Kiper & McShay preview the Senior Bowl: Sleepers to watch for the 2021 NFL draft

    Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.

  • ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst
  • Joined ESPN in 2006
  • Played quarterback in high school and was a backup QB for the University of Richmond.

The Senior Bowl kicks off this week, with the top senior prospects in the 2021 NFL draft descending on Mobile, Alabama, for an invite-only showcase event. More than 120 prospects will be in attendance to practice against each other — they’re split into two teams — and meet with NFL coaches, scouts and front-office executives.

With the NFL combine canceled this year because of COVID-19 precautions and teams moving toward pro days, the Senior Bowl is the only chance for prospects from different schools to compete against each other before April’s draft. There are three days of practice in Mobile, including 90-minute sessions for each team on Tuesday and two-hour sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Check out coverage of practice on Wednesday and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU/ESPN App. The game is slated for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

ESPN NFL draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay answer eight questions about this year’s Senior Bowl, from the best prospects in attendance to sleepers worth watching to intriguing quarterbacks who could rise:

With no NFL combine, what’s different about the Senior Bowl this year?

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