There were some players on the defensive side of the ball that wreaked havoc during Senior Bowl practices and the game. The defense is limited and not allowed to blitz since it is an exhibition game. Therefore defensive players have to win their individual assignments to disrupt the offense. This draft class is known by scouts to be better defensively than on offense. These are some of the defensive players that dominated the Reese’s Senior Bowl:
Dalvin Tomlinson: A defensive linemen from the college football powerhouse Alabama. Bama recruits the best defensive prospects in the country every year. These players are usually 5 or 4-star prospects and at the top of their class. Tomlinson did not always start at Alabama because the team had so many great players at his position. However, during Senior Bowl Week, he was dominating the offense line and getting into the backfield. He caught the eye of NFL teams and really helped his draft stock.
Haason Reddick: Nobody had a better week than Haason Reddick a linebacker from Temple. He comes from a smaller school but showed that he can play with anybody. Reddick caused multiple turnovers during the game and was all over the field. He is slightly undersized yet showed to be a good tackler. He can really rush the passer and get to the quarterback which NFL teams like. Don’t be surprised if Haason Reddick is drafted in the first or second round.
Obi Melifonwu: The safety from UConn has great measurables at 6’4″ and 220 pounds. That height will be useful with taller receivers and tight ends at the next level. He showed his physicality in the run game and his range in coverage as well. Obi proved to be one of the better safeties in this year’s draft. His measurables will only help his draft stock to go along with a solid Senior Bowl performance.
Overall the 2017 draft class is loaded on defense. This class is so good that some people think scoring could go down for the NFL in the coming years. The defense is usually ahead of the offense at first because the offense has more plays to install. I am looking forward to seeing these future defensive standouts on Sundays in the NFL.