The 2014 Senior Bowl has already suffered it's fair share of drop outs.
Nine players including Jake Matthews (Texas A&M), and AJ McCarron (Alabama) turned down invitations to this years event, and 19 of college's best final year athletes have pulled out of the event due to injury.
One NFL GM even told a reporter that this years talent was the worst he had ever seen at a Senior Bowl.
With this year's senior class already majorly depleted in the wake of so many juniors choosing to go to the Draft early last summer, there are now calls for juniors to be allowed to compete in the end-of-year event.
Phil Savage, the Philadelphia Eagles player personnel executive, certainly believes this is a possibility in the near future:
Asked whether it could ever be the 'Junior-Senior Bowl' he told the NFL network:
"There's no question, there's got to be a discussion about where it's all going,"
In total 98 underclassmen declared for the draft last year and this has undoubtedly impacted on the talent that will be present this weekend.
The Bowl already incorporates fourth-year junior graduates such as Adrian Hubbard, and Savage noted this could be the way forward:
"we will see if there is a way to exempt more players and get them in here," he said in interview.
It remains to be seen whether such a radical proposal could take place, but Savage hopes a logical solution can be arrived at:
"There is enough people in the leadership positions that are smart enough to figure out what's the best for all of football."
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