Key Prospects to Watch in Senior Bowl

One of the main events during Draft season is the Senior Bowl, which will take place today at 4 p.m. EST. The Carolina Panthers are certainly interested in this game as there are a number of players who could help this team next season. Here are a few names to watch out for today that could be potential draft targets for the Panthers.

La’el Collins, OT

This is one player who seems to be getting a lot of attention from the Carolina Panthers. Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review wrote that current Panthers’ guard Trai Turner had shared some information with Collins about the organizations potential interest. Voth wrote that Collins said, “Trai has told me that their offensive line coach has asked a lot about me.”

Turner and Collins were teammates at LSU so it would certainly make sense for the Panthers coaching staff to reach out to Turner to try and get some more information about the former LSU left tackle. The Panthers are in desperate need to find a left tackle this offseason with Byron Bell struggling last year and becoming a free agent this offseason.

The biggest stumbling block to drafting Collins may only be where the Panthers are picking. With Carolina currently holding the 25th pick in the first round and Collins ranked as the fourth best offensive tackle prospect, according to CBS Sports, he could be long gone by the time the Panthers are on the clock.


T.J. Clemmings, OT

The North team also has an offensive tackle prospect that could interest the Panthers in T.J. Clemmings. The former Pittsburgh Panther spent a majority of his college career on the right side however he played left tackle during practice this week at the Senior Bowl.

After entering college as a defensive end, he made the switch to right tackle and has played there for only the past two seasons. He opened the eyes of many scouts this year and was quickly climbing draft boards. Draft analyst Mike Mayock said entering this week Clemmings had the potential to be a top-10 sleeper pick but that is no longer the case.

This certainly bodes well for the Panthers if they are hoping Clemmings can slip down to their first round pick. Mayock did say that Clemmings issue is more ““technique-related,” and that those are correctable.”


Jamison Crowder, WR

If the Panthers are able to find an offensive tackle in the first round, it would not be surprising to see them go get a wide receiver in the second. One player that could be a potential target would be former Duke Blue Devil Jamison Crowder, who will be on the North team Saturday.

He isn’t exactly the biggest wide receiver at 5’8” and 174 pounds but he has incredible speed and quickness that will give opposing defenses trouble. Dane Bugler of pointed out Crowder as one of 10 prospects who got the attention of NFL teams and wrote:

“It can be tough for a 5-8, 174-pound wide receiver to stand tall in this type of all-star setting, but that's exactly what Crowder did this week, showing the best combination of explosion and polish at the position. He has a tiny catching radius and small hands (8 3/8 inches), but caught everything thrown his way during drills, showing the ballskills and separation skills that will appeal to teams in search of an impact slot target.”

The reason the Panthers may be so interested with Crowder is not only will he give the offense the speed the desperately need at wide receiver, he can also help on special teams returning kicks. The clip below was a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown against Arizona State

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