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Key performances from Senior Bowl Week


After three days of practice and the Senior Bowl game itself, here are some key performances from the week in Mobile, Alabama:

Running back

Tyjae Spears: After being productive at Tulane, Spears showed he can look just as dynamic and explosive around players from the Power 5 conferences. At 5'9 and 200 pounds, he can change direction on a dime, showed skills as a receiver, displayed good vision, and exhibited the explosiveness and breakaway speed to make big plays.

Eric Gray: Gray (210 pounds) also stands 5'9 but is a little heavier than Spears. He did a little bit of everything, showing a good combination shiftiness and power to go along with good skills as a receiver. Gray was voted the America Team's running back practice player of the week by his peers who went against him all week.

Kenny McIntosh: He looked exactly like he did on tape at Georgia. His traits don't jump out but he has good size at 5'11 and 210 pounds, ran good routes, and was reliable as a runner with a combination of speed and power.

Roschon Johnson: We only got one day of practice from Roschon Johnson before a hand injury forced him off the field for the rest of the week, but his frame (6'0, 225) was impressive to behold in person.

Chase Brown: Twin brother to Illinois safety Sydney Brown, Chase was yet another 5'9 running back who checked in at 215 pounds. He showed the same skills he did at Illinois, displaying a consistent ability to use his vision and quickness to find his way through the line. Brown was voted the National Team's running back practice player of the week by his peers.

Wide receiver

Nathaniel "Tank" Dell: One on ones in this setting are made for smaller receivers like Dell (5'8, 163) who are blazing fast and have extraordinary quickness, but even knowing that going in there was no one who could cover him. He missed the last day of practice and the game.

Rashee Rice: Rice showed off his route running throughout the week and was able to consistently get open but, much like on his tape, the ability to run past people and get over the top was not obvious during practice.

Jayden Reed: The Michigan State wide receiver was constantly separating during practice, and after being outside for most of his college career, played in the slot often at 5'10 and 191 pounds. He showed speed, quickness, and the ability to get open and track the football. Reed was named the National Team's wide receiver practice player of the week by the defensive backs.

Michael Wilson: One of the most consistent receivers during the week, Wilson (6'1, 216) was able to get himself open and showed the ability to make contested catches.

Tight end

Luke Musgrave: The big tight end (6'5, 255) out of Oregon State had not played football since suffering a knee injury in September. He showed some rust trying to catch some passes in traffic, but his size combined with his speed and the smoothness of his routes left a strong impression.

Offensive line

O'Cyrus Torrence: The massive 6'4, 337-pound guard from Florida (after transferring from Louisiana) was dominant throughout the week. Whenever he got his hands on pass rushers they were not getting away from him and he was able to anchor against power rushers.

John Michael Schmitz: The best center in Mobile, Schmitz (6'3, 306) was solid all week in pass protection and created holes in the run game during team drills. He also showed the mobility to get to the second level of the defense.

Matthew Bergeron: The Syracuse product (6'4, 323) played guard and tackle in Mobile and looked good in both spots, but was probably more effective as a guard. He was physical and had very good moments in pass protection during one-on-ones.

Steve Avila: At 6'3 and 331 pounds, Avila proved to be one of the strongest players in Mobile. The TCU lineman didn't let rushers move him from his spot and did a good job latching onto them. He also took some snaps at center.

Jaelyn Duncan: Duncan showed good feet and steady pass protection at left tackle. He also took some snaps at right tackle after Dawand Jones' injury, but did not look nearly as comfortable on that side of the line.

Cody Mauch: After playing his entire career at tackle at North Dakota State, Mauch played both guard spots and center at the Senior Bowl. His "tackle" feet were evident but there were understandably some ups and downs playing new positions for the first time. Wright was named the National Team's offensive line practice player of the week by the defensive linemen and linebackers.

Dawand Jones: We only got one day of practice from the massive Jones (6'8, 375), but what we saw was dominant as he manhandled every player that tried to use speed to beat him to the outside. An injury kept him out of practice the rest of the week.

Darnell Wright: Though he wasn't infallible, Wright used his size (6'5, 342), length, and movement skills to stay in front of edge rushers during one-on-one pass rush drills. Wright was named the American Team's offensive line practice player of the week.

View the best photos from the 2023 Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

Defensive line

Adetomiwa Adebawore: He only weighted in at 284 pounds, but he plays with good length, strength and leverage. He was giving guards and centers fits all week using his explosiveness and quickness to win one-on-one pass rush drills. He was named the National team's defensive line practice player of the week by the offensive linemen.

Keeanu Benton: The Wisconsin defensive tackle showed power and was winning consistently in one-on-one pass rush drills earlier in the week.

Keion White: At 6'4 and 280 pounds, White lined up inside and outside. His movement skills and power were obvious vs. the run and pass.

Edge rusher

Will McDonald: McDonald's measured 35-inch arms might have been the best thing to happen to him all week. At 241 pounds, he might not be a full-time edge player, but he has burst and a nasty spin move as a pass rusher.


Dee Winters: Winters was matched up a couple times against Tyjae Spears in coverage and stayed with him. He showed the instincts to play fast. Winters was named the American Team's linebacker practice player of the week by the running backs, tight ends, and offensive linemen.


Darius Rush: Rush had the football in his hands almost as much as some of the receivers at the Senior Bowl, with multiple interceptions and pass break-ups. Even when he was beaten initially on some routes, he was able to recover and prevent the reception. He was great all week. Rush was named the American Team's cornerback practice player of the week by the wide receivers.

Kyu Blu Kelly: Kelly was sticky on opposing wide receivers for most of the week, and did a good job of anticipating passes from quarterbacks during drills. He had at least two interceptions during practice and was involved in other pass break-ups. He was named the National Team's cornerback practice player of the week.

Riley Moss: Moss has a track background and used his speed well to track receivers down the sideline. There were some rumblings as to whether he might be a cornerback or safety coming into Mobile but was productive at corner.

Julius Brents: The 6'3 prospect from Kansas State showed the movement skills that teams would relish out of a cornerback of his size, though he had some reps where his technique fell apart and he was beaten down the field.

Tyrique Stevenson: Stevenson showed all the athletic traits, including speed, to go along with his size (6'0, 204) at practice, but he had a lot of reps where his technique fell apart and he was either beaten down the field or flagged for defensive holding/pass interference.


Sydney Brown: Brown did it all in his week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He lined up in the slot and at deep safety showing his versatility at 5'10 and 213 pounds. He even went up against wide receivers and held his own in one-on-ones grabbing at least one interception and getting his hands on the football constantly.

Christopher Smith: Smith was sticky in coverage all week. At 5'10 and 188 pounds, he was running with wide receivers in one-on-one drills and did not look overwhelmed while showing versatility.

Jammie Robinson: Like Smith, Robinson plays safety but is built like a cornerback (5'10, 194) and was used in coverage out of the slot often, staying with both tight ends and wide receivers. Robinson was named the American Team's safety practice player of the week by the wide receivers and tight ends.

View the best practice photos from 2023 Senior Bowl Week in Mobile, Alabama.


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