On Saturday, players began arriving in Mobile, Ala., for the annual Senior Bowl.
We'll be arriving in Mobile on Monday, when practices kick off for the most prominent of the college all-star games. It most cases, it's the first time for NFL coaches and scouts to see draft prospects go head-to-head with top-level competition, making the entire week an important step in the scouting and evaluation process.
This year's Senior Bowl will be coached by the staffs from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons, who hold the third and sixth spots, respectively, in May's draft. Still, the expectation is that the Buffalo Bills will be well represented at the event, as they hold the ninth pick in the first round.
Here's a glimpse at what you need to know about the 2014 Senior Bowl:
Date: Saturday, January 25, 3 p.m. (Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.)
Practices: North team: Monday (3-5 p.m.), Tuesday (9:30-11:30 a.m.), Wednesday (9:30-11:30 a.m.), Thursday (2:30-4:30 p.m.); South team: Monday (1-3 p.m.), Tuesday (1:30-3:30 p.m.), Wednesday (1:30-3:30 p.m.), Thursday (2:30-4:30 p.m.)
Notable seniors not participating: OT Jake Matthews (Texas A&M), OLB Anthony Barr (UCLA), OLB Khalil Mack (Buffalo), LB C.J. Mosley (Alabama), OT Taylor Lewan (Michigan), CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), DT Louis Nix III (Notre Dame), CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), QB AJ McCarron (Alabama), QB Zach Mettenberger (LSU), QB Aaron Murray (Georgia)
Notable early entrants not eligible to participate: DE Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina), WR Sammy Watkins (Clemson), OT Greg Robinson (Auburn), DT Timmy Jernigan (Florida State), WR Marqise Lee (USC), QB Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), DE Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame), QB Blake Bortles (UCF), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama), QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M), WR Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State)