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Experts weigh in on biggest risers from Senior Bowl


Following three days of practice, the 2022 Senior Bowl concluded on Saturday with the National Team defeating the American Team, 20-10.

Oklahoma defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey was named the game's Most Valuable Player after registering two sacks and three tackles for loss.

While Winfrey took home the game's MVP award, he was far from the only player to stand out in Mobile last week.

The Senior Bowl serves as the first chance for both NFL scouts and draft experts in the media to observe prospects following the conclusion of the college football season. While there are still over two and a half months to go before the 2022 NFL Draft, with both the combine and pro days still to come, several players helped their draft stock with their performance in Mobile.

Draft experts from ESPN,, Pro Football Focus, and CBS Sports, including a few of the top draft analysts in the business, weighed in on some of the biggest risers from Senior Bowl week.

First let's look at which players were consensus picks among the four media outlets.

DL Devonte Wyatt, Georgia

PFF's Michael Renner - "Wyatt is an athletic marvel for a 307-pounder. His agility at that size was more impressive than a number of the edge rushers in attendance. Wyatt wasn't just a one-trick athlete, either, as he held up well against double teams in the run game, which makes me feel good about him as an all-around player."

ESPN's Todd McShay - "Some defensive linemen are all hands. Some are all about quickness and speed. But Wyatt ties his feet and hands together so well. His feet are always moving while he's working on blockers with his upper-body strength. He was already in the first-round conversation coming into the Senior Bowl, but he put a stamp on it this week."

EDGE Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State's Daniel Jeremiah - "Johnson didn't disappoint. He knows how to use his length to generate power off the edge, and I thought he showed a nice inside-counter move this week. It's good to see he's continuing to add to his pass-rush arsenal. He entered the week as my highest-rated Senior Bowl participant among defensive players, and he exits the same way despite not practicing on Thursday."

CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson - "The Georgia transfer landed in Tallahassee and racked up 11.5 sacks, locked himself into a Day 2 draft grade in the process, and then came to Mobile and went off. It feels similar to what we saw from Montez Sweat back in 2019. He had a solid senior campaign for Mississippi State in '18, registered 12 sacks, came to the Senior Bowl and did his thing."

QB Malik Willis, Liberty

Renner - "No quarterback really dominated throughout the course of the week, but Willis' tools stood out the most in what was essentially a race for QB1. He posted the fastest throw (74 miles per hour) since Zebra Technology started putting chips in the footballs at the Senior Bowl in 2018. He also looked comfortable going through progressions despite never being asked to do that at Liberty. There's a strong chance he's the first quarterback off the board in April."

Jeremiah - "I don't think any quarterback truly ran away from the pack this week. However, Willis' practice on Wednesday was the best performance by any QB, which is especially impressive given the rainy conditions players dealt with that day. He's very much in the mix to be the first quarterback drafted."

The annual college all-star game was played Feb. 5 at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.