The Senior Bowl is one of the major scouting events leading up to the NFL Draft after the regular season. The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama is for top senior prospects to take Hancock through his week of padded practices culminating in his game at Whitney Stadium.
From both sides of the ball and both teams, here are 10 players to watch.
Andrei Iosibus, WR, Princeton
Every year, a small school guy comes to the Senior Bowl to steal the show, and OL’s Ali Marpet and Ben Bartch come to mind for small school standouts who take center stage on mobile. Iosivas may next make a name for himself on his stage mobile. Princeton had big wideouts (6’3, 200 lbs) and run racks. According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Iosivas (pronounced Yoshi-vas) ran his fastest 60 meters in NCAA history, and he finished fourth in the indoor heptathlon.
Want speed in the receiver room? This is speed.
Last year, it was Christian Watson who shot the draft board after the season. I think this year it’s Andrei Iosibus.
The Princeton WR has a legit 4.2 speed at 6-3,200. He is a moldable clay ball. pic.twitter.com/js4dLIlBkk
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) January 21, 2023
I’m excited to see Iosibus play against higher level competitors and see how he reacts to corner physicals in practice. He has had a good week of practice and the draft board will fly
Nathaniel Dell, WR, Houston
Think of a receiver you associate with the nickname “Tank”.
Did you take it?
Now, scale it down by about 45% and you have Houston’s dynamic wideout, Nathaniel “Tank” Dell. The 5’10, 165-pound Dynamite Stick finished his senior season in the top five in targets and yards while leading his NCAA in touchdown catches. Del was explosive with the ball in his hands and showed explosiveness both inside and outside the break.
Tank Dell – WR – Houston
Every year there is hype about a small/explosive WR dominating 1v1 at the Senior Bowl.
It’s ahead of its time and says it’s going to be Dell this year.
Unlike other players in the past, he can actually play. pic.twitter.com/mP4LxlGksJ
— Jacob Morley (@JacobMorley) January 17, 2023
Dell’s size is always an issue, but he’s shown the ability to play both inside and out, and he’s shown his ability to play mobile, a chance to prove himself again in front of NFL coaches. there is.
Roshon Johnson, RB, TX
Splitting a career with talent like Bijan Robinson is never easy, but Johnson has managed to carve out his own running style while complementing Robinson in Texas. At ‘2 and 223 pounds, he’s a good build and has good contact balance, which makes him difficult to tackle at first contact.
I can’t wait to see him on stage showing off his pass-catching and pass-protecting abilities. Johnson may be a better pro than a college player.
Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
There’s an impressive group of linemen headed for mobile, and Bergeron is right at the top. His 6’5, 322-pounder is a mobile player with a light foot and length that reduces speed on the outside.
Big fan of Matthew Bergeron’s games. Exceptional foot speed and supreme grip.
Possibly the most impressive pass rusher resume he’s faced, including solid plays against the likes of Isaiah Foskey, Miles Murphy and Jared Verse. pic.twitter.com/BOGBHWpfk5
— Corey (@realcorykinnan) November 27, 2022
Bergeron has a chance to make a name for himself, especially with this pack of pass rushers on Mobile. He has a chance to improve his inventory and put his name in front of NFL coaches.
Russie Rice, WR, SMU
SMU’s Rashee Rice got a lot of love in the first round, and it’s not hard to see why. Rice is 6 feet 2 inches and 203 pounds, but he is a smooth mover in his final season in college where he caught 96 passes for 1355 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Rice is fourth in the nation in yards after catches, and his ability to make the first man miss is advanced for his age.
If Rice can continue to stand out on mobile, he’ll likely leave the Senior Bowl nearly locked and go mid-to-late in the first round.
Keanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin
Benton is a big, chunky nose tackle that works best when he can break into the backfield and destroy run plays. He has very long arms, and when used correctly, his length and strength make him a force to be reckoned with.
I’d love to see Benton in a one-on-one pass rush situation on mobile. But Benton is a good athlete and an early measure winner he could be one.
Isaiah Land, EDGE, Florida A&M
Isaiah Rand won the Buck Buchanan Award for Defensive Player of the Year last season with 19 sacks and 25.5 tackles. Although Rand’s production has dropped this year (losses of 7.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles), Rand remains an interesting prospect. Although he has a lighter frame at his 225 pounds, Lando is explosive and shows good technique in the game.
Land could benefit from mobile this week against increased competition. His weight gain and his play on runs will be interesting, but he offers a great advantage as a pass rusher.
Adetomiwa Adebawore, EDGE, Northwest
No, I’m not just including him because I’m a Northwestern alum. He lined up and dominated various spots for the Wildcats this season.of Ohio Gaming was a perfect example of what he could do.
Aside from hurricane winds, #Northwest DL Adetomiwa Adabawore #99 was the second most disruptive force on the field against OSU. Interesting Senior Prospects.
3-tech of 3rd-and-1. Keep the LG from reaching the outside shoulder. pic.twitter.com/h0zfHgfh8n
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) November 7, 2022
Adabawore still has a way to go as a pass rusher (making him a crush guy with stunts and twists would probably be the best idea), but seeing his pass rushing ability on mobile makes the situation in scouts’ eyes. may change.
Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Cincinnati
If you look up the definition of disruptive in the dictionary, you probably have Ivan Pace Jr.’s name. The Cincinnati native linebacker was a unanimous All-American, and he had 10 sacks in a loss with 21.5 tackles.
At 6’0″ and 235 pounds, Pace is petite, but he played all over the Bearcats’ defense. He’s in great form from now on and is showing a very advanced pass rushing technique.
#Cincinnati LB Ivan Pace Jr. continues his monster year. He made an impact on previous fumbles and contributed a sack in this game.
Production hasn’t dropped since it was on my radar last season in Miami, Ohio.
— Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson) December 17, 2022
One of the main reasons we’re excited to see Pace on Mobile is to see where he’s lined up. He played inside the linebackers on mobile, Arizona Cardinals Before changing to EDGE and taking off.
Julius Brenz, CB, Kansas
NFL teams love traits, and Brentz has all the traits in the books. At 6’4 and with 32 starts in Iowa and Kansas State, Brentz is experienced and tough. He plays a lot physical, so it will be fun to see him play against a bevy of talented receivers on his mobile.
Check out my guy Julius Brents (K-State CB 23) with a tackle at the bottom of the screen. I love how aggressive and physical he is playing on the perimeter. pic.twitter.com/PI4G8HQkVh
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) January 15, 2023