Interior offensive line- Steve Avila, TCU (6-3, 332)
While the offensive tackles may have garnered more attention in Mobile, it was the interior offensive linemen who had an even better week. Florida’s O’Cyrus Torrence and Minnesota’s John Michael Schmitz came into the Senior Bowl as the top guard and center there and did nothing but confirm that; Torrence was probably the best offensive lineman there.
Even North Dakota State’s Cody Mauch, who had an up-and-down week as he shifted inside, helped himself with the versatility he showed playing guard and center. But the biggest riser had to have been TCU’s Steve Avila. It felt like the widest man in Mobile never lost a rep.
Avila is known for what he does as a mauler in the run game, but how he looked in one-on-one pass rush was what was so impressive about his week. He consistently shut down interior defensive linemen by out-leveraging them, getting his hands inside, and maintaining his bend and base throughout while moving his feet to mirror them.
There were even reps where he got out in space and looked good on the move, in particular on a screen pass where he ended up 20 yards downfield in front of the ball carrier. Avila also offers rare versatility, he worked at guard and center during the week and has experience at tackle.
Coming into the week Avila was a surefire top-six interior offensive lineman in the class, but now he’s making his argument to be a top-60 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Honorable mention: McClendon Curtis, Chattanooga (6-6, 331)