The 2021 Senior Bowl will be different across several facets, most of which have been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What won’t change is the fact that this is one of the last opportunities for college seniors — and fourth-year juniors — to make an impression on NFL teams. In fact, that portion of the event will be heightened this year due to the lack of an NFL combine. But not everyone who attends the Senior Bowl is there to play. Some, such as Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith, projected by Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer as going No. 2 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, will be there merely to interview with teams.

Regardless, this game — coupled with individual pro days — will be a huge factor in whether a team drafts a certain player, and at what position in the draft.

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Among several changes necessitated by the pandemic, safety protocols in place mean attendance will be severely limited for the game and fans won’t be allowed to attend game-week practices at all.

Sporting News has you covered on what you need to know to watch the 2021 Senior Bowl, including time, date, TV channels, rosters and players who can make the most of their week in Mobile, Ala.:

What time is the Senior Bowl 2020?

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 30
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

Kickoff for this year’s game — the 72nd edition — is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.

While the game will continue to take place in Mobile, Ala., it will see a new venue: Hancock Whitney Stadium, which in 2020 replaced Ladd-Peebles Stadium as the South Alabama Jaguars’ home stadium. The game follows three days of practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

What channel is the Senior Bowl on?

The Senior Bowl will be broadcast on NFL Network. Viewers in Canada can sign up for DAZN to watch NFL Network.

Senior Bowl practice schedule

The players practiced before Saturday’s game on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. ESPNU broadcast practices for both teams on Wednesday and Thursday, while the NFL Network broadcast a one-hour recap for every day of practice at 8 p.m. ET. Below is the full practice broadcast schedule:

All times Eastern

Tuesday, Jan. 26

  • 12:30-2:30 p.m: National Team
  • 3-5 p.m.: American Team

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Thursday, Jan. 28

Senior Bowl 2020 rosters

Player listings reflect official Senior Bowl rosters but do not include the full list of attendees.

American Team

QuarterbacksKellen MondTexas A&M
 Kyle TraskFlorida
 Jamie NewmanWake Forest
Running backsLarry Rountree IIIMissouri
 Kylin HillMichigan State
 Chris EvansMichigan
 Elijah MitchellLouisiana
Wide receiversRacey McMathLSU
 Marquez StevensonHouston
 Austin Watkins Jr.UAB
 Josh PalmerTennessee
 Shi SmithSouth Carolina
 Kadarius ToneyFlorida
 Trevon GrimesFlorida
 Amari RodgersClemson
 Cornell PowellClemson
Tight endsTre McKittyGeorgia
 Noah GrayDuke
 Quintin MorrisBowling Green
 Kylen GransonSMU
Offensive tacklesAlaric JacksonIowa
 Alex LeatherwoodAlabama
 Dan Moore Jr.Texas A&M
 Jaylon MooreWestern Michigan
Guards/centersTrey SmithTennessee
 David MooreGrambling State
 Drake JacksonKentucky
 Ben ClevelandGeorgia
 Deonte BrownAlabama
 Jack AndersonTexas A&M
Defensive linemenMarvin WilsonFlorida State
 Wyatt HubertKansas State
 Malik HerringGeorgia
 Payton TurnerHouston
 Marlon TuipulotuUSC
 Carlos Basham Jr.Wake Forest
 Cameron SampleTulane
 Chauncey GolstonIowa
Edge rushersJanarius RobinsonFlorida State
 Quincy RocheMiami
 William Bradley-KingBaylor
LinebackersPaddy FisherNorthwestern
 Charles SnowdenVirginia
 Riley ColeSouth Alabama
 Jabril CoxLSU
 Grant StuardHouston
 Monty RiceGeorgia
 KJ BrittAuburn
 Jordan SmithUAB
CornerbacksDJ DanielGeorgia
 Bryan MillsN.C. Central
 Aaron RobinsonUCF
 Robert RochellCentral Arkansas
 Ifeatu MelifonwuSyracuse
SafetiesJoshuah BledsoeMissouri
 Tyree GillespieMissouri
 JaCoby StevensLSU
 Hamsah NasirildeenFlorida State
 Shawn DavisFlorida
 Mark WebbGeorgia
 Richie GrantUCF

