Aaron Nagler of PackersNews.com speaks with ESPN NFL analyst and former Packers safety Matt Bowen about the importance of the Senior Bowl in the draft process. Bowen also gives his first impressions on a couple of prospects. (Jan. 25, 2017) USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
The Green Bay Packers and the rest of the NFL descended on Mobile, Ala., for Saturday’s Senior Bowl. All week we’ll be gathering some of the best content from the event.
With the Green Bay Packers’ season ending one game short of the ultimate goal Sunday, coaches and personnel people for the team are already busy working on next year’s team. The Senior Bowl has been an important part of the predraft process for the Packers under Ted Thompson.
In the video above, you’ll find my conversation with former Packers safety and current ESPN NFL analyst Matt Bowen, who is in Mobile watching anything and everything that happens. I spoke with Matt on the importance of the experience for participating players, what coaches and personnel people will be looking for, as well as who jumped out at him on Day One.
Here is their breakdown of Day One:
The first day is always a bit of a sloppy affair, and this year seems to have been no different. Mike Kaye writes on the uneven performances from the quarterbacks in attendance.
One position the Packers will most likely be keeping a close eye on is tight end, and the top tight end in this class did not disappoint on the first day, according to Pro Football Focus:
Speaking of tight ends, Mike Tanier writes on the ascendency of the position in his Senior Bowl notebook:
There are always a few surprises, a player or two who turn heads that maybe evaluators weren’t expecting. ESPN highlights a few from Day One:
Bowen, of course, was all over the defensive back prospects:
It’s no secret the Packers need help on the defensive side of the ball. Jene Bramel breaks down prospects on that side of the ball for Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio: