Winners from Day 1 of Senior Bowl Practices

Winners from Day 1 at the Senior Bowl
Oct 29, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive linemen Dawand Jones (79) waves to the fans following the NCAA Division I football game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State won 41-33. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch Ncaa Football Ohio State Buckeyes At Penn State Nittany Lions

The first of three Senior Bowl practices took place on Tuesday afternoon, an event that gives some of the best seniors in college football a chance to showcase their skills an extra time prior to the NFL Draft. Many prospects use this event to put their names on NFL teams’ radars as well as to raise their draft stock. Here are some of the winners from the first day of the 2023 Senior Bowl.

CB Jakorian Bennett

Maryland defensive back Jakorian Bennett (2) is penalized for pass interference while covering Wisconsin wide receiver Keontez Lewis (3) during the second quarter of their game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Mjs Uwgrid05 5 Jpg Uwgrid05

Cornerback Jakorian Bennett out of Maryland had a terrific first day of practice in Mobile, particularly in the one-on-one drills. He had an outstanding coverage rep against fellow Big 10 prospect Ronnie Bell from Michigan.

In 11-on-11s, Bennett followed up his strong day in the one-on-ones with a forced fumble as well. The Maryland CB has gotten to this point through some physical play, and he put those skills on full display on Tuesday afternoon.

EDGE Isaiah Foskey

Winners from Day 1 of the Senior Bowl
Nov 19, 2022; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey (7) acknowledges the crowd after a sack in the second quarter against the Boston College Eagles. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Foskey was a prospect that I had my eye on going into this week, and he did not disappoint in the first day of practices. The Notre Dame pass rusher dominated Michigan offensive tackle Ryan Hayes in one-on-one reps, and he held his own against some of the better offensive linemen in this group.

DL Keion White

Nov 19, 2022; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Elijah Green (21) with the ball as Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive lineman Keion White (6) defends in the second quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive lineman Keion White had a big moment in 11-on-11s during Tuesday’s session when he blew up a running play despite appearing to be held on the play. In addition to that great play, he certainly looked like he belonged in reps against Maryland’s OT Jaelyn Duncan. He didn’t quite have the rep in those drills that Foskey did, but this was a great starting point for a player looking to gain more recognition ahead of the draft.

RB Tyjae Spears

Winners from Day 1 of Senior Bowl Practices
Jan 2, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Tulane Green Wave running back Tyjae Spears (22) runs with the ball against the USC Trojans during the second half in the 2023 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In our first prospect from the offensive side of the ball, running back Tyjae Spears displayed some incredible skills both as a runner and a receiver. His athleticism popped even amongst some of the best draft prospects in the class, and if he performs throughout the week like he did on Tuesday, he should jump among the top 5 RBs in this class.

OT Dawand Jones

Dec 31, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Dawand Jones (79) celebrates a touchdown by wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) during the first half of the Peach Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch Ncaa Football Peach Bowl Ohio State At Georgia

Dawand Jones is the big winner so far in the Senior Bowl, literally. The massive 6’8 offensive tackle out of Ohio State recorded some of the most incredible measurements we’ve ever seen, including the longest wingspan ever at the Senior Bowl. His wingspan is 89.5 inches, essentially equivalent to that of a 7’6′ person.

Nicknamed Big Thanos, he put all that size to use in the first day of practices. Jones was clearly the best man in the trenches throughout the afternoon, with no one being able to match the size and speed that he showed in either one-on-ones or 11-on-11s.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. He also earned minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys marathon training, playing video games, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his opinions, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.