Senior Bowl notes: 1st February

February 1st, 2022 | Written by Rob Staton

Since the NFL Network pulled live coverage of the Senior Bowl a couple of years ago, it has become impossible to assess practise without being in Mobile.

Every year we are dependant on people filming the drills and posting them on YouTube. In fairness, those videos usually emerge. There’s no guarantee though. We have to hope someone had the good grace to film both sessions in full.

As and when I find good clips, I will post them here. Likewise if I get hold of extensive 1v1 drills for the O-liners and D-liners, I will post a full breakdown.

Darian Kinnard and Jermaine Johnson had a good 1v1 battle. Johnson won the first bout easily, dumping Kinnard on his back. In round two, Kinnard held his own.

Here’s a rep between Cade Mays and Devonte Wyatt. You see Wyatt get lower and gain hand-placement to win with leverage and drive Mays back. It’s a good recovery from Mays to avoid being driven right into the backfield — but ultimately Wyatt has won the round by pushing his blocker into the pocket.

If you’re wondering why I think Wyatt will go in round one — watch this rep. That’s what 4.8 speed looks like at 300lbs.

This isn’t a great rep from Logan Hall, who lost out to Ja’Tyre Carter. Hall doesn’t even try to place his hands in the right position and just looks completely out of control. He’s battling to get any kind of handle and Carter just rides him out — simply by connecting and actually using his hands. Hall has to do better with his technique here, a lot better.

I saw another rep between Carter and Hall and Carter won that too. As did Andrew Steuber here, having moved inside. This isn’t the kind of start I expected from Hall who has great talent and potential. He tries a club and a spin but Steuber always looks in control. It’d be nice to see a bit more focus and execution on these rushes from Hall — but it’s day one, let’s see if he can improve.

Steuber didn’t have as much fun against Travis Jones (who looked like a train). Here’s another great rep from Jones who warrants a bigger look on this evidence.

Trevor Penning is too hesitant on this rep. That’s not how he played for Northern Iowa. He has the right position and he should win easily but he let’s the inside move come along because he freezes. Go and finish the block. Connect and drive your man off the ball.

Zion Johnson had two really good reps against Otito Ogbonnia. Great anchor, good strength in the back, finished the blocks.

I am not a big Daniel Faalele fan. I think he’s too big. He certainly shouldn’t end up flat on his back against Myjai Sanders. I like the way Sanders combines agility and flexibility attacking the edge I just worry a little bit about him mixing in speed-to-power given his slight frame.

This isn’t a 1v1 rep but look at the penetration and quickness here from John Ridgeway.

This isn’t a good rep for Bernhard Raimann. You can be the best athlete in Mobile but you’ve got to have your feet and hands work in unison. He doesn’t get anywhere with his footwork, he concedes the edge and then he’s chasing the pass rusher (Tyreke Smith). You want to see a better slide here and then control with the hands.

Tariq Woolen is already showing why he could easily go in round one. Lots of contact late in the route but it’s hard to stick in these 1v1 sessions. He’s right there, all the way.

Have I mentioned how much I like Dameon Pierce much? Quick, explosive, physical, aggressive, yards after contact. Get him in Seattle.

I watched the NFL Network’s highlights package where they showcased some scrimmage sessions. For me, Abraham Lucas looked absolutely terrific at right tackle. Controlled, powerful, athletic. He truly looks the part. One of the big regrets, and there are a few, over the Jamal Adams trade could be the missed opportunity to plug Lucas in at left or right tackle for the next decade.

I wanted to mention Daniel Jeremiah’s top-50 prospects board today. I’ve often voiced complaints with Jeremiah’s boards in the past. They fluctuate too much — with players often appearing from outside the top-50 to receive a high placing. It gives the impression that the top-50 has been put together without watching everyone, thus what’s the point of having a top-50 at this early stage?

Even so, I think there are some interesting talking points. I don’t agree at all with having Ikem Eknowu at #2 and I don’t understand why Kenyon Green gets the attention he does in the media. That said, I was really interested to see Phidarian Mathis at #37 and Devante Wyatt at #38.

That is round about the range where Seattle picks (#41) and I think both players would be excellent fits. They are highly disruptive defensive tackles with ideal size and length. They combine power with agility and quickness. The Seahawks have long needed someone like this to create interior pressure. Both Mathis and Wyatt must be on your radar for Seattle.

I think, given Wyatt is expected to run in the 4.8’s, that he will eventually propel into round one. Mathis though could easily be there for Seattle and warrants genuine consideration as one of the more underrated players in the draft. We’ve talked him up a fair bit — this is the first time I’ve seen the media put him in a range we’ve been discussing (round two).

