The first step of the NFL draft process starts in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, which this year occurs on Jan. 30.
The all-star game has allowed a group of senior draft prospects to showcase their skills on the field for the last time.
The Senior Bowl is the only all-star game to be coached by a complete NFL coaching staff, and most importantly, it gives the players a chance to connect with coaches from all 32 NFL teams.
While the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins coaching staffs have been announced to take charge of this year’s event, it hasn’t stopped the Raiders from getting to know most of the players invited to this event.
The Senior Bowl has been highly successful over the last couple of years, with nearly 40 percent of the draft prospects selected in the first three rounds, including 10 first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Raiders have been part of that trend. General Mike Mayock has drafted and signed seven prospects who played in the Senior Bowl over the last two years.
In 2020, the Raiders drafted interior offensive lineman John Simpson from Clemson in the fourth-round (No. 109 overall).
In 2019, the Raiders signed five prospects, using three of their nine draft picks on players who played in the Senior Bowl, including the safety Johnathan Abram in the first round, tight end Foster Moreau in the fourth round and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow in the fifth-round.
The Raiders also signed two undrafted free-agents, fullback Alec Ingold and wide receiver Keelan Doss.
In the last two seasons, all six players contributed for the Raiders and have become critical pieces in the Raiders roster.
Currently, the Raiders roster holds 11 players that played in the Senior Bowl.
Don’t be surprised if Mayock pays close attention to this year’s game and ends up drafting a handful of players this year.
The Senior Bowl will be telecast by the NFL Network on Jan. 30.
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