Senior Bowl Falters QB's Draft Prospects

Quarterback's uphill battle reflects in week-long performance.

by Nouman Rasool
Senior Bowl Falters QB's Draft Prospects
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The Senior Bowl, a pivotal showcase for NFL Draft hopefuls, offers a unique platform for college players to demonstrate their skills under the watchful eyes of NFL coaching staffs. This event can significantly impact a player's draft stock, propelling them up the ranks with a commendable performance.

Unfortunately, for ex-Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman, the anticipated boost to his draft prospects failed to materialize during this crucial week. Hartman, stepping in with heightened expectations following Michael Penix Jr.'

s withdrawal, was anticipated to carry the quarterbacking responsibilities for the National Team. However, the outing proved challenging for Hartman, who managed a meager completion of 7 out of 25 passes, amassing only 69 yards.

Despite contributing to a 16-7 victory, the scouts and NFL teams are likely to weigh his individual performance more heavily. Adding to the scrutiny was Hartman's interception by Jarvis Brownlee Jr., a defensive back from Louisville.

This incident echoed Hartman's college career, marked by a series of interceptions by Louisville players, culminating in eight picks across six games, with a notable six interceptions in the last two encounters.

Hartman's Challenging Week

Hartman's struggles were not confined to the game alone; the entire week presented challenges as he grappled with consistency in his throws during practice sessions.

His journey, spanning five years at Wake Forest before a transfer to Notre Dame for the 2023 season, saw early promise with Heisman Trophy aspirations that unfortunately waned as the season progressed. The quarterback landscape for the 2024 draft class is notably competitive, featuring standout talents like USC's Caleb Williams, North Carolina's Drake Maye, and LSU's Jayden Daniels, all vying for top selections in the first round.

With other notable names like Michigan's J.J. McCarthy, Oregon's Bo Nix, and Penix Jr. in the mix, Hartman's recent performance at the Senior Bowl could potentially impact his positioning in a draft class brimming with quarterback talent.