The Reese’s Senior Bowl was the first chance for the Dallas Cowboys‘ coaches and front office to take a look at some players entering the 2022 NFL Draft class. The Cowboys have a history of selecting players from the Senior Bowl including names like Dak Prescott, Jourdan Lewis, Michael Gallup, Tony Pollard, and Osa Odighizuwa.
It would be a good bet that the Cowboys will be adding to that list with someone from this year’s Senior Bowl. Sitting with the 24th overall pick, Dallas should have plenty of options available to them that can fill their positional needs.
Here are 4 Senior Bowl prospects that the Cowboys should be impressed by
4. Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, Florida State
Johnson came into the Senior Bowl with a fringe first-round draft value according to most sites. But, after his dominant performance at the Senior Bowl, he appears to have solidified himself as a first-round draft pick.
The Florida State product has great size for an edge rusher. He is 6-5, 265 pounds, and can move well. Those physical traits are what scouts look for and help a players’ draft stock rise throughout the pre-draft process.
Johnson was simply dominating people in Mobile last week. He consistently won his pass-rush drills using both speed and strength.
Edge-rusher may become a need for the Cowboys given that DE Randy Gregory is set to become a free agent. If they are unable to sign Gregory, the Senior Bowl standout will certainly be in play at 24th overall.
Also, what Johnson did in Mobile was similar to what we saw during his college season at Florida State. He posted 11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. The next big pre-draft event is the NFL Combine where we will get another chance to see Johnson improve his stock.