By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at 3:33 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen and his staff will coach the North team in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., according to the Senior Bowl web site.
The South team will be coached by Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and his staff.
Coaching the Senior Bowl will in theory give the Raiders a leg up on scouting some of the country’s best senior talent heading into the scouting combine Feb. 20-26 in preparation for the NFL draft from April 25-27.
The Raiders at present hold the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
“It’s a great opportunity for the Raiders,’’ Allen said in a Senior Bowl release. “It gives us a chance to get a solid evaluation on these players. We get a better feel on them because we see them in meetings, we work with them in practice and we can determine whether their personality will fit well in our locker room.
“It’s an opportunity to get an in-depth feel on a lot of those guys.’’
The Senior Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile.
The Raiders and Lions staffs will conduct practices throughout the week.