Skip to main content

2016 Reese's Senior Bowl Rosters Announced


The Reese's Senior Bowl is the premier college All-Star game for NFL hopefuls. Next week, scouts from around the league will convene in Mobile, Ala., to watch some of the top draft prospects attempt to improve their stock.

Phil Savage, the director of scouting for the Senior Bowl and former general manager of the Cleveland Browns, is in charge of putting together the rosters for the North and South teams. Those rosters were revealed on Thursday. To be eligible for an invitation to the Senior Bowl, players must be at least four years removed from high school. That means redshirt juniors are qualified to play in the game.

Here are a few of the notable names you are sure to hear throughout the week.

North Roster

Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

California's Jared Goff and Memphis' Paxton Lynch are currently the two most high-profile quarterback prospects in this year's draft class. Wentz could join them with a standout Senior Bowl week.

Wentz led NDSU to an FCS National Championship in 2015, despite missing some time due to a wrist injury. In seven starts, the quarterback threw for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns. At 6-foot-6, 235-pounds, Wentz more than looks the part of and NFL quarterback.

Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

The signal-caller-turned pass-catcher will draw the eyes of many scouts in Mobile. Miller excelled as the Buckeyes dual-threat quarterback from 2011-13 before an injury cost him the entire 2014 season. With J.T. Barrett now working under center for OSU, Miller made the transition to a skill position. Miller caught 26 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns in his first season as a wideout.

The talented athlete also ran the ball 42 times for 260 yards and one touchdown. That rushing score, you'll remember, came courtesy of a highlight-reel spin move.

Darian Thompson, S, Boise State

Thompson led the Broncos with five interceptions in 2015 and will be one of the top defensive backs to take the field in the Senior Bowl. The safety also posted 8.5 tackles for loss and one sack for Boise State this season.

South Roster

Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

Fresh off of a National Championship run with the Crimson Tide, Drake will attempt to raise his profile among a talented group of rushers in the 2016 draft class. That includes Drake's teammate, Derrick Henry, who won this year's Heisman Trophy.

Drake ran the ball 77 times for 408 yards and one touchdown in 2015. He caught 29 passes for 276 yards and another score as a receiver. Drake also excels as a return man, as evidenced by his 95-yard kick-return touchdown in the National Championship Game against Clemson.

Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina

Adams set career highs this season with 28 receptions for 421 yards and three touchdowns. The tight end's 6-foot-6 frame gives him a prototype NFL build.

Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

Spence was named the FCS National Player of the Year and an All-American following his standout redshirt junior campaign. The pass-rusher posted 11.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss in 2015.

Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri

Brothers is one of the top inside linebacker in this year's class. Missouri's star defender totaled 152 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and posted double-digit tackles in all but one game this season. By comparison, the Tigers two next-closest defenders had just 93 and 64 tackles, respectively. You get the idea, Brothers was all over the place this season.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.