*Ralph Mancini and Dan Dahlke both contributed to this article.
NFL general managers, scouts and coaches from all 32 teams were on hand in Mobile, AL this week for the Reese’s Senior Bowl to get a first-hand look at some of the nation’s top prospects in an effort to gauge both their raw physical tools along with their ability to pick up and execute plays and schemes drawn up by the staffs of the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.
What this annual showcase accomplishes above anything else is giving young men from small and/or mid-major colleges an opportunity to exhibit their skills in a spotlight setting that they’re seldom afforded.
This year’s crop of Senior Bowl athletes was a superb one with considerable talent at just about every position with the exceptions of quarterback and offensive tackle.
Some players were placed in the uncomfortable position of playing in a particular technique or coverage that they were accustomed to, but it helped the NFL representatives learn more about what each participant could or couldn’t do, as well as much development they would require overall at the next level.