The Senior Bowl is likely one of the main scouting occasions for the upcoming NFL Draft after the common season. Held in Cell, Alabama, the Senior Bowl is for the highest senior prospects to have every week of padded practices which culminates in a recreation at Hancock-Whitney Stadium.
Listed below are 10 gamers I’m excited to observe, on either side of the ball and from each groups.
Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton
Yearly, the Senior Bowl has a small college man who is available in and steals the present. OLs Ali Marpet and Ben Bartch come to thoughts when considering of small college standouts who take heart stage in Cell. Iosivas may very well be the subsequent to make his identify on the Cell stage. The Princeton wideout is huge (6’3, 200 lbs) and likewise ran observe. In keeping with The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Iosivas (pronounced Yoshi-vas) ran the quickest 60 meter sprint in NCAA historical past and completed fourth within the indoor Heptathlon.
You need pace in your receiver room? That is pace.
Final 12 months, it was Christian Watson who shot up draft boards after the season. This 12 months, I feel it’s Andrei Iosivas.
The Princeton WR has legit 4.2 pace at 6-3, 200. He’s a moldable ball of clay — nevertheless excessive you’ve him, it’s not excessive sufficient. pic.twitter.com/js4dLIlBkk
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) January 21, 2023
I’m excited to see Iosivas enjoying towards increased ranges of competitors, and the way he responds to the physicality of the corners in practices. He has week of apply and he’ll go flying up draft boards.
Nathaniel Dell, WR, Houston
Consider the receiver you’d affiliate with the nickname, “Tank”.
Now, shrink that by about 45% and you’ve got Nathaniel “Tank” Dell, the dynamic wideout from Houston. The 5’10, 165 pound stick of dynamite completed his senior season within the prime 5 of targets and yards, whereas main the NCAA in landing catches. Dell is explosive with the ball in his palms, and has proven explosiveness out and in of his breaks.
Tank Dell – WR – Houston
Yearly we get hyped about an undersized/explosive WR dominating the 1v1’s on the Senior Bowl
Getting forward of the curve and telling you it is gonna be Dell this 12 months.
Not like a number of the different guys previously, he can truly play. pic.twitter.com/mP4LxlGksJ
— Jacob Morley (@JacobMorley) January 17, 2023
Dell’s measurement will at all times be a query, however he’s proven the flexibility to play each inside and in and out Cell, he’ll have the prospect to show himself as soon as once more in entrance of NFL coaches.
Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas
Splitting carries with a expertise like Bijan Robinson isn’t simple, however Johnson has managed to carve out his personal operating fashion whereas being the complement to Robinson at Texas. Johnson is a effectively constructed again at 6’2 and 223 kilos and has nice contact stability, which makes him troublesome to deal with on first contact.
I’m excited to see him on this setting, the place he can showcase his cross catching and cross defending skills. Johnson is likely to be a greater professional than a school participant.
Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
There’s a powerful group of linemen headed to Cell, and Bergeron is true on the prime. The 6’5, 322 pounder is a straightforward mover who’s mild on his toes, and has the size to mitigate pace on the skin.
Enormous fan of Matthew Bergeron’s recreation. Distinctive foot pace and a number of the greatest grip energy.
May need probably the most spectacular resume of cross rushers he is confronted as effectively with strong displaying towards Isaiah Foskey, Myles Murphy, Jared Verse, and extra. pic.twitter.com/BOGBHWpfk5
— Cory (@realcorykinnan) November 27, 2022
Bergeron has an opportunity to make a reputation for himself, particularly towards this crop of cross rushers that shall be in Cell. He has an opportunity to enhance his inventory and put his identify in entrance of NFL coaches.
Rashee Rice, WR, SMU
SMU’s Rashee Rice has been getting lots of first spherical love, and it’s not onerous to see why. Rice is 6’2, 203 kilos however is a easy mover who caught 96 passes for 1355 yards and ten touchdowns in his ultimate faculty season. Rice was 4th within the nation in Yards After the Catch, and his means to make the primary man miss is superior for his age.
If Rice can proceed to face out in Cell, he’ll go away the Senior Bowl as nearly a lock to go within the center to late first spherical.
Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin
Benton is an enormous, thick nostril deal with who’s at his greatest when he can penetrate into the backfield and destroy run performs. He has extraordinarily lengthy arms, and when leveraging his size and energy appropriately, he’s a power to be reckoned with.
I need to see Benton within the one-on-one cross rush conditions in Cell, to see if he can supply the identical cross rush upside that he has towards the run. Benton is a good athlete nevertheless, and may very well be one of many early measurement winners.
Isaiah Land, EDGE, Florida A&M
Isaiah Land popped onto the radar final season when he had 19 sacks and 25.5 tackles for loss en path to the Buck Buchanan Award for Defensive Participant of the Yr in FCS soccer. Land’s manufacturing dipped this 12 months (7.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss), however Land nonetheless stays an intriguing prospect. He’s received a lighter body at 225 kilos, however Land is explosive and has proven good approach in video games.
Land may benefit from this week in Cell, going up towards stronger competitors. His weight coming in shall be fascinating to see, in addition to his play towards the run, however he gives a pleasant upside as a cross rusher.
Adetomiwa Adebawore, EDGE, Northwestern
No, I’m not simply together with him as a result of I’m a Northwestern alum. Adebawore is a robust edge defender, who’s extraordinarily highly effective within the run recreation. He lined up in lots of totally different spots for the Wildcats this season, and was dominant. The Ohio State recreation was an ideal instance of what he may be.
Except for hurricane winds, #Northwestern DL Adetomiwa Adebawore #99 was the second-most disruptive power on the sphere vs. OSU. Attention-grabbing senior prospect.
3-tech on Third-and-1. Doesn’t let the LG attain his outdoors shoulder. pic.twitter.com/h0zfHgfh8n
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) November 7, 2022
Adebawore nonetheless has a methods to go as a cross rusher (getting him as a crash man on stunts and twists would in all probability be one of the best thought), however seeing his cross rush means in Cell might change issues within the eyes of scouts.
Ivan Tempo Jr., LB, Cincinnati
Once you search for the definition of disruptive within the dictionary, Ivan Tempo Jr.’s identify might be there. The linebacker from Cincinnati was a unanimous All-American and had ten sacks to go together with 21.5 tackles for loss.
Tempo is undersized at 6’0 and 235 kilos, however performed all around the defensive entrance for the Bearcats. He’s at his greatest going ahead, and has proven very superior cross rush approach.
#Cincinnati LB Ivan Tempo Jr. continues his monster 12 months. Helped affect a fumble earlier and now a sack on this recreation.
Manufacturing has not dipped since getting on my radar at Miami (OH) final season.
— Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson) December 17, 2022
One of many principal causes I’m excited to see Tempo in Cell is to see the place he traces up. He might find yourself having the identical profession path as a man like Haason Reddick, who performed inside linebacker in Cell and for the Arizona Cardinals earlier than switching to EDGE and taking off.
Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
NFL groups love traits, and Brents has each trait within the e book. At 6’4 and with 32 begins spanning throughout enjoying at Iowa and Kansas State, Brents is skilled and hard. He performs with lots of physicality, so seeing him in Cell towards the gifted crop of receivers there shall be enjoyable to observe.