It's hoop-jumping time for college football's best and brightest.
With draft season getting underway in earnest, the next couple of months will be a blur for many youngsters preparing to make the jump to the NFL.
The whirlwind begins with this weekend's East-West Shrine Game, and continues rolling one week later when the nation's top seniors descend on Mobile, Alabama for the 2014 Senior Bowl.
The game means more to some than others. Whether it's a small-school star looking to shine in the spotlight or a player looking to revive his falling draft stock, several youngsters head to Alabama with a ton to prove.
Here's a look at a handful of players for whom there's not much margin for error at the Senior Bowl.