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Philadelphia Eagles' Scouting Guide to the 2014 Senior Bowl
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy

How important is the Senior Bowl in the eyes of the Philadelphia Eagles front office? Over the last four years, no NFL team has selected more players who competed in the showcase event for college football’s best seniors.

Jimmy Kempski for Philly.com has the Birds down for 18 draft picks used on Senior Bowl alumni since 2010. The next closest teams have 14, which is the equivalent of one pick per year. The lowest is four.

Among the Eagles who competed at the event are Nick Foles, Lane Johnson, Nate Allen, Brandon Graham and Riley Cooper.

Of course, just because a player was in the Senior Bowl doesn’t mean he’ll be a success. Most of the franchise’s rotten 2011 draft class participated, including Danny Watkins, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Curtis Marsh Jr., Casey Matthews and Alex Henery.

If it’s so hit or miss, why are so many picks directed that way? College all-star games such as this one give scouts an opportunity to see how these soon-to-be professionals practice, and the Senior Bowl has become the crown jewel for top prospects.

This year’s game on Saturday is no different, and recent history suggests several of the players we’re watching this weekend will end up wearing midnight green. Let’s take a look at some of the players to watch.

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