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Giants Now: Senior Bowl rosters taking shape; 3 Heisman Trophy finalists to participate

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Senior Bowl rosters taking shape; 3 Heisman Trophy finalists to participate

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic altering many offseason plans, the 2021 Senior Bowl will still take place in Mobile, Alabama, albeit with some slight alterations.

This year's game will occur on January 30, 2021. Practices will be closed to the public this year and several off-the-field events will not occur, but the game itself will happen with a significantly reduced capacity to comply with local and state government public heath orders.

The two NFL teams that will be sending their coaching staffs to this year's festivities are the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins.

"We are extremely grateful to have two of the brightest young minds and respected leaders in the league coaching our Reese's Senior Bowl rosters this year," said Senior Bowl Executive Director JIm Nagy. "Matt Rhule and Brian Flores are both excited to get to Mobile and our players are incredibly fortunate to have a weeklong experience learning under these two great teachers and their respective staffs."

There are several big names who will be participating in this year's Senior Bowl, including all three of this year's senior Heisman Trophy finalists (Alabama WR and Heisman Trophy Winner Devonta Smith, Alabama QB Mac Jones and Florida QB Kyle Trask).

While Smith's thumb injury suffered during Alabama's win in the CFP National Championship Game will prevent him from taking part in any on-field activities, he will be able to go through team meetings with the Dolphins staff and interview with decision-makers from all 32 teams.

Photos of 2021 NFL Draft prospect, Alabama WR DeVonta Smith.

List of underclassmen to declare for 2021 NFL Draft

One week after Alabama won yet another national championship, the deadline for college underclassmen to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft has passed.

Players have a 72-hour period to reconsider their decisions before the list of underclassmen who have been approved for entry by the NFL will be released to the 32 clubs on Jan. 22.

Last year, the league granted special eligibility to 99 underclassmen for the draft. It came two years after a record 106 underclassmen entered the 2018 draft pool.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA granted all fall sports athletes an additional year of eligibility, which meant seniors whose eligibility would have expired in a normal year had the option of returning to school for the 2021 season. The NFL informed clubs that players who have completed four years must notify the league by March 1 if they intend to forego the 2021 draft and stay in school.

The 86th NFL Draft is scheduled for April 29-May 1, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Giants currently hold the 11th overall pick.

The Giants hold the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. View photos of notable players selected in that spot.

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