A Powerful RB and Underdog QB Were among the Big Winners in Day 2 of the Senior Bowl

Jan 30, 2024; Mobile, AL, USA; American quarterback Carter Bradley of South Alabama (12) throws the ball during practice for the American team at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 Senior Bowl is well underway with the second day of practices taking place on Wednesday morning and afternoon.

It was a big day for a number of prospects hoping to raise their draft stock before the 2024 NFL Draft takes place in April, and some of the biggest risers from Wednesday’s session came from prospects of smaller programs, including an underdog QB prospect.

South Alabama QB Carter Bradley

Underdog QB
Jan 30, 2024; Mobile, AL, USA; American quarterback Carter Bradley of South Alabama (12) throws the ball during practice for the American team at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Every year, there is at least one underdog quarterback prospect taking part in the Senior Bowl. This year, that QB is Carter Bradley out of South Alabama. Bradley possesses a very strong arm, which allows him to uncork accurate passes downfield. He also brings decent size to the table at 6’3″ and 218 pounds.

The QB showed off that strong arm on Wednesday, and more importantly, that he belongs in the draft conversation alongside the other prospects at the event. He hit Tulane WR Jha’Quan Jackson on a deep corner route and showed some great anticipation throughout the afternoon.

Kentucky RB Ray Davis

Dec 29, 2023; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Ray Davis (1) runs into the end zone for a touchdownagainst the Clemson tigers in the fourth quarter during the Gator Bowl at EverBank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Wherever Ray Davis has gone, production has quickly followed. The running back has spent time in three separate FBS programs throughout his collegiate career (Temple, Vanderbilt, Kentucky) and put up 1000-yard seasons in each of them.

Now, the running back has spent the past two days showing off his skills at the Senior Bowl. The first thing anyone will notice about Davis is his build. He has tree trunks for legs, and at 5’8″, 224 pounds, the running back is compact, powerful, and a burden for anyone trying to tackle him. On top of some strong running, he hauled in a sweet one-handed catch during 1-on-1 drills today.

Missouri DL Darius Robinson

Nov 11, 2023; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Darius Robinson (6) looks on during the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Gabe Hall owned the morning session on the defensive line for Tuesday while it was Darius Robinson out of Missouri who shined brightest on Wednesday. At 6’5″ and 286 pounds, Robinson is a powerful run stuffer in the middle of the defensive line, and those skills were on full display Wednesday afternoon.

Robinson racked up 14 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks over the course of the 2023 season with the Tigers, and he seems to be solidifying himself as a potential Day Two prospect in April.

CB Quinyon Mitchell

Dec 2, 2023; Detroit, MI, USA; Toledo Rockets cornerback Quinyon Mitchell (27) breaks up a pass intended for Miami (OH) Redhawks wide receiver Gage Larvadain (10) in the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Quinyon Mitchell has put together a truly ridiculous collegiate career at Toledo over the past few years, but this week, he’s been matched up against some of the best receiving competition he’s ever seen on the National team at the Senior Bowl.

The cornerback has fully lived up to the hype, and during the 1-on-1 drills, he had a great interception while in coverage against Brenden Rice. He also showed off his wheels while keeping up with the speedy Roman Wilson. Mitchell is making a name for himself and should be in the conversation as one of the first defenders off the board in April.

Read More: Quinyon Mitchell NFL Draft Profile

USC RB Marshawn Lloyd

Oct 7, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Southern California Trojans running back MarShawn Lloyd (0) is brought down by Arizona Wildcats linebacker Jacob Manu (5) and linebacker Taylor Upshaw (11) during the second half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Marshawn Lloyd easily looks like the best running back at the Senior Bowl after the second day. He had a strong first outing, but he really took the limelight on Wednesday. The USC running back showcased some powerful running, and during the team drills, he hauled in a nice reception on a wheel route from QB Bo Nix.

After three years at South Carolina, Lloyd transferred to USC in 2023, and he was a workhorse in the Trojans offense, totaling 820 rushing yards and nine rushing TDs. His impact as a receiver was called into question, though, so it’s nice to see him showing off his soft hands this week.

Editor’s Note: Statistics for this article were found via Sports Reference CFB.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.