5 Senior Bowl Players That Stuck Out

This past weekend was the 2021 Senior Bowl, and many NFL scouts of course were in attendance. One set of scouts out there were of course the Saints’ scouts too. Sources said that Saints met exclusively with Alabama QB Mac Jones. Of course they probably did their due diligence on each player but mostly the ones of personal interest. Mac Jones didn’t play because of injury, but that didn’t stop other players from standing out. Here are the 5 players that stuck out to me and that I think the Saints should take a look at in the upcoming draft.

5) Jordan Smith, LB, UAB

Jordan Smith is an interesting player. He recorded 14.5 sacks and 27 tackles for loss over the past two seasons at UAB. What stood out to me was his closing speed on the ball on the ball and his speed in general. A bit undersized to play D-End in the NFL but has the great build for Outside LB which is what he played in the Senior Bowl. Would make a great situational rotation piece on defense and ST. 

4) Cam Sample, DL, Tulane

Tulane’s most feared defender. Sample is an absolute stud of a defensive lineman. His speed and his versatility is something that stood out to me. He can play DT or DE it looks like with ease. He kind of reminds me of Michael Brockers from the Rams. With the Saints less likely to retain Shledon Rankins, Cam Sample, would make a great choice to be added to our DL group. Sample finished this past season with 29 tackles and 5 sacks. 

3) Jabril Cox, LB, LSU

Jabril Cox this past season for the Tigers seemed to be the anchor in the trenches and one of the very few bright spots on the Tigers’ horrid defense. Jabril Cox is an excellent tackler, but the best part about his game is his coverage skills. His ability as an Outside LB to cover is absolutely stunning. He kind of reminds me a little bit of Kwon Alexander, Lavonte David, and Derrick Brooks. Saints do not normally draft LSU players, but in this draft they should really consider. He fits Dennis Allen’s base Nickel scheme very well. Cox finished the LSU season with 37 tackles and 3 interceptions. 

2) Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas

Now, before I get into this and explain wait because many do not like his game which is odd to me. Saints will need a QB at some point in this draft and if it isn’t someone like Lance or Trask then Ehlinger will be available and an absolute steal. At the Senior Bowl he showed a lot of poise. He led his team on a scoring drive with ease. He may not be the most ideal choice of people but I do personally like his game. He has a nice arm and calmness in the pocket. 

1) Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville

Fitzpatrick was not originally on my radar until I watched him in the Senior Bowl, and he absolutely wowed me. He finished the Senior Bowl with six receptions on 11 targets for 90 yards, all of which were game-highs. His release, route running, separation, strong hands, and above all else, consistency all stood out to me. He definitely increased his draft stock.  Out of his six catches, five of them were for first downs, and while he did have a pair of drops, he more than made up for them. This past season, Fitzpatrick, led the team in receiving yards with 833 and yards per catch which was 19.37, and was second in receptions with 43. Under the radar candidate the Saints should really have on their draft boards. If the Saints miss out on Terrace Marshall from LSU then Fitzpatrick is the next best thing. 

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