I agree completely with Jeremiah having DeMarvin Leal at #44. He is a player with all the skills and physical tools but he lacks consistency and intensity. In many ways, he’s comparable to Chris Jones in that regard. He might not warrant the lofty first round talk many have bestowed upon him — but he could be a value option in round two. As with Jones — if the light switches on, the sky’s the limit.

Oklahoma’s Perrion Winfrey isn’t included in Jeremiah’s top-50 but he received positive reviews for his first day in Mobile. He’s incredibly sized at 6-4, 303lbs with 35.5 inch arms. He has special flashes on tape but also a lot of inconsistent play and effort. Sometimes when you watch him it’s pretty painful. If he puts it together, he can be a key prospect in this draft and one for Seattle’s radar. I watched some of the 1v1 reps and it was more of the same. Some flashes, then some snaps where he’s totally stone-walled.

Perhaps the most impressive interior defender from day one, having watched a lot of the reps now, was UConn’s Travis Jones. He was up there with Devonte Wyatt. He has superb power in his arms, he drives on contact and he’s no slouch. He had some big wins, including against Zion Johnson. This was a very impressive start.

Ole Miss’ talented, athletic pass rusher Sam Williams has been added to the Senior Bowl roster. He had participated in the NFLPA Bowl. He has a very intriguing physical profile and great production from 2021. He has a ‘bull-in-a-china-shop’ style to his game. He’s another strong option for Seattle.

I’ve said a few times now that there is an opportunity in this draft class to build a foundation. You can get an EDGE and a defensive tackle with a cluster of enticing prospects available. That is a real strength of this class. There are tackles to be had. You have angry, violent, aggressive players like Damoen Pierce (RB, Florida) and Cam Taylor-Britt (CB, Nebraska). There is depth at linebacker.

You can come out of this draft having gone a long way towards forging the kind of team Seattle wants to be.

I promised a mock draft last week (a three-rounder no less) before Covid got in the way. I’ll save the three-rounds for after the Senior Bowl but here’s a quick two-rounder as we wait (and pray) for Senior Bowl tape to emerge…

1. Jacksonville — Aidan Hutchinson (DE, Michigan)
2. Detroit — Kayvon Thibodeaux (DE, Oregon)
3. Houston — Evan Neal (G, Alabama)
4. New York Jets — David Ojabo (DE, Michigan)
5. New York Giants — Derek Stingley Jr (CB, LSU)
6. Carolina — Charles Cross (T, Mississippi State)
7. New York Giants — Trevor Penning (T, Northern Iowa)
8. Atlanta — Kyle Hamilton (S, Notre Dame)
9. Denver — Bernhard Raimann (T, Central Michigan)
10. New York Jets — Treylon Burks (WR, Arkansas)
11. Washington — Abraham Lucas (T, Washington State)
12. Minnesota — Jermaine Johnson (DE, Florida State)
13. Cleveland — Jordan Davis (DT, Georgia)
14. Baltimore — Kyler Gordon (CB, Washington)
15. Philadelphia — Sauce Gardner (CB, Cincinnati)
16. Philadelphia — George Karlaftis (DE, Purdue)
17. LA Chargers — Trent McDuffie (CB, Washington)
18. New Orleans — Garrett Wilson (WR, Ohio State)
19. Philadelphia — Daxton Hill (S, Michigan)
20. Pittsburgh — Kenny Pickett (QB, Pittsburgh)
21. New England — Chris Olave (WR, Ohio State)
22. Las Vegas — Devonte Wyatt (DT, Georgia)
23. Arizona — Arnold Ebiketie (DE, Penn State)
24. Dallas — Tyler Linderbaum (C, Iowa)
25 Buffalo — Ikem Ekonwu (G, NC State)
26 Tennessee — Trey McBride (TE, Colorado State)
27 Tampa Bay — Tariq Woolen (CB, UTSA)
28 Green Bay — Jameson Williams (WR, Alabama)
29 Miami — Nakobe Dean (LB, Georgia)
30 Kansas City — Logan Hall (DT, Houston)
31 Cincinnati — Jalen Wydermyer (TE, Texas A&M)
32 Detroit — Quay Walker (LB, Georgia)

