The Senior Bowl just released it’s 2022 midseason all riser team. It consists of offensive and defensive players that have risen two rounds or more on the Senior Bowl board from their Junior year tape grades.
Lets take a look at the offensive prospects.
Quarterback Hendon Hooker
The Tennessee quarterback is kind of like a mix between Young and Stroud physically. He has Stroud’s arm and size and Young’s athleticism and accuracy. He may win the Heisman. The only major flaw about Hendon Hooker is his age. It brings with it questions of how much upside is left?
Running back Chase Brown
The Illini product has the ability to see where holes are going to open up. Brown can twist his hips in between the blockers to squeeze through holes that aren’t there to the naked eye.
Illustrating the importance of patience and pace. If Chase Brown his the line of scrimmage at full speed. This is a nothing play. Instead he slows down and waits for the holes to develop and gains eleven yards. pic.twitter.com/OMq9KIweCV
— Illinois Football Focus (@IlliniFB) October 15, 2022
He’s capable as a receiver, a weapon on swing passes and in the screen game. His stats through seven games:
- ATT: 192
- YDS: 1,059
- TD: 4
- AVG: 5.5
All-riser Pass Catchers
Tight End Luke Schoonmaker
Senior Luke Schoonmaker has picked up where Michgan TE Erick All left off last year, becoming a key part of the Wolverines’ passing attack and a favorite target of J.J. McCarthy.
Through six games, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end is second on the team in catches (23) and receiving yards (229). Schoonmaker has reliable hands and shows the willingness to make catches in traffic over the middle.
Wide Receiver Zay Flowers
Xavien “Zay” Kevonn Flowers has caught my eye for a while now and he’s been on the senior bowl radar for quite some time. The Eagles product is first or tied for first in the ACC in:
- Targets (63)
- Receptions (42)
- Receiving yards (556)
- Receiving TDs (5)
- 40+ yard catches (4)
His stock hasn’t only rose in the senior bowl board, but also among NFL boards.
“He’s a smaller receiver, like a [Terry] McLaurin, that type of guy. He can fly. He’s a highlight reel. Probably a second-rounder, might sneak in first if he runs real fast [at the combine].”
Wide Receiver Charlie Jones
Purdue receiver Charlie Jones is coming of age, especially on the mid-season all riser team for the Senior Bowl. Although Jones is more of a possession target than a field stretcher, his fiercely competitive demeanor and run-after-catch ability make him a major threat in the middle of the field.
His play this season is even more impressive when you consider he had 39 career receptions coming into the year. Jones has become the most reliable target for Aidan O’Connell and consistently comes away with the difficult catch during the game’s critical moments. He has 62 catches for 735 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Wide Receiver Jonathan Mingo
Ole Miss Rebels receiver Jonathan Mingo was graded by Pro Football Focus as the No. 1 wideout in College Football. Mingo plays with a smoothness and balance, and Mingo shows a knack for setting up defensive backs. He’s equally dangerous in catch-and-run situations as he is taking the top off a defense.
Few programs have cranked out big, pretty-looking wideouts like @OleMissFB has in recent years and Jonathan Mingo (@ogmingo1k) is the latest. Former 4-star drops weight well for 220-lber and has huge hands (10 1/2”) to snatch it. #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE™️ pic.twitter.com/tBjKYBJzbh
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) September 17, 2022
Mingo transitions quickly from receiver to runner, and he has enough speed to threaten the seam and has a knack for getting open. Through six games, Mingo has amassed 22 receptions, 507 receiving yards, and three touchdowns. He is also now averaging 23.0 yards per reception, which is good for first in the SEC and second in the nation.
All-riser Offensive Lineman
Offensive Tackle Tyler Steen
The development of Alabama offensive tackle Tyler Steen, a veteran transfer from Vanderbilt, has been critical for the Crimson Tide.
OTs with the highest pass block grades from Week 6
🟥 Tyler Steen, Alabama: 89.8
🟪 Peter Skoronski, Northwestern: 89.5 pic.twitter.com/hDmD0tgrjZ
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 10, 2022
Through six weeks, he has been an anchor for the Crimson Tide at left tackle. He is a very instinctive player and leads by example along the offensive front. It will be interesting to see how he develops as the season progresses.
Offensive Guard O’Cyrus Torrence
Proving himself as Florida’s most impactful addition from the transfer portal this past offseason, Right guard O’Cyrus Torrence was recognized for his play twice through six games with the Gators as he lands on Associated Press Midseason All-American team and 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl Midseason All-Riser Team.
Torrence does a nice job working with teammates to build the pocket, anchoring against bull rushers and displaying good awareness against stunts and twists. As a result, he’s continued his college career-long streak of games without giving up a sack, up to 42 games between his three years at Louisiana and six appearances at Florida.
Center Alex Forsyth
The Oregon product is little known outside of the college football community but has slowly risen up the ranks. Forsyth is currently on the mid-season watchlist for the Lombardi Award. In the run game, he shows good burst off the line of scrimmage, with the ability to win at the point of attack.
Oregon got blown out against Georgia, but their Center Alex Forsyth looked decent pic.twitter.com/ShnTTeehLr
— Billy M (@BillyM_91) September 29, 2022
Forsyth has enough speed and athleticism to move to the second level and land blocks. He’s a rock in the middle of the line as a pass protector, with the heavy hands and strong grip to hold his own against bigger defensive tackles.
Offensive Guard Matthew Jones
Matthew Jones’ name has not been a hot name recently as Ohio State’s high powered offense has names like C.J. Stroud, Marvin Harrison Jr. and Paris Johnson. However, Matthew Jones is a key contributor to keeping C.J. Stroud upright and have one of the best run games in the nation.
Watching Ohio State RT 79 Dawand Jones vs. Michigan State from the weekend and couldn't help but notice RG 55 Matthew Jones getting to the LB. Great reps from both players that are draft eligible. pic.twitter.com/hk14rF73OB
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) October 13, 2022
Jones consistently lands blocks at the second level, and Jones finishes strong. As a pass protector, he has violent, heavy hands. Along with a strong initial punch, he has the hand strength to grip and redirect pass rushers.
Offensive Tackle Darnell Wright
Last week Volunteers offensive lineman Darnell Wright stood out against Alabama. He had the task playing against an impressive EDGE rusher in Will Anderson Jr.
Tennessee’s Darnell Wright (RT #58) had an impressive performance against Alabama and he showed off some desired power in the run game too. Just bulldozes over the defender and finishes the play, wait for the EZ angle 💪 pic.twitter.com/qytyrRhLHD
— Daniel Harms🏈 (@InHarmsWay19) October 21, 2022