Props to the people at Pro Football Focus, whose ever-expanding scouting empire now includes charting every single snap of not just the Senior Bowl game itself, but also the week of practice leading up to it.
They were gracious enough to share eight pages of data that provide an unbiased look at who blew up and who bombed last week in Mobile.
They provided offensive line pass protection stats. They assessed linebackers in coverage. (Both are important for the Dolphins, who need line and linebacker help).
But who are we kidding?
All anybody around here wants to do is talk quarterback, so let’s get to it…
▪ Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma: The hype was real. He graded out as the event’s best quarterback in team drills and had an 89 percent accuracy rate during one-on-ones. The brash Heisman Trophy winner had nothing to gain by playing in the game, and only appeared briefly, going 3 of 7 for 9 yards.
▪ Josh Allen, Wyoming: The potential No. 1 pick in the draft did what he needed to do. He was also 89 percent accurate in one-on-ones, and while he did not inspire in team drills, Allen was a beast in the game. He went 9 of 13 for 158 yards with two touchdowns.
▪ Mike White, Western Kentucky: PFF was not nearly as bullish on White’s practices as others were, but anyone with eyes saw that he was dynamite in the game, completing 8 of 11 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown.
▪ Kyle Lauletta, Richmond: Time to take notice of this small-school ’slinger. He might have helped himself more than any player in Mobile. Lauletta followed up a great week of practice (91 percent accuracy in one-on-ones) with a good game (8 of 12, 198 yards, three scores).
▪ Tanner Lee, Nebraska: He was the anti-Lauletta. Bombed in one-on-ones (67 percent accuracy), bombed in team drills (lowest graded offensive player), bombed in the game (8/19, 86 yards, interception). Yikes.
▪ Miami Hurricanes: Receiver Braxton Berrios and defensive lineman Chad Thomas probably wish they did more last week. Thomas, a late addition to the roster, was a nonfactor. And while Berrios was the fifth-highest graded wide receiver in team drills, he had a lone catch for 4 yards in the game. Kicker Michael Badgley hit a 50-yarder in the game.
▪ Offensive line: Interior lineman Scott Quessenberry (UCLA), who is said to be on the Dolphins’ radar, had an up-and-down week. He won just one of every six of his one-on-one drills, but was the game’s highest-graded lineman in team drills. Guard Sean Welsh (Iowa) was the best offensive player in the game. He was very good in run blocking and did not allow a sack or a quarterback hit. TCU tackle Joe Noteboom allowed six quarterback hurries in practice and four more in the game. Woof.
▪ Tight ends: The position took a big hit when South Dakota State’s Dallas Goedert pulled out with a pulled hamstring. Mike Gesicki (Penn State) and Troy Fumagalli (Wisconsin) both helped themselves in practice. No tight end did much of anything in the game. One for Dolphins fans to watch: UMass’ Adam Breneman. There’s interest there.
▪ Defensive line: A lot to sift through here, so let’s just talk about the best of the best. Likely first-rounder Marcus Davenport (UTSA) was a star. He led all defensive players with two sacks in team drills and followed that up with a sack and four hurries in the game. Defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Oklahoma) was a complete monster in the game: two sacks, five hurries, two tackles, four stops.
▪ Linebackers: PFF was high on Hawaii’s Trayvon Henderson, a hybrid player who was excellent in coverage during practice, UCF’s Shaquem Griffin, who had six hurries, three tackles and two stops in team drills, and USC’s Uchenna Nwosu, who was also a beast in practice.