2021 All-Senior Bowl team

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Every year, the Senior Bowl provides prospects with an opportunity to test their mettle against some of the top competition in college football, hoping to impress NFL decision-makers heading into the draft.

Here are my picks for the best players I saw at every position throughout this year’s event in Mobile:

QB Mac Jones | Alabama

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Even though he suffered an ankle injury which kept him out of the game, Jones still proved to be the best quarterback in Mobile. Despite not having his second-to-none supporting cast around him that he had at Alabama, Jones still looked like a Heisman finalist, displaying great touch, ball placement and command of the offense. There are a few teams that will likely take a chance on Jones in the first-round.

Runner-Up

Ian Book | Notre Dame

RB Michael Carter | North Carolina

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The running back group was headlined by Alabama's Najee Harris and Ohio State's Trey Sermon. But with them electing to be sidelined, Carter was the one who earned the spotlight. Carter made a handful of big plays on the ground, showing his quickness and ability to make defenders miss in the open field.

Runner-Up

Demetric Felton | UCLA

WR D'Wayne Eskridge | Western Michigan

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There was plenty of buzz surrounding Eskridge heading into the week after a phenomenal shortened season, and he lived up to it. The 5-foot-9 and 188 pounder displayed his track speed, crafty route-running and sticky hands to catch the attention of NFL evaluators. After the event, it wouldn't be surprising to hear Eskridge's name called within the top-50 selections.

Runner-Up

Dez Fitzpatrick | Louisville

TE Tre McKitty | Georgia

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After being held to four games this past season due to an injury, McKitty didn't look he had lost a step throughout the week. McKitty was stout in the one-on-one drills as a blocker and he was arguably the most athletic tight end in the passing game, showing the ability to separate at the top of routes with great hands to reel in everything thrown his way.

Runner-Up

Noah Gray | Duke

OT Dillon Radunz | North Dakota State

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Despite only playing a one game this past season, Radunz didn't show any rust and only looked improved from his 2019 campaign. Radunz was coveted for his run-blocking prowess, but he shined in pass protection, showing smooth footwork and solid anchor ability. He even got some playing time at left guard, where he looked comfortable.

Runner-Up

D'Ante Smith | East Carolina

C Quinn Meinerz | University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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The small-school product showed that the competition was not too much for him. After spending all of college at left guard, Meinerz kicked inside to center for the majority of the week, where he was a brick wall in pass protection and a road-grader in the run game, playing every snap with a tenacious mentality. Meinerz was projected as a sixth or seventh rounder, but he played his way into top-100 consideration.

Runner-Up

Creed Humphrey | Oklahoma

G Robert Hainsey | Notre Dame

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Even after starting 34 games at right tackle for the Irish in four seasons, Hainsey was still one of the more under-looked players along the offensive line. However, he raised some eyebrows with his play. Lining up at both tackle and guard, Hainsey stymied defenders both in the passing and run game with powerful hands and a firm anchor. Pro Football Focus graded Hainsey’s practice reps with a win rate of 62% — better than all the other interior offensive lineman competing all week.

Runner-Up

David Moore | Grambling State

EDGE Cameron Sample | Tulane

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Sample was among the nation’s leaders in pressures this past season (50) and he carried that over into the week. The 6-foot-3 and 274 pounder moved like he was 35 pounds lighter, winning with explosiveness, great technique, powerful hands and a high motor to bust into the backfield. Sample lined up both on the outside and inside. That versatility will come in handy at the next level.

Runner-Up

Elerson Smith | Northern Iowa

DL Osa Odighizuwa | UCLA

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Heading into this week, there had not been a consensus No. 1 interior defensive linemen, but Odighizuwa proved that he's worthy of the label. Causing problems for centers and guards, Odighizuwa flashed burst and power all week long. Even though he's a bit undersized at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, he has the pass rush ability will get him on the field early.

Runner-Up

Marlon Tuipulotu | USC

LB Jabril Cox | LSU

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Prior to transferring to LSU, Cox established himself as one of the nation's more established linebackers. While his name wasn't mentioned as much this past season, Cox showed why he's among the best. His natural coverage skills were on display against running backs and tight ends, but he also showed a high level of instinctual mental processing in the run game.

Runner-Up

Grant Stuard | Houston

CB Keith Taylor | Washington

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Taylor entered the week without an interception in college. While he finally amassed one, it was his coverage skills that stole the show. Taylor displayed the athleticism, competitiveness and length to stay attached to receivers. He was stellar at turning and locating the football. Given the fact that the NFL covets long corners that can play press and run, he’s going to go high.

Runner-Up

Benjamin St-Juste | Minnesota

S Richie Grant | UCF

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Many thought Grant was going to enter the draft last year, but he decided to stay for his senior campaign. Following his three-interception campaign in only nine games, Grant carried his ballhawk mentality into Mobile. He showed off his range, speed, instincts and ball skills. Grant played his way into top 40 consideration.

Runner-Up

Hamsah Nasirildeen | Florida State