The top senior draft prospects will be in Mobile, AL later this month for the Senior Bowl and the coaching staffs of the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions will be working the sidelines. The Lions staff will be in charge of the South team while the Raiders staff will lead the North team.
Rather than simply watching from the stands, the Lions will get a chance to work with some of the players they will have a chance to select in the 2013 NFL Draft. Jim Schwartz knows first-hand how valuable of an experience that can be having coached at the Senior Bowl in 2006 while the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans and as the Lions head coach in 2010:
“I think there is some insight involved in getting to know those guys over a course of the week,” Schwartz said. “And it can confirm some of our scouts’ evaluations that have already worked very long and hard into getting guys evaluated this fall season. It can also maybe give us a different perspective on some other guys. Maybe we get a little bit more time with some other guys.”
Running back Joique Bell was on Jim Schwartz’s North team in 2010 and now plays for him in Detroit.
The Senior Bowl is always an interesting time during draft season as it is one of the first events in which the players are truly draft prospects instead of college players. The Lions staff being so close to the action should only add to the intrigue for Lions fans as early reports start rolling in.
The game will be played on Saturday, January 26 at 4 p.m. ET. The game, as well as practices during the week, will be televised on NFL Network.