Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
It’s too bad the Commanders don’t have a pressing need at cornerback, because the 2022 pool is shaping up to be pretty deep.
Woolen only added to that depth at the Senior Bowl. While he was iffy in practice throughout the week, he measured in at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds with a 79-inch wingspan. The now-former Roadrunner also stood out with his speed, registering the highest MPH (22.45) of any player on either side of the ball.
Those figures, especially his size, are rare for modern-day CBs and will make him a coveted prospect during the pre-draft process. As a former receiver, he’s still learning the ins and outs of the CB position, but his freakish athleticism and ball skills will make him tough to pass up in the middle rounds.
Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
Don’t worry. We didn’t forget to include the Senior Bowl MVP.
With this year’s Senior Bowl being filled to the brim with elite defensive line talents like Jermaine Johnson, Devonte Wyatt, Travis Jones and Logan Hall, Winfrey did extremely well to not get lost in the shuffle.
The Oklahoma product was dominant during one-on-one drills and used that as a springboard into Saturday’s game. He was unblockable on just about every snap en route to compiling two sacks and three tackles for loss.
Damone Clark, LB, LSU
Last, but certainly not least, is Damone Clark.
Simply put, the LSU standout could end up as the third-ranked linebacker behind Utah’s Devin Lloyd and Georgia’s Nakobe Dean by the time April rolls around. He was a menace against the run, showed elite explosiveness getting downhill, held his own in coverage and even impressed as a pass-rusher.
A tremendously gifted athlete, Clark could assert himself as a top 35-40 pick with a strong outing at next month’s combine.
Honorable mentions: Jalen Tolbert (WR, South Alabama), Sam Howell (QB, UNC), Jalen Pitre (S, Baylor), Travis Jones (DT, UConn), Jordan Davis (DT, Georgia), Greg Dulcich (TE, UCLA), Troy Andersen (LB, Montana State).