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Ranking all 119 players at the 2020 Senior Bowl

With the premier collegiate all-star game just around the corner, let’s rank every single player participating at this year’s Senior Bowl.

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The Senior Bowl is the unofficial start of the ramping up of the draft process.

As the first major event to come after college bowl season, the game serves as a platform for unheralded prospects to boost their stock and make an impact while playing under NFL coaching staffs and in front of scouts and team management. It also allows top-tier prospects to prove their worth and solidify their status as early picks.

This year’s group features a lot of talented players at essentially every position, some of whom could end up being selected in the first round of the 2020 draft. It also features several prospects who are virtually unknown in some draft circles. Regardless of which side of the spectrum a player may fall on, the Senior Bowl is a perfect platform for a draft prospect to showcase their skills in front of NFL organizations.

With months of tape-grinding in the books, I have gone through the liberty of watching every single prospect that will be at Mobile, Alabama this week. Here are my rankings of all 119 prospects that will play in the game, as well as a positional breakdown of a few positions the Bears would be wise to target.

2020 Senior Bowl prospect rankings

Ranking Player Position School
Ranking Player Position School
1 Justin Herbert QB Oregon
2 Javon Kinlaw DL South Carolina
3 Brycen Hopkins TE Purdue
4 Raekwon Davis DL Alabama
5 Neville Gallimore DL Oklahoma
6 Kenny Willekes EDGE Michigan State
7 Darrell Taylor EDGE Tennessee
8 Anfernee Jennings EDGE Alabama
9 Terrell Lewis EDGE Alabama
10 Antoine Brooks Jr. SAF Maryland
11 Ben Bredeson OG Michigan
12 Harrison Bryant TE Florida Atlantic
13 Josh Uche EDGE Michigan
14 Jared Pinkney TE Vanderbilt
15 Collin Johnson WR Texas
16 Troy Dye LB Oregon
17 Gabriel Davis WR UCF
18 Bryan Edwards WR South Carolina
19 Josh Jones OT Houston
20 Ashtyn Davis SAF California
21 Jordan Love QB Utah State
22 Denzel Mims WR Baylor
23 Zack Baun EDGE Wisconsin
24 Prince Tega Wanogho OT Auburn
25 Trey Adams OT Washington
26 Matt Hennessy OC Temple
27 Jalen Hurts QB Oklahoma
28 Cameron Brown LB Penn State
29 Michael Ojemudia CB Iowa
30 Trevis Gipson EDGE Tulsa
31 Troy Pride Jr. CB Notre Dame
32 Nick Harris OC Washington
33 Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB Vanderbilt
34 K.J. Hill WR Ohio State
35 Essang Bassey CB Wake Forest
36 Michael Pittman Jr. WR USC
37 Logan Stenberg OG Kentucky
38 Alton Robinson EDGE Syraucse
39 Matt Peart OT UConn
40 Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State
41 Devin Duvernay WR Texas
42 Carter Coughlin EDGE Minnesota
43 Antonio Gandy-Golden WR Liberty
44 Lloyd Cushenberry OC LSU
45 Malik Harrison LB Ohio State
46 Chase Claypool WR Notre Dame
47 Davion Taylor LB Colorado
48 Terence Steele OT Texas Tech
49 James Proche WR SMU
50 Logan Wilson LB Wyoming
51 Eno Benjamin RB Arizona State
52 Jonathan Greenard EDGE Florida
53 John Simpson OG Clemson
54 Antonio Gibson WR/RB Memphis
55 Evan Weaver LB California
56 Hakeem Adeniji OT Kansas
57 Jabari Zuniga EDGE Florida
58 Justin Herron OT Wake Forest
59 Brian Cole II SAF Mississippi State
60 Lamical Perine RB Florida
61 Josiah Deguara TE Cincinnati
62 K'Von Wallace SAF Clemson
63 Kalija Lipscomb WR Vanderbilt
64 Mitchell Wilcox TE USF
65 Joshua Kelley RB UCLA
66 A.J. Green CB Oklahoma State
67 Benito Jones DL Ole Miss
68 DaVon Hamilton DL Ohio State
69 Alex Taylor OT South Carolina State
70 Damien Lewis OG LSU
71 Van Jefferson WR Florida
72 Charlie Heck OT North Carolina
73 Ben Bartch OG/OT St. John’s (MN)
74 Josiah Coatney DL Ole Miss
75 Dane Jackson CB Pittsburgh
76 Darrion Daniels DL Nebraska
77 T.J. Brunson LB South Carolina
78 Khaleke Hudson SAF/LB Michigan
79 Adam Trautman TE Dayton
80 Leki Fotu DL Utah
81 Darius Anderson RB TCU
82 Marlon Davidson DL/EDGE Auburn
83 Larrell Murchison DL North Carolina State
84 Jared Mayden SAF Alabama
85 Robert Windsor DL Penn State
86 Braden Mann P Teas A&M
87 Austin Mack WR Ohio State
88 Jeremy Chinn SAF Southern Illinois
89 Josh Metellus SAF Michigan
90 JaMycal Hasty RB Baylor
91 Stephen Sullivan TE LSU
92 Quartney Davis WR Texas A&M
93 Anthony Gordon QB Washington State
94 Kyle Dugger SAF Lenoir-Rhyne
95 Akeem Davis-Gaither LB Appalachian State
96 Lamar Jackson CB Nebraska
97 Terrell Burgess SAF Utah
98 Jauan Jennings WR Tennessee
99 Tremayne Anchrum OT Clemson
100 Reggie Robinson II SAF Tulsa
101 Tyre Phillips OT Mississippi State
102 Jason Strowbridge EDGE North Carolina
103 Colton McKivitz OT West Virginia
104 Trevon Hill EDGE Miami (FL)
105 Darnay Holmes CB UCLA
106 Keith Ismael OC San Diego State
107 Rodrigo Blankenship K Georgia
108 Francis Bernard LB Utah
109 D.J. Wonnum EDGE South Carolina
110 Jonah Jackson OG Ohio State
111 Kindle Vildor CB Georgia Southern
112 Blake Ferguson LS LSU
113 Shea Patterson QB Michigan
114 Charlie Taumoepeau TE Portland State
115 Joseph Charlton K South Carolina
116 Alohi Gilman SAF Notre Dame
117 Steven Montez QB Colorado
118 Steve Wirtel LS Iowa State
119 Tyler Bass K Georgia Southern
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Tight ends class stacked with talent

