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3 Biggest NFL Draft Risers From the 2024 Senior Bowl

This week on The Steelers Fix Podcast, Jeremy Betz and I broke down our biggest risers from last week’s Reese’s Senior Bowl, and today, I will be giving you some the biggest standouts from my list.

If you have not yet listened to this week’s episode, be sure to do so by clicking on the player below.

There is still much ahead that could change the trajectory of these prospects, most notably the combine and pro days. However, the Senior Bowl is that first big draft evaluation event of the process, and getting off on the right foot can determine a lot. Here are some of my biggest risers from an action-packed week at the Senior Bowl.


Quinyon Mitchell | CB | Toledo

Every draft follower seems to have his own favorite corner, with the most common favorites being Nate Wiggins, Terrion Arnold, and Cooper DeJean. Well, I have my own favorite, and it is none other than Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell. I included him in Mock Draft 1.0 last month, and he has only risen since. The big question with Mitchell was the level of competition he faced, but he stood out against the best of receivers in Mobile.

It is interesting Mike Tomlin called on Mitchell specifically to cover Michigan receiver Roman Wilson. Wilson was arguably the best performing receiver during the week of practice, and Tomlin appeared to want the best covering the best. I would not read into it too much, but Tomlin does love his MAC players, and Mitchell has truly looked like something special.

Darius Robinson | DL | Missouri

There are not a ton of defensive linemen in this class that fit the Steelers prototype, but one of the few that is may have just played himself into the first round conversation. Darius Robinson had an outstanding season at Missouri, but there was a special continuity among that defensive line. Was it that line that made him productive? After seeing his performance in Mobile, I have a hard time believing that.

Robinson’s heavy hands just pop out when you turn on the tape, and his performance at the Senior Bowl exposed how lethal he truly is at the point of attack. His ability to disengage from blocks against the run and create penetration on a consistent basis against the pass is enough for teams to give him a look in the back half of Round 1, especially if he tests well at the combine. He dropped weight and played 4-3 defensive end in 2023, but he has played at 300 pounds before. If he can get back up to 300-310 pounds, he would be an ideal fit to fulfil Cameron Heyward’s 5-technique role. Robinson’s 6’5″ frame will intrigue a lot of teams during the process.

Jackson Powers-Johnson | C | Oregon

I am not the biggest fan of Powers-Johnson, but let’s give credit where credit is due. Powers-Johnson possesses phenomenal strength at the point of attack, and his play was truly overwhelming for opposing defensive linemen in practices. Sedrick Van Pran has been my guy at center from the very beginning, and I have no intention of changing that any time soon, but after last week, I firmly believe there are three high-quality center prospects: Van Pran, Powers-Johnson, and Zach Frazier. Van Pran is the athletic specimen with the upside to become one of the best centers in the NFL. Powers-Johnson has incredible mobility for a center his size, and his pure power is definitely attractive. Frazier may not have as much physical upside as the other two, but he may have the highest floor of the bunch, as his play from game to game is so consistent.


Which prospects caught your eye in Mobile? Be sure to light up the comment section below with your thoughts on the Senior Bowl, the Steelers, and all things NFL Draft!

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