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Senior Bowl’s 2 Late Additions Are Worth Watching

  • Justin Melo
  • January 27, 2023
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Shepherd offensive tackle Joey Fisher and Kentucky cornerback Keidron Smith are among those that received last-minute call-ups to this year’s Senior Bowl. Both Fisher and Smith impressed throughout a week of practice at the NFLPA Bowl. Fisher and Smith now possess opportunities to increase their draft stock in Mobile.

Fisher is an especially intriguing addition after proving he belongs alongside top competition at the NFLPA Bowl. Fisher measured in at 6-foot-4 and 292 pounds (verified). While measuring in at under 300 pounds indicates Fisher will benefit from an NFL strength and conditioning program, he’s a strong player that’s allegedly a candidate to record 40-plus reps on the bench press. Fisher may also possess enough positional versatility to kick inside to guard at the next level. He’ll attempt to display that versatility in Mobile.

To add to the intrigue, Fisher will be joining his teammate, quarterback Tyson Bagent, at the Senior Bowl. Jim Nagy and his staff continue to prove they’ll locate senior talent all over the nation. Fisher and Bagent will not only be representing Shepherd but D-II programs all over the country.

A standout right tackle for the Shepherd Rams, Fisher’s tape is littered with pancakes and flashes of utter dominance. Fisher possesses light feet and routinely commands the line of scrimmage while protecting his record-setting quarterback. It was evident throughout Fisher’s tape that he possesses enough talent to have played at a D-I program.

All eyes will be on Fisher throughout one-on-one practice reps. Pass-rushing periods between defensive linemen and offensive linemen often draw the largest crowds at the Senior Bowl. If Fisher can stifle a slew of talented D-I, top-100 worthy pass rushers that are scheduled to be in Mobile, NFL teams will exit the Senior Bowl with a surefire draftable grade on Fisher.

It wouldn’t be the first time a small-school offensive lineman captured attention and made money in Mobile. Quinn Meinerz and Cole Strange immediately come to mind as small-school linemen that boosted their stock via the Senior Bowl’s competitive environment and rose up draft boards as a result. Fisher can follow a similar path.

Smith is a 6-foot-2, 203-pound (verified measurements) physical specimen that’s immediately noticeable on the boundary when turning on Kentucky’s tape. Smith recorded 46 tackles, two interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown), and five pass breakups in 13 appearances throughout the 2022 college football season. Smith departs the Wildcats with seven interceptions and 24 pass breakups under his belt. That’s the type of ball production NFL teams covet at the next level.

Smith was a popular figure throughout his time at the NFLPA Bowl. Smith met with a long list of teams that included the Washington Commanders, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, and Pittsburgh Steelers, per The Draft Network’s Ryan Fowler. Smith will receive an opportunity to meet with all 32 teams at the Senior Bowl.

Nagy and the Senior Bowl continue to foster an environment that welcomes draft prospects from all walks of life. Fisher and the well-represented Shepherd Rams are living proof. The Senior Bowl is designed for underrated talents like Fisher and Smith to maximize their opportunity. Don’t be shocked if Fisher and Smith do their pre-draft stocks a sizable favor in Mobile.

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