Senior Bowl Sneak Peak
The Senior Bowl has lost credibility over the past few years due to players going to the NFL early. However scouts and NFL teams still know that its a valuable scouting opportunity. Not only is it the best seniors in College Football playing against each other but both teams are coached by NFL coaches. The bottom 2 teams after the NFL season get the first call to coach in the Senior Bowl, the coaching staffs then have the opportunity to accept or decline. If a team declines to coach at it, the choice goes down the line. This chance can often times be very valuable to the teams that get to coach the game. Its both a great, hands on, scouting opportunity for the organization as well as a chance to start building comradery with any new additions to the coaching staff.
Many fans attribute the Dallas Cowboys for scouting Dak Prescott and drafting him. But what you may not know is Jason Garrett and his staff coached in the 2016 Senior Bowl. None other than Dak Prescott played in that game, and not only played in it but won the MVP of the game. The same goes for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gus Bradley got the chance to coach the Senior Bowl for 3 years straight. To his credit he found players like Telvin Smith, Aaron Colvin, and Allen Hurns.
Every year there are many big names that come out of the Senior Bowl, but at the time they all could boom or bust, make the game so intriguing. Some big names that you may not know won the MVP of the Senior Bowl are…
2016 – Dak Prescott
2014 – Dee Ford
2004 – Philip Rivers
2001 – LaDainian Tomlinson
1995 – Derek Brooks
1988 – Thurman Thomas
1983 – Dan Marino
*Other players to play recently that did not win the MVP are*
David Johnson, Derek Carr, Tyler Lockett, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kawann Short, Desmond Trufant, Ziggy Ansah, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Doug Martin, Bobby Wagner, Lavonte David, Josh Norman, Janoris Jenkins, Malik Jackson, Von Miller
To ensure player safety there are strict rules of the Senior Bowl keep the athletes healthy for the upcoming NFL workouts and season.
Offensive per packages will be limited to three (3)
(2) Running Backs, (1) Tight End, (2) Wide Receivers
(1) Running Back, (2) Tight Ends, (2) Wide Receivers
(1) Running Back, (1) Tight End, (3) Wide Receivers
There will be no intentional grounding called. It is permissible for the passer to throw the ball away in an effort to save loss of yardage.
All blocks below the waist are prohibited.
Only four pass rushers allowed, no 5-man pressures or secondary blitzes.
4-3 personnel or 3-4 personnel only
No corner presses
Following a team score that is trailing by 20+ points, that team will maintain possession of the ball.
There will be no instant replay reviews.