33 Jacksonville — Drake London (WR, USC)
34 Detroit — John Metchie (WR, Alabama)
35 New York Jets — Travon Walker (DE, Georgia)
36 New York Giants — Myjai Sanders (DE, Cincinnati)
37 Houston — Devin Lloyd (LB, Utah)
38 New York Jets — Jeremy Ruckert (TE, Ohio State)
39 Chicago — Andrew Booth (CB, Clemson)
40 Denver — Channing Tindall (LB, Georgia)
41 Seattle — Phidarian Mathis (DT, Alabama)
42 Washington — Carson Strong (QB, Nevada)
43 Atlanta — Drake Jackson (DE, USC)
44 Cleveland — DeMarvin Leal (DE/DT, Texas A&M)
45 Baltimore — Lewis Cine (S, Georgia)
46 Minnesota — Brian Asamoah (LB, Oklahoma)
47 Indianapolis — Rasheed Walker (T, Penn State)
48 LA Chargers — Boye Mafe (DE, Minnesota)
49 New Orleans — Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss)
50 Miami — Dameon Pierce (RB, Florida)
51 Philadelphia — Bryan Cook (S, Cincinnati)
52 Pittsburgh — Cam Taylor-Britt (CB, Nebraska)
53 Las Vegas — Jahan Dotson (WR, Penn State)
54 New England — Chad Muma (LB, Wyoming)
55 Arizona — Kaiir Elam (CB, Florida)
56 Dallas — Kingsley Enagbare (DE, South Carolina)
57 San Francisco — Nick Cross (S, Maryland)
58 Cincinnati — Zion Johnson (G, Boston College)
59 Buffalo — Cam Thomas (DE, San Diego State)
60 Denver — Perrion Winfrey (DT, Oklahoma)
61 Kansas City — Jaquan Brisker (S, Penn State)
62 Tampa Bay — Malik Willis (QB, Liberty)
63 Atlanta — David Bell (WR, Purdue)
64 Green Bay — Sam Williams (DE, Ole Miss)

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42 Responses to “Senior Bowl notes: 1st February”

  1. Kyle says:

    Thanks for the detailed update Rob. I’m glad you’re on the mend.

    I hope the team brass reads your blog…

  2. Rob Staton says:

    If anyone finds videos on YouTube of the OL vs DL 1v1’s please post them in here and/or email me

    • MychestisBeastmode says:

      Haha, Rob, you’ll be happy to know my thoughts have evolved on Faalele.

      Also, just wanted to follow up on last post where I think we had a miscommunication. I was referring to me with overweighting one data point, not at you. Like I said, not a scout and I only watched one tape, but it was a damn good tape.

      But after seeing the Purdue highlights and your link above to his poor showing (falling!?) I’m willing to eat crow and walk back my previous rah rah for Faalele.

  3. HawkFan907 says:

    Hopefully you continue to feel better Rob.

    I haven’t seen any Perrion Winfrey tape today, but some of the reports from today have me very excited. From PFN: “Predictably, Perrion Winfrey was a wrecking ball on Day 1. His elite proportional length and explosiveness can combine to form devastating power, and that showed up multiple times today. Winfrey has an all-out motor and was consistently disruptive. His bull rush is menacing, but he didn’t rely on flashes. He had good pursuit to the edge and was steady throughout. It was an early-round performance for an early-round prospect.”

    That coupled with great measurements (6036, 303 lbs, 35 1/2 arm, 85 5/8 wing) you have to think that he is definitely in play for Seattle. We desperately need some interior pressure.

    • Rob Staton says:

      The problem with Winfrey is consistency and discipline. He has all the tools but you can watch him one snap and think he has first round potential, then you’re watching through your fingers. The potential is definitely there.

  4. Seattle Person says:

    I completely agreed about the Mathis pick. It sucks to lose out on some of the edges though. They will probably fly off the board like the WRs a few years ago when that position was deep.

    If the board falls like this, do we turn the 3rd towards LB? RB?

    • HawkFan907 says:

      We desperately need interior pressure, so I like the idea of targeting a premier EDGE in FA (like Jones, Gregory, Miller) and drafting a piece in the middle to develop. There isn’t a ton of FA depth for IDL, just some older vets like Hicks and Campbell.

      If we miss out on Pierce, I feel like we can target Abram Smith or Tyler Allgeier in a later round to replace Carson as the bruiser.

      • Seattle Person says:

        That’s my mindset as well. I would love for the Hawks to sign another Edge in FA and a DT like B.J Hill. I wouldn’t mind bringing Mone or Woods back as well. The Bengals’ Dline is really deep and pretty underrated. We need to build this line back up.

