Senior Bowl Day Three Risers and Fallers: National Team

The Senior Bowl is a showcase event for players to prove to NFL teams that they are worth their selections, and throughout the week, players are “risers” and “fallers”. The on-field portion is what will be discussed here. A large portion of the true rising and falling from the Senior Bowl will be in the off-field meetings with team personnel.

Senior Bowl Risers: Day Three

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Michael Wilson, WR, Stanford

Michael Wilson has had a fantastic week and simply could not be left off of all of these lists. Wilson has been one of the best receivers at the Senior Bowl regardless of team. He came in as a bit of an unknown due to his lack of playing time because of injuries over his career.

Wilson is 6015 and 216lbs. He just absolutely postered a defender towards the end of the scrimmages, and was good throughout the one-on-ones today. Wilson had one of the best weeks of anyone here, and was consistently good.

Adetomiwa Adebawore, DL, Northwestern

Adetomiwa Adebawore brings versatility to the defensive line and showed it throughout the week in Mobile. At 6015, 284lbs with 34″ arms, Adebawore can be an extremely versatile piece. He can line up both inside and on the edge.

Adebawore started the day off strong by winning two reps against Cody Mauch in one-on-ones. He followed it up by dominating Jarrett Patterson on back-to-back reps. Adebawore also beat Mauch on a rep during the scrimmage portion of practice.

Payne Durham, TE, Purdue

Payne Durham had a very good performance today. Durham has a prototypical tight end frame at 6050, 258lbs with an 80 6/8″ wingspan. He started by catching a pass that was overthrown over the middle of the field during 7-on-7. Durham also had a tremendous back shoulder touchdown grab around two defenders.

Ronnie Bell, WR, Michigan

Ronnie Bell showed a penchant for drawing defensive pass interference, as well as defensive holding. On special teams, he muffed a punt but was able to draw a kick catch interference penalty from his flop. At 5112 and 192lbs, he has enough size and he’s shown the physicality to play on the outside. He also had a touchdown while scrimmaging.

Karl Brooks, iDL, Bowling Green

Karl Brooks is a returning player to this list. Brooks once again flashed his technical prowess as a pass rusher, showing excellent hand usage. He comes in at 6033, 303lbs with 32 2/8″ arms.

At Bowling Green he played on the edge. If Brooks can get just a bit stronger as he continues to bulk up to play on the interior while maintaining his flexibility, he can be a productive NFL player for a long time.

Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland

Jaelyn Duncan played left tackle at Maryland. They asked him before to practice some at right tackle, and he had struggled. Today, he looked more confident and seemed to adjust well. He showed good hand usage and is an athletic tackle. He also showed a solid anchor.

Keeanu Benton, iDL, Wisconsin

Keeanu Benton had a fantastic week, and is another player that makes it difficult to leave off entirely. Benton is 6034 and 312lbs, and has a strong hands. He had a nice spin move as well today. Benton has been a consistent performer throughout the week.

Senior Bowl Fallers: Day Three

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Jarrett Patterson, iOL, Notre Dame

Jarrett Patterson has struggled at times throughout the week. He had a few reps where Adebawaore was able to beat him in one-on-ones, and he also was up and down throughout the team section. This is more of an overall faller, as his performance was not necessarily worse than the previous days, but this is more of a total encapsulation of his overall practices.

Blake Freeland, OT, BYU

As with Patterson, this is not a singular day statement for Blake Freeland. Freeland had reps with good footwork and hand placement and was able to win some one-on-ones — but he still was beat, even by some less explosive players. Overall, his performance was subpar, and he will need a good game to make up for it.

Jovaughn Gwyn, iOL, South Carolina

Jovaughn Gwyn came in as a late addition to the National team roster, and this was just his first practice. So while a lot of the struggles that he had can be explained by that, his measurables are also very concerning and don’t bode well for those issues to be corrected in the future. He is just 6017, 301lbs, with 31 and 7/8″ arms.

