The premier college football all-star game, the Senior Bowl, will happen this Saturday, February 3, at 1:00pm EST on the NFL Network. Countless prospects that have played in this game have gone on to be incredible NFL players. The Commanders’ general manager Adam Peters is down there with the rest of the Washington contingent hoping to find folks who can contribute right away and start the rebuild of this franchise.
Below are a few prospects I think the Commanders should keep their eye on as they could help the team. The rosters for each team can be found here. Feel free to mention additional prospects that will play in the game in the comments.
American Team Offense
Carter Bradley, QB, South Alabama
A few of the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl will be discussed a lot in the next few months, mostly Bo Nix and Michael Penix, Jr., so I wanted to focus on a QB that plays well and could be a good developmental prospect. The son of Gus Bradley, Carter Bradley transferred from Toledo and put up impressive stats, ultimately breaking several school records. He has enough arm to be successful in the NFL, progresses well through reads, looks off defenders, and makes throws into tight windows by being on time.
Michael Wiley, RB, Arizona
Wiley doesn’t have elite size or traits, but he was so productive in 2022. He averaged over 6.8 yards a carry that year, but ceded carries to Jonah Coleman in 2023. If anything about him is elite, it’s his vision, his ability to read blocks, and find space to make plays. The 5’10”, 209 lb back appears to get top speed quickly and it almost freezes defenses. He has hands, too, with 123 receptions in his career. Look for him to be a third-down back or weapon out of the backfield.
Michael Wiley goes 31 yards untouched to put Arizona up 28-0 pic.twitter.com/KuUEZN6ju1— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) November 18, 2023
Jha’Quan Jackson, WR, Tulane
Last year, Tank Dell was an undersized receiver who wowed onlookers at the Senior Bowl. He went on to have a fantastic rookie season. This year, that player could be Jha’Quan Jackson. The Tulane product is smaller at 5’9”, 190 lbs, but reports are that he has been having great practices. His calling card is speed with a legitimate chance to take the ball to the house once he gets it. Plus, he returns punts.
Quite possibly the most Chiefiest Chiefs receiver prospect of all time is currently on the @GreenWaveFB roster right now.— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) October 20, 2023
Jha'Quan Jackson. 5'11" 185lbs of pure fire and brimstone. pic.twitter.com/ALbkotgIYW
Jared Wiley, TE, TCU
I featured all the TEs on the American Team - Ben Sinnott, Jared Wiley, and Jaheim Bell - during the college football season in the Future Hogs articles. Bobby_Gould did a draft profile on Sinnott. I’ll focus on Wiley here because he’s got more prototypical size at 6’6”, 253 lbs. He is an excellent red-zone target at his size and has been successful split out wide from the formation. He’s willing to block, but this is an area that needs improvement.
Jared Wiley set a #TCU single-game record for receiving yards from a tight end with 178 vs. Baylor on Saturday.— Jamie Plunkett (@FrogPreacher) November 19, 2023
Six of his seven receptions either went for a first down or a touchdown.#GoFrogs | @Jaredwiley23 pic.twitter.com/DM55WQqUXG
Christian Jones, OT, Texas
Christian Jones has held down the right tackle spot for the Longhorns for the past two seasons, but has started at left tackle as well. He is nimble at 6’5”, 318 lbs, with quick feet and is quick to react to defenders. To generate more power, he’ll sometimes lunge, so improving his strength will make him a better blocker. In his run game, he might be best blocking on the move and getting to second-level defenders. Jones is #70 and playing right tackle in the clip.
Bijan Robinson stacks cuts in a phone booth for his first rushing TD of the year.— Hudson Standish (@247Hudson) September 4, 2022
Great rep from Christian Jones at RT, been very impressed with his effort tonight #HookEm | @Horns247 pic.twitter.com/2TybwlOoxh
Javion Cohen, OG, Miami
After standing out at Alabama, Javion Cohen transferred to Miami. He put together an impressive season that should get him selected early in the draft. Cohen is strong throughout his body at 6’4”, 319 lbs, allowing him to be solid in pass protection. He also has excellent mobility and looks comfortable blocking in space. He needs to improve his hand placement as they get outside the frame of the defender and can lead to holding calls. Cohen is #70 in the clip and playing left guard.
#Miami OL Javion Cohen in Week 9:— Geo Milian (@GeoMilian) October 29, 2023
89.1 PFF Grade (#1 in P5)
90.7 Run Blocking Grade (#1 in P5)
86.6 Pass Blocking Grade
Miami’s entire offensive line did not allow a single sack or pressure on Saturday ➡️: https://t.co/23Md21SoNo pic.twitter.com/jYnTG5bDAE
Beaux Limmer, C, Arkansas
Last year, the Commanders drafted Arkansas OG/C Ricky Stromberg. They may want to consider his replacement Limmer Beaux. He has experience playing right guard and center. He’s been taking snaps at center during Senior Bowl practice and he’s been stout. Maintaining proper pad level will be important for him. When he gets too high, he loses leverage and defenders take advantage of him. Limmer is #55 playing center in the clip.
