Dolphins, Panthers to educate 2021 Senior Bowl

The 2021 Senior Bowl might be coached by the staffs of the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers.

Yearly, the NFL selects two groups’ staffs to educate the greater than 110 draft prospects who attend the all-star recreation in Cell, Ala., giving them a novel benefit towards working with a number of potential draft picks.

The Dolphins, by advantage of the decide they acquired by commerce with the Houston Texans, will choose third general within the 2021 NFL draft. The Panthers maintain the eighth general decide in Spherical 1.

Miami additionally owns its personal first-round choice at No. 18 general, together with two second-round choices. Carolina owns all of its authentic picks (aside from its seventh-rounder) however is prone to obtain two Day 3 compensatory picks as properly.

The Senior Bowl figures to hold further weight this yr contemplating the shortened faculty soccer season, a lot of decide outs amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the 2021 NFL scouting mix.

This yr’s practices and recreation has been moved to South Alabama’s new soccer facility, Hancock Whitney Stadium, which was used for at some point of observe final yr amid unhealthy climate. The sport and practices had been performed beforehand at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, which had hosted the sport since 1951.

A powerful Senior Bowl roster

As of now, there are extra accepted invitations (greater than 130) than anticipated roster spots. Some gamers — particularly these taking part in in Monday’s CFP championship recreation — may select to decide out of the Senior Bowl, as may prospects who’ve accidents or who really feel their shares are well-solidified.

Among the many prime prospects dedicated to the sport up to now features a robust group at quarterback: Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, Notre Dame’s Ian E book, Florida’s Kyle Trask, Arkansas’ Feleipe Franks and ex-Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman, who transferred to Georgia earlier than the season however opted out of the 2020 marketing campaign.

Different prime offensive prospects slated to attend the sport embody Ohio State RB Trey Sermon, North Carolina RB Michael Carter, Florida WR Kadarius Toney, Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace, Michigan WR Nico Collins, Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg, Oklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins, Northern Iowa OT Spencer Brown, Tennessee OG Trey Smith, Alabama OG Deonte Brown, Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey and Ohio State C Josh Myers.

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask will be one of the most touted NFL draft prospects at the 2021 Senior Bowl. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask might be probably the most touted NFL draft prospects on the 2021 Senior Bowl. (AP Photograph/Ron Jenkins)

On protection, the group is led by Wake Forest DL Carlos Basham Jr., Washington DL Levi Onwuzurike, Pitt DL Rashad Weaver, LSU LB Jabril Cox, Ohio State LB Baron Browning, Cal CB Camryn Bynum, Washington DB Elijah Molden, LSU CB Kary Vincent Jr., LSU S JaCoby Stevens, Virginia Tech S Divine Deablo, Florida State S Hamsah Nasirildeen and Missouri S Tyree Gillespie.

The Senior Bowl produced 93 drafted prospects (together with 40 picks within the prime three rounds) for every of the previous two drafts. The 2019 Senior Bowl featured 10 first-rounders, though that quantity dropped to 4 from the 2020 recreation.

“We’re extraordinarily grateful to have two of the brightest younger minds and revered leaders within the league teaching our Reese’s Senior Bowl rosters this yr,” Senior Bowl Government Director Jim Nagy mentioned. “Matt Rhule and Brian Flores are each excited to get to Cell and our gamers are extremely lucky to have a weeklong expertise studying below these two nice academics and their respective staffs.”

Why had been Dolphins, Panthers chosen over different choices?

The league workplace, not the Senior Bowl employees, is answerable for deciding on the NFL groups to educate on the recreation. Sometimes, the provides are prolonged to the groups with the worst information from the season earlier than with teaching staffs nonetheless in place.

The house owners of the 2 worst information, the 1-15 Jacksonville Jaguars and the 2-14 New York Jets. The identical goes for the 4-12 Texans and 4-12 Atlanta Falcons.

Did the 4-11-1 Cincinnati Bengals flip down the chance? There have been experiences floating round that some NFL groups had been hesitant to decide to teaching the sport amid the uncertainties of COVID.

The Bengals coached the 2020 Senior Bowl and ended drafting three gamers they coached that week: LBs Logan Wilson and Akeem Davis-Gaither and OT Hakeem Adeniji.

However there is no such thing as a rule stopping one staff from teaching the sport consecutive years. The Jacksonville Jaguars coached the sport three straight years from 2014 to 2016, as did the San Francisco 49ers three straight years from 2006 to 2008.

The league’s different 4-11-1 staff, the Philadelphia Eagles, additionally seem to have been handed up for this yr’s recreation. Maybe Doug Pederson’s difficult standing with the staff has one thing to do with it, as he won’t be assured to return as head coach of the Eagles in 2021. Or possibly the Eagles additionally had issues in regards to the well being of their employees.

Technically, there have been one other dozen groups within the pecking order with worse information earlier than you get to the 10-6 Dolphins. It’s not clear if their receiving Houston’s first-rounder strikes them up the chain or not, however both method, Miami is in an incredible place to improve its roster after getting an up-close have a look at the prospects who present up in Cell.

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