Welcome to the rare year where Senior Bowl performances during the week of practice carried over into the game on Saturday, on both a positive and negative level. Typically a few players who get wrecked during practice ball out in the game, but for the most part the five players I identified as big winners in the Senior Bowl also played well during the week.
My five "stock up" prospects from Saturday's action at Ladd-Peebles Stadium:
1. Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Risner's week began with a rough practice on Monday, but ever since then he was lights out in practice. That success carried over into the game, as Risner locked up every edge rusher who came his way, including everyone's darling of the week in Montez Sweat. Risner's ability to establish half-man right away out of his stance kept Sweat from being able to win the edge, and he did a great job sitting on his moves back inside. He's a top 40 talent in this class.
2. Andy Isabella, WR, UMASS
Hate on Isabella this week was so weird. The UMASS wide receiver had a drop or two, but he showed unreal quickness and the ability to consistently separate from man coverage. That was immediately apparent in the game, as Isabella got open consistently from the slot and made a couple of nice grabs.
He showed elite burst to get vertical on a screen in the second half, breaking a tackle on his way to the end zone. Isabella is a lot better after the catch than most think, and he has the athleticism to continue to improve in the NFL. Should be a desirable day 2 target.
3. Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College
Just dominated all game long. Didn't give an inch in pass protection in the snaps I saw, and was consistently moving people in the run game. Just like his tape. Just like his week of practice. Lindstrom needs a lot more hype in this class. It's a weak interior offensive line class, and Lindstrom looks like a sure-fire starter from day one.
4. Charles Omenihu, EDGE, Texas
As good as Omenihu was this week in practice, he was even better in the game. The only pass rusher to corner consistently all game, Omenihu racked up 1v1 wins as a pass rusher, flying around the corner for a couple of big pressures, one of which led to an interception after Tyree Jackson wriggled free of his sack. Omenihu finished with a sack, a tackle-for-loss and several pressures while easily looking like the best edge defender in the game.
5. Gary Jennings, WR, West Virginia
Jennings didn't always finish on the ball like he should have at WVU, but he impressed this week in practice and even more-so in the game. His traits are awesome, possessing the size and speed to be an ideal vertical threat in the NFL. Jennings isn't the most well-rounded or refined pass-catcher just yet, but coaches around the league are going to believe they can help him, making the senior an ideal developmental pick in the mid rounds.