By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
No music or routines are required for this type of audition. There were 109 college seniors who accepted their invitation to the biggest on-field display of talent outside the NFL Combine. Coached by Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph and Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, each athlete participated in drills, developed new skills and tips from NFL coaches and mixed it with their own natural talent to leave it all on the field.
Before we move on to some impressive QB display, let’s get Mayfield’s performance out of the way. In practice, he was pretty effective, showed great skills but showed moments of hesitation. He repeated that hesitation during his brief stint in the game as he went just 3 for 7 and 9 yards. He left after the first half to be with his sick mother. Mayfield is still a first round pick for a team in need of a developing QB.
Now let’s take a look at the QB standouts at the Senior Bowl:
Richmond University – Kyle Lauletta:
Lauletta was on point and on target with his throws. A three-year starter for the Spiders he threw for 73 touchdown passes over four years and just 35 interceptions. But with better coaching, those INT numbers will shrink. At the Senior Bowl, he displayed quick release, great accuracy and movement in the pocket. His style of play and composure resembles that of Case Keenum. Just 21 years of age, the game MVP went 8 for 12, 198 yards and three touchdowns.
Wyoming – Josh Allen:
It seemed bleak for Allen on his first few plays under center but by the third quarter he dropped a nice bucket pass for a touchdown and decided to do it again just to make a point. He threw 9 for 13, 158 passing yards and two touchdowns. He may not be a starter right off the bat, but a few years under a veteran could usher him into a starting role.
Landing spot/New Orleans: Drew Brees is 39 years old and might retire after this next season. This would be a great opportunity for Allen to learn under an amazing veteran QB.
Western Kentucky – Mike White:
For Team South, Mike White got the ball rolling with 8 for 11, 128 yards passing and a touchdown in the first half. He played with confidence and poise in the pocket with a few needle throws to get plays down the field. He came from a pro-style ready offense at WKU which would explain his readiness in the huddle. He loves to stretch the field and has an insane football IQ.
Landing spot/Cincinnati Bengals:
Andy Dalton regressed from an impressive season in 2016 to a sad performance in 2017. Even though backup A.J. McCarron would love to have a shot at the starting position, the Bengals need a future franchise QB who is ready to sling it. White will be the sleeper QB in this draft.
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