Senior Bowl week is a huge opportunity for strong players to cement their elite stock, role players at the college level to prove they can handle a bigger burden, and for small-school players to exchange punches with top competition. With a busy week full of interviews, events, and weather issues, here were the players who impressed the most across the practices and games.
1. Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State
Nobody went from as unknown to as intriguing as Penny Hart, who eviscerated defensive backs for three straight days during practices. I called him my biggest winner of the week on the Draft Dudes podcast, and nothing has changed even though he had a quieter Senior Bowl game -- his roster was filled with slot receivers.
2. Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
Speaking of those slot receivers, McLaurin had a sick week of practices and followed it up with a strong game as well. He had a drop on a Drew Lock throw in the end zone, which leave a bit of a sting -- but he regularly modeled his excellent long speed and demonstrated better route-running than we expected out of Ohio State. He's played himself into Day 2.
3. Dalton Risner, iOL, Kansas State
Risner may have just played himself into Day 1. The Kansas State brute didn't take any snaps away from RT, despite what many expected from him this week -- is that a sign that the league views him as a tackle and not a guard? Regardless, his versatility is known -- but he was essentially the only tackle to handle Montez Sweat all week, in practices or in games. Huge win for Risner there.
4. Chuma Edoga, OT, USC
Staying on the OT vibe, Chuma Edoga was a player I was excited to see enter the week as a high-upside developmental piece. He exceeded expectations, showing great technical refinement in his pass sets and improved hand placement. There's still work to be done, but Edoga is a nimble-footed and long tackle, and the league loves those.
5. Charles Omenihu, EDGE, Texas
Speaking of length, Omenihu comes onto my winners list because he killed the weigh-in, had some disruptive practice reps, and then won regularly in the game as well. He murdered NFL-darling Andre Dillard on live television and got called for a penalty for it. I'm still not sure exactly where Omenihu slots on an NFL roster, but I know DL coaches want to get their hands on him.
6. Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
It's tough for secondary players to stand out in Mobile, which makes it all the more notable when they do. Lonnie Johnson was not the better of the Kentucky corners off of my tape viewing, but he shined in the Senior Bowl while teammate Derrick Baity struggled in the Shrine Game, so I'm heading back to the tape. Johnson attacks the catch point really nicely and seems to have NFL-caliber transitional quickness.
7. Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Adderley didn't have a loud week of practices, but then again, he rarely played the position he will fill in the NFL: true free safety. In one-on-ones, he was up-and-down, but against tight ends he had sticky coverage and disrupted the catch point multiple times; so just keep him away from slot receivers and let him play with physicality, and he should be just fine.
8. Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
I'm not entirely sure where to value Renfrow, but I know I'm not going to doubt him any longer. Dude uncovers as consistently as anyone else in the league, has sticky hands despite their poor size, and plays with a great, hungry mentality. Will he be the guy who we look back on and wonder why we second-guessed him?
9. Daylon Mack, iDL, Texas A&M
A Shrine Game call-up, Mack continued to win against improved competition at the Senior Bowl. It's been well-documented that Mack is a 5-star recruit who seemed to bloom late with the Aggies. What needs more run is the fact that a lot of Mack's weight is bad, and some improved strength and conditioning could take his game to the next level. Powerful dude.
10. Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College
Lindstrom had a shaky first day of pass protection but really seemed to settle into his own by Day 2, and on Day 3 and in the game, absolutely dominated from stem to stern. Lindstrom was my highest-ranked player coming in to practices, and nothing that Montez Sweat did has challenged him for that spot. Complete player with Pro Bowl upside.