The 2018 Senior Bowl will take place in Mobile, AL this week, and it will feature the top senior prospects heading into this year's draft. This will be a big week for players looking to make a statement, and raise their draft stock heading into the NFL combine.
Here are some prospects Jets scouts should be looking at throughout the week...
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner will make the trip to Mobile, and he will be looking to prove himself a top first-rounder. He dominated in his senior season with 4,627 passing yards for a 70.5 completion percentage, 43 touchdowns, and only six interceptions over 14 games.
The 22-year-old may not have the preferred build at 6-foot-1, but he makes up for it with his strong arm, and elusive legs. The Jets need to add a quarterback to the mix of Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, and they will surely have Mayfield -- like many other teams -- under a fine microscope.
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Mayfield's consistency, accuracy and decision-making make him a desirable prospect because he is likely to be closer to NFL-ready than a raw prospect with all the tools. Although he only measured at just over 6-foot at Mobile, Mayfield hopefully moves around well enough that he'll be able to mitigate that in the same fashion as a Drew Brees or Russell Wilson.
He had two passes batted down at the line in the second game of the season against Ohio State, but none thereafter. His biggest challenge will be convincing teams about his intangibles following some off-field concerns.
Wyoming QB Josh Allen
The Jets will have their eyes peered on another top quarterback prospect in Allen, who's large ceiling has many experts high on him. Unlike Mayfield, Allen's 6-foot-5, 233 pound frame is the ideal quarterback stature, and his very strong arm backs it up.
Allen had injury issues in 2017, which is why his numbers read 1,812 yards, 16 touchdowns, and six interceptions in just 11 games last season. He is also known as a raw talent, but the Jets could see his potential as a must-have. He will vie for the starting role if selected as well.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Allen is essentially Mayfield's polar opposite. He's tall and athletic with a big arm, and a tantalizing highlight reel. However, his film is spotty and his accuracy and decision making are inconsistent.
Statistically, Mayfield was much better, although he also had a better supporting cast. While some of Allen's mistakes were a result of trying to force things, there were still occasions where he misfired on easy passes. He looks great once he gets into a rhythm, though, so teams will be hoping that will happen more often if they surround him with NFL-level weapons.
Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport
The Jets primary focus will likely be on Mayfield and Allen, but they have more picks to deal with later on. Enter Davenport -- a behemoth at 6-foot-7, 256 pounds coming off the edge. His length and sneaky quickness makes him one of the best defensive end prospects in the draft, especially coming from a non-Power Five conference.
Davenport collected 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and four batted passes in his senior season. With Muhammad Wilkerson's status up in the air, the Jets could be looking for his replacement. Davenport is projected to go in the first or second round currently, but he could be on more teams radar by the end of the week.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Davenport is a player whose stock has been rising since the season ended, and that buzz intensified after an impressive weigh-in at the Senior Bowl. At 6'6" and 260 pounds with 34-inch arms and good speed and power, he has some experts projecting him as a potential top-10 pick.
However, opinion is divided on him for the time being, as he still seems to show signs of rawness technically, and reportedly had an up-and-down start to the week in practice.
Penn State CB Christian Campbell
Morris Claiborne is set to be a free agent this offseason, and it is unknown if the Jets are going to resign him or not. If they don't, there will be a void to fill, and Campbell could be the man to do so.
The Nittany Lion corner has great size at 6-foot-1 and 194 pounds to cover any NFL receiver -- big or small. He tallied 45 tackles, 12 passes defended, and a lone interception this past season.
He has performed below what was expected for him at Penn State, but the Senior Bowl could be his platform to open eyes before the Combine. It could be the Jets that likes what they see.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Campbell had a good, but not great season in 2017 after finally earning a full-time starting role after previously being in a rotation. He's exactly the sort of cornerback that NFL teams covet with his athleticism, and an 80-inch wingspan. There was some talk of him moving into contention to be a top-40 pick over the past few days, but the chance to prove he can hold his own against some of the top wide receiver prospects in the nation at Mobile will be invaluable for him.
Oklahoma State WR James Washington
Whoever the Jets decide will be their quarterback in 2018, they will need more option at receiver than they did this season. Robby Anderson had a breakout year, but with two arrests in the past eight months, they could view him as a liability. Jermaine Kearse fit in well in his first season, and will likely be a main option next year. After that, the Jets' receiving corps is up in the air with minimal production from ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen this past year.
Washington, the 2017 Biletnikoff winner for most outstanding receiver in college football, could be an option for the Jets later on in the draft. He has a knack for the deep ball with above-average speed, and the ability to simply outrun his defender to a ball. He hauled in 74 receptions for 1,549 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Jets could be content with who they have now. But if they want another young threat, Washington could be a mid to late round steal.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Washington is a legitimate big play threat who is coming off his third consecutive thousand-yard season. Week after week, he came up with huge plays, either on downfield passes, or by making yardage after the catch.
Washington had at least one play of 30 yards or more in 20 of his last 25 games at Oklahoma State, and at least 10 touchdown catches in each of his last three seasons. While he might not have the size of a Julio Jones or AJ Green-type, he should put up some good workout numbers to further bolster his credentials.