  5. Gaux Hawks says:

    A: No Trade
    Russell Wilson
    DK Metcalf
    Phidarian Mathis

    B: Trade RW3 (3×1) & DK (1×1)
    Jalen Hurts
    Chris Olave
    Devonte Wyatt
    Tyler Linderbaum
    Channing Tindall
    Dameon Pierce
    Cam Taylor-Britt

    …tempting ; )

  6. Gdo says:

    Dameon Pierce is your top RB and the only one picked in the first two rounds?

      • Blitzy the Clown says:

        Is it weird that he reminds me of Cam Akers?

        Or am I associating them because they both went to Florida schools and was/will be picked in the same range?

    • Peter says:

      Very limited RB class. Very few exciting names. If pierce blows up in testing I think the dearth of talent could put him very high in the second or maybe a slight reach up at the bottom of round one for a team that feels more complete in their roster.

  7. Peter says:

    Travis jones: 6’4″, 326, 34 inch arms

    Really going to dig into some uconn stuff for a later round pick. Very quick in that clip.

  8. Hoggs41 says:

    The one thing I dont like about Mathis is he is 24y old. Almost feel cheated drafted the older guys.

    • cha says:

      If he’s NFL ready and doesn’t have a significant injury history, I say go for it.

      I’m fed up with the Seahawks drafting players high and getting very little benefit in their rookie seasons.

      • Peter says:

        Are you sure you’re not just fed up with the bad drafting?

        20 yr old raw Rasheem Green on one side…..24 yr old eskridge also doing little in his rookie year on the other side.

        I take your meaning though. Mcdowell, penny taylor, and a few others who weren’t ready or seemed to get injured and nix their rookie years.

    • Seattle Person says:

      Sometimes you just have to get a good player. The Seahawks have drafted quite a few older rookies. Bruce Irvin, Tyler Lockett, Russell Wilson, D. Eskridge, LJ Collier. I don’t think it matters too much to them. Is there a huge difference between a 24 year old Mathis and a 23 year old Lockett his rookie year?

  9. Rob Staton says:

    Ole Miss DE Sam Williams has been added to the American roster

    Presumably to replace Cam Thomas who has a hamstring injury

    Great news on Williams, will be intriguing to see how he gets on. He has big-time physical testing numbers, good production and plays hard.

  10. samprassultanofswat says:

    Rob. Besides Akeim Hicks are there any legitimate interior pass rushers. In free agency.

  11. samprassultanofswat says:

    A couple of quick questions for Rob. What about a trade of D.K. Metcalf to Jacksonville. Trevor Lawrence needs a legitimate wide receiver. Plus Jacksonville has the cap space to pay Metcalf. What is a fair trade value for Metcalf. If the Seahawk front office traded Metcalf what would RW demand.

  12. swedenhawk says:

    Thanks for compiling these clips, Rob. Do my eyes deceive me, or is that Cam Taylor-Britt putting the hit on Dameon Pierce?

  13. swedenhawk says:

    Based on Tony Pauline’s report from the first day of practices, here are some lesser-known names to watch heading into day two:
    Braxton Jones OL
    Daniel Bellinger TE
    Zachary Carter DL
    Aaron Hansford LB
    Otito Ogbonnia DL
    Dominique Robinson EDGE

  14. Pepoandart says:

    Thanks for the mock Rob. I hope you know how much we all appreciate all the work you put in on content, especially after dealing with COVID the last week. I like the pick a lot. Hopefully this is cherry on top of an effort to improve the Dline.

  15. Forrest says:

    Trade Wilson for:
    Jalen Hurts
    #15 – package with our 3rd to move up and get Jordan Davis DL
    #19 – Nakobe Dean LB

    #40 – Breece Hall RB

    Free Agency:
    Harold Landry (LEO)
    Brian Allen C
    Trent Brown LT
    Jayron Kearse SS

    Extend DK Metcalf
    Resign DJ Reed

    Trade Jamal Adams
    Cut Bobby Wagner

    • Poli says:

      Do you guys actually think the Seahawks will be better with those guys and Hurts over Wilson, or is this just if Wilson demands a trade?

      • UkAlex6674 says:

        Not sold on Hurts at all. I doubt DK would stick around if Russ went.

        I don’t think the above improves the team.

  16. Rob Staton says:

    I’ve added this excellent rep from Devante Wyatt to the list:

    https://twitter.com/EaglesXOs/status/1488741592370401282

    Plus some notes on Abraham Lucas, who excelled, and Travis Jones. I’ve updated on Perrion Winfrey too

  17. cha says:

    The Washington Commanders.

    That’s going to take some getting used to.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Commanders/status/1488862704983068673

  18. Rob I was wondering what your thoughts are on Ty Chandler ? Can he last until round 4.

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