Senior Bowl: Top 25 draft prospects for New York Giants
By Henry Buggy
#20 – Washington State QB Luke Falk
All the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl are worth keeping an eye on this week, and Virginia’s Kurt Benkert arguably could have taken this spot. But watching Falk play outside of Mike Leach’s offense is something all NFL teams will likely want to see.
The Cougars 6-foot-4, 223-pound quarterback set a Pac-12 record for the most career passing yards (14,481) in conference history. ESPN’s Mel Kiper lists Falk as the ninth best quarterback on his prospect rankings, but Drew Lock has since announced his return to Missouri for his senior year.
Falk may be one of the top pocket passers in this year’s draft. But he will need to show that his numbers are not just the result of Leach’s spread offense.
#19 – Colorado State WR Michael Gallup
Gallup is expected to be one of the top prospects to watch this draft season. Pro Football Focus gave the Rams 6-foot-1, 200-pound receiver their highest grade for a player at his position.
In two seasons at Colorado State, Gallup recorded 176 receptions for 2,690 yards and scored 21 touchdowns.
#18 – UCF LB Shaquem Griffin
The Knights five-year senior will be on the of the top playmakers at the Senior Bowl despite playing with one hand. Griffin, who had his left hand amputated at four-years-old, won the AAC’s Defensive Players of the Year award in 2016.
He helped the program post its first undefeated record (13-0) in school history, leading the Knights with 13.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles in his senior year.
The 6-foot-1, 223-pound linebacker will surely be one of the most talked about prospects this week.
#17 – Western Kentucky QB Mike White
The Hilltoppers 6-foot-4, 225-pound quarterback is one of the more intriguing prospects at this year’s Senior Bowl.
Miller lists White as the No. 8 overall quarterback on his Big Board and labels him the “biggest sleeper” at his position.
While all eyes will be on two other quarterbacks in Mobile this week, White has the potential to steal the show. The Western Kentucky transfer is coming off back-to-back 4,000-yard passing seasons and threw 63 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.
#16 – San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny
Penny led all FBS running backs with 2,248 rushing yards in 2017. The Aztecs 5-foot-11, 220-pound tailback averaged 7.8 yards per carry and scored 25 touchdowns in his senior year.
Both Miller and Kiper list the San Diego State prospect as the eighth best tailback in this year’s draft class.
Penny showed he could put up big numbers against Power Five programs in his senior year. He was held under 100 yards rushing just twice this season and recorded a minimum of 200 yards rushing in each of his final five college games.