The 2013 Senior Bowl will be played today in Mobile, Ala., and the story lines for a week that could be called the greatest reality show in human history are all over the place.
It began with the National Scouting Weigh-In, the world's burliest bikini show that old-timers call the "meat market." Athletic men of all shapes and sizes get their first glimpse of NFL life standing alone on stage, wearing only their boxer briefs, while 700 NFL staffers feverishly take notes on their physiques.
Then, it was off to the practice field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Monday comes and goes, and through the hurried shuffle in and out of meetings with NFL teams, prospects must also focus on making a good impression with the limited number of reps they receive in practice.
All in the name of making millions of dollars.
With all of the emphasis put on the week of Senior Bowl practices, it's easy to forget that a game is indeed scheduled to be played.
For those who have had great weeks of practice and impressed teams in their interviews, the onus is on them to keep it up. For those who have not looked good, (and rest assured, these players' agents do not mince words with their clients about the feedback they receive from the teams), this is their last chance.
A great showing at the NFL combine isn't enough to make up for blowing it on the field in Mobile. When a player accepts an invitation to take part in college football's most elite all-star game, they do so knowing this.
That's why the stakes are so high for the players in today's game.
(All reports and quotes were obtained firsthand by Alex Dunlap unless noted otherwise.)