The 2021 Senior Bowl week unofficially gets underway on Saturday, January 23rd, as the players begin arriving in preparation for the NFL Draft. Building up to their arrival, the Senior Bowl rosters are being revealed day by day, starting with the quarterbacks on Friday, January 15th. The Senior Bowl week officially begins the following Tuesday with the player measurements and weigh-ins. Over the coming days, we will be tracking the Senior Bowl rosters announcements before guiding you through the measurements and weigh-ins when they begin.
You will notice an immediate difference at the 2021 Senior Bowl
Traditionally, the two Senior Bowl rosters have been known as the North and the South teams. However, the 2021 edition will feature a change in those team names to American and National. This is the second time the Senior Bowl has moved away from the North and South team names.
In 1991, the names were changed to AFC and NFC in order to distinguish where the coaching staffs of the two teams were from. However, this caused additional confusion, and the names reverted to North and South in 1994.
Which QBs will be playing for the American Team?
Jim Nagy is announcing the Senior Bowl rosters on Twitter. On Friday, he revealed which QBs will represent the American Team.
Kyle Trask, Florida
Kyle Trask was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy this year. He ultimately finished fourth in the voting, with DeVonta Smith the eventual Heisman Trophy winner. Trask threw for 4,283 yards and 43 touchdowns in his 12 games in 2020. He led Florida to an 8-4 record, as they made the SEC Conference Championship. Trask’s college career ended on a sour note in Florida’s bowl game, as he threw for just 158 yards and 3 interceptions against Oklahoma.
Trask is the ideal size for an NFL quarterback; his competitive toughness is unquestioned. He has consistently made good decisions throughout his career and has thrown just 15 interceptions in his college career. He has averaged a 67.9 percent completion rate, demonstrating his accuracy.
The concerns around Trask revolve around a relative lack of mobility, as well as his arm strength to throw the ball deep. Look for the coaching staff of the American Team to investigate those areas thoroughly in Senior Bowl week.
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
Compared to the other star QB names on the Senior Bowl rosters, Kellen Mond is somewhat under the radar. Mond threw for 9,661 yards in his Texas A&M career, with 71 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He also scored 22 rushing touchdowns while carrying the ball for over 1,600 yards in his college career.
Mond offers tangible upside accompanied by impressive physical traits. He is a good athlete who runs tough and can break tackles when running at speed. His athleticism leads him to have impressive pocket evasion ability, and he can produce off-platform and make plays off-script. When throwing the ball, Mond has good arm strength, allowing him to generate velocity with ease.
The concerns with Mond largely revolve around his consistency and accuracy as a passer. He flashes the ability to make reads and throw accurately but makes errors in both too often currently. Both areas are potentially repairable, but Senior Bowl week will give a glimpse to NFL coaches how much of a task this will be.
Jamie Newman, Wake Forest
Jamie Newman is one of the more intriguing prospects on the 2021 Senior Bowl rosters. After transferring from Wake Forest to Georgia, Newman ended up opting out of the season. Therefore, NFL teams and scouts have not seen anything out of Newman in the past 12 months. He threw for 2,868 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in his final season at Wake Forest. He added 574 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
Newman has plenty of potential, and he should be one of the stars when it comes to the weigh-in and measurement portion of Senior Bowl week. Newman is one of the more physically imposing QBs in the class, with impressive size and speed to match. He can provide value both running and passing the ball, something that will make him intriguing to NFL teams.
There are concerns around Newman under pressure, as well as his ability to get through his progressions. Those are both areas the American Team coaches will look to work on in Senior Bowl week to see if there is potential for improvement.
Which quarterbacks will be representing the National Team?
Jim Nagy is announcing the Senior Bowl rosters on Twitter. On Friday, he revealed which QBs will represent the National Team.
Ian Book, Notre Dame
Ian Book is one of several players on the 2021 Senior Bowl rosters who splits opinions. Twice in his career, he led his team to the College Football Playoff. However, in those two games combined, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 389 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
Additionally, after averaging over four yards per carry in his career, he managed just 85 yards on 32 carries. Those performances against the best teams have led to concern around his credentials as a QB at the next level.
The weigh-ins and measurements portion of the 2021 Senior Bowl week will be interesting for Book. Listed at 6’0″ and 206 pounds, his size could raise some questions. However, his athleticism and ability to extend plays is a big plus in the modern NFL. However, he struggles with progressions and holds the ball too long.
This leads to him having to extend plays as the pocket collapses. In the passing game, Book is a solid thrower who has made some impressive plays. Unfortunately, he struggles with his accuracy when throwing the ball deep, and his velocity takes a sharp dip when he is not throwing from a stable base.
Sam Ehlinger, Texas
There is no denying that Sam Ehlinger can be an electric playmaker. However, like most of the QBs on these Senior Bowl rosters, he struggles for consistency. After throwing 10 interceptions in 2018, he cut that to five in 2020. However, his completion percentage took a dip to 60 percent this year. He can make plays in the running game with a tough running style and has scored 33 touchdowns on the ground in his career.
Ehlinger is a wonderful leader who plays with great energy. He is a passionate player, willing to put his body on the line to get touchdowns and first downs. He should be fine when it comes to the measurements and weigh-ins area of the Senior Bowl evaluation, but he may not test as well as people expect when it comes to the NFL Combine. For as tough as he is, the speed, elusiveness, and agility leave something to be desired.
As a passer, he is mentally sharp. Unfortunately, it is the physical traits that let him down. He lacks velocity on his passes, which means any hesitation releasing the ball can be highly damaging. There are concerns around accuracy, but he has demonstrated improvement. The question many coaches will be asking heading into the 2021 Senior Bowl week is whether these physical concerns can be addressed in the NFL.
Feleipe Franks, Arkansas
Feleipe Franks probably surprised some people by being named to the Senior Bowl rosters. And he is another player that will raise some eyebrows when it comes to the measurements and weigh-ins. At 6’6″, he will be viewed as a prototypical NFL QB, which will certainly make people take notice. He took a risk transferring to Arkansas for his senior season.
However, with 19 touchdowns to 4 interceptions, while completing 68.5 percent of his passes, the move has kept him in the conversation regarding the 2021 NFL Draft.
He moves well for a QB of his size and can add a limited amount of value with his legs. The mental side of his game appears to be strong, but he can struggle when required to throw with anticipation. While his arm is considered above average, he needs to work on moving defenders with his eyes. Without an elite arm, he needs to use every advantage to open throwing windows down the field.
2021 Senior Bowl Weigh-Ins and Measurements | American and National Teams
The exact times and details surrounding the weigh-ins and measurements have yet to be formally announced. The first measurements will likely begin at 8:00 AM EST on Tuesday, with the second team following at 9:00 AM EST. NFL personnel will record key measurements, including height, weight, arm length, hand width, and wingspan. While there usually aren’t many surprises, there are always a few measurements that raise some eyebrows.
The chart below contains all of the weigh-in and measurement numbers for the 2021 Senior Bowl rosters. One thing you will notice is that the height is listed as a four-digit number. Note that the first digit is feet, the next two are inches, and the last digit is eighths of an inch. For example, if a player below is listed as 6026, he would be 6’2″ and 6/8″ or 6 feet, 2 and 6/8 inches.
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