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2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl: Biggest winners through Day 2 of practices

Mobile, Alabama, USA; American team quarterback Malik Willis of Liberty University (7) runs the ball past American defensive back Alontae Taylor of Tennessee (6) during American practice for the 2022 Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL, USA. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The second day of the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl has wrapped up, giving plenty for NFL scouts and executives to get excited about.

Draft prospects took to the field on Day 2, with several standing out against top-tier opposition. Here are some of the winners from Day 2 of Senior Bowl practices:

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QB Malik Willis, Liberty Flames

PFF Big Board Rank: 56

Willis is making a strong case for QB1 after the first two days of practice. He looked completely unfazed by the elements that were crippling at times for others.

The Liberty quarterback looked in complete control during the team drills and once again showed off the canon. According to the Zebra tracking data, not only did Willis have the fastest throw of anyone in attendance at 74 miles per hour, but it was also the fastest throw at the Senior Bowl since they started tracking there in 2018.

RB Dameon Pierce, Florida Gators

PFF Big Board Rank: 79

Even though he dropped what would have been a spectacular catch early in practice, Pierce redeemed himself with his work in pass protection.

The 5-foot-9, 220-pound running back is built like a rock, which is certainly working in his favor in the pass-protection drills. He provided the highlight of practice with a one-on-one blitz pickup rep against Appalachian State’s D’Marco Jackson, sticking the linebacker in his tracks.

OT Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan

PFF Big Board Rank: 19

Raimann had a slow start to the week, but he looked like the best tackle in attendance on Wednesday. He won most of his one-on-ones and was lights out in team drills. The impressive part was how well he played at both tackle positions, even though he only played left tackle in college.

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TE Trey McBride, Colorado State Rams

PFF Big Board Rank: 62

McBride made one of the plays of the day when he hauled in a back-shoulder pass with Baylor cornerback Jalen Pitre all up in his grill.

McBride has stood out head and shoulders among a loaded tight end class. He looks comfortable running every route possible in the one-on-ones and has shown some nastiness as a run-blocker. McBride dumped Penn State defensive end Arnold Ebiketie on a pass-protection rep in team drills.

DI Travis Jones, Connecticut Huskies

PFF Big Board Rank: 68

Jones just kept manhandling interior offensive linemen in the one-on-ones. He simply has too much power in his hands for the vast majority of the guards and centers in attendance. It was accentuated by the fact that some North defensive linemen dropped out of practice, meaning Jones got the most reps of any defensive lineman on the day. Just watch the man work:

DI Perion Winfrey, Oklahoma Sooners

PFF Big Board Rank: 110

It was only a handful of reps, but Winfrey showed the kind of explosive athlete he can be. Not only is he quick off the line, but he’s also quick to react to opposing linemen. Winfrey throws his moves violently and is relentless in his pursuit of ball carriers. That’s a good combination to have in a 3-technique. 

Edge Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State Seminoles

PFF Big Board Rank: 42

Through two days, the answer to the question “who has been the best player in Mobile?” is undeniably Jermaine Johnson. From the bag drills to the run-game work to the one-on-ones, it doesn’t matter — Johnson has been in complete control. He’s so polished for a college prospect that you start to think about the kind of impact he could make next fall instead of even worrying about subsequent falls.

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