Senior Bowl 2022: Team USA Offensive Preview
The NFL Draft season is an exciting time for prospects and organizations like the Washington Football Team.
Winning championships is the goal for all 32 franchises, and the draft is widely seen as where the framework for a title-challenging roster is built.
This year’s Team USA at Reese’s Senior Bowl will be coached by Dan Campbell and Detroit Lions staff, and these offensive players are looking to improve or solidify their stock as they are exposed to the first NFL practice of their career.
Team USA’s quarterbacking squad might not be as impressive as the national team’s, but it’s still a solid squad.
North Carolina’s Sam Howell and Liberty’s Malik Willis headline the group, but don’t sleep on Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe either. All three will have chances in the NFL, and Senior Bowl week will go a long way in determining how they start.
Washington prospect to watch: Sam Howell, North Carolina
Any quarterback will have bad games when the defense knows how to expose weaknesses in the offensive line.
While Darian Kinnard of Kentucky can all but secure himself as a Day 1 prospect with a solid week, there is a treasure trove of mid-range diamonds like Max Mitchell (Louisiana), Ed Ingram (LSU) and Dylan Parham (Memphis ).
Washington prospect to watch: Dylan Parham, Memphis
D’Vonte Price (Florida International), James Cook (Georgia) and Brian Robinson Jr. (Alabama) are among the top 10 fullbacks according to Sports Illustrated’s current rankings.
Meanwhile, Dameon Pierce (Florida) and ZaQuandre White (South Carolina) are all looking for stock building experience in Mobile.
Washington prospect to watch: James Cook, Georgia
It will be great fun to see what the coaching staff does with Calvin Austin III (Memphis) in such a short time, and he has the potential to be the star of the show.
Meanwhile, Tre Turner (Virginia Tech) appears to have the most ground to make up for, while Dontario Drummond (Ole Miss), Jalen Tolbert (South Alabama) and a pair of SMU Mustangs in Reggie Roberson Jr. and Danny Gray aim to give pass-heavy offenses something to consider on draft weekend.
Washington prospect to watch: Calvin Austin III, Memphis
Coastal Carolina’s Isaiah Likely is the 100th-ranked SI board prospect and is expected to stand out in Senior Bowl practices because of his speed. Meanwhile, his catching radius is something he’ll have to prove isn’t a problem to really garner NFL interest.
Grant Calcaterra (SMU), Daniel Bellinger (San Diego State) and Greg Dulcich (UCLA) round out the Team USA room and represent players who need a chance to shine.
Washington Prospect to Watch: Daniel Bellinger, San Diego State
Team USA’s offense isn’t quite as sexy as the national team’s, but when there’s more to prove on a roster, the door is open for strong competition and revealing moments.
As NFL franchises continue to scramble to shape contracts, agreements and projections, draft preparations are moving full steam ahead.
What’s at stake are the future of the players and the franchises that take them over.