The annual Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled for January 30th. There will be practices and positional drills in the coming week. Every year we see prospects who boost their stock as much as two to three rounds during this week.
Due to COVID, the combine and private workouts have been cancelled. As a result, this is a huge opportunity for the Panthers’ staff. This will be theor first up-close look at some of the promising seniors of this year’s draft class. Throughout the week, we’re going to hear lots of information about who’s been impressing and whose stock is on the rise. The player I want to highlight for Panthers fans is Robert Rochell.
Rochell is a small school player from Central Arkansas that made his debut on Bruce Feldman’s “Freaks list” that he puts out before every season. This is because he is listed as 6-2″, 195 lbs and was reportedly clocked at 4.38 in the forty yard dash. On top of that, his position coach reported he can broad jump 11’8 and has a vertical of 41 inches.
His team only played one game this season. However, he did have a forced fumble and a recovery in one appearance. To scout, you have to go back to his two previous seasons, If you do, you’ll see an athletic corner with good enough ball skills to high point the ball. As evidence, he came away with nine interceptions combined from 2018 and 2019. He didn’t post gaudy numbers from a tackling standpoint, but he is a willing tackler that squares up well and gets the runner to the ground.
A little raw as a prospect, he is looking at a likely fourth round grade. However, in a weak corner class and a good Senior Bowl showing he could find himself moving into the third round. If there is one thing that Matt Rhule and Co. have mentioned and proven, it’s that they are very willing to draft a player with real athletic upside that just needs some development (see Troy Pride Jr.). Look to hear his name mentioned frequently this week. With him being a “Matt Rhule guy,” he might not have to wait as long in April to hear his name called.