The 2024 Reese's Senior Bowl, held at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, concluded with the National Team defeating the American Team 16-7. This event marked the culmination of a critical week for NFL Draft prospects, showcasing their talents through practices and the game itself.
Below are some players that stood out in the actual game. Keep an eye on all of these names below because you will continue to hear their names discussed as we get closer to the NFL Combine.
Spencer Rattler (QB, South Carolina) (Senior Bowl MVP)
Completed 4-of-4 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, showcasing precision and decision-making.
South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler emerged as a standout, earning MVP honors by leading the American Team to an early lead with an accurately thrown 29-yard touchdown pass. Rattler's performance throughout the week solidified his position as a legitimate 2024 NFL Draft prospect.
Cody Schrader (RB, Missouri)
He managed 12 yards on 7 carries and added 54 yards receiving on five catches, demonstrating his ability in both the running and passing game.
The game was not just a quarterback showcase but also highlighted talents across different positions. Running backs (RB) Emani Bailey (TCU) and Cody Schrader (Missouri) made significant contributions. Bailey demonstrated his ability to break tackles, while Schrader displayed his three-down versatility as a receiver.
Cedric Gray (LB, North Carolina)
He tied for a game-high with seven tackles and broke up two passes, nearly intercepting both, showing his impact in pass coverage and run defense.
On the defensive side, players like Cedric Gray (North Carolina) and Trevin Wallace (Kentucky) were active, making crucial tackles and pass breakups. NFL scouts needed to see something from the LB's at the Senior Bowl in a LB class that lacked high-end talent and depth.
Evan Williams (S, Oregon)
He made a key interception, showing coverage ability and his consistent knack for making crucial plays in the defensive backfield.
Defensive backs made game-changing plays with key interceptions, showcasing their abilities in coverage and playmaking. Oregon safety Evan Williams and Washington State's Chau Smith-Wade stood out; both had interceptions, with Smith-Wade nearly scoring a pick-six.
Christian Haynes (OL, Connecticut)
Also played guard and center, receiving recognition for his blocking efforts in the interior line.
The Senior Bowl also provided a platform for offensive linemen to shine. Offensive linemen Tanor Bortolini (Wisconsin) and Christian Haynes (Connecticut) were praised for their positional versatility and overall blocking.
Braden Fiske (DT, Florida State)
Recorded four tackles, 1.5 for losses, half a sack, and a pressure that led to an incomplete pass, showcasing his defensive line dominance.
On the defensive line, Braden Fiske (Florida State) was impressive with his tenacity and quickness, contributing significantly after the American team traded him to the National team due to a lack of depth. Fiske was the defensive MVP and could see his NFL Draft stock rise significantly after a great week and game at the Senior Bowl.