With a reduced program, the 2021 Senior Bowl unofficially kicks off the start of the NFL Draft season. The Senior Bowl presents an opportunity for prospects and players to make an impact on a bigger stage. However, these opportunities can be a double-edged sword. Let’s look at five players who have the most to lose at the 2021 Senior Bowl.
Kyle Trask may have the most to lose due to his Senior Bowl absence
Kyle Trask improved his draft stock immensely during his senior season. However, a poor performance in his final game for Florida has raised some question marks. There was a lot of intrigue in how Trask would perform at the Senior Bowl this week. However, it was announced Monday afternoon that Trask will miss the Senior Bowl due to an ankle injury.
While not appearing at the Senior Bowl will prevent Trask from seeing his stock drop through poor performance, there is a reason for concern surrounding his absence. Trask is currently the consensus sixth QB off the board. He is projected to be taken somewhere in either the second or third round. However, teams will have been hoping to watch his Senior Bowl performance closely. With a number of QBs just behind him in consensus ranks competing, could we see a good performance help one of them jump above Trask?
While it may be unlikely that the likes of Jamie Newman, Kellen Mond, or Sam Ehlinger climb above Trask on board, they could provide a viable alternative. If teams believe they can get another option in the fourth or fifth round, they may pass on Trask. Even without being at the Senior Bowl, Trask could see his stock fall this week.
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Which other players on offense have the most to lose at the 2021 Senior Bowl?
Which other players on offense could have the most to lose in Moblie at the Senior Bowl?
Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Much like his quarterback, Kadarius Toney has seen his stock rise over the past season. He is beginning to be a staple in the first round of recent mock drafts. However, with just one season as a true weapon in college, his stock sits on a delicate balance.
Can he take his impressive performances and continue to demonstrate his skills at the Senior Bowl? If he regresses to the inconsistency we saw between 2017 and 2019, he could find himself falling down a loaded wide receiver class in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Another wide receiver who could be considered to have the most to lose at the Senior Bowl is Tylan Wallace. The receiver out of Oklahoma State has question marks around his ability to separate. Additionally, there are concerns regarding his injury history. If either of those issues come to the forefront in Senior Bowl week, he could drop out of the sweepstakes as a second-round selection.
Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama
Entering the 2020 season, Alex Leatherwood was projected by some as a potential first-round selection. Now projected to go at the back end of the first round, he finds himself in the middle of the pack among offensive tackles. For that reason, he is one of the players with the most to lose at the Senior Bowl.
His stock has been on a downward trend during the season and could continue that way with a poor performance against good competition at the Senior Bowl.
Which defensive players can not afford a bad week in Mobile?
With several talented defensive players on the field at the Senior Bowl, which players have the most to lose in the week ahead?
Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
Carlos Basham is another player who has seen his stock falling over the past season. He peaked as a mid-first-round pick but is now generally viewed as a low-end first-round or early second-round pick. However, the collection of offensive linemen he finds himself up against this week is some of the best in the nation. If he struggles this week with high-level, NFL-caliber competition, then his stock could continue to fall.
A player in similar territory when it comes to having the most to lose at the Senior Bowl is Patrick Jones II. Jones is another player who saw his stock peak early in the season before falling off as the season progressed.
Aaron Robinson, DB, UCF
Aaron Robinson is a somewhat interesting case study. He is generally viewed as a late-round pick by many, but Daniel Jeremiah had him in the first round in his recent mock draft. Therefore, suddenly Robinson becomes a player in the spotlight at the Senior Bowl.
While it may seem odd that he is a player considered with the most to lose at the Senior Bowl, the attention that comes from a first-round mock selection by the likes of Daniel Jeremiah brings added pressure.
Elsewhere among the secondary, Hamsah Nasirildeen is the player with the most to lose at Senior Bowl week. Once considered a first-round selection, Nasirildeen has seen his stock drop an entire round in the past 12 months. If he struggles in the Senior Bowl, then his stock could be set to drop even further over the coming weeks.
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