While it might not draw quite as much attention as some professional all-star games, the collegiate showcase known as the Senior Bowl is important because it actually matters.
The annual game—which features some of the nation's best senior football players and a cadre of NFL coaches—doesn't matter in any sort of conventional sense. It matters because it provides these incoming NFL hopefuls with an opportunity to show off their skills one last time in a game setting and to show just how well they respond to NFL-level coaching (provided this year by members of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons coaching staffs).
The Senior Bowl provides NFL fans with a glimpse of the next generation of players. It also gives the more critical observer (coaches, scouts, media members) a chance to create or change perceptions about this group of individuals—many of whom were not in the national spotlight during the 2013 collegiate season.
The 2014 edition of the Senior Bowl was no different. Now that the game is officially in the books, it's time to discuss some of the more prominent impressions taken away from the on-field action.
Over the next few pages, we will examine some of the biggest takeaways and observations from the 2014 Senior Bowl.