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Impressions from Senior Bowl Day 2

A big day for potential future New Orleans Saints players at the Senior Bowl.

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There were a couple of players that made big impressions. Let’s hope the New Orleans Saints scouts in attendance were paying attention.

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Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State

One of the best parts of Senior Bowl Week is getting to watch small school prospects. Cade Johnson has been my personal favorite so far. Admittedly, he had some good plays Tuesday that I didn’t give the time of day. Wednesday, he made it impossible to stop watching. He put two guys on the ground with his moves, gave a stretch of field between him and his defender that was as large as a road trip from Shreveport to Metairie, and had a great one-handed over-the-shoulder grab.

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Austin Watkins Jr., WR, University Alabama at Birmingham

I think it’s official to call Austin Watkins the media crush of Senior Bowl. He is the man that everyone is talking about, and for good reason. We had agents for other players talking to us and saying how dominant he has been. Big body, fluid, fast, great hands. Watkins has definitely checked pretty much all of the boxes you can ask for a prospect to check.

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Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama

We’ve had some fun, but let’s talk about someone I want to see more out of on day three. Alex Leatherwood has not had the best of weeks so far, but should they give him the opportunity to play on the inside I believe he could put together a good showing. I get that he wants to play tackle, but that just hasn’t worked out this week.

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Alaric Jackson, OL, Iowa

I was a fan of his, but even I didn’t expect him to perform as well as he has. Especially didn’t expect his performance at left tackle. Even at right tackle, he shut down Wyatt Hubert who has also been performing well. Jackson has shown true four-position versatility. Excited for day three.

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Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon

Graham is one of the guys I wanted to see a lot of. He had a great career at Oregon, but he opted out of 2020 before the season. Still, he had 32 career PBUs. His ball skills have been on display here in one-on-ones, catching drills, even walk throughs. He makes great adjustments to the ball. He has shown great press skills and versatility. Excited to see more from him.


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