The trio of Kenny Pickett, Damarri Mathis and Cal Adomitis have been expected to participate in the 2022 Senior Bowl since each received invites late last year, but all three have officially been added to the Senior Bowl rosters.
Pickett will be one of the main attractions at this year’s Senior Bowl — one of the last chances to see the potential first quarterback selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. After a superb super-senior season in which he threw for 4,319 yards and racked up 47 total touchdowns while displaying the arm strength, accuracy, poise and leadership expected of a starting NFL quarterback, Pickett is among the top prospects in the entire draft.
A good showing at the Senior Bowl and either his Pitt Pro Day or NFL Combine could go a long way in securing his top-ranked NFL Draft dreams.
He’s currently on a roster with UNC’s Sam Howell, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, Nevada’s Carson Strong, Liberty’s Malik Willis and Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe — most of whom are expected to garner first round consideration.
Mathis capitalized on a strong super-senior season, recording 43 tackles (32 solo), two interceptions and five passes defended, along with a touchdown, as Pitt’s top cornerback.
Despite a strong run as a Pitt defensive back, Mathis’s draft standing isn’t nearly as secure as Pickett’s. Mathis needs a strong week of practice, showing NFL scouts his versatility and capabilities, to play himself into the back half of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Mathis will be competing with fellow safeties from across the FBS and FCS level.
Adomitis is one of two long snappers that are officially on the Senior Bowl rosters, joining Arkansas’s Jordan Silver. As the winner of the Mannelly Award for college football’s top long snapper, Adomitis still faces an uphill climb to being drafted.
Only two long snappers were selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, both late in the sixth round, so Adomitis needs a strong week of practice to showcase his skills as being worthy of a late selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Senior Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. A week of practices and evaluations will precede the actual game.