The Bengals and Lions will coach the 71st annual Senior Bowl on January 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
The Senior Bowl is the nation's most prestigious college all-star game because it is the only one coached by entire staffs from two National Football League clubs. The participating teams are prioritized based on the NFL draft order with the main caveat being that teams must have a full staff in place.
Coaching in the Senior Bowl gives each staff a unique behind-the-scenes look at the players, not only on the field but also in the meeting rooms. This access is invaluable in the evaluation process and it has helped shape many draft classes over the years.
Last year, the Senior Bowl produced 93 total draft picks, including 40 in the first three rounds and 10 first-round selections. That roster included rookie standouts QB Daniel Jones (Giants), QB Drew Lock (Broncos), QB Gardner Minshew (Jaguars), WR Terry McLaurin (Redskins), WR Deebo Samuel (49ers), OL Elgton Jenkins (Packers), OL Erik McCoy (Saints), DL Montez Sweat (Redskins), DB Darnell Savage (Packers).
"Coaching in the Senior Bowl is a great opportunity for us to learn about these players," said head coach Zac Taylor. "You get a chance to spend a full week with the players and really learn what they're about. We will be looking for leadership, character and talent. To get a chance to coach them up close and in person is a great opportunity for our staff."
The last time the Bengals coached the Senior Bowl was 2011.
Tickets for the Senior Bowl are available online at www.seniorbowl.com/tickets.