This is a significant week for NFL teams in the scouting process, with many coaches, personnel executives and scouts headed for Mobile, Ala., and the Senior Bowl.
The Lions and Dolphins coaching staffs are leading the teams, with the Lions working with the North squad and the Dolphins with the South squad. The first practices are scheduled for today at 3:45 (Eastern time).
From a New England perspective, this is a big week for UMass offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse.
"I feel very comfortable. I’m not nervous," Ducasse said last week on UMass' campus in Amherst. "It’s a big opportunity for me. To play against the best players, and with the best players, it will probably help me take my game to the next level, where I need to be. I have a chance to go out there and show scouts and GMs what I can do, to show them I’m a good person and I love the game."
From a Patriots perspective, Bill Belichick attended the game last year and one would think he will be back this year.
ESPN's Scouts Inc. (Insider content) breaks down some of the hot-button topics at the Senior Bowl, and one area that caught the eye was at tight end. That's a position the Patriots could be focusing on with one of their four selections in the first two rounds.
"The tight end group in Mobile will be full of competition between players who have a chance to significantly improve their standing with NFL teams," Scouts Inc. notes before listing players such as Anthony McCoy, Jermaine Gresham, Dennis Pitta, Garrett Graham, Ed Dickson, Aaron Hernandez and Jimmy Graham.