The week of Senior Bowl practices give NFL teams a good look at how some of the better college prospects compete during practice, and it also gives teams a great opportunity to speak with players they may have an interest in. It’s the equivalent of a very elaborate job fair. There are a number of different means for scouts and coaches to speak with players of interest.
During the weigh-ins, Senior Bowl Director (and former Eagles personnel man) Phil Savage spoke about how teams would be able to speak with a large number of prospects. At the Senior Bowl’s main hotel, all 32 teams are placed into four large conference rooms, and players go station by station (or team by team, if you will), where each team can interview the players. A horn blows, and the player moves on to the next station. Savage likened it to “speed dating.” During the “speed dating” portion of the interview sessions, teams can speak with a large number of prospects. In other words, every team is going to interview almost every player competing at the Senior Bowl.
The other way that teams can speak with prospects is after each practice, right out on the field. These interviews are much more focused, as teams seek out specific players, as opposed to having a player just plopped down in front of them. The post-practice interviews provide a much better window into what teams may or may not be targeting in the upcoming draft.
Last year at the Senior Bowl, Eagles scouts spoke with six pass rushers after practices. They were:
As noted in the chart, the Eagles wound up drafting Marshall DE Vinny Curry in the 2nd round with the 59th overall pick. This year, the Eagles spoke with four pass rushers. They were (in alphabetical order):