The three practice days and the game event for the 2020 Senior Bowl highlighted many significant factors for the NFL draft process.
The Senior Bowl is usually the beginning of the NFL Draft season. There were many players to watch out for in the 2020 Senior Bowl week, which consisted of three practice days and the main event on Jan. 25.
Many players and some position groups stood out in the entire week. Many players raised their draft stock while some fell. There were plenty of storylines to take away from in the practice days leading up to the day of the game.
The North squad beat the South squad with a 34-17 score on Saturday afternoon. Here are some storylines to take away from a very productive and exciting Senior Bowl week.
3. Justin Herbert and Jordan Love prove their first-round value
There was no debate that former Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert was going to be a first-round. Before he took part in the 2020 Senior Bowl, he was evaluated as a top-15 prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft.
From day one of the practices, he displayed his great arm strength and athleticism that could make him difficult to contain in the NFL.
As the week went along, the draft stock for Hebert continued to rise as he showed his consistency yet progression with an NFL coached team. Many 2020 NFL Mock Drafts currently have Herbert as the sixth player taken overall to the Los Angeles Chargers. He played an entire first quarter for the South Squad by passing for 83 yards and a touchdown on nine completions (out of 12 attempts).
In the first drive of the game, Herbert led scoring by throwing for 31 yards on four completions (out of four attempts) that concluded with a 16-yard pass to Florida running back Lamical Perine. Herbert was voted the offensive game MVP.
Former Utah State Aggies quarterback Jordan Love was regarded as late first-round to early second-round selection. This Senior Bowl week was a great chance for Love to prove his worth as a consistent, yet explosive dual-threat quarterback.
From day one, Love took over as the most talented quarterback for the North Squad. Many analysts knew of the potential that Love possessed but they wanted to see his consistency against more established players.
This week proved that Love can be trusted than more than a running quarterback. Although he didn’t get many chances to showcase his talent in front of fans in the Senior Bowl game, but he more than showed his capabilities to play in an NFL-caliber offense through three great practices.