The Senior Bowl is the place where players can prove themselves and move up NFL Draft boards. After all, the draft starts in Mobile for the seniors that are lucky enough to be invited. During the week, the quarterback position is closely watched by everyone in attendance, whether it be scouts, general managers, or the media. So, who are some possible 2021 Senior Bowl quarterbacks that we should be keeping an eye on with the event less than a year away?
Potential 2021 Senior Bowl quarterback candidates
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Yeah, this one is a bit odd. I bet most of you did not expect to see Lawrence’s name pop up on this list. However, from what it sounds like, Lawrence is going to graduate by December. He was on the Senior Bowl’s list of quarterbacks that they were watching, and as such, he is a slam dunk to get invited, even this far out.
Lawrence’s arm talent, mobility, accuracy, and pocket presence will all be traits that are going to catapult him perhaps to the top overall pick next year. As such, he may not even accept the invite to Mobile, but he certainly has to be highlighted as a player that will get an invite.
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
Mond is a physically gifted quarterback. There is no doubt he can make some incredible, NFL-level throws in tight windows. His arm talent and mobility are all very evident. However, they come in such rare spurts that it is tough to truly back Mond’s game. There is always the upside argument with him, but his mental game is so raw right now.
However, he misses reads and goes through his progressions slowly, panics when threatened with pressure in the pocket, and overall needs to overhaul his processing. Still, that upside could be something that banks him into the Senior Bowl in January.
Jamie Newman, Georgia
Newman feels like another quarterback that is likely a shoo-in for the event already. He has the arm talent that will dazzle teams and certainly shows some flashes of excellent ball placement. There are just some things that nag at you when you watch his game.
Mainly, those come back to his lack of anticipation and inconsistent accuracy. Newman still is a wild card, though, and could be the riser of the process. The Senior Bowl is a great event for him to separate himself from the pack.
Mac Jones, Alabama
Jones is criminally slept on in this quarterback class. Not only does he seem like a guy who should get the opportunity down in Mobile, but he very well could be the best quarterback down there if Lawrence does not attend.
When Tua Tagovailoa went down for the season, the offense still performed well with Jones operating it. His accuracy, rhythm, and processing are all high-level. Do not sleep on his prospects. Jones looks likes a good day two quarterback if he shows out once again in 2020.
K.J. Costello, Mississippi State
In reality, Costello is a fascinating case when discussing the potential 2021 Senior Bowl quarterbacks. He has moments where his tape wows you. There is a good feel for touch and accuracy on some of his balls. He is not a bad mental processor and has improved in that area. All the arm talent is there for Costello.
With Mike Leach being there now and producing Garnder Minshew and Anthony Gordon recently, Costello is likely to land firmly on the radar of Jim Nagy and his Senior Bowl scouts. I would bet Costello is in Mobile in 2021 just because of his natural tools.
Kyle Trask, Florida
Trask feels like a perfect quarterback for the Senior Bowl. If there is a guy that is steady and will not rock the boat for an offense, Trask is the guy to do it. He has a great feel for leverage and attacks defenses well with his eyes. The anticipation and accuracy he shows are desirable traits as well.
There is just not a lot to love about his game. He is a guy that is a solid quarterback that projects as a competent NFL backup. There is no shame in that, and in this class, he is a strong Senior Bowl contender.
D’Eriq King, Miami
If the Senior Bowl wants a prospect that is absolutely dynamite personified on the football field, King stands to be a guy that they will look heavily at this season. A transfer from Houston, King has excellent capabilities in the open field with his legs and a rocket arm to boot with it.
There is a reason that he is hyped up as a dangerous dual-threat quarterback. As he enters a passing game that will adhere to his strengths with some quick concepts, King is going to be a real wild card. Mobile may very well be the ground where he can prove himself.
Shane Buechele, SMU
Buechele was a guy who transferred to SMU and was pretty decent. This is a guy who has an injury history that could hinder him, though. Still, when he is on the field, Buechele is a mobile and dynamic quarterback. He has some nice flashes of mental processing and eye manipulation that inspire hope in his ability.
However, there are some accuracy questions, and his pocket management is questionable at best. Still, though, if there is someone outside of the Power 5 conferences that gets the invite, Buechele might be the one.
Sam Ehlinger, Texas
As a college quarterback, Ehlinger is pretty solid. However, I am not entirely sold on his transition to the NFL. He has excellent mobility and does a ton of great things with his legs. That is easily his best trait. The mental game with him is not there yet.
When the picture changes pre-snap to post-snap, he can get lost and lock onto one read. There are some inconsistent accuracy issues with him. However, he does throw with some anticipation, which is encouraging. If he can show signs of improvement, he could get the invite.
Jack Coan, Wisconsin
Coan is an intriguing prospect. There are signs that he could be something. His feel for pressure is good. That is always a good baseline to start with. Even more so, he has the size and arm needed for the NFL. I also like how he works his reads across the field and does not stay locked onto a read.
However, this is a guy that does not extend plays and is all over the place with his accuracy. It is a fight internally with Coan. He should be better than he is right now, but this is a guy who could take that leap. So, he is a guy to watch.
Other Possible Invitees: Brandon Peters, Zerrick Cooper, Kenny Pickett, Chase Brice, Anthony Brown, Ian Book, and Anthony Russo
These are some other guys on the outside looking in here. If they improve, their outlooks can undoubtedly change. Cooper is a guy who I like, but he does not feel like a Senior Bowl guy. FCS guys who perform at a high level often make their money at the Shrine Game. There are just so many Senior names this year that could fit into the Senior Bowl mold, but there are other guys that stick out more than others.