UCF just landed one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the transfer portal.— Austin (@AustinHeff) January 1, 2024
KJ Jefferson from University of Arkansas has a chance to go into the swamp and beat Florida in back to back years.
Welcome to Knight Nation, KJ!
American Team Defense
Eric Watts, DE, UConn
With nearly 36” arms on his 6’5”, 277 lb frame, Eric Watts is an intriguing prospect. He blends that length with superior strength. Watts doesn’t look like he has the agility to bend well, but he can flatten to the quarterback. When he uses a long-arm technique to stab blockers, it’s devastating. He’d improve his draft stock if he could add more pass rush moves. His production this year was low compared to the previous one, so that is also a bit of a concern.
5⃣ @UConnFootball Huskies were recognized on this years #ShrineBowl1000 including DE Eric Watts (@95ericwatts)— Shane Coughlin (@Shane__Coughlin) July 22, 2023
Prototype of prototypes who has elite + unique blend of height, length, and tilt to threaten around the arc. Has linear burst and charge to work directly through blocks https://t.co/rjr8AwOd6b pic.twitter.com/Ow1wTOkHoD
McKinnley Jackson, DT, Texas A&M
Watching McKinnley Jackson use his strength and quickness off the ball to wreck a play is fun to watch. I wouldn’t have guessed he was 331 lbs with the way he moves. Being only 6’1” seems to help him gain leverage on blockers, get under their pads, and displace them. His production this year was okay, but it didn’t match the ability I saw on tape. One thing that could help him is developing counters when he doesn’t beat blockers right away.
McKinley Jackson doing grown-man things, no big dealpic.twitter.com/JFluziwKzC— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) July 28, 2023
JD Bertrand, LB, Notre Dame
I was stuck between choosing JD Bertrand and Trevin Wallace of Kentucky, but figured some folks would be triggered by another Kentucky linebacker so Bertrand it is. Bertrand is excellent at diagnosing run plays and finding a way to get to the ball carrier. He is fast enough to beat some blockers to the spot and strong enough to take them on. I haven’t seen a lot of him in coverage, but the little I’ve seen has been good. He might be tight in the hips and struggle to change direction.
Jarvis Brownlee, Jr., CB, Louisville
I thought about picking Carlton Johnson from Fresno State, but I don’t think fans can handle another sub-170 lb cornerback. Jarvis Brownlee, Jr. is a player that wasn’t even on my radar until this week, but he’s had an amazing week of practice. If he’s not running the route for receivers, he’s staying in phase with them through routes. At 5’11”, 183 lbs, he’ll lose some battles with bigger receivers, but he’ll fight them to the end.
JARVIS BROWNLEE WITH A CLUTCH INTERCEPTION pic.twitter.com/5kqb1v2fil— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 10, 2022
Malik Mustapha, S, Wake Forest
A bit compact at almost 5’10” and 210 lbs, Malik Mustapha played numerous rolls in Wake Forest’s defense. He aligned deep at free safety, played in split safety looks, and played in the slot. He flies to the ball, especially downhill, but he has to be careful with the angles he takes.
#WakeForest Safety Malik Mustapha is one of the few senior safeties heading to the Senior Bowl and he flies to the football. Has versatility to play in the box, from the slot, w/range to make plays in vertical passing game.— Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson) January 21, 2024
Compact, first to ball, can guard TE’s and slot WR’s. pic.twitter.com/uA4ArjzzIi
National Team Offense
Marshawn Lloyd, RB USC
If Washington is looking for a dynamic running back, Marshawn Lloyd fits the bill. At 5’9”, 217 lbs, Lloyd is not less of a bruiser between the tackles and more of a playmaker is space. Lloyd has both short-area quickness to make defenders miss and long speed to break a play open. As a receiver he averaged almost 18 yards a catch and tracks the ball downfield well. If Antonio Gibson isn’t retained, Lloyd might be able to step into his role.
Give MarShawn Lloyd a sliver of daylight and he’s gonna take off.— Ricky Raines (@rickyboboddy) January 29, 2024
He also has plenty of wiggle to create his own daylight, too. pic.twitter.com/9acV2EDrBP
Javon Baker, WR, UCF
Javon Baker has been impressive in Mobile. He’s creating separation with creative releases and crisp route-running. Looking at him in games, you see the same thing on tape. The 6’1”, 208 lb receiver tracks the ball downfield and has the body control to adjust to any throw. His quickness and acceleration help him get open, and while he may not have breakaway speed, it is sufficient to be a solid contributor at the next level.
Javon Baker (#1 to the top of the screen) is a name to monitor heading into the draft process. Needs some polish with his stem work & route running deception, but he has some fun athleticism based traits & a strong release package— Anthony Cover 1 (@Pro__Ant) January 28, 2024
Theo Johnson, TE, Penn State
With prototypical size at 6’6”, 257 lbs, Theo Johnson has had a fantastic week of Senior Bowl practice. He’s consistently found ways to create separation from defenders and finished plays with good hands. He did the same thing at Penn State, averaging 10 yards a catch and finding the endzone seven times. He’s a willing blocker, but he’ll make an impact in the NFL as a pass catcher.
