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The team suits up for the Senior Bowl’s top 25 prospects in Week 12 of the college football season

The team suits up for the Senior Bowl’s top 25 prospects in Week 12 of the college football season

15) Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee (6-4, 218)

The perfect team: Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have turned to veteran quarterbacks in recent years with signings Philip Rivers in free agency and then trade Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan. They get both a rookie and a veteran in Hooker, as the sixth-year senior turns 25 in January and has four years under his belt at Virginia Tech and Tennessee. Like Ryan, he can fire lasers from the pocket when his first read is available, and like Wentz, he can challenge defenses with a strong run when things break down. Hooker could be a Day 2 treasure if he can improve his pocket moves and make more throws off the platform.

14) Zach Harrison, Edge, Ohio State (6-6, 272)

Previous rank: No rating

The perfect team: New Orleans Saints

This is the easiest pick of the bunch in terms of pure fit in the defensive scheme, as the length and power that Garrison possesses is exactly what the Saints have wanted on the edge for years. Cameron Jordan he’s in his 12th year in the league and the team has to make decisions about upcoming free agents Marcus Davenport and Tano Kpassanyon. While Harrison doesn’t win one-on-ones as often as you might expect given his build, he shines with quickness, holding the edge in the run game and wrapping up defenders trying to break out of the pocket.

13) Tyler Davis, DL, Clemson (6-2, 300)

The perfect team: Carolina Panthers

Selection of couples in the first round of 2020 Derrick Brown with Davis will help the Panthers make a defensive leap. The Clemson DT makes an impact on the run, quickly winning gaps and chasing ball carriers. Defenders also don’t get a break when they drop back, as Davis can beat guards with a variety of passing moves. Considering Carolina doesn’t produce many sacks inside and struggles against the run, I think Davis will be a great option early in the second round.

12) Derrick Hall, Edge, Auburn (6-3, 256)

The perfect team: Houston Texas

It looks like the Texans will deal with their moribund offense in the first round. They could add another pass rusher in the second round, with Rashim Green comes close to free will. Hall is a linebacker in Auburn’s scheme, but he has the ability to play with his hand on the ground, attack his man with a powerful long-arm move, and is good at turning the corner when operating from the 9-tackle. Hall also plays reliably on the edge, so he won’t need to be a pass rush specialist as a rookie.

11) Mekhi Garner, CB, LSU (6-2, 217)

The perfect team: Arizona Cardinals

Arizona defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is known for using man coverage, but the Cardinals have been forced to almost exclusively use zone at times with their current roster. Garner’s size and length give him a chance to be a great press coverage in the NFL, and he has enough speed to stay with receivers during drills. He endured SEC competition in his first year with the Tigers after previously stints at Louisiana and Navarre College. The Cardinals’ need for talent could worsen if Byron Murphy and Trayvon Mullen walk in free agency.

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