2018 Reese's Senior Bowl

• Locals get a chance to shine before NFL scouts, coaches and fans

Michael Hanich, Sports Analysis
Posted 2/1/18

Four local players used the Senior Bowl to not only make a name for themselves but also to elevate their stock to be drafted higher in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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2018 Reese's Senior Bowl

• Locals get a chance to shine before NFL scouts, coaches and fans

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MOBILE, Ala. — Multiple collegiate seniors took part in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. NFL scouts and coaches were in Mobile all week to evaluate these players to determine how well their talents will transition to the NFL. There were many players that stood out in the three days of practices and then there were some that stood out in the game on Saturday.

Four local players used the Senior Bowl to not only make a name for themselves but also to elevate their stock to be drafted higher in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Former Gulf Shores Dolphin and Troy Trojans quarterback Brandon Silvers also had a great Senior Bowl by having three very efficient practice days. Silvers did not get many chances in the game as he only had 2 passing attempts and completed one for nine yards to Kansas State’s Bryan Pringle. Silvers, though, answered the questions of his durability as a passer by throwing the ball with smooth procession and accuracy.

Former Fairhope Pirate and Florida State Seminoles safety Nate Andrews was a late addition to the 2018 Senior Bowl where he replaced injured Dorian O’Daniel. Despite having a short week, Andrews performed very well in the practice and in the game. Andrews accounted for two solo tackles in the game and was consistent in his coverage.

Former Daphne Trojan and the Citadel Bulldogs inside linebacker Myles Pierce took great pride in the Senior Bowl week. Although Pierce did not record any statistics in the game, Pierce was efficient in the practice settings, where scouts and coaches focus the most.

“It's definitely a great feeling to come back home and it's a dream come true to think about ever since I started playing football,” Pierce said. "My dad played in the Senior Bowl, coming out of Tulane. It's definitely something I've been looking forward to for a lot of years."

Jeremy Reaves (Pensacola Catholic High) is the fourth South Alabama Jaguar to participate in the Senior Bowl week. Not only did Reaves have an outstanding three days of practices but he also was great in the game last Saturday. In the game, Reaves accounted for eight total tackles, six solo tackles, one interception and a pass breakup. His eight total tackles was the third highest in the game but his six solo tackles were the game’s highest. One tackle forced a turnover on downs.

“The Tight End was really heavy on his inside hand, so I knew he was trying to block down,” Reaves said. “Once he cracked the End down, I immediately got replaced and he ran right into my lap."

With a great Senior Bowl week, Reaves elevated his draft stock where he was originally projected to go somewhere in round 3-5. When asked about the recent success of the USA Jaguars in the Senior Bowl, Reaves said, "Just to show everybody that South Alabama will just send guys out here every year. You know we produce talent. It's not a school to be overlooked, we have great players coming through there that are going to even better than I was. Don't sleep on the group of fives."