The Senior Bowl, aside from the NFL Combine, is the biggest chance for draft prospects to impress their (potential) new employers, post-college career.
Some may be under the impression that the Senior Bowl is just the Pro Bowl for college seniors. That's true to an extent, but the game itself is generally of minimal importance. The week of practice that precedes it is where the magic happens.
Throughout the draft process, the word "coachability" comes up a number of times. A kid may have all the physical tools to succeed, but can he learn and grow from NFL coaches? Can he fit multiple schemes? Is he a one-trick pony, or is he versatile?
That's what coaches are looking for a hint of this week, and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is at the forefront of it.
The Senior Bowl means new data on these players, who will be endlessly analyzed, again and again, for the next three months.
And new data means new mock drafts.
In case you're unfamiliar with my particular method of mock drafting, I have a rule about repeating picks. Once I've selected a player with a particular draft pick, he won't be selected in that slot again (though he may show up in a different slot if his stock rises/falls).
That means you're in for six different picks than the ones I posted last time, and that's just as well, since a lot has happened to the former first-round selection in the last three weeks.