The New York Jets and Detroit Lions will take a closer look at some of college football’s top players at the Senior Bowl.
The coaching staffs for both teams were named by the NFL Football Operations on Tuesday to lead the all-star teams to the game in Mobile, Alabama, on February 5th.
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The Senior Bowl, played at South Alabama’s Hancock Whitney Stadium, shows many of the best NFL draft prospects who have completed their college qualification. Justin Herbert, Mac Jones, Najee Harris, Daniel Jones, Baker Mayfield, Dak Prescott and Deebo Samuel are among those who have participated in recent years.
NFL coaching staffs are selected by NFL Football Operations using the draft order, especially teams that select close to the top and do not deal with coaching changes. Dan Campbell and the Lions have No. 2 and 27 picks in the first round in April, while Robert Saleh and the Jets pick No. 4 and 10.
“The New York Jets are burning up for the opportunity to engage with these young men and be a part of everything at the Senior Bowl,” Saleh said in a statement.
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The Lions last coached at the Senior Bowl two years ago under former coach Matt Patricia. The Jets participated in late 1979, when Walt Michaels was coach, and New York met two players who were in the game that year: defensive linemen Marty Lyons and Mark Gastineau.
In a change to this year’s format, the teams’ head coaches will work in an advisory role, while assistants will have leadership roles – head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator – during the week of training and the game. Four coaches from Historically Black Colleges & Universities will also be part of the Senior Bowl coaching staff for this year’s game.
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