Another tackle that impressed was Auburn’s Prince Tega Wanogho, though being from a big-time SEC program, that’s not exactly surprising. Connecticut’s Matt Peart also flashed.
Conversely, this class of interior offensive linemen may not be as deep as initially thought. Both LSU offensive linemen, Lloyd Cushenberry III and Damien Lewis looked good. Lewis, especially, showed his toughness. But the interior group lacked the bonified standout like Jones.
-Defensive line standouts
We talked about Kinlaw already, but another pleasant surprise was the North team’s Jason Strowbridge from the University of North Carolina. I’m not sure anyone helped his draft stock more than Strowbridge. A pretty unknown prospect coming into Mobile, Strowbridge looked like a man among boys. His one-on-ones were a joy to watch. His hands were good, and his speed was even better. Strowbridge also made plays on the ball, recording multiple pass breakups at the line in practice. He consistently won all week against good talent.
Though he’s a pass rusher, Utah’s Bradlee Anae deserves some praise – especially for what he was able to do in the game, getting back to back sacks on quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second quarter. They weren’t his only sacks of the game, either. No one had an answer for him. He showed the same flashes in one-on-one drills but really punctuated his performance during Saturday’s game.
-Small school guys get noticed
I purposely left out Ben Bartch of Saint John’s when talking about standout offensive tackles. The big question about a player coming out of a Division III program is obviously if he’s as effective against tougher talent. The answer when it comes to Bartch is simply: yes. He was consistent all week in practice and put the media in attendance on notice. Jim Nagy, the executive director of the Senior Bowl, mentioned Bartch in his introductory press conference and drew a parallel to Bucs’ guard Ali Marpet. It wasn’t meant so much as a talent comparison as it was how important this week could be for someone coming out of Bartch’s situation. Marpet went in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of D-III Hobart and was put on the mainstream map largely due to his performance in the Senior Bowl that year.