The annual Senior Bowl is finally concluded. Jim Nagy, along with his team, put together another superb display of this year’s up-and-coming talent. This year the National team won against the American team, 27-10, on Saturday in Alabama. For the prospects invited it was a tough week of practices, media attention and getting to finally meet NFL head coaches and owners. So who performed well at Mobile that could one day be walking out in a Cowboys uniform?
Jake Haener, QB
Haener joins the long list of players like Justin Herbert and Dak Prescott to win the Senior Bowl MVP award. All week the quarterbacks have been hot and cold, even during the game most of the position group was frustrating to watch. Even though Haener finished with the best outcome from the week, he still had some bad throws during the game. Heaner did enough to earn the MVP award on some pretty deep passes and showing good poise under pressure. It’s fairly certain given the talk around Dallas, along with situation with the backup role at quarterback this year, the Cowboys will look at the position in the draft on day three.
Jake Haener in the Senior Bowl:— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) February 4, 2023
• 139 passing yards
• 1 TD
• Senior Bowl MVP
The Fresno State QB’s stock is RISING pic.twitter.com/cftWrBVB3d
Eric Gray, RB
He impressed in practice all week, and in the game itself he managed to flash when he got the chance. Gray finished the game with five carries for 17 yards and three receptions for 13 yards. What Gray managed to showcase with his ball skills was making defenders miss and his ball carrying ability. His stock is up after the week.
Eric Gray channeling his Eric Metcalf on the outside pic.twitter.com/iGSjoh3PFJ— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) February 2, 2023
Tyjae Spears, RB
Spears may have made one of the biggest jumps from the week of practice and during the game. His elusiveness and sharp routes to get open all week have been nothing short of impressive. On Saturday Spears finalized his week with three receptions for 15 yards.
This ROUTE by Tyjae Spears— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) February 2, 2023
The Tulane RB was 5th in all of college football in rushing yards last season with 1,581. pic.twitter.com/YMlZbsTDi9
Evan Hull, RB
His week peaked early in the practice period and slowly cooled as it continued. During the game however, Hull was the most productive running back and proved the most at his position. His speed, quickness and consistent running of the ball was great to watch. Scouts and fans will certainly be looking back over his game tape after the performance he put on during the competition. He managed to run for over 70 yards on just ten carries.
Northwestern’s Evan Hull takes it 24 yards on the first play of the Senior Bowl pic.twitter.com/iIpwbeYBrA— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) February 4, 2023
Michael Wilson, WR
Wilson spent a college career missing more games than he did playing, but his week at Mobile has put his name on the map. All week his practices were solid, his routes were crisp and sharp. There is also his special teams ability as a gunner, adding more to his value. On Saturday, Wilson made some highlight catches and caught four passes for 76 yards.
Jake Haener finds Michael Wilson for the TD!— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 4, 2023
A @FresnoStateFB to @StanfordFball connection for the National Team!
: @seniorbowl on NFL Network pic.twitter.com/ZZPWydGGcx
Jayden Reed, WR
He was National team’s Practice Player-of-Week, as voted for by players and coaches. Reed has made a name for himself with some of the best route running at the Senior Bowl. He made some tough boundary receptions, but what will also raise his stock after the week will be his versatility as a receiver and special teams appeal.
Michigan State WR Jayden Reed who also recorded the fastest mph of any player with 20.08 mph today during Senior Bowl practices.— Jared Tokarz (@JaredNFLDraft) February 1, 2023
Beautiful route, will get snagged mid-rounds.
Payne Durham, TE
Payne made two catches for 24 yards during the game and all week had been steady as a receiver. What was most impressive though was his blocking ability and how he helped in the run game. Another riser from the week.
"Put your hands up!"— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 4, 2023
Payne Durham couldn't quite get in the endzone after a by Malik Cunningham
: @seniorbowl on NFL Network pic.twitter.com/vvBFx4hl9T
O’Cyrus Torrence, OG
The big man up front had been splashing highlights in practice all week. During the game Torrence kept himself effective in the run game, using his overall strength and hand strength to move defenders off the ball. His athleticism to get into the second level was impressive, hitting linebackers to create more space for the runner.
O’Cyrus Torrence again!— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) February 2, 2023
The @GatorsFB G is securing the with his performance at the Senior Bowl pic.twitter.com/jkJivb2EF9
Will McDonald IV, DE
His athleticism and long reach has been the most noteworthy watch all week. McDonald spent all game hovering around the ball carrier and putting pressure on the opposition in the backfield. One of the best defensive standouts during the game.
Will McDonald IV bending the edge and bursting to the QB on the first rep of team practice pic.twitter.com/M3z5ka0EvX— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) January 31, 2023
Keeanu Benton, NT
A nose tackle is in order for the Dallas Cowboys and Benton has been the name to watch at the Senior Bowl. His explosiveness and burst off the line, with incredible snap anticipation, has been an entertaining watch. It would be no surprise if we see his name at Dallas during the visit period in the next coming months.
Here is every one-on-one pass rush snap for #Wisconsin DT Keeanu Benton at the Senior Bowl: pic.twitter.com/dA9SRJeUj9— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) February 2, 2023
Darius Rush, CB
If this defense wants some speed at the defensive back position then look no further. With questions marks at cornerback this year, Rush makes perfect sense after this week. He was the American team’s Practice Player-of-Week and watching his reps all week it’s no surprise.
2023 Senior Bowl Risers from final practice— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) February 4, 2023
Darius Rush, CB, @GamecockFB
“Rush was quick transitioning off the line, tracked the pass in the air, and did a great job positioning himself to break up throws.”
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