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374 land on initial 2018-19 'Watch List'

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

MOBILE, Ala. (Aug. 23) – The college football season kicks off tonight and fans can now watch the games with an eye to the future as the Reese's Senior Bowl releases its annual 'Watch List' of players for its upcoming 2019 game -- the starting point for the NFL Draft process.

 “The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months and trying to find the best 110 players in America.

“For our passionate fan base, this list is a starting point to give them a perspective of what players they could see in Mobile in January.”

The initial watch list includes 374 players from 14 different conferences including independents, FCS, Division II and NAIA schools from around the nation.

“After an extensive process, it’s a deserving privilege for these players to be recognized on this exclusive list," Nagy said. "We look forward to getting out this fall to see all of the prospects on this list and many others that can still earn an invitation as we aim to form the best possible rosters for our event in January.” 

Reese's Senior Bowl scouts will be all over the country in the next few months, evaluating a senior class that features some intriguing prospects at every position on the field.

The SEC, which has consistently produced the most NFL draft picks over the last several years, features the most prospects on the list with 79. It is followed by the Pac-12 (51)Big Ten (50), ACC (45) and Big 12 (43).

Texas (13) has the most players on the list, followed by Mississippi State (9), while Clemson, Georgia, Miami, Stanford, USC and Washington each have eight players.

There are 30 quarterbacks on the list, including Missouri’s Drew Lock, West Virginia’s Will Grier, NC State’s Ryan Finley and Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson.

Other top players on the list: Alabama RB Damien Harris and OLB Christian Miller, Auburn DT Dontavius Russell, Stanford RB Bryce Love, Ohio State WR Parris Campbell, South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel, Arkansas OG Hjalte Froholdt, Washington OT Trey Adams, Clemson DE Christian Wilkins, Mississippi State DE/OLB Montez Sweat, Michigan DE/OLB Chase Winovich, Georgia CB Deandre Baker and Miami (FL) Safety Jaquan Johnson.

The list does not include any potential fourth-year junior graduates. Those players must graduate in December and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft before the Reese’s Senior Bowl considers them as candidates for the 2019 game.

The 70th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl is January 26, 2019 in Mobile, Ala., at 1:30pmCT. A long NFL tradition, more than 1,000 representatives from the 32 NFL clubs gather in Mobile starting on the Monday of game week (Jan. 21 in 2019) to interview players, attend the National Scouting Weigh-in and watch three practices for the North and South teams.


By Conference

American Athletic – 20
ACC – 45
Big Ten – 50
Big 12 – 43
C-USA – 12
Division II – 6
FCS – 24
Independents – 14
MAC – 11
Mountain West – 12
NAIA – 1
Pac-12 – 51
SEC – 79
Sun Belt – 6

By Position
Cornerbacks – 39
Defensive Ends – 27
Safeties – 36
Defensive Tackles – 23
Inside Backers – 36
Outside Backers – 25
Fullbacks – 2
Centers – 13
Guards – 19
Tackles – 30
Quarterbacks – 31
Running Backs – 19
Tight Ends – 20
Receivers – 46
Kickers/Punters – 10