Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy always has good, insightful information to share on his Twitter feed. His presence on social media has helped build the Senior Bowl to the event that it is. He doesn’t have to share anything with the public mass, but he chooses to do so and is a tremendous assistance to both the media and the fans. Nagy’s work in the football industry should never go unnoticed.

On his Twitter feed, throughout the season, Nagy highlights certain players every week that the Senior Bowl scouts are watching live. With the tremendous amount of information waiting to be collected, I’ve decided to compile it here in a notebook-style format.

Let’s get into the 2022 NFL Draft, shall we? After all, the Draft starts in Mobile!

The slate of games Senior Bowl Scouts attended

Every week, the Senior Bowl announces which games it has scouts attending. The scouts visit a variety of different schools at all levels of college football.

This week, the Senior Bowl scouts were at;

  • Tulane @ SMU
  • South Carolina @ Texas A&M
  • Washington @ Arizona
  • Oregon @ UCLA
  • Oklahoma State @ Iowa State
  • Clemson @ Pittsburgh
  • Tennessee @ Alabama
  • Jacksonville State @ Sam Houston State
  • Pitt State @ Missouri Western

Tulane (26) @ SMU (55)

SMU is undefeated at this point of the season and has seen the emergence of several NFL-level wide receivers and other players across the board. There are plenty of prospects to look at between Danny Gray, Reggie Roberson, Rashee Rice, and Grant Calcaterra. However, Jim’s focal point was in the trenches, looking at left tackle Jaylon Thomas.

As Nagy noted, Thomas looks more like an NFL guard. His feet aren’t often quick enough to set while dealing with a speed rush on edge. However, because of his more power-based style, he should slide well inside.

Of course, Nagy mentioned Reggie Roberson, the most talented out of the trio of NFL-level wide receivers playing at SMU this year. Roberson suffered an injury that limited him to just four games last year. He’s bounced back nicely with Oklahoma transfer quarterback Tanner Mordecai on the field.

Lastly, Nagy had to mention the Tulane punter, Ryan Wright. According to Nagy, a barstool athlete, Wright is “one of the top punters in this year’s draft class.” “Saw him two Thursday’s ago against Houston, and he was booming it in pre-game.”

Clemson (17) @ Pittsburgh (27)

The Clemson program finds themselves in an unusual downspin, trying to regain their composure. For Pittsburgh, it was another opportunity to prove the legitimacy of their team this season, and that they did.

Jim Nagy has spoken all offseason about Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett, warning people that there was “much [more] love in NFL circles than in the media.” He was dead-on right, as Pickett’s odds to win the Heisman this season just increased this weekend to +1000. Pickett has shown improved mechanics, leadership, and all the intangibles that an NFL team is looking for in its face-of-the-franchise.

Jim also had to point to the 6’6″ Pitt tight end Lucas Krull, who has improved tremendously since transferring to Pitt this offseason. Krull has had my attention as well this season, an amusing prospect with both the threats of catching underneath and going up over the top with a deep ball. His big frame will make him an issue for the next several years to come.

Nagy also took the time to point out left tackle Carter Warren, a 6054v 315v offensive tackle with 3428v arms. “Carter has always flashed next-level ability,” Nagy explained, “but he’s put it all together this year and become a dependable blindside protector for Heisman candidate Kenny Pickett.”

Oklahoma State (21) @ Iowa State (24)

The Oklahoma State Cowboys, who started this season 6-0, finally met their match against the Cyclones of Iowa State. Nagy has repeatedly praised the depth and the large number of senior prospects on Iowa State this offseason, and now the staff got a chance to see the talent up close and personal.

Nagy started with a tweet on Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar, one of the top tight ends in the 2022 NFL Draft class. He has excellent size and is overly athletic for it.

Kolar has stood out on tape before – primarily for his catch radius and ability to work a sideline with surprisingly nimble feet. Kolar could become an excellent professional over the next couple of years.

Nagy was very impressed with Iowa State linebacker Mike Rose, the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Rose has 35.5 career tackles for loss and intercepted five passes last year – truly what the NFL is looking for in a middle linebacker.

The last player Nagy mentioned was Iowa State defensive lineman Eyioma Uwazurike, who Nagy said he had a good talk with the Iowa State staff during the week. “Aligns anywhere from 0-tech to 5-tech,” Nagy noted, “and will jump 30+ vertical jump at 6050v, 285-290 lbs at the Combine.”

