Senior Bowl coaches announement is good news for Falcons and Jags
Smith and Bradley get to bring their staffs and get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the players that will be joining the NFL ranks next season. Of course many of the top prospects aren't seniors and won't be in attendance, but history shows that getting extra scouting opportunities can't hurt.
In 2004, for example, Chargers head man Marty Schottenheimer coached the Senior Bowl and got a long look at Philip Rivers before their historical draft day trade with the New York Giants that brought Rivers to San Diego.
In 2007, the 49ers selected Patrick Willis 11th after Mike Nolan coached the senior ball where Willis excelled.
In 2012, Mike Shanahan had the pleasure of coaching the Senior Bowl and liked what he saw from a late round running back named Alfred Morris. Morris says he recalls Shanahan telling him that he had a "heck of a game" despite not carrying the ball once during the actual game.
And last year, while many teams weren't quite sure if Ziggy Ansah was a real prospect, Lions coach Jim Schwartz, after watching him improve everyday in practice, said, "I think he went a long way to answering questions about his background and his aptitude in a setting like the Senior Bowl."
The list goes on and on. Clearly, giving talent evaluators more time to evaluate talent is a good thing and Atlanta and Jacksonville fans, despite their disappointing seasons, now officially have a reason to get excited.