One of my favorite plays of the year.— The Basic Blues Podcast (@BasicBluesPod) December 15, 2022
KLS finds Theo Johnson down the field for a Penn State touchdown. This throw was absolutely perfect.
Love the creativity of this play call as well with great execution pic.twitter.com/uXbqxSKsz9
Roger Rosengarten, OT, Washington
The right tackle for the Huskies, Roger Rosengarten had a rough game against Michigan. He is still an athletic tackle that can be a good player in the NFL. His athleticism at 6’5”, 311 lbs, helps him stay in front of rushers and his quickness allows him to react and recover. Rosengarten must get stronger as his lack of strength was evident in both run blocking and pass protection. Hand usage and staying attached to defenders is another area of improvement.
Washington RT #73 Roger Rosengarten is a 6’6 300 Sophomore O-Lineman from Highlands Ranch, Colorado— GUCCE ⬛ (@LJSZN) January 12, 2024
610 Pass Block Snaps
Zero Sacks Allowed
Two QB Hits Allowed all season.
Washington HC has left for Alabama.
Come home @roger_73r #SkoBuffs #WeComing pic.twitter.com/7p1wPR6hFD
Isaiah Adams, OG, Illinois
Throughout his career at Illinois, Isaiah Adams has played both tackle spots and left guard, but has primarily taken snaps at guard in Mobile. Adams is 6’4”, 318, is a mauler of a blocker. If he gets his hands on a defender, he is going to finish that block with an exclamation point. He is good on the move, too, and is effective pulling and leading the way for a runner.
Going over the Senior Bowl OL group, and Isaiah Adams from Illinois is a mauler in the run game.— Marcus Johnson (@TheMarcJohnNFL) January 25, 2024
He played G as a junior and RT his senior year, but I think he is a guard in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/TlA77Aufm6
Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon
Jackson Powers-Johnson has taken snaps at every position on the line except left tackle. He is huge for a center at 6’3”, 334 lbs, and it shows with the way he manhandles defenders. What’s even more impressive to me is how athletic he is at that size. There are plays where he makes plays 20 yards downfield. For those who like multi-sport athletes, Powers-Johnson played baseball and wrestled in high school.
Here is 2 minutes of Jackson Powers Johnson (@BigJax58) physically manhandling his opponent— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) January 31, 2024
Down blocks ✅
Reach blocks ✅
Double teams ✅
Second level ✅
On the move ✅
Pass pro ✅
Lots of s on the film. pic.twitter.com/bDAeqNEtys
National Team Defense
DeWayne Carter, DT, Duke
Duke had one of their best football seasons and DeWayne Carter was a big reason why. The 6’2”, 308 lb interior defensive lineman is strong and walked several blockers back into the QB’s lap. He regularly gets under their pads and steamrolls them. Duke even moved him to the edge just to push tackles back to the quarterback. Can he be more than just a power rusher at the next level?
Dewayne Carter is just a personal favourite of mine, couple people put me on to him but just great functional play strength, can really push the pocket and be a monster in the run game. With our DTs getting older it’s good to keep a healthy rotation!pic.twitter.com/mYkCmpN7ij— Damski (@Damski32) January 26, 2024
Adisa Isaac, DE, Penn State
His running mate Chop Robinson is the more highly-touted prospect, but Adisa Isaac is looking to raise his draft stock. At 6’4” and 250 lbs, Isaac’s has speed off the edge, uses his agility to dip under tackles or bend around he corner and flatten to the quarterback. He has strong hands and enough strength to stack and shed tackles to make plays in the run game.
Adisa Isaac quite easily the best Penn State prospect pic.twitter.com/Bo5Muw5I5V— Alex (@Cavs_Alexx) January 30, 2024
Jontrey Hunter, LB, Georgia State
The National Team has some productive linebackers in Payton Wilson, Cedric Gray, and Edefuan Ulofoshio. Add Jontrey Hunter to that list. His background as a safety is probably the reason Hunter plays really well in space, especially in zone coverage. He has good size for the position at 6’2”, 229 lbs, but I’d like to see more of his play against the run.
Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
Quinyon Mitchell has had a terrific week of practice at the Senior Bowl with some even thinking he could be the first cornerback taken in the draft. He is a smart corner who takes the cues from the quarterback and receiver about the route being run and how to defend it. He is patient, but quick to react to receivers in their route, and does not panic when the ball is in the air. I’d like to see him turn a lot of his PBUs into interceptions, but I’ll take stick coverage that usually results in incompletions.
I think Toledo CB Quinyon Mitchell could rise and end up being the CB1 in this Draft class. Big opportunity at the Senior Bowl practices this week. pic.twitter.com/74jKrIxfAq— Purple FTW! Podcast (@PurpleForTheWin) January 29, 2024
Evan Williams, S, Oregon
If the Commanders lose Kam Curl and look to the draft for a replacement, Evan Williams should be considered. He is a terror around the line of scrimmage with 4.5 sacks from his safety spot. He has made some play in coverage, but there wasn’t much ball production this season. In the 2022 season, when Williams was at Fresno State, he had three interceptions, so I think he can make an impact in this area at the next level.