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Darrell Taylor Is Mobile & Senior Bowl Bound

 

Every year, late in January, NFL coaches & scouts converge on Mobile, Al for a crazy week of practice, weigh-ins, interviews & more. The Senior Bowl is the premier postseason showcase for college football players looking to cement their status in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Tennessee LB & Edge Rusher, Darrell Taylor Jr. has been invited to the 2020 Senior Bowl. Taylor excepted that invitation on Tuesday and became the first Vols player since 2017 to get an invite. Darrell leads the SEC with seven sacks, with two games remaining for the Vols. He also has 36 tackles (25 solo) & a forced fumble.

This is a great opportunity for one of the key leaders of the Tennessee defense, who continues to improve his game for the next level. He’s had a sack in 4 out of the last 5 games & has been a force coming off the edge. With two games remaining, possibly three, those numbers will continue to grow.

When it comes to putting on a show for scouts & coaches, there’s not a better spot in the country than the Gulf Coast. From check-in to weigh-in, the week will start on Sunday, it’s non-stop from there. Players will meet with potential coaches, marketing experts, agents, scouts & so many more. The 2nd floor of the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel are the grounds for meetings between teams & players. It’s really just one big tryout for the next level.

These players will go through a mental “Hunger Games”, but from past experiences, they can expect a hard week of work that will potentially lead to a 53-man roster. The media, supplement companies, fans & more make it a wild environment, but a worthy experience.

Practice for the game is usually held at Ladd Stadium, with at least two practices being held across the bay in Fairhope. You have to remember that the players are split into North & South region teams, which makes things even better, especially for the rival schools, These players will be coached by two different NFL teams, which gives them an early advantage because they are around so many players on a personal basis daily.

The practices are shown daily on the NFL Network, so the world will be watching your skills during the daily showcase. The fun part about this event is the fan interaction, since practices are open to the public. You could be sitting next to Gruden one minute & John Elway the next. Every coach usually has a specific spot in the stadium they like to hunker down in.

This is the prime showcase event for seniors. Most of the team their college coaches will make a brief stop at practice to watch their former player, though most of the time it’s for mingling with scouts & getting some camera time. If you thought the Nick Saban autograph experience at SEC Media Days was crazy, wait till you see it in Mobile,

This is an opportunity to show these coaches the talent you’ve built up over the years, the way you handle yourself in interviews & those few pressure moments when you’ve got the world watching a regular drill. But, its an experience these players will never forget & one that could make them a lot of money in the process. It’s their first NFL interview, you can’t help to get excited for that.

Also, don’t forget the seafood & hospitality of my hometown of Mobile, checkout the Mardi Gras parade and always have a marker on you for autographs.

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