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Detroit Lions staff to coach in the Senior Bowl

Posted by ttwentyman on January 3, 2013 – 7:05 pm

The Lions will get an up close and personal look at some of the best senior prospects in this April’s NFL Draft by coaching one of the Senior Bowl squads.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and his staff have accepted an invitation to coach at the Senior Bowl.

Schwartz said earlier this week that he’d jump at the chance to see some of the incoming talent by coaching the Senior Bowl at the end of this month.

“I think we’re fifth in line. If it would happen, we would embrace it and we would relish that opportunity,” he said.

“I think there is some insight involved in getting to know those guys over a course of the week and it can confirm some of our scouts’ evaluations that have already worked very long and hard into getting guys evaluated this fall season.

“It can also maybe give us a different perspective on some other guys. Maybe we get a little bit more time with some other guys.”

Schwartz and his staff coached the 2010 Senior Bowl and one of the players that caught their eye from that experience in Mobile, Ala. was running back Joique Bell.

“He was a local guy and we knew him enough from here and worked him out and all those different things because he was a local kid, but we also had him for a whole week down there,” Schwartz said.

“And even though he started his career Buffalo and then he was with New Orleans, he was a guy we always sort of had in the back of our mind and our experience with him that week helped get him here. He knew our coaching staff and we knew a little bit about him, not just what we saw on film as an NFL player.”

The NFL teams with the worst records get a chance to coach the two Senior Bowl squads. Philadelphia and Kansas City, two of the four teams that have a worse record than the Lions, fired their head coaches Monday and typically an organization with a coaching change does not participate in coaching one of the squads.

The Raiders coaching staff accepted the other invitation. They have the No. 3 pick in the draft.

“The Senior Bowl is fortunate to have the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders as our coaching staffs this year,” said Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. “Both organizations really wanted to be here and will do a great job of coaching both of our outstanding rosters.”

Schwartz coached the North squad to a 31-13 victory in 2010.

The game will take place January 26 at 3 p.m. on the NFL Network, but it’s the week of practice that’s the real benefit for the coaching staffs as they prepare for the draft.

For a look a complete look at the senior prospects, visit the Senior Bowl website at seniorbowl.com.


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