ACC
Colorado Davion Taylor OLB Pac-12
Oregon Troy Dye OLB Pac-12
Appalachian State Akeem Davis-Gaither OLB Sun Belt
Penn State Cameron Brown OLB Big Ten
Wisconsin Zack Baun OLB Big Ten
Auburn Prince Tega Wanogho OT SEC
South Carolina St. Alex Taylor OT FCS
Texas Tech Terence Steele OT Big 12
Mississippi State Tyre Phillips OT SEC
Connecticut Matt Peart OT AAC
West Virginia Colton McKivitz OT Big 12
Houston Josh Jones OT AAC
Wake Forest Justin Herron OT ACC
Washington Trey Adams OT Pac-12
Kansas Hakeem Adeniji OT Big 12
Georgia Rodrigo Blankenship PK SEC
Georgia Southern Tyler Bass PK Sun Belt
Texas A&M Braden Mann P SEC
South Carolina Joseph Charlton P SEC
Michigan Shea Patterson QB Big Ten
Colorado Steven Montez QB Pac-12
Oklahoma Jalen Hurts QB Big 12
Washington State Anthony Gordon QB Pac-12
Utah State Jordan Love QB MWC
Vanderbilt Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB SEC
Florida Lamical Perine RB SEC
Utah Zack Moss RB Pac-12
Baylor JaMycal Hasty RB Big 12
TCU Darius Anderson RB Big 12
Arizona State Eno Benjamin RB Pac-12
Memphis Antonio Gibson RB AAC
Dayton Adam Trautman TE FCS
Portland State Charlie Taumoepeau TE FCS
LSU Stephen Sullivan TE SEC
Vanderbilt Jared Pinkney TE SEC
Michigan Sean McKeon TE Big Ten
Purdue Brycen Hopkins TE Big Ten
Cincinnati Josiah Deguara TE AAC
Florida Atlantic Harrison Bryant TE C-USA
SMU James Proche WR AAC
USC Michael Pittman Jr. WR Pac-12
Baylor Denzel Mims WR Big 12
Vanderbilt Kalija Lipscomb WR SEC
Texas Collin Johnson WR Big 12
Tennessee Jauan Jennings WR SEC
Florida Van Jefferson WR SEC
Ohio State KJ Hill WR Big Ten
Liberty Antonio Gandy-Golden WR FBS
South Carolina Bryan Edwards WR SEC
Texas Devin Duvernay WR Big 12
Notre Dame Chase Claypool WR IND
Arizona State Brandon Aiyuk WR Pac-12
Texas A&M Quartney Davis WR SEC

Who are the Senior Bowl prospects you’re most excited to hear about?