Our final night here at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. We wrapped up the week attending the final padded practice for both squads. Afterwards, we caught up with Pittsburgh offensive lineman TJ Clemmings. He has been climbing the ranks recently and is looking to solidify his stock in front of the pro personnel in attendance. Clemmings is an interesting prospect who made the switch from the defensive line to the offensive line and is embracing the attacking style of play.
“Really being able to move people and finish guys. That’s what I’ve prided myself on this past season at Pitt. I’ve done it fairly consistently throughout the season. Mauling somebody, I guess you can say I’ve done it a couple of times so if that’s what people are connecting me with then I’ll accept that.”
The Senior Bowl is considered to be the first connection to the NFL offseason and that holds true for the Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos. He is here scouting for the draft but also is looking forward to bettering the roster through upcoming free agency and the trade market. Monos discussed the options he now has with the new ownership and coaching staff that brings confidence in quarterback EJ Manuel.
“He’s going to have different coaches again and learning a new system already. That’s not the traditional way of how you develop players but this is what the situation is and we’ve got to get it done.” Monos said “The offensive coordinator Greg Roman, he’s excited to do some stuff and he’s been creative enough with guys that aren’t traditional drop back passers. It’s exciting to know that these guys (David Lee and Greg Roman) have a game plan for the quarterback.”
At the top of the first hour we were joined on-set by Josh Norris, NFL Draft Analyst for NBC Sports and Rotoworld. He’s been studying this year’s Senior Bowl group. Norris talked about the offensive tackles in this year’s class and said that tackle La’el Collins from LSU is the best overall prospect here at the Senior Bowl. Switching to the other side of the ball, Norris weighed in on Danny Shelton, the defensive tackle from Washington. He also said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Quinten Rollins, the converted basketball star turned cornerback, becomes a first round pick. Norris went through the other options for the Bills including running backs and quarterbacks and mentioned Alabama’s Blake Sims as being the best quarterback during the team portion of this week’s practice.
In the final half-hour, we caught up with Bills Director of College Scouting, Doug Majeski. Majeski talked about the talent that can come out of the Senior Bowl and mentioned former participants and now Buffalo Bills starters LB Nigel Bradham and OT Cordy Glenn. He went through a few specific players from various position groups on this year’s roster and how the team’s scouts will break down what they’ve collected here this week.
Last but not least, we chatted with NFL Network Analyst Charles Davis who has been part of the network’s Senior Bowl coverage all week. He shared his thoughts on this group and who has stood out during the week. To hear more from Davis and the complete John Murphy Show from Thursday, click below.
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