Duke Blue Devils wide receiver Conner Vernon will be participating all week in activities for the Senior Bowl, the annual collegiate showcase game featuring, you guessed it, seniors! Conner Vernon put together a historic career during his four years at Duke University, achieving career totals of 3,749 yards and 20 touchdowns on 283 receptions. Vernon leaves the program as the ACC’s all-time leader in receiving yards and consecutive games with a reception.
His metaphorical cherry on top came in the form of a trip to the Senior Bowl, where he’ll be able to showcase his abilities for scouts and representatives from every NFL team. While Pro Days and the NFL Combine are considered to be the most crucial events in effecting the draft stock of collegiate players, some players have seen their stock skyrocket as a result of the Senior Bowl.
So how is Conner Vernon looking? Let’s take a look from around the web:
Cheesehead TV, a Green Bay Packers blog, had this to say about Vernon -
The last receiver to note was Duke’s Conner Vernon.
Yes, Duke has a player in the Senior Bowl and he is worth noting.
During individual position drills, Vernon didn’t look sharp. He didn’t look bad, he just didn’t look as good as Swope.
Then the defensive backs stepped in and Vernon woke up. Vernon made some incredible grabs, ran outstanding routes and just flat out muscled the ball away from the defenders on a consistent basis.
Mike Loyko, Head NFL Draft Scout and Editor at NEPatriotsDraft.com, said this on Twitter -
quinton patton already separating himself from other wrs conner vernon looks quick in cod too
In some not-so-good news, here is MileHighSports.com’s report on Vernon’s practice -
Vernon played for Peyton Manning’s mentor, David Cutcliffe, at Duke, and projects as a potential slot wide receiver. His cuts weren’t as sharp as they could be, and at one point he was castigated by Lions wide receivers coach Tim Lappano for tipping off his changes of direction. “I don’t want to see turn signals!” barked Lappano.
So, Vernon isn’t getting rave reviews, but he isn’t doing anything to hurt his stock at the same time. He is currently projected to go anywhere from the third to fifth round. We’ll be keeping an eye on Vernon all week here at Ball Durham.
The Senior Bowl takes place on January 26th at 4pm (ET) and will be televised on the NFL Network. Vernon will play for the South squad and will wear #82. Here is a fun highlight video of the senior: