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Browns to get a close look at Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, other top QBs at Senior Bowl
January 22, 2018 10:00 PM | Andrew Gribble
MOBILE, Alabama -- The spotlight will shine brightest on the quarterbacks at this year's Senior Bowl.



A year after a down season of sorts for signal-callers at the annual all-star event, the position will feature some of this year's top draft prospects. Two of them, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, have been pegged to the Browns, who hold the No. 1 and No. 4 picks, in recent mock drafts.

Quarterbacks have seen their draft stock soar after an impressive week in front of hundreds of NFL scouts and player personnel in what's considered to be the last true "real football" test before the draft. Carson Wentz solidified is top-five status in 2016 and Jimmy Garoppolo seemingly came out of nowhere to emerge as a second-round pick after a big week in Mobile.

With practices set to begin Tuesday, we're breaking down the entire group.

Josh Allen - Wyoming (6-5, 233)

Why he's there: Allen has prototypical size and loads of raw talent. Some of his best plays at Wyoming feature the kind of throws NFL teams crave from their signal-callers.

Number to know: Allen will spent the week trying to prove skeptics wrong about his accuracy after completing just 56 percent of his passes this past season.

Current mock projection: Anywhere from No. 1 overall to Day 2.

Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma (6-1, 220)

Why he's there: Arguably one of the most decorated college players to ever play in the Senior Bowl, Mayfield is coming off a 2017 Heisman Trophy winning season that saw him lead the Sooners to the College Football Playoff.

Number to know: Tuesday morning will be a big day for Mayfield, when his official height is marked down in scouts' notebooks. His accuracy and leadership skills are among the best in this year's quarterback class, but he'll need to win over teams who are concerned about his size.

Current mock projection: Anywhere from No. 1 overall to mid-first round.

Luke Falk - Washington State (6-4, 223)

Why he's there: The three-year starter put up big numbers and led the Cougars to some of their best seasons in recent years. The former walk-on finished his senior season with 3,593 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Number to know: Perhaps no one in this game has more impressive statistics than Falk, who threw for at least 30 touchdowns in all three of his starting seasons and averaged more than 4,500 yards as a sophomore and junior.

Current mock projection: He's ranked as high as sixth in this year's QB class, which puts him on the late Day 2 to Day 3 path.

Tanner Lee - Nebraska (6-4, 220)

Why he's there: One of college football's biggest surprise entries to the 2018 draft class, Lee filled the roster spot vacated by Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph, who is putting his focus into the Combine while recovering from a foot injury. Lee threw for more than 5,000 yards during his college career, which began at Tulane.

Number to know: Lee projects as an NFL quarterback but struggled with interceptions during his one season with the Cornhuskers. He had more interceptions (16) than any other Power 5 quarterback.

Current mock projection: Day 3 to undrafted



Kyle Lauletta - Richmond (6-3, 215)

Why he's there: The most off-the-radar member of the group, Lauletta comes to Mobile after throwing for 73 touchdowns over his career. He boasted a solid completion percentage (63.5) and averaged nearly 9 yards an attempt.

Number to know: In his biggest opportunity against Power 5 competition, Lauletta stole the show in a 2016 season-opening victory against Virginia. He threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns in the upset. It was the last time he faced a Power 5 team.

Current mock projection: Day 3 to undrafted

Kurt Benkert - Virginia (6-4, 215)

Why he's there: Benkert made the most of a second opportunity after a knee injury marred his time at East Carolina. In two seasons as the Cavaliers' starter, he threw for more than 5,700 yards and 46 touchdowns.

Number to know: Benkert had two massive games this past season. He threw for 455 yards and three touchdowns in a rout of Connecticut and 384 yards and four touchdowns in a loss to Miami.

Current mock projection: Day 3 to undrafted

Brandon Silvers - Troy (6-3, 219)

Why he's there: The four-year starter finished his career with more than 10,000 yards and a combined 87 touchdowns.

Number to know: Silvers went from the bottom to the top over his four seasons as starter. In his first two seasons, the Trojans won a combined seven games. This past year, Troy went 11-2, winning a share of the Sun Belt and routing North Texas in its bowl game.

Current mock projection: Day 3 to undrafted

Mike White - Western Kentucky (6-4, 225)

Why he's there: He was the signal-caller for one of college football's most potent offenses, throwing for 4,177 yards, 26 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. In just two seasons with the Hilltoppers, the former South Florida quarterback threw for more than 8,500 yards.

Number to know: White finished his college career with eight straight games of 300 or more passing yards.

Current mock projection: Day 3 to undrafted

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