Possible New York Jets draft picks had big weeks at the Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl is officially in the books, and as expected, multiple prospects left Mobile having significantly raised their draft stock.
However, the biggest winners of the week were a pair of ACC linemen who stole the show from the very first practice: Boston College guard Zion Johnson and Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson.
Zion Johnson made a name for himself early by taking snaps at center (a new position for him) at the request of Senior Bowl coaches and holding his own. The Eagle big man even stayed after practice to continue working on his snap technique, reportedly being the last player on the field multiple days throughout the week.
In one-on-one drills, Johnson stood out by being one of the few players to hold his own, and even win, against Connecticut defensive tackle Travis Jones, the best interior defender in Mobile all week long.
To cap off his efforts, Johnson was voted Senior Bowl practice player of the week for the New York Jets-coached National Team, and all but cemented his status as a top-50 pick in the upcoming draft.
Zion Johnson was the best offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl, but Jermaine Johnson was the best overall player, and he only needed two practices to prove it.
From the second he arrived in Mobile, Jermaine Johnson was out for blood.
The reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year started by imposing his will on any tackle who crossed his path on day one. In one-on-one drills, Johnson’s armory of pass-rush moves made him borderline unblockable. That momentum carried into team drills, where he repeatedly got into the backfield in both the run and pass games.
Day two was no different than day one, with Johnson continuing to dominate with his unique blend of technique and athleticism. By the end of the second day of practices, Johnson was unquestionably the best player on either roster. He was so good, in fact, that Johnson opted out of the rest of the week, having done more than enough to showcase his talents.
Jermaine Johnson’s ascension from “Last Chance U” to the first round of the NFL Draft has only just begun. By the time April comes around, he should be a top-15 lock.
The Oklahoma Drill Podcast is back to give their winners and losers from the 2022 Senior Bowl. Tune in for the full breakdowns of who stood out and who struck out from the Jets’ trip down south.