NFL Draft: 11 risers from the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl

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Atonio Mafi, OG, UCLA (6-3, 338)

Quietly one of the best weeks at the Shrine Bowl came for UCLA’s Atonio Mafi. He wasn’t even the highest profile player from his own school there with Dorian Thompson-Robinson quarterbacking the West, but Mafi looked like one of the five most pro-ready offensive prospects in Vegas.

A massive mauler, Mafi excelled in one-on-one pass rush with a violent punch and strong base. It felt like every rep he’d immediately defeat the defensive tackles first move with his hands and then just anchor down and it would be game over.

He was even better in team drills and run drills where his strength and leverage kept popping off the tape. Mafi is a power merchant and tone-setter in the run game at left guard; teams will love the edge he plays with too.

Fit for a gap scheme, Mafi’s leverage and power make him a menace as a down blocker and puller but he does have enough athleticism to reach the second level and seal off linebackers when needed. Given how this offensive line class looks, Mafi could be an early Day 3 selection.