This past weekend a variety of all stars took part in the 85th Annual Shrine Game down in Orlando, Florida. Although there were certainly some solid players taking part in that game, this coming weekend is when the "main event" goes down. The annual Senior Bowl, in Mobile, Alabama, features some of the best talent the country has to offer. It obviously lacks underclassmen, but it provides a whole host of talented players to observe and project in April's draft. After this week, the next big draft event is the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February, so this is one more chance to check out the talent.
For those looking for more information on the Senior Bowl participants, the NFL Network will be airing various practices throughout the week. Today the Network will broadcast the first training session from 12:30-2:00 p.m. PT on Monday. Tomorrow through Thursday, the Network will air the twice-daily workouts from noon-1 and 3:00-4:00. Additionally, Scouts Inc will have practice reports, so I'll try and pass along pertinent information.
In the meantime, we've got a whole host of resources at our disposal. After the jump, I've got some some info from Scouts Inc worth considering as we move through this week. For now, here are the rosters and then four links from Mike Mayock and NFL.com:
The folks at Scouts Inc put together a nice little preview (Insider protected), that looks at some of the players and some of the big storylines that will take center stage this week in Mobile. They put together a list of the best players on each team. Some that 49ers fans might want to pay attention to include OT Trent Williams (Oklahoma) and S Taylor Mays (USC) on the South side, and a pair of guards on the North side: Vladimir Ducasse (UMass) and Mike Iupati (Idaho).
Williams and Mays also showed up on their list of players with something to prove. We've talked plenty about Taylor Mays, and it seems generally as though there are two rather distinct camps when it comes to him. I know there are people who fall in the middle, but it seems that generally people are either all about Mays, or really want nothing to do with him. According to Scouts Inc (and anybody can confirm with their own info), Williams moved from the right tackle position to the left tackle position in 2009 and struggled a bit. If that's the case, this would be a big week for him if he wants to make the big blind side money. And if not, well, the 49ers could certainly use a right tackle at some point in the draft.
Given the rosters linked above, are there any under the radar players any of you feel we should all be keeping an eye on this week?