The Senior Bowl has come to an end, so it's time to hand out some position awards. I'm giving out a position MVP and a position Sleeper to Watch from the six practices down in Alabama. So, here… we… GO!!
MVP - Malik Willis, Liberty - The rocket-armed QB may have been the overall MVP of the week in Mobile.
Sleeper - Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky - He's different from Willis in that he doesn't have a rifle for an arm, but he's accurate, tough and confident.
MVP - Dameon Pierce, Florida - It really could've been any running back on the American team, but Pierce ran with reckless abandon and protected QBs with even more success.
Sleeper - Tyler Badie, Missouri - He's shorter than your kid brother or even your kids at home, but tougher than a $2 steak.
MVP - Christian Watson, NDSU - He said at the media breakfast on Wednesday that he wanted to show he was more than just a speedy, downhill go route. He did that and then some. What will stand out to me more than anything was how he made adjustments on catches in the rain on Wednesday, one of just a handful of guys who did.
Sleeper - Calvin Austin III, Memphis - Austin defines quickness, as in LIGHTNING quick. Man, he made the one-on-ones his personal showcase.
MVP - Trey McBride, Colorado State & Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State - Both were as good as advertised (minus McBride's shorter height measurement) in Mobile.
Sleeper - Daniel Bellinger, San Diego State - Sure, he took a couple of Ls against Kingsley Enagbare in a one-on-one showdown to start Wednesday practice, but he can certainly be a true, reliable Y-TE at the next level.
MVP - Zion Johnson, Boston College - My goodness, he was outstanding, all the while learning a new position - center.
Sleeper - Spencer Burford, UTSA - When healthy, Burford can absolutely play at a level of the top OTs in this draft.
MVP - Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma & Travis Jones, U Conn - These two were money-making machines throughout the week. So, SO dominant!
Sleeper - Eric Johnson, Missouri State - Every time I watched Johnson, I kept thinking, man, he's winning against some excellent players…a lot. That got my attention for sure.
MVP - Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State - What a great week for Johnson II. He solidified a top 15/20 selection in the 2022 NFL Draft with his performance this week.
Sleeper - Dominique Robinson, Miami, OH - He's built like a Greek god with not an ounce of fat. He rushed from the inside a little bit more than I expected but did so with ample success.
Off the Ball linebacker
MVP - Damone Clark, LSU - I felt like this was extremely close between Clark and Wyoming star Chad Muma. As such, I went with Clark because I've said plenty about Muma this season already. Clark flew to the football and made some impressive plays as a result.
Sleeper - Jesse Luketa, Penn State - At 261 lb., Luketa is still a little bit of a mystery as to where he plays on a consistent basis. But, this dude can rush, track ball carriers and play with twitch and violence.
MVP - Jalen Pitre, Baylor - He's just THAT dude that does everything and makes it look easy.
Sleeper - Kerby Joseph, Illinois - The Sleeper moniker doesn't do him justice as he was on par with Pitre throughout the week. He's a ballhawk, to say the least.
MVP - Coby Bryant, Cincinnati - With smooth, clean technique and immense football IQ, Bryant was excellent in all phases. I fell really in love with him this week.
Sleeper - Damarri Mathis, Pitt - Everyone at Pitt was overshadowed by Kenny Pickett in 2021, but Mathis made me want to go back and study him a bit closer after the week of practices in Mobile.
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