The tight end position is one that the Bears struggled mightily to get production out of in 2019, so they would be smart to make adding talent to the current group of players one of their biggest priorities this offseason. Luckily for them, this year’s Senior Bowl features a lot of impressive prospects.

At the top of this group is Brycen Hopkins, a personal favorite of mine whom I have mocked to the Bears not once, but twice. His athleticism, ball skills, fluidity across the middle of the field and technique as a route runner make him a high-upside target in the second round. Harrison Bryant has flown under the radar in most draft circles, but he also fits the mold as an athletic receiving tight end, and he even has a 1,000-yard season to his name. He will likely be available on Day 3, but he will end up with a higher grade than that on my board.

Jared Pinkney is another intriguing tight end, as he offers physicality and technique as a blocker, as well as strong hands and a well-built frame. If the Bears choose to go for a ‘Y’ tight end to replace Adam Shaheen instead of a ‘U’ to replace Trey Burton, Pinkney could be a good target. Keep an eye on Adam Trautman, a small-school, pass-catching tight end with natural ball skills and impressive production: he had 14 touchdowns this year.

Several intriguing developmental offensive linemen

Part of the Bears’ struggles on offense came as a result of underwhelming play from their offensive line. Though there are still some promising pieces up front, they could stand to add some young talent up front.

My top-rated blocker in this Senior Bowl class is guard Ben Bredeson. Though not the most athletic interior lineman, he’s a hard-nosed, powerful blocker who uses his hands well and has admirable strength in his lower body. If the Bears want to look for a pure guard to draft in Round 2, he would be an enticing option. Other noteworthy guards include Logan Stenberg—a stiff yet strong lineman who plays with heavy hands and a nasty edge—and John Simpson, a late riser up draft boards who also plays with a mauler approach.

This year’s group of offensive tackles is pretty raw as a whole, but it has a handful of players with very high ceilings. Both Josh Jones and Prince Tega Wanogho are long and athletic tackles with value as blindside pass protectors and have upside galore, despite some technical flaws with pad level and hand usage at times. Either one of them could potentially sneak into the end of the first round with a good showing at the Senior Bowl.

Trey Adams could have been a first-round pick in the 2018 draft as a junior, but two serious injuries have him entering the Senior Bowl as a redshirt senior with something to prove. He’s a massive and length tackle prospect with good hand usage and a solid blend of power and agility for his size. He will look to use this game as a chance to remind teams why he was so highly touted before his injuries. Matt Peart and Terence Steele both fit the bill as long and mobile blockers with high motors, while Hakeem Adeniji and Justin Herron are two underweight Day 3 prospects with lots of athleticism for the position who could develop into quality pass protectors with some work in an NFL weight room.

Top-heavy group of quarterbacks

The 2020 class has as many as seven quarterbacks who could potentially develop into starters, and this year’s Senior Bowl will serve as a platform for three of those players.

Justin Herbert tops the list, as the talented Oregon quarterback projects as a potential top-10 pick in this year’s draft. He won’t be an option for the Bears, but his arm strength, mobility, size and sense of anticipation will surely see him drafted early this year.

Jordan Love and Jalen Hurts are two more realistic options for Chicago, and even the former could potentially be long gone if the desire for rookie quarterbacks in the first round is strong. Love is a strong-armed, athletic playmaker who can deliver accurate strikes to any point of the field, showcasing flashes of top-notch ball placement and anticipatory skills. His 2019 tape showed signs of processing regression and raw mechanics, but his upside will see him drafted early.

Hurts took significant strides as a passer this year, improving his accuracy and timing while keeping the athletic ability that projects him as a dual-threat in the pros. His decision-making still needs work, as does his release and his ability to read the field. He might be a reach in Round 2, but he could boost his stock with a standout performance in Mobile.

As far as the rest of the quarterbacks go, Anthony Gordon could be a name worth remembering as the draft process heats up. The regular season leader in passing yards with 5,228 (Joe Burrow was the overall leader in yards but played in two more games than Gordon), the Washington State signal-caller is an accurate passer who can anticipate well and has solid athleticism for the position. He doesn’t have a very high ceiling, but he could be a developmental backup option the Bears could look at.

Check out Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation Podcast as he and EJ Snyder talk all about the Senior Bowl. For those not aware, EJ is in Mobile covering the Senior Bowl practices all week for WCG so give him a follow on Twitter @thedraftsmanFB.