Monday, January 20, 2014
Senior Bowl bed check: Day 1
By Mike Rodak
MOBILE, Ala. -- Wrapping up the events from the first day of Senior Bowl practices:
Buffalo Bills contingent in town: Coach Doug Marrone and general manager Doug Whaley are both in Mobile, taking in the South team practice on Monday afternoon. The team had a smaller contingent at the North team practice later Monday. Teams are scheduled to interview prospects Monday night, much like the NFL Combine.
Little name recognition: Most of the big-name players who will be drafted early in May's draft are not in Mobile. In some cases, they are seniors who chose to decline invitations -- like Buffalo's Khalil Mack, who could be selected in the top ten -- while there was also a record number of underclassmen who declared for the draft. That left some positions, like quarterback, a little bit light on top-flight talent Monday.
Strong along the lines: Between the offensive and defensive lines, there are 23 players in the Scouts, Inc. top 150 who are participating in the Senior Bowl. This year's draft class is expected to be deep along both lines, so one-on-one drills between linemen could be the highlight of the week. We'll keep a close eye on those in Tuesday and Wednesday practices. From a Bills standpoint, their need is greater along the offensive line, making players like Zack Martin (Notre Dame), Morgan Moses (Virginia) and Cyril Richardson (Baylor) names to monitor this week.