Jacksonville State (7) @ Sam Houston State (42)

The Jacksonville State/Sam Houston State game was a matchup between two powerhouses in the FCS level of college football. Both have NFL-level prospects on their rosters, which the Senior Bowl was sure to watch. Unfortunately for anyone scouting that day, it was a blowout in favor of the Bearkats, who scored 42 unanswered points.

The first prospect Nagy mentioned was Jacksonville State edge rusher DJ Coleman, a monstrous prospect who stands out on any FCS field he’s on simply because of his size. However, with that size, Coleman has athleticism and talent – he’s still not as refined as he needs to be from a mechanical standpoint, but he’s not far off.

On the Sam Houston side of the ball, one of the more impressive and exciting youngsters on the field is cornerback Zyon McCullum. Out of the players on the field, I’d say it’s safe to assume McCullum has the best chance of getting drafted. He’s been a shutdown corner at the FCS level most of his career.

Nagy also mentioned wide receiver/punt returner Jequez Ezzard, who stood out tremendously in the 2021 Spring Season during the Bearkats FCS National Title run. Ezzard was also listed on Bruce Feldman’s freak list, and per Nagy, might hit 43″ on a vertical jump.

Pitt State (34) @ Missouri Western (14)

From the Division II level of college football, the primary focus of this game was to look at two of the best small-school defenders in the country. Missouri Western cornerback Sam Webb has been talked about all offseason across the NFL as a high-upside youngster who could be a solid starter if his talent could ever be realized.

Dallis Flowers is viewed the same way as Webb is, but he isn’t considered as good. Both are longshots to get drafted, but certainly worth a look by the Senior Bowl.

Tennessee (24) @ Alabama (52)

The Third Saturday in October is the traditional date for the Tennessee/Alabama rivalry. While it hasn’t been much of a contest in recent memory, the tradition is longstanding, going back to the early days of the SEC. In this year’s match, there were several NFL-level players on both sides of the field.

Nagy’s first player was the former USC transfer, wide receiver Velus Jones, who now plays for Tennessee. Jones offers both the ability to play outside and special teams value, which could help his stock rise.

Alabama defensive lineman LaBryan Ray wasn’t in the lineup when the Senior Bowl watched Alabama play Miami back in week one. Ray was recovering from an offseason injury. Nagy was excited to see Ray for the first time.

Nagy mentioned Hendon Hooker, the quarterback who has helped transform Tennessee into a legitimate offense. “[He’s] making a late push for the Senior Bowl,” Nagy stated. “Threw a tight spin ball in pre-game.” Also mentioned was cornerback Alontae Taylor, who Nagy said could be the most physical cornerback in this year’s senior class. “Could help himself immensely by moving around and showing off deep safety and nickelback versatility in Mobile,” Nagy noted. “Also one of the best special teamers we’ve seen.”

South Carolina (14) @ Texas A&M (44)

South Carolina is in the midst of a major rebuild, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to produce NFL talent from their SEC ranks. This year, they have some playmakers on both sides of the ball that should get drafted.

Josh Vann has put out a great year so far. He’s a threat both through the air and on the ground around the perimeters. Vann has an excellent chance to rise similarly to Josh Palmer last year from Tennessee, doing most of the work in Mobile.

The main prospect that most NFL teams are lining up to see is Kingsley Enagbare, an edge rusher with some profound athletic ability and mechanics to get off the block and pressure the quarterback. He’s a tremendous prospect.

Other Senior Bowl notes

I spoke about the Senior Bowl quarterback situation this week, making my assessment of who would be at the Senior Bowl at this point of the season.

The only spot that isn’t a lock at this point of the season is Zerrick Cooper, who had a dismal performance against Sam Houston State. Both times the Senior Bowl has been out to watch him, it hasn’t been impressive at all. Regardless, Nagy has hinted to a certain junior on track to graduate and become eligible for the Senior Bowl, perhaps either Carson Strong or Kedon Slovis?

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has shown vast improvement this season so far, catching attention in the NFL. He’s an excellent mix of passing ability and run ability, comparable (I think) to Tyler Huntley. Perhaps he can slide into day two, but I think he’s a day three guy with upside.

That’s the latest on the Senior Bowl! Please tune in next week for more great information brought to us by one of the best in the business, Jim Nagy himself.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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