Senior Bowl director says Rutgers WR Bo Melton could be program's first participant since 2018
It’s been a few years since Rutgers last had a player participate in the annual Senior Bowl, but that could change at the end of the 2021 college football season.
Senior Bowl director and draft analyst Jim Nagy believes Rutgers wide receiver Bo Melton has a chance to break the Scarlet Knights’ drought. He had pretty high praise for the senior in a tweet sent out Tuesday morning.
“Haven’t had [a Rutgers] player in Senior Bowl since Kemoko Turay in ’18 but good chance that streak ends this year w/ WR Bo Melton,” Nagy wrote on Twitter. “[Melton] is savvy, strong, tough & aggressive. Has 2nd gear w/ ball in the air or in his hands and makes clutch plays.”
Haven’t had @RFootball player in @seniorbowl since Kemoko Turay in ‘18 but good chance that streak ends this year w/ WR Bo Melton. @getbusy__bo is savvy, strong, tough, & aggressive. Has 2nd gear w/ ball in the air or in his hands and makes clutch plays. #TheDraftStartsInMobile pic.twitter.com/xc3LrwlbJX
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) July 6, 2021
Melton has been at Rutgers for four seasons and chose to return to the program for the 2021 campaign. Over the course of his time in Piscataway, the receiver has totaled 1,393 yards and 8 touchdowns on 109 receptions.
It was the 2020 season that was Melton’s most productive. Despite a shortened season, Melton produced 638 yards and 6 touchdowns on 47 catches while also gaining 69 yards on the ground and reaching the end zone 2 more times on 6 carries.
With Rutgers showing some progress offensively last year, Melton was able to show off his skill set more than in year’s past. As the Scarlet Knights return quarterback Noah Vedral and other playmakers around him, there’s a real chance for the senior receiver to take an even bigger leap in 2021.
If that happens, there’s a good chance Rutgers will have a participant in the Senior Bowl again.