In the end Dennis Allen took his first L of 2013 as he watched his North squad lose to the South 21-16 yesterday in the Senior Bowl. Far from pretty and largely boring the game featured some sloppy and sluggish offense and an all too common sight for Raider Nation as Allen’s team fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter.
But for Allen and his coaching staff the game itself was nothing more than a formality. It was the week of practice with the future NFLers that made this experience all the more enriching for the Raiders.
Considering Allen and his staff weren’t even supposed to be in Alabama for the game makes it even more of a gift. With coaching changes being made to the two teams drafting in front of the Raiders the Senior Bowl organizers had to extend an invite to teams with coaching staffs in place. Though Oakland didn’t finalize their full staff until two days ago, they still had enough coaches on the payroll to put on practices that gave them valuable insight into the upcoming draft.
No doubt Reggie McKenzie was licking his chops at the thought of getting an up close view of prospects he’d otherwise only see on tape. After having only a few token picks in his first draft as the Raiders GM McKenzie can actually prepare for what is more or less a real draft class.
Of course none of this guarantees the Raiders will be able to secure the services of a future All-Pro. There are far too many variables on draft day and as we know there is no more inexact science than the NFL Draft. But at this point any advantage given must be taken full advantage of. Something tells me McKenzie and Allen exploited every opportunity they got over the past week after getting the rare gift of being front and center for a preview of what could be the future of the Silver and Black.