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Players to Watch During Senior Bowl Week!

Senior Bowl week is just about here! Here are some names to keep your eyes on that could flash!

Max Duggan, QB, TCU  

Since the Senior Bowl lost two more prominent name quarterbacks in Will Levis and Stetson Bennett, eyes should be on Max Duggan during senior bowl week. Duggan played four years at TCU with a rocky history there. He was not impressive his first three seasons at TCU and was the backup of Chandler Morris starting in 2022, but Morris got hurt in the first game of the season. Duggan made the most of his opportunity in 2022, with 3698 yards and 32 touchdowns, and led TCU to the national championship game. 

We should be watching Duggan, but he has dynasty value in his play. He is a mobile quarterback who has run 400 yards each season at TCU and two seasons with nine plus rushing touchdowns. He ran in an RPO offense with quick throws and catered to his game, plus the ability to throw the ball vertically. We’ve seen flashes of outstanding play by Duggan. But he is still inconsistent on a few things, like reading coverage and throws. He has the mobility and arm strength to reach the next level. I’m interested to see if he can be successful with NFL coaches working him up or if he is a system quarterback only. Duggan has been a late-round quarterback I’ve been targeting in Superflex leagues, so a good week would prove he is worth the draft spot. 

Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas – National Team

Johnson is probably my favorite running back to see more of during the Senior Bowl week. Johnson played four years at Texas, mainly behind the future great Bijan Robinson. Robinson’s success has shadowed Johnson’s talent in college. Johnson had three years of 500 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns every year. He is also very useful in the passing game, with 56 receptions over the four years. 

I want to see the talent show off his size and athleticism in the backfield this week. Johnson showed outstanding vision and instinct as a part-time running that should be on full display. The trait most NFL scouting will fall in love with is his ability as a pass blocker which is one of the best in this class. He is a physical runner. I hope we see more vertically in the running ability, as his lateral agility is missing. Johnson should be an exciting player to watch. He is likely a late third-round pick right now, but if he lands in a good situation, he could creep up. 

Chris Rodriguez Jr, RB, Kentucky – American Team 

Rodriquez was a redshirt senior who spent his time in Kentucky. Rodriquez’s had an explosive junior season with 1,378 yards and 13 total touchdowns. In 2022 during this senior season, he was suspended for the first four games but still got 904 yards and six touchdowns. His physically downhill runner style helped him produce 669 of his yards after contact. He is tough to bring down at the line and almost impossible once he gets to the second level of the defense. Rodriquez’s downfall we need to see more elusiveness and creativity in this run, especially when he gets to the open field. Rodriquez has the versatility to fit in different schemes at the NFL level so that many scouts will be watching him. He has a late-round three value but landing spot that would be the difference maker. 

Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State – National Team 

A receiver I want to get more opportunities at the Senior Bowl is Reed. He was a three-year player at Michigan State. He had his best season in 2021; he put up 1,026 yards and seven touchdowns. Reed has shown that he can be more than just a receiver but a very versatile weapon for an offense or even on special teams. His best ability is the run after the catch he presents once he gets the ball in his hands. I’d be interested to see if the Senior Bowl coaches use him in very creative ways this week. Reed lacks explosiveness, but what he can do with the ball in his hands is very creative. His dynasty hopes aren’t big on the radar, but a good outing at the Senior Bowl may change that. 

Don’Tayvion Wicks, WR, Virginia – American Team

Wicks is someone I want to see more during the Senior Bowl week. Wicks was dominant in 2021 with 1,203 yards and nine touchdowns, showing his dynamic ability in the passing game. He showed terrific ball skills and route running ability that was eye-popping for the next level. His 2022 season is why we need to see more from him at the Senior Bowl because he had a down year. Wicks dealt with many drops and didn’t seem to fit in Virginia’s scheme in 2022. If he can flash this week, I want to keep my eyes on him throughout the draft process. If he shows off his dynamic ability, he could end up being a late-round rookie draftee. 

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