5 Players to Watch in the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl

Take a look at some of the top talent in the 2016 draft class that will be playing in next week's Senior Bowl.

More than 150 of the nation's top college prospects reported to Mobile, Ala. on Monday for the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl.

Starting Tuesday, both the North and South teams will practice for three days in front of NFL scouts and media in hopes of raising their draft stock. Representatives from all 32 clubs will be on hand, but the Dallas Cowboys will coach the North and the Jacksonville Jaguars will coach the South.

On Saturday, the two teams will square off from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in the official Senior Bowl game.

To help preview the week's festivities, Bleacher Report's NFL Draft lead writer Matt Miller and friend of 49ers.com is here to break down some of the names you need to know. Make sure to follow Miller on Twitter @nfldraftscout for premier NFL Draft coverage.

1. Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State2015 Statistics:

1,651 passing yards and 17 touchdown passes … Missed seven games due to a broken wrist.

Career Highlights: Won four National Championships, two as NDSU's starter.

Miller's Evaluation: "He has a big arm. It's a little bit like (Oakland Raiders quarterback) Derek Carr. He moves well in the pocket. He's a runner, and I feel like people miss that watching his tape. They ran a lot of zone-read, and he did a really good job with that. He's got to get better at reading the field, but he definitely does it. He's poised. And he's really smart. Everyone raves about how football smart he is."

Notes: Miller has Wentz listed as the biggest sleeper among the quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class.

"I have him as the No. 2 quarterback behind Jared Goff and ahead of Paxton Lynch. Sometimes you watch a guy and he has that 'it' factor, and Wentz has that."

What to Watch at Senior Bowl: "I just want to see the ball placement and the accuracy, which are hard to judge because he'll be throwing to guys he's never thrown to. I want to see the velocity on the deep throws and how he handles himself in a new situation."

  1. Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama2015 Statistics: Led Alabama in tackles with 102 … 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Career Highlights: 222 tackles, four sacks, 17.5 tackles for loss … Posted one interception and four forced fumbles.

Miller's Evaluation: "I think the seventh pick could be early for him, but it would be a great fit (in San Francisco). He's an amazing, sideline-to-sideline player. He's aggressive. He's physical. He can definitely play inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Everything he does is impressive. He can stack up blockers. He can make stops in the run game."

Notes: Miller said he thinks there's "no way" he's available in the second round. Miller currently has Ragland ranked as his third-best linebacker in the class and calls him the best inside 'backer.

Additionally, Ragland told media at the Senior Bowl on Monday that he would also practice at outside linebacker to show his ability to set the edge and rush the passer.

What to Watch at Senior Bowl:"I want to see the continued athleticism. I want to know how fast he's going to run. I think the agility drills is where he can really stand out."

  1. Jarran Reed, NT, Alabama2015 Statistics: 57 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack.

Career Highlights: 112 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks and seven pass breakups.

Miller's Evaluation: "It's such a great fit for the 49ers because he's a true nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. He plays angry, which I love. He has an exceptional motor. He's smart. He's tough. He's everything you want in that position. He doesn't take plays off."

Notes: Reed is the third-ranked defensive lineman on Miller's big board. 

What to Watch at Senior Bowl: "Just the 1-on-1 battles. Sometimes at Alabama, you're surrounded by so much talent that you're not going to get double-teamed. Seeing him fight through double teams will be interesting because he will be the focus in a lot of these drills."

  1. Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State2015 Statistics: Member of the First-Team All-Big-12 team.

Career Highlights: Four-time All-Big-12 honoree … Started 51 of 52 career games.

Miller's Evaluation:"He played left tackle at Kansas State, but he'll probably kick inside and play guard. He's so strong in the run game. He's smart, physical and has good agility. He could play in a zone-blocking scheme or man-blocking scheme."

Notes: Ranked as the top guard on Miller's big board. Miller also lists him as the most NFL-ready as well as the best pass-blocker.

What to Watch at Senior Bowl: "He has to show that his length is not going to be an issue. He has good functional strength, and he's got good balance, but he's going to be a short guy at 6-foot-3. Will that show up against some of the better defenders he goes against? He also needs to play in a three-point stance. He didn't do that in college."

  1. Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky2015 Statistics: 11.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss … Named FCS National Player of the Year and an All-American.

Career Highlights: Eight sacks and two passes defended for Ohio State in 2013.

Miller's Evaluation: "He was a stud at Ohio State before being dismissed for off-field issues. I think he could be a top-15 pick if it weren't for the off-field stuff. He's super impressive. He's got quick hips, quick feet and uses his hands well. He's just kind of the total package."

Notes: Miller ranks Spence sixth among edge defenders in the class, but noted that has far more to do with the off-field issues than on-field game tape.

What to Watch at Senior Bowl: "He's been playing at Eastern Kentucky for a year, so he needs to show that what he put on tape there wasn't just because of the level of competition. I want to see that who he was at Ohio State is still relevant. He could be really, really good."**

The NFL Media draft analyst recently announced his initial top-50 prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft (courtesy of NFL.com).

**Potential First-round Picks (ordered by ranking on Miller's big board)

Ragland (16)

Reed (18)

Whitehair (33)

Wentz (34)

Josh Perry, OLB, Ohio State (39)

Spence (41)

Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville (50)

Potential Second-round Picks

Jeremy Cash, S, Duke (46)

Austin Johnson, NT, Penn State (47)

Darian Thompson, S, Boise State (48)

Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame (54)

Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia (56)

Vernon Butler, NT, Louisiana Tech (57)

Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (60)

Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers (67)

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