Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson is going to have a very busy January.
Earlier this month Patterson accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Bowl, now he has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.
Welcome QB Shea Patterson to the Best of the Best (@SheaPatterson_1) from @UMichFootball to the 2020 @Reeses Senior Bowl! #GoBlue #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE pic.twitter.com/Gh1qKhNSGu— Reese's Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) December 17, 2019
The pre-draft process will be highly important for a player like Patterson, who could see his stock rise depending on how he fares. What Patterson has going for him is the fact he’s had multiple offensive coordinators at Ole Miss and Michigan, he knows a variety of schemes well. Patterson should do well in the film room with NFL teams and he’ll do just fine in interviews as well, he’s a team-first player and tends to do and say the right thing.
How Patterson performs in practices at the Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl is important. Every NFL team will have a representative at these events and they take note of who excels during the week of practices. It’s said that the practices are more important than the Senior Bowl game itself. With a good showing at the Senior Bowl, Patterson would have momentum heading into the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day.
The 6-foot-2, 202 pound Patterson threw for 2,828 yards in 2019 with 22 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while rushing for 45 yards and 5 TDs. Patterson became the first quarterback in Michigan history to pass for four or more touchdowns in consecutive weeks, throwing for 9 touchdowns and 750 yards combined vs. Indiana and Michigan State.
When Patterson heads to Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl, he’ll be joining a few of his teammates including linebacker Josh Uche, safety Josh Metellus, tight end Sean McKeon, and guard Ben Bredeson.
Anthony Gordon (Washington State), Jordan Love (Utah State), and Steven Montez (Colorado) are the other quarterbacks who’ve accepted invites to this point while Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow (LSU). Justin Herbert (Oregon), and Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) are in talks to play in the game.
The Senior Bowl takes place on Saturday January 25 at 2:30 ET.