MOBILE, Ala. -- Here are some players, at positions of need for the Buffalo Bills, who have stood out during Senior Bowl practices this week:
Haason Reddick, LB, Temple: He has easily been the star of the week, as many NFL scouts expected. He has shown tremendous versatility. He rushes the passer well, something that gained him plenty of attention working from the edge in college. He also has filled proper gaps against the run and done a nice job in coverage. It's easy to envision the 6-1, 237-pound Reddick as a weak-side linebacker in Sean McDermott's 4-3 scheme. In that role, he could be used in a variety of ways. And based on what he has shown on video from his college career and what he has displayed on the practice field this week, there seems to be little he can't do.
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: He's another player who is proving to be every bit as good as advertised. You can't help but marvel over his combination of size (6-6, 250 pounds), speed, strength, and athleticism. He explodes into his routes and catches the ball well. He also is showing that can be a solid blocker, an area that scouts feel needs improvement. He's the total package and likely to command nothing lower than a low first-round pick.
Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut: The first thing that jumps out at you is his size, 6-4 and 219 pounds. After that, you see his speed and athleticism. He covers a tremendous amount of ground in a very short amount of time. He has been exceptional in coverage, matching up well with tight ends and larger receivers. He shows superb ball skills and you can picture him delivering hard hits, as he did in college. It just seems that in every team drill, this guy is making a play.
Davis Webb, QB, Cal: He was thought to be the best quarterback here once Clemson's Deshaun Watson turned down his Senior Bowl invitation, and that pretty much continues to be the case. An argument could be made that Antonio Pipkin of Tiffin has thrown the best so far. But Webb does throw the ball well. During his first practice, his passes seemed a little wobbly and off the mark, prompting some scouts to wonder if the accuracy issues he showed on video of his college games is chronic. However, as he has gotten more comfortable with unfamiliar receivers, his timing and delivery have looked much better. It's worth mentioning that things might look much different at the QB position here if Western New Yorker Chad Kelly of Ole Miss wasn't limited to being a spectator while recovering from knee surgery.
Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State: You can't ignore the biggest strike against him, which is that he is only 5-10 and 183 pounds. However, everything he does on the field makes you forget about that. He is more than physical enough to effectively jam and reroute receivers off the line, as he did consistently in practice. He's also fast enough to give a cushion and run stride-for-stride with receivers. He does a good job of tracking the ball and mirroring in coverage.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington: He comes from a small school and was someone that almost no one discussed before the week began. Yet, he has gone out and turned heads by making play after play. He shows good speed and athleticism, finding seams in coverage and running well after the catch. He is a tremendously hard worker and competitor who has earned his way onto this stage with a high level of desire that is impressing scouts. This guy figures to merit consideration as a slot receiver.