The Senior Bowl takes place Jan. 30 in Mobile, Ala. Here are a few players to watch during the game.

Quarterbacks:

• Mac Jones, Alabama: He is the top guy here. His first-round status may depend on him proving it.
• Kellen Mond, Texas A&M: Such an interesting prospect. If he shows poise in the pocket, watch out.

Skill Guys:

• Michael Carter, RB, UNC: I really like this kid’s tape. Can he be anything more than a pass-catching back? I think he can.
• Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State: I always like to see players line up against better competition.
• D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan: Had the best Day One of any player at any position.
• Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State: Just remember his name.
• Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana: He’s not James Robinson, who I thought was a top-five back in last year’s class, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he makes a team really happy in April.
• Larry Rountree III, RB, Missouri: Believe it or not, for personal reasons I watched a bunch of Missouri football this year. Rountree is going to be on an NFL roster next season.
• Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida: I just love watching him play – first-round lock.
• Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia: I own six cats – yes, six – and the kid’s name has Kitty in it.

Offensive Line:

• Quinn Meinerz, G/C, Wisconsin-Whitewater: Day One was a success. He could be a nice late-round center for the Ravens.
• Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma: Top center in the draft and looks like it so far.
• James Hudson III, G/T, Cincinnati: A converted defensive lineman, he is still learning to play along the offensive line — but he looks the part.
• Ben Cleveland, G/T, Georgia: Just a monster of a man who didn’t get to finish practice Jan. 26 due to an ankle issue.

Defense:

• Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State: As I said on Glenn Clark Radio Jan. 26, Toney measured smaller than expected, but that doesn’t bother me. His tape says explosive pass rusher.
• Benjamin St-Juste, DB, Minnesota: He sticks to wide receivers on tape. How he does this week will be interesting.
• Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami: As a ‘Canes fan, I am more critical than most of Miami players, but Roche has a terrific first step.
• Ifeatu Melifonwu, DB, Syracuse: His makeup speed is impressive. I’m interested to see him off the ball.

Photo Credit: Bruce Waterfield/Oklahoma State Athletics

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