Over the past five years 10 NFL coaching staffs have helped prepare the prospects that play for the North and South teams in the Senior Bowl. And over that period of time 23 players were drafted by the team of the coaching staff that worked with them in Mobile.
Here’s the breakdown of what Senior Bowl participants wound up drafted by the NFL coaching staff that coached them Senior Bowl week.
North Team – coaching staff – Tennessee Titans —- Players drafted (1) – DL Jesse Mahelona (5th)
South Team – coaching staff – San Francisco 49ers —- Players drafted (4) – DE Manny Lawson (1st), RB Michael Robinson (4th), DE Parys Haralson (5th), DB Marcus Hudson (6th)
North Team – coaching staff – Tampa Bay Buccaneers —- Players drafted (3) – G Aaron Sears (2nd), S Tanard Jackson (4th), RB Ken Darby (7th)
South Team – coaching staff – San Francisco 49ers —- Players drafted (6) – LB Patrick Willis (1st), OL Joe Staley (1st), WR Jason Hill (3rd), DE Ray McDonald (3rd), DE Jay Moore (4th), RB Thomas Clayton (6th)
North Team – coaching staff – Oakland Raiders —- Players drafted (none)
South Team – coaching staff – San Francisco 49ers —- Players drafted (1) – C Cody Wallace (4th)
North Team – coaching staff – Cincinnati Bengals —- Players drafted (2) – P Kevin Huber (5th), DB Morgan Trent (6th)
South Team – coaching staff – Jacksonville Jaguars —- Players drafted (2) – WR Mike Thomas (4th), RB Rashad Jennings (7th)
North Team – coaching staff – Detroit Lions —- Players drafted (none)
South Team – coaching staff – Miami Dolphins —- Players drafted (4) – DL Jared Odrick (1st), LB Koa Misi (2nd), OT John Jerry (3rd), LB A.J. Edds (4th)
While the different variables at work in the draft are plentiful, it’s clear to see which teams felt more comfortable drafting players they got to know in the week they spent with them at the Senior Bowl, even if they didn’t coach them the whole week, with some prospects playing on the team they did not coach at the Senior Bowl.
But San Francisco, which drafted 11 players from the Senior Bowl in three coaching stints and Miami, which drafted four players last year clearly put a value on what they were able to gain in the daily interaction with players they coached or were around in the practice setting in Mobile.
It’ll be interesting to see if Chan Gailey and his staff take a similar approach come draft weekend.
Tags: 2011 NFL draft, Senior Bowl
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