This time of year NFL personnel men use the term “his body of work is in the bank,” meaning 90% of a player’s evaluation comes from his years of performance on the field at his college or university. The player’s film represents the kind of football player he is because it doesn’t lie, it is a player’s DNA , his true body of work.
Scouts then weigh in a player’s participation in postseason games like the East-West Shrine Game, Raycom Bowl, Texas vs. Nation and the Senior Bowl and wrap up their evaluation process by looking at them again at the combine and spring workouts.
Senior Bowl attendees are asked to compete on the field and remain focused and sharp while studying X’S and O’s. During the week in Mobile their off the field time is slammed and these players are in high demand. There are meetings with coaches, scouts’ interviews, physiological testing, media sessions and players also perform community service; like speaking to elementary students.
Every move these players make during the week, both on and off the field, are under a very intense microscope by all those evaluating the talent. The franchises want to see practice habits, if a player can take hard coaching plus their ability to pick up and absorb the workload asked of them when it comes to scheme, terminology and concepts. Coaches use Tuesday as the heavy installation day, checking for those with overload issues and any mental errors that surface during practice. They are also looking for the players that are natural born leaders and may rise to the top at some point during the week. Along with poise, positional attributes and skill set, coaches and scouts are looking for and like swagger, confidence and moxie within a player as they progress throughout the week.
North practice players that where impressive;
Quarterbacks; Mike Glennon (North Carolina State), Zac Dysert (Miami, OH)
Receivers; Marquise Goodwin (Texas), Denard Robinson (Michigan –Limited), Markus Wheaton (Oregon State)
Offensive Line; Eric Fisher (Central Michigan)
Defensive Line; Margus Hunt (SMU), Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern)
Linebackers; Ty Powell (Harding University)
Defensive Backs; Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International), Jordan Poyer (Oregon State), Desmond Trufant (Washington), Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Connecticut)
WR – Denard Robinson (Michigan) will test his nerve issue(located in his arm) on Wednesday with full participation in all contact drills, if he passes this Coach said he will play on Saturday.
OL – Kyle Long (Oregon) missed Tuesday practice session with the Flu, traning staff and coaches said he will return Wednesday morning.
WR – Ryan Swope (Texas A&M) suffered Rt. Achilles injury availability on game day is doubtful.
It’s not only about the game on Saturday, the Senior Bowl Committee and the two NFL coaching staffs have a central responsibility to prepare these players to meet the expectations of a professional football player during their week at the Senior Bowl.