In what was a surprising, and awesome, move the Senior Bowl recently announced that for the first time ever they would be releasing a watch list for their game. The Senior Bowl is considered the premier All-Star Game and is held annually in Mobile, AL.
With new Executive Director Phil Savage running this game we knew some changes were coming but the release of a watch list that will let numerous players know how highly they are thought of was something nobody imagined.
Despite that Savage and his team have clearly done their homework this preseason as they listed 312 seniors from which they will choose their 2013 Senior Bowl teams. Leading the way with nine prospects a piece were Georgia, Nebraska, and Alabama. Not surprisingly the SEC crushed every other conference in terms of numbers with 71, the next closest conference was the Big 10 at 46.
It is also interesting to note that this list contains 29 FCS and Division II prospects that will be considered. The Senior Bowl almost always has a few small school players who are among the best of the best nationally. They give them the opportunity to go up against the best in the FBS and really show their ability in front of the NFL scouts.
Here are a few of our personal favorites off their watchlist;
DS Kejuan Riley-Alabama State
DS Rontez Miles-California (Pa.)
QB Sean Renfree-Duke
WO Nicholas Edwards-Eastern Washington (see Scouting Notes here)
WO Aaron Mellete-Elon
WO Josh Jarboe-Arkansas State
DE Tank Carradine-FSU
DT Jonathan Jenkins-Georgia
DT Brent Russell-Georgia Southern
QB Jon Richt-Mars Hill
WR Aaron Dobson-Marshall
CB Johnthan Banks-Mississippi State
DE Dion Jordan-Oregon
DE Marquis Jackson-Portland State
OB Jamie Collins-Southern Miss
DE Kenny Tate-Maryland
This seems to indicate that the Senior Bowl (and maybe the NFL?) see Tate as a future DE as opposed to SAF or LB? That struck us as odd
BYU CB Preston Hadley
We said it in our Independent Sleeper preview this kid is going to get overlooked and it’s a shame because he is one of the best CB’s in the country.
To view the full Senior Bowl Watch List click here!