Eulls turning heads at Senior Bowl

Kaleb Eulls is making the most of his Senior Bowl experience. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Kaleb Eulls is making the most of his Senior Bowl experience. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Kaleb Eulls turned heads all week during Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala.

The Mississippi State defensive lineman hopes to catch a few more eyes when he suits up for the South team at 3 p.m. Saturday on the NFL Network.

“He’s done very good,” said Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Todd Wash. “He’s got a little bit of a sore foot. You could see during our 1-on-1 drills and pods that he plays with real good pad level and hand placement.”

Eulls hopes to take full advantage of his opportunity to measure up against the country’s elite players and improve his draft stock in the process. CBS Sports projects the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder as a fourth round selection, the No. 14 defensive tackle and the 137th overall prospect in the draft.

“The week has been great,” Eulls said. “I’ve gotten a chance to compete against some of the best guys in the nation who have had the honor to come here and compete in the Senior Bowl. It’s been a great experience. It’s something I never thought I’d have the chance to do, especially with the way that I grew up.”

Eulls may have had a humble beginning growing up in rural Yazoo County. But the fateful day of Sept. 1, 2009 changed his life forever. As a high school senior, Eulls saved the lives of 22 students, including his three younger sisters, by wrestling a semi-automatic handgun away from an armed student who had hijacked his school bus.

That too became a topic of conversation as Eulls met with various NFL organizations this week.

“They were amazed by that,” Eulls said. “You could just see the reaction on their face. At first it was a calm look but once I got into details their eyes would widen and bug out. They’d have a surprised look upon their face and say the couldn’t believe they are talking to someone who did such a heroic thing.”

Eulls brought that same dedication and leadership to the Bulldogs defensive line. He started all 52 games of his college career accumulating 118 tackles, 8.5 for loss, four sacks and a fumble recovery.

Eulls started his first two seasons as a defensive end before wrapping up his final two inside.

He is uncertain which position he will play at the next level but hopes his versatility has shown this week during practices.

“I try not to focus on that,” Eulls said. “All I can do is compete with myself and try to be the best that I can be and just keep pressing forward.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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