Scouts notice who's here ... and who bailed late on the Senior Bowl

Late decisions to skip the Senior Bowl may come back to haunt some and help those who showed up this week.

Updated: January 22, 2008, 1:08 PM ET
By Scouts Inc.
MOBILE, Ala. -- The early storyline of the 2008 Senior Bowl is the surprising rash of last-minute defections by many of the top players. Quarterbacks Matt Ryan (own decision) and Brian Brohm (lingering ankle injury) are the most high-profile prospects to back out. Auburn DE/OLB Quentin Groves, South Florida CB Mike Jenkins, Notre Dame TE John Carlson, Miami (Fla.) LB Tavares Gooden and LSU S Craig Steltz were some of the top talents at other positions noticeably absent from Monday's morning weigh-in and afternoon practice, although Gooden took part in the weigh-in but did not practice.

Player and game representatives have been busy running heavy duty spin control, but there isn't a public relations firm in the country capable of selling NFL brass on this year's crop of talent.