The Top Defensive Players to Watch at the 2022 Senior Bowl


Check out our Senior Bowl article from yesterday, where we broke down our top Offensive Skill Players to Watch.


Defensive Lineman

This group is extremely rich with top tier, especially with the edge rushers. Although the top DL prospects like Aidan Hutchinson, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Jordan Davis aren’t in Mobile, there are a handful of talented prospects fighting up the Big Board.


Arnold Ebiketie | Penn State, Edge

Big Board: 24

Ebiketie has great length and athleticism, which he has showcased well this week during practice. He was a bit of a late riser this past season but continues to rapidly improve throughout the process. He produced at a high level at Penn State and had 9.5 sacks in 2021, which was more than his first three seasons combined. He’s a hair undersized at just 255 but has great burst off the line and a knack for getting to the QB.

Kingsley Enagbare | South Carolina, Edge

Big Board: 26

Enagbare is another uber athletic pass rusher who brings excellent length (35” arms) as an edge. He’s a popular name that has been popping up on Mock Drafts all over and has certainly been playing up to those standards this week. At South Carolina, he played all over the defensive line but was limited with some injuries throughout his career (hip). Post season scouting reports pointed out his inefficient hand usage, but he has looked great all week in 1on1s.

Jermaine Johnson II | Florida State, Edge

Big Board: 41

Jermaine Johnson may very well be the MVP of the Senior Bowl week. The Edge has been dominating drills and practice all week long and appears to possibly be the most polished defensive lineman in the group. Johnson has made himself some money in Mobile and could now be a top 20 prospect after the week is over. Amongst his strengths, he has high motor, great football IQ and a refined and polished pass rushing skillset.  

Travis Jones | Connecticut, DT

Big Board: 115

Jones excels at plugging up the ground game better than anyone else at the Senior Bowl. At 6’4”, 333 lbs he is HUGE. He also brings great length and leadership as a prospect, which has had scouts glowing this week. He’s an extremely smart player that reads blocks as well as anyone. He will need to improve in rushing the passer and right now is only relevant as a rotational player that likely is off the field on third downs. We are high on Jones, but he is likely a Day 2 or 3 prospect.

Logan Hall | Houston, DL

Big Board: 109

Hall has garnered the national attention as he became one of Mel Kiper’s “guys”. Hall is a 6’6”, twitchy athlete that has major potential as a pass rusher, but also excels in the run game as well. He has played a lot of snaps on the interior, but only tops the scale at 260 lbs, which is extremely light for a 6’6” lineman. This causes his draft stock to be up in the air due to his “tweener” positional value.

Perrion Winfrey | Oklahoma, DT

Big Board: 113

Winfrey saved his best games for when it mattered the most and always seemed to show up in big moments. However, the downside of this is that he wasn’t the most consistent player for every snap. He is an extremely athletic defensive tackle that can probably play any position on the defensive line at the next level due to his versatility. He has shown up and practiced like one of the most talented players on the field all week, so I am interested to see how much he starts to rise in this relatively wide open tackle class.


Linebackers

This group was headlined by consensus R1 LB, Devin Lloyd, but he opted out of the event before it started. That left this group wide open in search of an alpha.


Channing Tindall | Georgia, LB

Big Board: 45

With Lloyd out, Tindall became our top rated LB at the Senior Bowl and he certainly has looked very solid in practice. The off ball LB has showcased great versatility and is one of the most athletic players at the event. He has looked a bit up and down at times, but has shown some flash plays that have been some of the most impressive all week long.

Terrel Bernard | Baylor

Big Board: 110

Bernard is an undersized OLB who is has been one of the smartest players on the field all week. He has experience in every LB spot on the field, which is a nod to his versatile skillset. He is also an excellent coverage LB, which has been evident through practice this week, but he will need to improve on his tackling at the next level.

Darrian Beavers | Cincinnati

Big Board: 104

Beavers has been one of the most impressive mike LBs out of the group and has displayed his ability to diagnose and recognize plays better than anyone. He’s on the bigger size, at 255, which comes in handy for tackling, but has also led to a rough week in coverage.


Defensive Backs

The DBs are one of the strongest groups at the Senior Bowl. There are a handful of prospects who entered the week with R1 hype, but we will be leaving Mobile with several new names to add to the mix.


Roger McCreary | Auburn, CB

Big Board: 19

McCreary is in our top tier of cornerbacks in the draft class and has certainly shown up with a chip on his shoulder this week. He has done as well as anyone in the 1v1 and stood out as one of the top corners in the group. McCreary is a bit undersized at 5’11”, but certainly doesn’t play like it.

Derion Kendrick | Georgia, CB

Big Board: 31

The Georgia prospect was a last-minute transfer from Clemson, following a rocky downfall from being 2021 1st Round prospect to off the Clemson roster in a matter of weeks. Kendrick has revitalized his career with a solid year that ended with a National Championship for the Bulldogs. He has looked solid all week.

Coby Bryant | Cincinnati, CB

Big Board: 40

The 2021 Jim Thorpe award recipient has looked great all week and had fantastic measurables for a cornerback. Although he was in teammate Sauce Gardner’s shadow all season, he very much is also in the first-round talks.

Jalen Pitre | Baylor, S

Big Board: 68

Pitre is a bit undersized but has showcased his ability to play all over the field. He is an elite hustle safety with fantastic leadership skills and is a great athlete that can provide pressure off the line. He is the perfect fit for a creative defensive coordinator that can use him all over the field. Pitre was voted as the DB of the week for the National Team.

Tariq Woolen | UTSA, CB

Big Board: 114

Woolen measured in at a whopping 6’4” 205 but has been a phenomenal mover all week and clocked the fastest recorded speed of 22.45 mph, which was the fastest since they have been keeping on field analytics. Along with the athleticism, speed and size, Woolen has been standing out in 1on1 drills with his terrific ball skills.

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