The Senior Bowl just released it’s 2022 mid-season 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.
Let’s take a look at the offensive prospects.
Quarterback Hendon Hooker
The Tennessee quarterback is kind of like a mix between Bryce Young and CJ 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.
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 risen in the Senior Bowl board, but also among NFL draft 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].”NFC Scouting Director
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 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.
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.
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 mid-season All-American team and 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl Mid-season 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 watch list 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.
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 to the Buckeyes having one of the best run games in the nation.
Jones consistently lands blocks at the second level and 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.
He has the feet to adjust when he anticipates what’s coming. Effective trapping and bends at the knees with adequate core strength to absorb the bull rush. Can clear a path at the second level if he hits the target. With a thick build and a naturally wide base, he brings power and physicality in the run game.
Wright’s pass protection has been key to keeping Hendon Hooker upright, and a big contributor for an explosive Volunteers offense.
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