Senior Bowl standouts: 5 players that boosted their 2022 NFL Draft stock

Malik Willis, Liberty Flames. (Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports)
Malik Willis, Liberty Flames. (Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Devonte Wyatt, Georgia Bulldogs
Devonte Wyatt, Georgia Bulldogs. (Detroit Free Press) /

S. Baylor Bears. Jalen Pitre. player. Pick Analysis. 4. 860. Scouting Report

For a safety to flash like Jalen Pitre did in Mobile, that really speaks volumes

Admittedly, safety is the hardest position to figure out if a player is performing well or poorly at the Senior Bowl. However, Baylor safety Jalen Pitre seems to have bucked the trend in this year’s event. The linebacker/safety hybrid played a massive role in the Bears not only winning the Big 12 this past season, but getting to the Sugar Bowl and beating Ole Miss to get to 12-2 on the year.

He may not be all that physically imposing at 6-feet and 197 pounds, but the guy has a knack for getting to the ball and making big time plays. Pitre left Baylor with 195 total tackles, 36 for a loss of yardage, eight sacks and four interceptions. His inherent defensive versatility and showing up on the big stage should have him off the board earlier than expected in the upcoming NFL Draft.

From Matt Rhule to Dave Aranda, Pitre has been coached up defensively while he was at Baylor.

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. DT. Georgia Bulldogs. 3. player. Devonte Wyatt. 814

Devonte Wyatt may be the surprise first-rounder out of Georgia no one expected

No doubt about it. The defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs were well-represented in Mobile this week. While Georgia stands a fantastic chance to set the record for most players drafted, one player who may have done enough at the Senior Bowl to crack the top 32 is defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt. This underrated piece from an elite defense stood out big time in Mobile.

On a defense featuring Jordan Davis in the trenches and Nakobe Dean in the front seven, Wyatt had a knack for making plays in SEC country. At 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, he has the frame to play several techniques along the defensive line in the NFL. Given that he is not a lock to go in the first round, he could be going to a strong team in the latter half of the draft. This would serve him.

Georgia has a handful of players taken in the first round annually and Wyatt could be one this year.