BIRDLAND — This is for all of my draftniks out there.
Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage has put together his “official” review of this year’s draft class on a round-by-round basis.
Savage, who spent 20 years in the NFL as a coach, scout, personnel director and general manager, discusses the Senior Bowl prospects and their quest to make an impact in the NFL.
Savage, 47 and a native of Mobile, was selected as the new director in May and took over on June 1.
“The Senior Bowl is a nugget on the timeline of the NFL and the draft process,” Savage said in a statement. “ I think we can expand that nugget, I think we can turn it into a golden nugget, in terms of starting in mid-August and do some things that are going to promote the game all the way until that last week in January and then even after it.”
Of the 109 players who played in the game on Jan. 28, 82 were drafted by 29 NFL teams. Eight players of the Senior Bowl players were selected in the first round.
North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples was the first Senior Bowl player selected in the draft. He was picked 16th by the New York Jets.
The 2013 Senior Bowl is set for Saturday, January 26 in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.
So far Savage has reviewed the first, second and third rounds:
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the reviews:
Monday, June 11th – Fourth round.
Wednesday, June 13th – Fifth round.
Friday, June 15th — Sixth round.
Monday, June 18th – Seventh round and undrafted free agents.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog