Senior Bowl 2021 Game – Mond & Sample Earn MVP Honors
Senior Bowl 2021 Game
Draft Insiders’ Staff
QB Mond and DE Sample Earn Game MVP Honors
The 2021 Senior Bowl game was played after an impressive effort by the All-classic staff led by Director Jim Nagy. The condensed week of practices prior to the Saturday game came off without a glitch from the benefit of strict Pandemic guidelines and an expanded player roster.
With an interesting roster of pro prospects who completed the week of practices, physicals and interviews the All-star classic was a competitive contest that ended with a National team win over the American squad 27-24.
QB Kellen Mond of Texas A&M walked off with the MVP award after a clutch effort directing several drives to lead the National team throughout the second half when they scored all their points. Mond helped his cause, showing a strong arm, fine mobility and sound decision making. He heads the second tier of QB prospects entering the interview process prior the NFL Draft 2021.
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Runners Michael Carter and Rhondae Stevenson were featured often and produced. Carter displayed big play ability as both a runner and receiver and helped his cause immensely. Wideouts Amari Rodgers, Frank Darby and Shi Smith had nice performances and elevated their stock.
The NFL Draft usually benefits from the Senior Bowl defenders and this game featured several impact pass rushers in Cam Sample, Quincy Roche, Janarius Robinson and Patrick Jones. LB KJ Britt of Auburn had a strong game and picked up his keys quickly and had a burst to the ball to finish. Sample had an impressive game and earned Defensive MVP honors.
Linebackers, Jordan Smith and Baron Browning also made big plays during the game after a strong week of practices. Corner Aaron Robinson displayed fast developing coverage skills in the practices and joined the elite cover men in this class after an impressive overall week.
This was the final football action for the year with the offseason workout portion in disarray with both the NFL Combine and school Pro Days terminated or significantly curtailed. They could be completely closed out due to the Pandemic as teams face stiff limitations completing the scouting process. Zoom sessions may be the only interaction with players in many cases, between prospects and any perspective NFL teams.
Senior Bowl Game Players
12 Mond, Kellen QB Texas A&M 6024 205
11 Ehlinger, Sam QB Texas 6014 222
7 Carter, Michael RB North Carolina 5077 202
29 Stevenson, Rhamondre RB Oklahoma 5115 227
3 Rodgers, Amari WR Clemson 5094 211
10 Felton, Demetric WR UCLA 5085 189
13 Fitzpatrick, Dez WR Louisville 6021 202
84 Darby, Frank WR Arizona State 6001 194
13 Smith, Shi WR South Carolina 5100 186
75 Radunz, Dillon OL North Dakota St 6055 304
72 Hainsey, Robert OL Notre Dame 6044 302
55 Hudson, James OL Cincinnati 6043 302
5 Sample, Cam DL Tulane 6026 274
92 Odighizuwa, Osa DL UCLA 6020 280
96 Robinson, Janarius LB Florida State 6050 266
90 Jones, Patrick DL Pittsburgh 6044 264
49 Graham, Ta’Quon DL Texas 6030 290
55 Roche, Quincy DL Miami 6027 243
33 Britt, KJ LB Auburn 6001 239
47 Smith, Elerson LB Northern Iowa 6064 262
55 Browning, Baron LB Ohio State 6031 241
31 Robinson, Aaron CB Central Florida 5114 190
25 St. Juste, Benjamin CB Minnesota 6033 200
8 Taylor, Keith CB Washington 6023 191
27 Grant, Richie S Central Florida 5115 8200