This time last year, Falcons defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman and safety Dezmen Southward were preparing for Senior Bowl practices before later being selected by Atlanta in the second and third rounds, respectively, of the 2014 NFL Draft.
As Hageman and Southward did last year, players participating in this week's practices at the Senior Bowl will be hoping to improve their stock, months before the 2015 NFL Draft (April 30-May 2). The game again will feature some of the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects, representing two teams, North and South. Both teams are led by the coaching staffs of two National Football League teams, determined by the NFL in early January, usually based on draft order.
This year, Tennessee Titans first-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff will lead the North team against the South team, led by second-year Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and his staff. The 2015 Senior Bowl will be played Saturday, January 24. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. ET, and the game is televised live on NFL Network.
Among the many things to watch for throughout the upcoming week of Senior Bowl practices are the position group drills, 7-on-7 sessions and 1-on-1 matchups. While it's a team game, the upcoming practices and Saturday's game will serve as a platform for each player to impress NFL general managers, coaches and scouts, proving he belongs in the NFL.
Click here for a look at the rosters for the North Team and South Team.