Tue, Aug 20, 2013
After one of the most successful draft years in its 64-year history, the Senior Bowl has turned its focus to the 2014 game, and has announced its ‘Watch List’ of 400 players for the upcoming 65th Senior Bowl game.
"Last year, the inaugural Senior Bowl Watch List included 312 prospects with 94 total players ultimately being drafted from our game," said Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. "With 60,000-plus athletes playing college football, and only 250 or so NFL draft choices each year, we believe there is some legitimate prestige with being placed on our 'official' Watch List."
Among those named to the initial watch list are Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley, both natives of Mobile, AL. The two Crimson Tide stars are joined on the list by eight teammates from the two-time defending national champs. Alabama’s 10 players on the watch list are more than any other school. Notre Dame and Ohio State each have eight players on the list.
The SEC, which had a record number of players drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft (63), also boasts the most players on the 2014 watch list with 72, comprising nearly 20 percent of the list. The next closest conference, the ACC, has 48 on the list, followed by the Big-10 (46) and Pac-12 (38).
A pair of highly touted offensive tackles in Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, headline the watch list. Other standouts on the list: two Pac-12 linebackers, UCLA’s Anthony Barr and Stanford’s Trent Murphy, a pair of SEC linemen, guard Gabe Jackson of Mississippi State and defensive tackle Daniel McCullers of Tennessee, and BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
And, keeping with Senior Bowl tradition, the watch list is loaded with talented athletes from ‘smaller,’ Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools. Sixty-five ‘small school’ players made the initial watch list, headlined by West Texas A&M defensive end Ethan Westbrooks, the Division II National Defensive Player of the Year; Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois, the same school that produced current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
"We love the idea of the smaller school prospects having an opportunity to prove themselves here in Mobile, so it is important that we cast a wide net at this point in our player evaluations," Savage said.
The entire list is available on our watch list page. You can sort the list by position, conference and/or school.
The 65th Senior Bowl game will be played on January 25, 2014 at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium in front of a national television audience on NFL Network.