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Nix: Senior Bowl is key to evaluating players

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 22, 2013 – 10:23 pm

It’s a process, the road to the April NFL Draft. And this week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama is just one step in the process.

But according to Bills General Manager Buddy Nix, the Senior Bowl is the most important event leading up to the draft, once the college football season ends. Nix was a guest Tuesday night on The John Murphy Show live from Mobile, Alabama, the site of the Senior Bowl.

“I think this is the most important,” Nix said, comparing this week’s events in Mobile to the other offseason events: the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, and individual “Pro Day” workouts for players.

“This is my third bowl game in two weeks. But the Senior Bowl is coached by NFL coaches, so they know what you’re looking for. They make sure you see what you’re looking for. And these guys are going against the best competition. It makes it easy to evaluate. The hard part is evaluating a guy against somebody that you think is inferior or much better, then it makes it tough. But all these guys are pretty equal.”

Nix thoughts were echoed by Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, who says he considers the Senior Bowl the best chance he has to impress NFL scouts.

“It’s one of the three hurdles as a prep player coming into the professional ranks,” Wilson says. “This is a big week for me, I want to come out here and compete, and meet a lot of these guys that I’ll be playing with on the next level. I look forward to it. I’ll use it as an opportunity for me, and then continue to train down at IMG and prepare for the combine.”

Nix says he was happy to see the competition level ramped up during Tuesdays padded practices at the Senior Bowl.

“They put the pads on today and they went really hard. I think you can really see if a game’s too big for a guy, or too fast for them, which is hard to tell sometimes doing college tape,” he said.

The John Murphy Show
will broadcast live from the Senior Bowl Wednesday night from 7-9pm, on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.

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