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Gabe Marks, River Cracraft and Shalom Luani took a first step towards the NFL today.

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Last year, Joe Dahl was the only Cougar named to the Reese's Senior Bowl team. He ended up getting drafted in the 5th round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

For many players, the Senior Bowl is the gateway to the NFL Draft.

Today, three Cougs are well on their way to Mobile, Alabama for the 2017 edition of the Senior Bowl. Receivers River Cracraft and Gabe Marks, along side defensive back Shalom Luani, were three of the 42 players from the Pac-12 Conference to receive the honors. The full list includes nearly 350 names from every level of football. Those names will be whittled down to 110 players in time for the January 28th game in Mobile.

Gabe Marks is the player most likely to go high in the NFL Draft this April and, barring the worst, is a near lock for the Senior Bowl. Coming into the season, draft preview site Walter Football ranks him as the 15th best receiver in the nation (two spots ahead of his week one opponent Cooper Kupp). Cracraft nor Luani miss most draft boards, including the one linked above, but both are looking to make a major impact before the season comes to an end.

Other conference players on the list include Washington's Kevin King, Joe Mathis and Darrell Daniels.

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