Throughout the first few days of Senior Bowl festivities, our team of scouts in Mobile, Alabama put together a list of the Day 1 and Day 2 standouts that caught our eye. After huddling up post Day 3, here we list five players whose stock rose the most after the week of practices. While others not listed may have boosted their stock as well on the field and in the interview process, these five players stood out the most to our team of scouts.
Travis Jones – IDL, UCONN
Travis Jones out of the University of Connecticut had one of the strongest weeks out of anyone on the roster. Jones consistently flashed all week and was un-blockable at times. Jones is a massive player who projects as a nose tackle at the next level. Out of all the nose tackles here this week, Jones was the most disruptive. He was especially impressive during the 1-on-1s and his forceful punch was eye opening all week. Coming from a smaller school never makes it easy for a prospect to rise to a higher competition level at All-Star events, and Jones did an outstanding job this week showing he can compete with anybody.
Perrion Winfrey – IDL, Oklahoma
Perrion Winfrey is another interior defensive lineman who had a very strong week. The Oklahoma product projects as a 3 tech and he was the most impressive 3 tech all week. He showed a high-end motor and brought great energy all week. He was very disruptive throughout the week and he was giving the offensive guards trouble in 1-on-1 pass rush situations. This was a great week for Winfrey, and his stock improved significantly.
Troy Andersen – LB, Montana
Troy Andersen is another small school prospect who really stood out this week. Andersen looked very light on his feet and was flying around the field. His coverage ability really stood out amongst the linebackers. His athletic ability was on full display and he consistently made plays in both team periods and during 1-on-1s. Andersen’s stock definitely benefitted from this week, and this is a name to watch.
Christian Watson – WR, North Dakota State
The offenses were a little sloppy during the week due to a lack of reps with each other and some poor weather on Day 2. However, one player who consistently showed out was Christian Watson. Watson was by far the best receiver on the field this week. He displayed very impressive speed and looked very fluid. While other receivers garnered mixed reviews, he looked impressive all week. The North Dakota State product was a late addition to the roster, yet he ended up being one of the best players on offense all week. This was a great addition to the roster by Jim Nagy, and he is a name to watch moving forward.
Jermaine Johnson II – ED, Florida State
The edge rushers, collectively, were very impressive throughout the week. However, the most impressive edge rusher was Jermaine Johnson II. The Florida State product was really impressive, especially on Day 1. No one was as dominant during a single day of practice as Johnson II was on Day 1. He looks the part with an ideal body type and was borderline dominant all week. Whether it was 1-on-1s or team periods, no one could stay in front of him. He had a couple really impressive highlights this week, including an eye-opening bull rush that knocked Darian Kinnard on his back at the end of the first practice. Johnson II cemented himself as an early Day 2 guy, and played his way into the conversation as a potential round 1 guy.