Saints eying Senior Bowl prospects

Saints eying Senior Bowl prospects

It's the NFL annual trip to mobile Alabama and for the Saints the Senior Bowl is their first stop on the long road to the draft.

"For both Sean and I this is both the introduction to what our scouts have been seeing all year and we get to look at some of the guys," Mickey Loomis said.

" This bowl has had a history of really successful players in our league," Sean Payton said. "Obviously it's the senior bowl it's the premiere all star game for these guys."

And even that title 'Senior Bowl' is significant. Being a senior is something Payton said makes a difference when evaluating a player.

"There's something about a senior that if two players were equal one a junior one a senior you know a player that's been in school longer, maybe graduated. This environment is so different because you get to see them in contact, one on ones you get see maybe a lot more than a combine or a pro day."

And standing out is what it's all about. But not just on the field. An equal impression can be made in the interview room, face-to-face with their potential new bosses.

"We value them a lot. We get to get s little gauge on personality and just how sharp they are," Loomis said.

This game was certainly an important part of the pre draft process last year for the Saints . In all they selected four players, Stephone Anthony, Hau'Oli Kikaha, Garrett Grayson and Marcus Murphy, that played in this game.