Honorable Mention

Bryce Baringer, P, Michigan St

Have I put Bryce Baringer as an honorable mention in these articles before? Yes. Does he deserve it again? Absolutely. He has been rocketing punts this week, and today was no different. He has talked about how he has been working to improve his hang time, something NFL teams want to see more of from him. Today, returners were not left much time to operate due to his improvement.

Gators Justin Shorter Accepts Shrine Bowl Invite

Florida wide receiver Justin Shorter accepts Shrine Bowl invitation
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Florida Gators senior wide receiver Justin Shorter has accepted his invitation to participate in the East-West Shrine Bowl. Shorter transferred from Penn State for the 2020 season and has been with the Florida program ever since. Shorter is a fifth year senior, and a former five-star recruit.

He has been second on the team in receiving yards the past two years. Shorter had 577 receiving yards in just nine games this past season. He missed three games this year due to a hamstring injury. The improvements he made this season were very apparent. He surpassed his total yardage in three fewer games and increased his yards per reception by 6.5 yards.

Shorter is out of eligibility and will set his sights on the NFL Draft. The beginning of that process for him is in Las Vegas with the Shrine Bowl.

Justin Shorter’s Shrine Bowl Prospects

Justin Shorter is one of the bigger names that has currently accepted their Shrine Bowl invite, although the room is far from full. Currently, Zay Flowers out of Boston College and Jadon Haselwood from Arkansas are the other big names.

Flowers, Haselwood and Shorter are joined at the Shrine Bowl by Jadakis Bonds from Hampton and Dallas Daniels from Jackson State. Clayton Tune from Houston and Aidan O’Connell will play at quarterback in the game.

The East-West Shrine Bowl will take place on February 2, 2023, and is played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. If Shorter is able to impress, he can improve his draft stock dramatically. Shorter has improved as a deep threat, and if he can do that against other NFL prospects it should help his draft stock. Shorter also needs to show his versatility to run a full route tree and to not just be a jump ball receiver. If he can do so, he has a chance to rise up boards.

Gators QB Anthony Richardson Declares For 2023 NFL Draft

Florida Gators redshirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Richardson has declared for the NFL draft. Richardson was a first-year starter for the Gators this season, but has played in 22 games in total.

Florida QB Anthony Richardson has declared for the NFL draft
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Anthony Richardson started in all 12 games this past season. The Gators went 6-6, including 3-5 in the SEC. Richardson went 176/327, a 53.8% rate, and had 2549 yards passing, for 7.8 yards per attempt. He had 17 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions. Richardson also added 103 rushes for 654 yards — an average of 6.3 yards per rush — and had nine touchdowns on the ground.

Anthony Richardson had a 79.8 PFF grade on the season and had many high points, but he also had a lot of inconsistencies that may give NFL draft scouts some pause. There were four games in which Richardson graded below a 65 on PFF’s scale, including two in the 40’s.

However, he also had four games that graded above an 80. If he can eliminate his low end performances, he can be a much better overall quarterback.

Anthony Richardson’s NFL Draft Prospects

The NFL draft tends to love quarterbacks. They also tend to love prospects with extreme physical gifts. Anthony Richardson is both of these things. Richardson is currently looking as though he could be anywhere from a mid first-round pick to an early second-round pick. Richardson could rise in the draft due to his physical traits and an abundance of teams in need of quarterbacks.

Currently, Damian Parson of The Draft Network projects Anthony Richardson as the 9th overall pick in the draft. It is definitely a hot take, and Parson has him as the third quarterback off the board. NFL Mock Draft Database’s 2023 Consensus Big Board, a compilation of industry big boards and mock drafts, currently has Anthony Richardson as the 32nd overall player. They also have him as QB4.

Gators Ventrell Miller Accepts Senior Bowl Invite

Florida Gators senior linebacker Ventrell Miller has accepted an invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Miller, a sixth year senior, had a resurgent year coming back from injury this past season. Miller still dealt with injuries, including a fractured foot.

The defensive leader for the Gators, Miller was third on the team in total tackles with 74, including 34 solo and 8.5 for loss. For his career, Miller racked up 238 career tackles, 124 of which were solo, over the five seasons he played. The Gators have not had a bowl game announced, and Miller has not said if he will play in it or not, though he will most likely not.

