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Biggest risers and fallers at the 2020 Senior Bowl

Jan 21, 2020; Mobile, AL, USA; South tight end Harrison Bryant of Florida Atlantic (40) grabs a pass in front of South safety Kyle Dugger of Lenoir Rhyne (23) during Senior Bowl practice. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Risers

Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Weighing in at 6-foot-2, 206 pounds, Baylor wideout Mims is a bigger receiver with legit explosiveness in and out of his breaks. He blew the doors off some of the Senior Bowl cornerbacks with his burst at the line of scrimmage and hand usage through the route. He dominated the one-on-one drills and logged zero drops in what should be a week that sends him up draft boards.

K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State

Hill is always open. The 6-foot, 192-pound Ohio State product was easily the most impressive route-runner in Mobile. He created separation with ease and made his competition look foolish in the process. He also hauled in a one-handed catch that dropped jaws on Day 3 that really put an exclamation point on his big week.

Troy Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame
Jan 21, 2020; Mobile, Alabama, USA; North cornerback Troy Pride Jr. of Notre Dame (5) warms up during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

No defensive player had a better week than Notre Dame’s Pride. A former track star who weighed in at 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, Pride said he wants to run in the 4.2s at the NFL combine and showed in one-on-one drills that he very well could hit the mark with his ability to stick with any receiver in Mobile down the football field. Pride was sticky in press man all week and rarely got beat. He’s a special player that should draw significant interest at the top of Day 2, if not Day 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Harrison Bryant, TE, FAU

Bryant had the best week of any tight end here in Mobile. Dayton’s Adam Trautman really stood out as well, but Bryant really stood out in the one-on-one drills with his ability to come open in man coverage. Bryant also caught everything thrown his way and made a handful of tough catches in traffic throughout the week.

Damien Lewis, OG, LSU

LSU’s Lewis was impressive all week in one-on-one drills. The 6-foot-2, 329-pounder held his ground against nearly every interior pass-rusher he went against in Mobile. He holds 329 pounds well and best projects as a guy that can really win in a phonebooth at the next level. He struggled a bit on Day 2 against stunts and twists, but he was an unbeatable brickhouse otherwise.

Jonah Jackson, OG, Ohio State

Jackson may have moved all the way up to OG1 with his performance in Mobile. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound guard is a bit top-heavy, but his balance is absurd. He was near-flawless in one-on-one drills and also impressed in team drills as a run blocker. He should be in the first-round conversation when it’s all said and done.

Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Houston’s Jones entered Senior Bowl week high on PFF’s big board at No. 18, but he may be on his way up even further after an impressive string of practices in Mobile. He showed out in the one-on-one drills at left tackle, right tackle and even guard when called upon, going as far throwing UNC’s Jason Strowbridge to the turf in one of the drills.

Larrel Murchison, DI, NC State

In 2018 and 2019, NC State’s Murchison earned just 73.9 and 65.3 PFF pass-rush grades, respectively, but he managed to stand out as a pass-rusher in Mobile. He flashed active hands and earned a handful of quick wins. He also logged two really impressive reps against Temple’s Matt Hennessey on Day 2.

Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

Florida wideout Jefferson showed off some impressive route-running ability all week. He was explosive and showed off quick feet with his releases at the line of scrimmage, and he had a handful of impressive moves at the route stem that helped create separation at the top of his route.

Jalen Elliott, S, Notre Dame

Notre Dame’s Elliott, a 6-foot, 205-pound safety prospect, was spectacular in the one-on-one drills against tight ends in Mobile. He’s an aggressive player with above average quickness in and out of his breaks. The tight ends in attendance really struggled to create separation against Elliott all week.

Fallers

Essang Bassey, CB, Wake Forest

Bassey had a week to forget in Mobile. The 5-foot-9, 191-pound cornerback prospect is destined for a zone-heavy slot cornerback role in the NFL, but he was asked to play a ton of press man at outside cornerback in the one-on-one drills at the Senior Bowl. Things did not go well. Bigger receivers like Mims and Michael Pittman Jr. rag-dolled him a bit, and quicker, explosive receivers like Hill put him a blender a handful of times.

Josiah Coatney, DI, Ole Miss

Ole Miss’ Coatney needed to have a big week in Mobile to come up boards, but the 6-foot-3, 309-pound interior defensive lineman couldn’t rise to the occasion. He lost a bulk majority of his one-on-one reps as a pass-rusher and failed to stand out in team drills.

Nick Harris, C, Washington

Harris was probably the most athletic offensive lineman in Mobile, but his lack of size and play strength showed up in a bad way all week long. He was bullied a handful of times against bigger bull-rush types in one-on-one drills.

Alton Robinson, Edge, Syracuse

Like Coatney, Syracuse edge defender Robinson needed a big week in Mobile if he was going to make a push up draft boards, but his performance was forgettable. He logged a handful of ugly losses in the one-on-one drills against Houston’s Josh Jones and UConn produce Matt Peart.

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