Only 2 teams remain alive in the hunt for a Super Bowl XLV title, which means 30 other NFL franchises – including the Vikings – are focused exclusively on preparing for the 2011 NFL Draft. Part of that preparation process is the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl, which is happening this week in its usual location of Mobile, Alabama.
The country’s top college football seniors have gathered in front of NFL coaching staffs and scouts in Mobile to prove that they have what it takes to play at the next level. This week those seniors will participate in practice and meet with teams, and then this weekend they’ll play in the actual Senior Bowl. But the meat and potatoes of the event, from NFL coaches and scouts’ perspective, is the 5 days or so of practices and individual player meetings.
The Senior Bowl is much like the NFL Scouting Combine in that its become a media event as well. We’ve brought you comprehensive coverage of the Combine directly from Indianapolis for the past 3 years and we’ll do so again this year, but we haven’t made it down to Mobile yet to cover the Senior Bowl. So we’ll have to rely on some friends to provide insight for us.
Vikings preseason game analyst Mike Mayock is in Mobile covering this week’s events for NFL Network. As you may know, Mayock is one of the best NFL draft analysts out there because of the work and time he puts into watching film, calling games and speaking with players, coaches and NFL personnel men. Here is an early look at his top 5 players at each position. As Mayock notes, underclassmen are prevalent in his rankings and as he also notes, it’s a bit too early to rank QBs so he has them in groupings of 4.
Another NFL Network personality I’ve gotten to know from going to the Combine is Charles Davis. He’s gotten a jump on the mock draft season by issuing his debut edition on NFL.com. Check it out by clicking here. I have a pretty strong feeling that many of you won’t like what Davis projects for the Vikings future, but remember that it’s very early yet and things will certainly change between now and draft day.
In case you weren’t already aware, NFL Network has daily live coverage of the Senior Bowl, so tune in and check it out. If you don’t get NFL Network, you can keep checking back here to vikings.com for updates. There are several Senior Bowl-related videos posted on vikings.com and surely more to come as well.
Finally, we’ll leave you with a photo provided to us by Zach Green. It’s new special assistant to the head coach/LBs coach Mike Singletary speaking with a fan at the Senior Bowl…
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