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Alabama’s C.J. Mosley to skip Senior Bowl

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Feeling he has nothing to prove at the Senior Bowl, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley has decided to skip the Senior Bowl next week. His agent, the famed Jimmy Sexton, broke the news during a radio interview Thursday.

Th Senior Bowl is considered the nation’s top college football all-star event, and is the top showcase for potential draft picks outside of the annual scouting combine. The game serves as a great opportunity to work in front of NFL coaches an scouts from every NFL franchise and receive instruction from NFL coaches. The practices during the week sometimes carry more weight for a player’s draft profile than the game itself, so any player opting out is missing out on far more than a game experience.

Of course, for some players, the game ultimately means little for the potential draft positioning. Mosley is expected to be a solid first round draft pick, perhaps in the top half of the opening round. Even a shabby performance in the Senior Bowl practices and game may not have been enough to drop him far in the first round, never mind out of it completely, nor would a good showing do much to move him up much higher in the draft considering some of the options and needs of teams drafting at the top of the order. For Mosley, the focus will be on the scouting combine, and that is a perfectly fine decision.

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron also decided to pass on a Senior Bowl invite, feeling his workload over the past three seasons will speak for itself. McCarron will need a great showing at the scouting combine and any potential pro day workout in order to change his draft outlook. Most expect McCarron to be a third round draft pick, which made his decision to turn down a Senior Bowl invite a little more confusing.

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8 Responses to “Alabama’s C.J. Mosley to skip Senior Bowl”
  1. polegojim says: Jan 16, 2014 6:50 PM

    Honestly… seriously….

    Why would guys take the risk of getting hurt… even on a FLUKE play… with MILLIONS on the line???

    Forget the ‘league nostalgia’… they have their TEAM nostalgia… I’d pass on it too.

  2. dinofrank60 says: Jan 16, 2014 7:48 PM

    A. He played for a pro coach in Saban.

    B. He doesn’t need to go.

    C. Gives another kid a chance in his place.

  3. floridascuba1 says: Jan 16, 2014 8:43 PM

    Or it would prove how over-rated Alabama has been and their talent would be put on display to show they are actually not very good.

  4. zonedogz says: Jan 16, 2014 9:09 PM

    The Senior Bowl, Hula Bowl and East-West Shrine game have become passe attempts for each to showcase (and profit from ) college athletes ready to enter the NFL. Between the game tapes, bowl games, NFL combine and everyone’s individual on-campus pro day these games are ridiculous to continue to pass on to the general public and scouts to watch. Profiteering at its worst! Look in the stands and see how many people really care. And take into account the risk of injury to a high draft pick to someone like Mosely and its a no- brainer to say “Thanks. but no thanks!”

  5. patbocam says: Jan 16, 2014 11:23 PM

    Zonedogz

    I can’t speak about the east west shrine game or Hulu bowl but the senior bowl in mobile Alabama is an incredible event. The practices are open to the public and as a kid my dad would take me out of school early to go check out the south squad. The coaches, scouts and agents mingle with each other and sign autographs. The city of mobile needs and loves this event. This was and continues to be the greatest college All Star production in all sports. The nfl network hasn’t changed the core of what this week means to the players and fans of it. Oh and btw, it sells out every year, look in the stands.

  6. louhudson23 says: Jan 17, 2014 3:44 AM

    For every player who declines,another takes his place. And for them,the game has meaning and an opportunity.

  7. bballnut50 says: Jan 17, 2014 6:57 AM

    From the pros view, only hurts not to go, leaves many unanswered questions…..

  8. dhardy8207 says: Jan 17, 2014 9:07 AM

    “For Mosley, the focus will be on the scouting combine, and that is a perfectly fine decision.”

    As this statement above points out, the scouting combine is the most important part of NFL peeking out talent and deciding who goes where in the draft.

    Missing this senior bowl is not detrimental to his place in the draft.

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