Which players at the Senior Bowl could rise in the 2023 NFL Draft?
Nothing signifies that NFL Draft season is here like a herd of the best prospects in the country congregating in Mobile, Alabama for a week of practices run by NFL coaches and interviews with NFL teams. The Senior Bowl, and East-West Shrine Bowl, are the first big checkpoints of the NFL Draft process and can be catalysts for prospects building buzz, others hurting their stock, and hidden gems getting uncovered.
All-star games like the Senior Bowl aren’t used for changing grades, but rather for getting a closer look at prospects as they go toe-to-toe with some of the other most talented players in the country. A strong week at the Senior Bowl can either confirm what was seen on tape or send scouts back to the tape to get a deeper look, and it works the same way for a poor week. It’s all about cross-checking.
That being said, what makes the Senior Bowl so fun and special is when players who don’t necessarily enter the week with the same pop as brand name prospects put together an impressive three days of practice and send everyone back to the tape. It’s a resume builder for the interview process of getting a job in the NFL.
Some players will help elevate themselves from a fourth-round prospect into Day 2, and if recent history has taught us anything, other players could even leave Mobile trending towards first-round status. So, who is poised to rise at each position at the 2023 Senior Bowl?