National Team

QuarterbacksSam EhlingerTexas
 Ian BookNotre Dame
 Feleipe FranksArkansas
Running backsRhamondre StevensonOklahoma
 Demetric FeltonUCLA
 Michael CarterNorth Carolina
 Najee HarrisAlabama
 Khalil HerbertVirginia Tech
FullbacksBen MasonMichigan
Wide receiversBen SkowronekNotre Dame
 Desmond FitzpatrickLouisville
 D’Wayne EskridgeWestern Michigan
 Cade JohnsonSouth Dakota State
 Tylan WallaceOklahoma State
 Nico CollinsMichigan
 DeVonta SmithAlabama
 Frank DarbyArizona State
 Sage SurrattWake Forest
Tight endsTony PoljanVirginia
 Kenny YeboahOle Miss
 Hunter LongBoston College
Offensive tacklesBrenden JaimesNebraska
 Spencer BrownNorthern Iowa
 Dillon RadunzNorth Dakota State
 James Hudson IIICincinnati
 Adrian EalyOklahoma
Guards/centersRobert HainseyNotre Dame
 Robert JonesMiddle Tennessee State
 Creed HumphreyOklahoma
 Aaron BanksNotre Dame
 Jake CurhanCal
 Quinn MeinerzWisconsin-Whitewater
Defensive linemenJonathon CooperOhio State
 Levi OnwuzurikeWashington
 Osa OdighizuwaUCLA
 Rashad WeaverPitt
 Patrick Jones IIPitt
 Adetokunbo OgundejiNotre Dame
 Daelin HayesNotre Dame
 Tarron JacksonCoastal Carolina
 Elerson SmithNorthern Iowa
 Ta’Quon GrahamTexas
Edge rushersShaka ToneyPenn State
LinebackersGarret WallowTCU
 Hamilcar Rashed Jr.Oregon State
 Justin HilliardOhio State
 Baron BrowningOhio State
 Tuf BorlandOhio State
 Chazz SurrattNorth Carolina
 Tony Fields IIWest Virginia
 Derrick BarnesPurdue
CornerbacksKeith TaylorWashington
 Thomas Graham Jr.Oregon
 Tre BrownOklahoma
 Ambry ThomasMichigan
 Camryn BynumCal
 Rodarius WilliamsOklahoma State
 Benjamin St-JusteMinnesota
 Darren HallSan Diego State
SafetiesDivine DeabloVirginia Tech
 Damar HamlinPitt

NFL staffs coaching the 2020 Senior Bowl

Brian Flores and the Dolphins’ staff — who hold the Nos. 3 and 18 overall picks — will coach the National Team.

Matt Rhule and the Panthers’ staff — who hold the No. 8 overall pick — will coach the American Team. That roster includes projected first-round picks Kadarius Toney and Kyle Trask, receiver and quarterback at Florida, respectively.

2020 NFL Draft prospects with most to prove at Senior Bowl

Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Jones’ lone season as a starter at Alabama was prolific enough to warrant an SN projection as a first-round selection. But many pundits have wondered aloud whether his incredible season was more the result of his supporting cast — which includes Smith, Harris and a Joe Moore Award-winning offensive line — and the play-calling brilliance of offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Jones can show once and for all his passing acuity isn’t owed entirely to external factors.

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Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

Like Jones, Trask enjoyed an incredible season in 2020. But he threw five interceptions over his last three games, including multiple turnovers against LSU and Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. The common factor in those two games is that he played without several of his offensive playmakers, including receiver Kadarius Toney and Mackey Award-winning tight end Kyle Pitts. A good week of practice can erase doubts those subpar games may have created.

Jamie Newman, QB, Wake Forest

Newman made waves when he transferred to Georgia after his 2019 season with the Demon Deacons, in which the 6-4, 230-pound dual threat threw for 2,800-plus yards and 26 touchdowns while running for more than 500 yards and six more scores. He opted out of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic before he could play, however. No one will fault him — nor should they — for taking his safety and future into his hands, and a week of good practice and interviews will cement him among the top second-tier quarterbacks of the draft.

Nico Collins, WR, Michigan

Collins is a big-bodied receiver at 6-4, 215 pounds, but is yet another pass-catcher from Michigan whose stats don’t suggest a prolific college career. Collins, who opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has a career stat line of 78 catches, 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns. He can make a big jump up draft boards at the Senior Bowl, in lieu of a final season in 2020.

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Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee

Smith — all 6-6, 330 pounds of him — has shown NFL-caliber traits across his three years at Tennessee. Teams may be wary of selecting him with a high draft pick, however, due to the fact he was diagnosed with blood clots in 2018. He played seven games that season before getting shut down to address the clots. He played two complete seasons in 2019 and ’20 with no issues. If Smith can dominate in Mobile, it might be enough to convince a team to take a chance on him.

Tarron Jackson, DL, Coastal Carolina

Jackson enjoyed a strong career for the Chanticleers, finishing with double-digit tackles for loss in each of the last three seasons and 18 combined sacks over his final two years. Now the 6-2, 260-pound pass-rushing specialist can use the Senior Bowl as a stage to show he can compete with some of the best competition the college game has to offer.

Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State

Hill, the SEC’s top returning back from the 2019 season, was expected to show off his versatility in first-year coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense. Instead, the senior back played in only three games before opting out; he rushed 15 times for 57 yards and caught 23 passes for 237 yards and a score for the 1-2 Bulldogs. How that affected his draft stock remains to be seen, but he could have used an all-around season to prove his worth at a position that continues to lose value in the NFL. He can do that in Mobile.

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Liam Eichenberg, OL, Notre Dame

Eichenberg’s was a great career for the Fighting Irish, who have a noted history of producing top-flight offensive line talent. Eichenberg — listed at 6-6, 302 pounds — is a massive candidate, in every sense of the word, to keep that factory line going. He’s fundamentally sound and played against elite talent, but was occasionally beat by talented players such as Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee and Alabama linebacker Will Anderson. Some draft outlets already consider Eichenberg a plug-and-play candidate at the NFL, but if he can produce excellent results in pass protection in Mobile, it could be enough to ensure he’s a first-round pick.