Senior Bowl Post-Script: Part I

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The 2017 Senior Bowl is complete and now it's off to the combine. 

While Senior Bowl players made their way home, there was still plenty of talk amongst scouts and the leagues personnel people about last week, including updates on underclassmen. Here’s the latest.

There was plenty of talk centering on prospects from the University of Washington and their three defensive backs: Budda Baker, Sidney Jones and Kevin King.

Teams like all three players.

Scouts say Baker is just a terrific football player. They question his speed and tell me that, despite recent comparisons, he's no Earl Thomas. Grades on Baker presently range from the second round through the fourth round.

Jones is the second-rated cornerback on most boards. Scouts love his length and pure cover skills. There is concern about his thin build and the fact he’s not a good tackler.

How do they feel about the team’s senior cornerback Kevin King? It will all come down to his 40 time at the combine.

Better than expected times in the 40 (low 4.4’s) could push King into the late part of Round 1. Otherwise expect to hear his name called in the second frame. King’s ball skills compare with many of the top corners, but teams fear he will be a liability in the deep field.

Despite the fact he’s likely to measure under 5-foot-10 at the combine, most I spoke with say Adoree' Jackson of USC is a lock first-round pick.

They are willing to overlook Jackson’s height as teams have stamped the junior "a difference maker" at cornerback, as a return specialist and even at the receiver position.

The belief is Jackson’s teammate Zach Banner will be overdrafted in the fourth-round area. 

Banner measured 6083 and 361 pounds last Tuesday during Senior Bowl weigh-in and scouts love his size as well as his athleticism, but there is also concern Banner does not or cannot bend his knees -- something I mentioned on our practice page. Banner may also be medically flagged due to previous issues with his hips.

One west coast player who left a positive impression on scouts was Eddie Vanderdoes of UCLA.

The defensive tackle was impressive every day as we noted and has significantly improved his draft grade.

Scouts felt they were looking at a healthy Vanderdoes for the first time in a while. Besides the playing skills he showed during Senior Bowl practice, they love his length and growth potential. Right now I’m told teams have a third-round grade on Vanderdoes.

Tomorrow we’ll have more on Desmond King, Antonio Garcia, Garett Bolles and more.