Miller is out of eligibility and will set his sights on the NFL Draft. The beginning of that process starts in Mobile.

Ventrell Miller Needs a Strong Senior Bowl

Miller will look to impress scouts at the week long event that takes place in Mobile, Alabama. Practices begin Tuesday, January 31, 2023. The game takes place on February 4, 2023 at 1:30pm EST.

The linebacker group is an interesting group as currently constructed, with more invites to come. Joining Miller is Auburn linebackers Owen Pappoe and Eku Leota, Texas Longhorn DeMarvion Overshown and Iowa State Cyclone Will McDonald IV. The group also has Dick Butkus Award finalist and Washington State Cougar Daiyan Henley. Smaller school players joining them are Tulane’s Dorian Williams, Jackson State’s Aubrey Miller Jr., and Appalachian State’s Nick Hampton.

Ventrell Miller will need an impressive Senior Bowl to move up in the draft. Miller won’t be an elite tester at the combine. The best way for him to improve his draft stock is to show what he can do on the field at the Senior Bowl, both in the game and in practices. He will be expected to be impressive in meetings during the week as well, which is an important part of the week for participants. Miller must use his football intelligence and experience to stand out. If he can do that, he can rise up draft boards.

Florida vs Georgia Preview

Date: October 29, 2022
Time: 3:30 p.m. EST
Network: CBS
Records: Florida Gators (4-3) vs Georgia Bulldogs (7-0)
Location: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Spread: Florida +22.5
Over/Under: 56.5
Pick: Georgia 49 – Florida 28

Florida vs Georgia Preview

Florida takes on Georgia at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville in a heated rivalry game. The Bulldogs are coming into the game undefeated, while Florida is sitting at 4-3. Georgia won the game last year, on their way to winning the SEC East and the National Championship. The game would have been kept close last year, but Florida had turnover issues at the end of the first half that helped the Bulldogs get the victory.

Florida’s offense looks more explosive this year, but has had some inconsistencies, while Georgia’s defense has taken a small step back. However, the Bulldogs are still a championship contender and should look to get a win.

Florida vs Georgia
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Georgia Bulldogs

Offensive Stats

Points Per Game (Rank): 43.2 (3)
Total Yards Per Game: 534.5 (2)
Passing YPG: 326.2 (8)
Rushing YPG: 208.3 (16)
Points Per Play: 0.589 (5)
Yards Per Play: 7.3 (2)
3rd Down Conversion %: 54.93 (4)
4th Down Conversion %: 100.00 (1)
Red Zone Scoring %: 100.00 (1)

Rush Play %: 48.64 (84)
Yards Per Carry: 5.8 (5)
Runs Per Game: 35.7 (68)

Pass Play %: 51.36 (48)
Completion %: 70.91 (20)
Yards Per Pass: 8.9 (11)
Passes Per Game: 36.7 (28)
Interception %: 0.45 (3)
QB Sack %: 2.65 (11)

Defensive Stats

Points Per Game (Rank): 10.7 (2)
Total Yards Per Game: 267.0 (5)
Passing YPG: 172.8 (8)
Rushing YPG: 94.2 (8)
Points Per Play: 0.181 (2)
Yards Per Play: 4.5 (10)
3rd Down Conversion %: 32.93 (22)
4th Down Conversion %: 55.56 (78)
Red Zone Scoring %: 70.00 (9)

Rush Play %: 45.33 (10)
Yards Per Carry: 3.5 (26)
Runs Per Game: 26.7 (1)

Pass Play %: 54.67 (122)
Completion %: 53.48 (8)
Yards Per Pass: 5.5 (3)
Passes Per Game: 31.2 (55)
Interception %: 3.21 (37)
QB Sack %: 3.11 (125)

Advanced Stats

F+ combines FEI, a neutral field scoring differential metric broken down per-possession, and SP+, a tempo and opponent adjusted efficiency metric. F+ can be broken down into Offensive F+ (OF+) and Defensive F+ (DF+). All metrics are from Football Outsiders. PFF’s power rankings are Point Spread Rating.

