By 750 THE GAME STAFF
The Senior Bowl is on Saturday and it’s a time for some of college football greats to improve their draft stock for the upcoming draft.
This year there are numerous Oregon and Oregon State standouts who are on the roster for the 2024 Senior Bowl.
For the Ducks:
DB, Evan Williams
DL, Brandon Dorlus
DB, Khyree Jackson
OL, Jackson Powers-Johnson
QB, Bo Nix
For the Beavers:
DB, Kitan Oladapo
OL, Taliese Fuaga
ESPN put out a preview of the event and the Northwest players were mentioned heavily.
Even though Bo Nix may be the most intriguing prospect of the whole bunch. His draft grade is ranging from the first round to the second round. But Jordan Reid of ESPN had to talk about the prospect he is most excited to see. It was Oregon State offensive lineman Taliese Fuaga.
“Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State. This is a hot name in league circles right now, and I’m interested to see if he can live up to the hype. At 6-foot-6 and 334 pounds, Fuaga is a nasty blocker at the point of attack and looks to physically impose his will on defenders every chance that he gets. That physical edge can’t be coached, and we could see some highlight-worthy blocks throughout the week. He allowed one sack in his 25-start career at right tackle. Fuaga is considered to be anywhere from OT3 to OT5 on draft boards, but with an impressive Senior Bowl performance, I wouldn’t be surprised if he started getting mentioned as a top-two offensive tackle in the class.”
Draft analyst Matt Miller had this to say about Oregon quarterback Bo Nix.
“The NFL consensus on Nix is that he’s a fringe Round 1 player, but there are questions about his accuracy outside of the Oregon scheme. Nix (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) has more than enough arm strength and mobility to impress scouts on hand for practices, but it will be his ball placement and timing on deep routes that must wow them to make a considerable jump in draft stock. And unfortunately, those are the hardest areas to execute well when throwing to new receivers in the first days of practice.
“But I think Nix leaves the Senior Bowl with a ton of praise and momentum — and a Round 1 grade. He’s No. 25 in my pre-Senior Bowl rankings.”
The analysts were also asked to give out predictions of what they think will happen. Miller talked about Nix once again, and said he thinks Nix will rise up the board.
“Nix will move up the board. He has made evaluators forget his early-career struggles at Auburn with two fantastic seasons at Oregon. Now, with an opportunity to show off his top-level arm talent, great mobility and solid field vision, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Nix leave Mobile with a cemented Day 1 grade and in the conversation to go in the middle of the round.”
The Senior Bowl is Saturday February 3 at 10 a.m. on the NFL Network, but there are practices all week which may be even more important to the players draft stock.
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