For the San Francisco 49ers, last week’s East West Shrine Game was one thing, but scouting the 2013 Senior Bowl is something else entirely.
The previous all-star game highlighted late-round NFL hopefuls.
This latest installment, however, showcases more early-round prospects with a higher likelihood of making an immediate impact at the pro ranks.
And, to be sure, this game features players from north-south locales.
Regional semantics aside, key starters and productive contributors in the NFL made their presence felt in last year’s Senior Bowl. Russell Wilson threw an early touchdown pass for the North, while the Colts’ Vick Ballard and Panthers’ Joe Adams led the South in rushing and receiving, respectively.
Concerning the 49ers, front office personnel will surely have their eyes trained on a little thing called the Super Bowl for the next week or so. That said, team scouts have keenly studied this collection of seniors during practice and will continue to do so during Saturday’s game-time festivities.
Even teams that reach the NFL’s promised land aren’t without their flaws. San Francisco, in particular, could use depth at defensive tackle and safety, as well as another wide receiver and pass-rusher.
Fans of the Red and Gold might also find value in discovering future players at these positions for their beloved franchise.
(At the very least for a brief respite from “Harbowl” coverage, if they so desire.)
With that in mind, take heed 49er Faithful, and follow along as we provide a scouting guide on Senior Bowl prospects that can fulfill team needs for next season and beyond.
Note: We will evaluate three top players on each side of the ball from both the North and South. Said prospects can be seen on Saturday, January 26, at 4 p.m. ET. NFL Network will provide televised coverage.