Mayfield's arrival at Senior Bowl delayed

Spotlight is on QBs for Senior Bowl week

Allen decided he wasn't ready but feels he is now as a fourth-year junior.

Mayfield is a potential high draft pick, and his presence at the Senior Bowl will give National Football League scouts another look at him while Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen prepare in more private settings. Should NFL teams lean toward finished O-line products or raw prospects who could become all-world players? The game is usually offered to the teams with the lowest winning percentages the previous season and are retaining the majority of their coaching staffs.

There are two here with, at least, an outside shot at being the first one taken in April. Intentional grounding is allowed. NFL Network will televise the game. So they're not missing out on a ton, but it certainly does help to have all the exposure you can get to these prospects. There are also measurements and interviews that take place during the week. Yes, that's a real thing that happened. Mayfield is fiery. He has raised eyebrows with some off-field incidents but it's unfair to lump him with failed first-rounder Johnny Manziel. Some believe he might only come in at six feet tall.

Barring a historic rise in draft grades, Hand won't match Garrett's No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft - but he will lead a talented contingent of seven Alabama players at the Senior Bowl.

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ยท We made our way down to the field for the latter half of the South practice, when the 1-on-1 linemen drills were heating up. Players speak to the media for 15 minutes after practice.

Denver, which requested that the Senior Bowl administration put Mayfield on its team, will likely get the most thorough evaluation of his play and personality this week.

Practice: The North Team goes from 12:30-2:30 and the South Team from 3:00-5:00. There have been some mock drafts already that have him going fifth overall to the Broncos, so don't be surprised to see him go early in the draft. Stay tuned to for coverage all week long. Mayfield said he remained home in Texas to be with his ailing mother. Pumphrey showed Darren Sproles-like traits with his quickness and versatility; Penny certainly has the versatility (NCAA record 8 return TDs) but he's a much bigger and more physical back than Pumphrey. He declined to say whether he will play in Saturday's game. But maybe this week is enough to make the Broncos fall in love with either Allen or Mayfield. The 6-7 outside linebacker followed up by producing 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, all while displaying great speed and length. One season later, Mayfield is the clear top quarterback among seniors and is on track to be a high draft pick.

One player that could be quite the find for the Silver and Black in the middle of the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft would be Auburn Tigers redshirt senior safety Tray Matthews. Many consider him the top TE in the class. Only San Diego State's Rashaad Penny will challenge him. Coming from Mike Gundy's spread offense, Ateman gets his chance to show he can learn a full route tree and play in different spots.



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