Top Eagles storylines for Senior Bowl week originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The NFL world will take over Mobile, Alabama, this week for the annual Senior Bowl and you can bet the Eagles will be well-represented.
The motto of the Senior Bowl is, “The draft starts in Mobile,” and that’s hard to argue. This is really the first step of what will be a very lengthy pre-draft process for these college prospects. It’s their first chance to show NFL scouts they belong. After this, the NFL Combine doesn’t begin until early March.
The National and American squads will practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the game on Saturday.
I’ll be heading down to Mobile for the week, so here are several Eagles storylines to keep an eye on:
Scouting the players
The main reason for the Eagles to be down in Alabama is to scout the 130+ players who make the trip. In 2021, there were 106 Senior Bowl players drafted and 36 from the first three rounds. There were 259 players drafted in 2021, which means just under 41% of the draft last year was in Mobile.
With no combine last year, the Eagles scouted the Senior Bowl very thoroughly in 2021, interviewing every player down there. So it was no surprise when five of their nine picks last year came from the event: DeVonta Smith, Landon Dickerson, Marlon Tuipulotu, Tarron Jackson, JaCoby Stevens.
While there will be a combine this year, expect the Eagles to still do their work on these Senior Bowl players.
Senior Bowl history
The Eagles have drafted a lot of players from the Senior Bowl before. Since Howie Roseman regained control of personnel back in 2016, the Eagles have drafted 45 players and 16 of them (35.6%) have been on a Senior Bowl roster.
They’re up to 30 total players since 2010: Smith, Dickerson, Tuipulotu, Jackson, Stevens, Jalen Hurts, Davion Taylor,…