Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad running back Antonio Andrews of Western Kentucky (5) carries the ball against North squad outside linebacker Christian Kirksey of Iowa (45) during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
How closely should the Chargers front office and scouts monitor the annual Senior Bowl? The answer: Not so closely.
It’s always fun as a fan to watch the Senior Bowl. But unlike the NFL Pro-Bowl, the players participating in the collegiate post-season game are not necessarily the top producers. Matter of fact, there are only three players on the Chargers current roster who even stood out during their Senior Bowl performances. Those players are Philip Rivers (MVP 2004), Shareece Wright (2011), and Kendall Reyes (2012). There will undoubtedly be Chargers scouts looking for underrated talent, but the overall draft boards shouldn’t be altered heavily by the outcome of the game.
The last six MVP’s for the annual Senior Bowl have been:
2014: Dee Ford – DE
2013: E.J. Manuel – QB
2012: Isaiah Pead – RB
2011: Christian Ponder – QB
2010: Brandon Graham – OLB
2009: Pat White – QB
*Of the six, only Brandon Graham has been noticeably productive in his professional career.Many players have declined invites over the years to get a head start in preparation for the NFL scouting combine and their respective pro-days.
With that said….. Let’s begin the countdown until the NFL Combine live workouts airing February 20-23rd.
Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas Christian defensive back Jason Verrett runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports