New Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage thinks certain juniors should be able to play
in the Senior Bowl. Savage suggested...
Under Savage's idea, Senior bowl eligibility for players listed as juniors would be limited to those who meet four criteria: A player must declare early for the NFL draft, be graduated by December, be with a program for four years and have the blessing of his college coach.
"With redshirts and medical redshirts, that kind of blurs the line of who's a senior and who's not," Savage said Monday. "They're not a junior or a senior - they're graduated.
"We're not interested in taking third-year juniors," he added. "We want to reward the players who have done well on the field and checked all the boxes off the field."
The NFL is very cautious about the idea...
"They do not even want to have a hint of (allowing juniors)," he said of the NFL's stance up to now, "because then they'll have 95 juniors declare because they'll say, 'Hey, I can go play in the all-star game.'"
You think certain juniors should be eligible?