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Highest-graded players participating in the East-West Shrine Bowl

Fresno, California, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Logan Fife (10) is sacked by San Jose State Spartans defensive lineman Viliami Fehoko (42) in the first quarter at Valley Children's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest interior defensive lineman Kobie Turner: The redshirt senior led all Power Five interior defensive linemen with a 93.1 run-defense grade this year.

San Jose State edge defender Viliami Fehoko: He tallied 65 pressures this season, the fourth most in the country.

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Now that the 2022 college football season is over, it’s officially draft season.

It kicks off this week with the East-West Shrine Bowl, an all-star game that serves as an opportunity for some of the top college players to show off their talents to NFL evaluators and a national audience. Here are the highest-graded players who will be in attendance in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Note: This isn’t a list of the best prospects at the Shrine Bowl according to PFF’s big board. This is purely the highest-graded players in attendance from the 2022 college football season.)

1. DI Kobie Turner, Wake Forest Demon Deacons (92.2)

Turner started his career as a walk-on at FCS Richmond.

After dominating there, the redshirt senior transferred to Wake Forest. His overall grade this season trailed only Georgia’s Jalen Carter among Power Five interior defensive linemen. Carter, by the way, is PFF’s No. 2 overall prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft. Turner led all Power Five interior defensive linemen with a 93.1 run-defense grade this year. He’s a top-100 prospect on PFF’s big board

2. EDGE Viliami Fehoko, San Jose State Spartans (90.9)

Fehoko was one of only three edge defenders in the country to earn 85.0-plus grades as both a pass rusher and a run defender. The other two are Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr. and Bowling Green’s Karl Brooks. Anderson is a top-five prospect on PFF’s big board, while Brooks is a borderline second-round prospect.

Fehoko racked up the fourth-most pressures in the nation this year (65). He’s an early fourth-round prospect on PFF's big board.

3. DI Moro Ojomo, Texas Longhorns (90.6)

Ojomo was one of only four Power Five interior defensive linemen with top-15 grades as both a pass rusher and a run defender. 

The senior’s 91.4 run-defense grade ranked fourth best in the nation at the position. Ojomo is a top-70 prospect on PFF’s big board.

4. DI Devonnsha Maxwell, Chattanooga Mocs (90.0)

Maxwell’s 92.3 grade over the past two seasons ranks second among FCS interior defensive linemen.

The senior leads that same group with 23 sacks over the span, while his 19 tackles for loss or no gain are tied for the second most. Maxwell is currently a seventh-rounder on PFF’s big board

5. OT Colby Sorsdal, William & Mary Tribe (89.9)

Sorsdal was the second-highest-graded FCS offensive tackle this season, trailing only North Dakota State’s Cody Mauch, who is a top-45 prospect on PFF’s big board.

The senior didn’t allow any sacks in 2022 and earned the third-best run-blocking grade among FCS tackles (89.2). 

6. RB Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota Golden Gophers (89.8)

Ibrahim was the ultimate chain-mover for Minnesota. He led the nation this year with 110 combined first downs and touchdowns on runs.

The sixth-year senior also led the Power Five with 1,675 rushing yards and 1,106 yards after contact. Ibrahim is currently a sixth-round prospect on PFF’s big board

7. EDGE Jose Ramirez, Eastern Michigan Eagles (88.3)

Ramirez’s 28 run stops were a top-10 total among all edge defenders in the nation this year. His 90.5 pass-rushing grade was a top-15 mark among that same group. Ramirez is currently a fifth-round prospect on PFF’s big board.

8. DI Desjuan Johnson, Toledo Rockets (88.1)

Johnson was the most valuable interior defensive lineman in the country this season, according to PFF’s wins above average metric.

The senior was one of only five FBS interior defensive linemen to earn top-10 grades as both a pass rusher and a run defender. His 13 tackles for loss or no gain tied for the most among at the position in college football, while his eight sacks tied for the eighth most. 

9. EDGE BJ Thompson, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (86.6)

Thompson’s 92.6 pass-rushing grade ranked second among FCS edge defenders this season.

The senior also posted an 18.1% pass-rush win rate that placed among the 30 best in the FCS at edge defender. He’s currently a sixth-round prospect on PFF’s big board.

10. DI Dante Stills, West Virginia Mountaineers (85.7)

Stills’ 90.3 run-defense grade was the fifth-best mark among Power Five interior defensive linemen this season. 

Over the past three years, only Pittsburgh’s Calijah Kancey and Georgia's Jalen Carter have higher overall grades than Stills at the position.

11. EDGE Yasir Abdullah, Louisville Cardinals (84.3)

Abdullah was a top-five edge defender in the Power Five in sacks, pressures and pressure rate this season.

The senior’s 10 tackles for loss or no gain tied for sixth among that same group, as well. Abdullah is currently a fifth-round prospect on PFF’s big board

12. LB Isaiah Moore, N.C. State Wolfpack (84.2)

Moore established himself as one of the best run defenders in the country this season, earning a 94.4 run-defense grade to lead all Power Five defenders.

His 21 tackles for loss or no gain were tied for the most in the country, regardless of position.

14. RB Jordan Mims, Fresno State Bulldogs (83.8)

Mims ran for 81 combined first downs and touchdowns this season, tied for the seventh most in the country.

The senior also protected the football better than any other running back in the nation. His 260 attempts without a fumble were the most in the FBS.

T-14. WR A.T. Perry, Wake Forest Demon Deacons (83.4)

A.T. Perry tied for fourth among Power Five wide receivers this season with an 83.4 grade. 

The redshirt junior’s 54 receiving first downs and touchdowns also tied for fourth among the same group. Perry is currently a high fourth-round prospect on PFF’s big board.

T-14. WR Demario Douglas, Liberty Flames (83.4)

Douglas is a dangerous player with the ball in his hands. The redshirt sophomore’s 20 forced missed tackles on receptions formed a top-10 figure in the country among wide receivers. Douglas is a seventh-round prospect on PFF’s big board.

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