The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama marks the first big-time scouting event for the San Francisco 49ers,and it will help them transition from a heartbreaking playoff loss to the offseason.
And it's a significant one.
According to the team’s official site, 21 former Senior Bowlers made the 2013 Pro Bowl (16 as starters), including San Francisco’s own linebacker Patrick Willis, tackle Joe Staley and guard Mike Iupati. Once upon a time, former coaches Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary drilled one squad, which happened to be back in 2007 when Willis and Staley were both selected in the first round.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick also performed in the game three years ago, representing out of Nevada-Reno.
In 2014, this game will star the guys in the trenches, cornerbacks and a couple of interesting safety prospects who could go high. These are all needs for the 49ers, who need to beef up on both sides of the line and add talent to the secondary.
Granted, it’s a little light on quarterbacks and wide receivers, but that’s fine.
This Senior Bowl will provide the 49ers' scouting department with an opportunity to narrow down its draft needs for a moment and get an up-close look at some of the better prospects. Given their history, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the 49ers took a few players who play in this game.
The following provides a list of competing players who all fit San Francisco from a needs and philosophy standpoint.