The drafts best game action showcase provided fans with a glimpse at a myriad of talented prospects. Many players helped build their resume leading up to the draft, but these are six names that stood out at the Senior Bowl as potential future Vikings.
OL Dalton Risner
Risner spent much of his time Saturday with the top pass rushing prospect in the Senior Bowl in Montez Sweat. And he stonewalled him. From start to finish this week, Risner was the baddest man on the field. While he was already among the top linemen in the class, Risner’s physicality, versatility and nasty attitude may have elevated him that much higher.
iOL Chris Lindstrom
That said, Lindstrom was no slouch, either. He too has a contagious ferocity to his game, and he and Risner worked in tandem to dominate the right side of the line. Most notable was Lindstrom’s quickness and aggressiveness at the second level. The Boston College product is almost certainly an early day two prospect as it stands now.
WR Andy Isabella
Isabella was probably the best offensive play-maker on the field for either side. His sharp, quick route-running gave him constant separation and he made up chunk yardage after the catch. His seven receptions led all receivers, as did his 74 yards receiving and his 88 yards from scrimmage. As a lightning quick slot target, Isabella has emerged as possibly the best option in the class.
DT Khalen Saunders
Stout and powerful are good words to describe Saunders, but he also possesses surprising quickness as an interior pass rusher. His club and swim combo earned him a sack early on Will Grier. Once thought a day three run stuffing nose, Saunders proved that he has versatility to play either defensive tackle position.
Edge Jaylon Ferguson
Ferguson has dominated college opponents all season, and Saturday was no different. He picked up two pressures in a row on Daniel Jones, one of which resulted in a sack thanks to a strong club counter on a second effort. Ferguson’s combine numbers will probably carry more weight than they should, but his on-field production continues to speak for itself. He is a solid pass rusher with an arsenal of moves and a disciplined run defender who maintains a strong edge.
Edge Charles Omenihu
Omenihu is an appealing combination of size, power and speed. He was a force Saturday in the run game, but the play that really stood out was his effort sack in the third quarter. Omenihu was double-teamed on the backside, yet worked around both blockers to get the sack and force the fumble. As a prototypical 4-3 end, Omenihu is clearly one of the top prospects in the class.
–Sam Smith is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Vikings and Deputy Editor for Full Press NFL. Like and Follow @samc_smith.
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