F+: 2.44 (2)
FEI: 1.43 (2)
SP+: 28.4 (3)
OF+: 1.92 (4)
DF+: 2.20 (1)
PFF: 31.4 (1)

Georgia Bulldogs Team Breakdown

The Bulldogs are led on offense by quarterback Stetson Bennett. They have two elite tight ends in Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington. Florida has struggled to stop tight ends throughout the season, so Bowers and Washington will be vital in Georgia’s offensive attack. Georgia’s receivers have not lived up to expectation thus far, somewhat due to injury, and that continues as Adonai Mitchell is questionable. The running game is led by Kenny McIntosh.

Georgia’s defense has still been very good despite a step down due to a large number of losses to the NFL. Star defensive tackle Jalen Carter is questionable for the game. The secondary is extremely talented, led by future first round pick Kelee Ringo at cornerback.

Georgia Bulldogs Keys To Victory

  1. Limit Turnovers
  2. Convert Third Downs
  3. Stop the Run
  4. Limit Anthony Richardson

Florida Gators

Offensive Stats

Points Per Game (Rank): 28.0 (60)
Total Yards Per Game: 389.7 (65)
Passing YPG: 187.8 (104)
Rushing YPG: 201.8 (25)
Points Per Play: 0.453 (29)
Yards Per Play: 6.3 (25)
3rd Down Conversion %: 41.89 (48)
4th Down Conversion %: 60.00 (35)
Red Zone Scoring %: 80.00 (80)

Rush Play %: 57.72 (48)
Yards Per Carry: 6.3 (25)
Runs Per Game: 33.8 (90)

Pass Play %: 45.28 (84)
Completion %: 54.32 (112)
Yards Per Pass: 7.0 (82)
Passes Per Game: 27.0 (105)
Interception %: 3.70 (103)
QB Sack %: 3.57 (20)

Defensive Stats

Points Per Game (Rank): 30.0 (80)
Total Yards Per Game: 441.2 (104)
Passing YPG: 242.0 (78)
Rushing YPG: 199.2 (111)
Points Per Play: 0.421 (86)
Yards Per Play: 6.2 (112)
3rd Down Conversion %: 54.43 (131)
4th Down Conversion %: 44.44 (35)
Red Zone Scoring %: 83.33 (60)

Rush Play %: 56.78 (110)
Yards Per Carry: 4.9 (115)
Runs Per Game: 40.5 (108)

Pass Play %: 43.22 (22)
Completion %: 65.52 (109)
Yards Per Pass: 8.3 (114)
Passes Per Game: 29.0 (29)
Interception %: 3.45 (28)
QB Sack %: 5.95 (62)

Advanced Stats

F+: 0.67 (36)
FEI: 0.32 (37)
SP+: 9.6 (31)
OF+: 0.96 (22)
DF+: 0.07 (64)
PFF: 3.8 (51)

Florida Gators Team Breakdown

The Gators are led on offense by Anthony Richardson, as well as a two-headed attack out of the backfield from Montrell Johnson and Trevor Etienne. Justin Shorter has been the most productive receiver for the Gators, and Ricky Pearsall has also been good, but with more limited production. The tight ends have not provided consistent production for the team.

The offensive line gets a massive addition with O’Cyrus Torrence coming back from injury this week. The star right guard has a chance to be an All-American at the end of the season. Others along the offensive line have also played well, and there are no weak points along it, which is vital for success.

The defense has struggled mightily this year. The secondary has given up a ton of big plays, and the defensive line has consistently failed to get pressure. Even the linebackers have struggled as well. The Gators are last in the country in 3rd down defense. Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong defensively. Florida must create turnovers in this game, and must greatly improve on third down to stand a chance in the game.

Florida Gators Keys To Victory

  1. No Turnovers
  2. Force Multiple Turnovers
  3. Get Stops On 3rd Down (Under 40%)
  4. Run the Ball (200+ Yards)
  5. Anthony Richardson 250+ Total Yards