Senior Bowl Risers: Day 3

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

Practices for the 2018 Senior Bowl have come to completion, and all that’s left is Saturday's kickoff. There were a number of terrific performances on the final day and several players who rose up boards. Here are the risers from the final day of practice from Chris Tripodi and Tony Pauline.

Justin Jones/DL/North Carolina State: On a day when a lot of linemen from both sides of the line of scrimmage looked worn down from two days of heavy hitting, Jones was an unstoppable force full of energy. He is super quick off the snap, plays with great leverage and shows power in his lower body. Jones beat opponents with his first step and defeated them with an array of moves or embarrassed them by driving them off the line and collapsing the pocket.

DJ Chark/WR/LSU: Chark was good Tuesday and Wednesday, but he was awesome Thursday. Always open and catching every pass he was thrown, Chark won in every area of the field and was fundamentally sound catching the football. He adjusts well to errant passes and was probably the fastest receiver in Mobile, really improving his draft stock in the process.

Darius Leonard/LB/South Carolina State: Leonard started the week slow but looked brilliant by the time the last practice started. He’s an athletic defender who shows speed moving in a straight line and laterally and really looked terrific in coverage. Measuring 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds with arms that reach in excess of 34 inches, Leonard has an outside shot to slide into the second day of the draft.

Siran Neal/DB/Jacksonville State: Unknown to many entering the week, Neal put himself on the map in Mobile. He quickly adjusted to facing FBS competition and used his 6-foot, 206-pound frame to disrupt receivers at the line of scrimmage, showing good punch and even putting James Washington on the ground Thursday. He was also physical throughout receivers' routes, showed good ball skills and avoided getting beat down the field.

Tre' Williams/LB/Auburn: Williams started the week with a monster hit which went viral on the internet. He finished Senior Bowl practices with a terrific day in coverage drills which really impressed scouts. The Auburn senior is quick, goes sideline to sideline and showed outstanding awareness. While his cover skills were not on the same level as Leonard, Williams leaves practice with an improved draft grade.

Chandon Sullivan/DB/Georgia State: Sullivan didn't make a good first impression on Day 1, but he improved Wednesday before taking a big step forward on the third day of practice. Despite being short of 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, he was effective against bigger receivers in the red zone and also showed the speed to stay with guys like J'Mon Moore down the field. The consistency wasn't there through the entire week, but Sullivan helped himself Thursday.