For those scouting NFL Draft prospects in the 2020 Senior Bowl, the North team’s 34-17 victory over the South squad wasn’t of much importance. However, the week leading up to the game provided an opportunity for scouts to get an idea for how players match up against others with potential NFL talent.
EJ Snyder, lead draft analyst for Windy City Gridiron, joined the Field Gulls podcast to talk about players that stood out during the week and who may be of interest for the Seahawks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Bradlee Anae (DE, Utah)
Anae’s three sacks and dominance against any of the South team’s tackles they lined up across form him helped him stand out during the game. Snyder said that one of the things that he appreciated about Anae during the week was the variety of pass rush moves that is uncommon for a college player.
Bradlee Anae made some money in Mobile this week. The @Utah_Football All-American had 3 sacks and several hurries. One hurry forced an interception. Congrats @BradleeAnae on a great showing in the @seniorbowl #Utes #UtesInTheNFL #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/nfkai2cq6c— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) January 26, 2020
Josh Kelley (RB, UCLA) and Antonio Gandy-Golden (WR, Liberty)
With C.J. Prosise set to be a free agent and Rashaad Penny coming off an ACL injury, it shouldn’t surprise Seahawks fans if Pete Carroll and John Schneider look for a running back to play behind Chris Carson. Kelley was the leading rusher in Saturday’s Senior Bowl and also stood out in practice.
Depth at wide receiver is also an area the Seahawks could look to address, and while it looks like Pete Carroll found that big target for Russell Wilson in D.K. Metcalf, there’s nothing stopping them from looking for another big target to develop. Antonio Gandy-Golden is a small-school player who flashed during the week.
Here are Snyder’s notes from practice:
Josh Kelley (RB, UCLA) showed some nice burst. Since then he was named the North Squad Offensive practice player of the week at RB.— EJ Snyder (@thedraftsmanFB) January 24, 2020
I checked in with a UCLA source, and he had GLOWING reviews on Josh's work ethic and character. He's one to watch in the mid-to-late rounds.
Charlie Heck (OT, North Carolina)
There’s a couple reasons to be interested in Charlie Heck. Andy Heck, his father, played for the Seahawks from 1989 to 1993 and is now coaching the offensive line for the Chiefs. He’s had a chance to learn what it takes to make it as an NFL lineman and has the pedigree. Duane Brown will be 35 to start next season and Germain Ifedi and George Fant are set to become free agents. Depending on how free agency plays out, they may need to select multiple tackles out of the upcoming draft.
LT Charlie Heck has these flashes of excellence. But then he'll have these double-negative plays shortly after. If he can become more consistent he'd be a good player. Moves well for the size. pic.twitter.com/tdMdeUHm6Z— Jared Stanger (@JaredStanger) January 21, 2020
Charlie Taumoepeau (TE, Portland State) and Sean McKeon (TE, Michigan)
Depth at tight end proved to be an issue with the Seahawks this past season. Luke Willson could return in free agency and Jacob Hollister could continue to provide depth, but a player like Sean McKeon could offer the Seahawks an upgrade in the run game and may be a surprise if he gets an opportunity to catch more passes. Snyder says Charlie Taumoepeau didn’t stand out during the week, but has put some plays on tape that shows his versatility to play a number of different roles.
Snyder’s notes are below:
Sean McKeon (TE Michigan) looks so much smoother and more natural as a receiver than he ever did in the Michigan offense. I think he will surprsie and turn some more heads at the Combine in Indy. Definitely a 2-way player at the position.— EJ Snyder (@thedraftsmanFB) January 23, 2020
Tune in to the full episode to hear Snyder discuss his encounter with Kentucky guard Logan Stenberg as well as thoughts on other offensive linemen. We also discuss tight end Harrison Bryant of Florida Atlantic and if the Bengals could foul up their opportunity to select their quarterback of the future.
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