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Senior Bowl quarterbacks fail to shine beneath spotlight

Seven quarterbacks arrived in Mobile, Alabama, for the 2024 Senior Bowl, hoping to impress NFL scouts and boost their draft stock. However, after three days of practice, it seems none of them managed to make a significant impact.

Observers noted that the performances of the quarterbacks did little to change pre-existing opinions. If scouts liked a prospect before the Senior Bowl, they saw enough positives to confirm their beliefs. Conversely, those who had reservations about certain quarterbacks didn’t see anything to change their minds.

Michael Penix Jr. from Washington stood out to some observers on the opening day of practice, but his performance didn’t maintain that level throughout the week. Bo Nix from Oregon also garnered attention early on but failed to leave a lasting impression.

Among the quarterbacks who showed some improvement were those on the American team, including Spencer Rattler, Joe Milton, Michael Pratt, and Carter Bradley. Despite struggling initially, they performed better as the week progressed.

For example, Bradley, who was initially considered undraftable, exceeded expectations and now merits late-round consideration for NFL teams.

Overall, while there were both positive and negative aspects to each quarterback’s performance, none of them managed to dispel serious concerns or significantly elevate their draft stock. The lack of standout performances at the Senior Bowl only increases anticipation for top underclassmen who were not in attendance.

As scouts await the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where prospects like Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, and J.J. McCarthy will have their chance to shine, it’s clear that the Senior Bowl did little to clarify the quarterback picture for NFL teams.

While it’s possible that one of the Senior Bowl quarterbacks may still be selected in the draft, it’s unlikely to be based solely on their performance during Senior Bowl week.

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