At Senior Bowl, it’s all about the practices

Posted by Vic Carucci on January 22, 2013 – 12:05 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

MOBILE, Ala. – For NFL player-personnel evaluators, the Senior Bowl is all about the practices.

Sure, Saturday’s game between the North and South college all-star squads is important to them. Scouts and coaches in the league want to see how players perform under game conditions and run plays installed by the NFL coaching staffs (this year, it’s the Detroit Lions’ and Oakland Raiders’ coaches guiding the North and South squads).

But they mostly want to see what the players do in practice.

Unlike next month’s NFL Scouting Combine at Indianapolis, the Senior Bowl allows scouts and coaches to view contact practices from field level. That allows them not only to get a good look at how players move through their respective drills, but also hear their interaction with the coaches of the teams working the Senior Bowl.

“Being down on the field is invaluable,” Browns director of player personnel Jon Sandusky told me on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford.” “(You get) to see their mannerisms and see how they react to hard coaching, to see if they go into a shell when they get yelled at or if they come back and want to dominate on the next rep, to be able to look into their eyes and see how they react to certain things, both with their teammates and with their coaches.

“It’s also important to see how they interact with their teammates and how they motivate each other. Some guys do it quietly, by example. Some guys do it verbally. It’s good to see all of that. That’s one of the reasons we all come down here. We like to get down close to the field to see them up close and personal.”

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