The Casino Del Sol game will be the second game of the ones we will follow here at BBD this offseason. This game was called the Eastham Energy All-Star Game last year but has moved to Tuscon, AZ this year and taken on a new name. In this piece we will preview the Stars Team and then later we’ll do the Stripes. Below are the prospects we will be watching in this game.
This game will take place next Monday at 9pm EST on Fox Sports Arizona & Affiliates. For full roster go here.
3 Tre Gray Richmond WR
Tre Gray was one of the most consistent weapons on a Richmond team that struggled at times to move the ball vertically. He doesn’t have great size but he does have good speed and the ability to go up and battle for the ball.
4 GJ Kinne Tulsa QB
Kinne is an athletic QB who needs a good week of practice to improve his stock and secure a chance to get drafted. He has a good arm, but only decent size which has raised questions amongst NFL talent evaluators.
6 Wayne Dorsey University of Mississippi DE
Dorsey was one of senior sleepers heading into this year and has fantastic size and athletic ability. He’s still developing as a pass rusher but a big week here could do wonders for his NFL stock.
12 Jarrett Lee LSU QB
Well Lee never got a shot in Monday’s National Championship game so he needs to make sure he plays like this is his shot. Lee started off this year proving the haters wrong but regressed towards the end and was pulled by Coach Miles. This has to be redemption time for him.
15 Ryan Balentine University of Southern Mississippi WR
With the departure of D’Andre Brown early last year it left Balentine as the only tested WR left for the Golden Eagles. Balentine responded by developing a great chemistry with QB Austin Davis and shredding C-USA defensive backfields. He has a very good size to speed ratio.
21 Stephfon Green Penn State RB
We got the chance to speak with Stephfon last weekend as he was getting ready for this game. Green has legitimate big play speed but wasn’t able to show it off at Penn State due to problems with the coaching staff. If Green can use that speed this week then nobody will care about the problems.
24 Dontrell Johnson Murray State WR
Johnson is more of a return specialist than anything else right now when it comes to projecting him forward. He has electric ability with the way he sees return lanes. He has good top end speed and the ability to make you miss on the open field.
25 Broderick Green Arkansas FB
Green was the power back for Arkansas this past year and does a good job picking up short yards. Not sure how good of a lead blocker he will be but he’s got the size to do it. This will be one of the most intriguing position moves to watch in this game.
29 Antwon Bailey Syracuse RB
Bailey is a guy who has gotten plenty of looks namely because of what Delone Carter did there last season. Bailey isn’t the same kind of back as Carter as he’s a little bigger and not quite as quick. He does run with a good pad level and can run through arm tackles but does he have the speed necessary to get past the first level?
32 Jake Trantin William and Mary ILB
One of the most accomplished and successful ILB’s in the county but he is being undersold because he comes from the FCS level and because he took a year off from football to deal with some family issues. When he got back he picked up right where he left off with All-American play.
40 Austin Johnson Tennessee ILB
Another one our Senior Sleepers who we thought could have a break out year. Austin was the victim of a defense that dealt with lots of injuries, defections, and at times looked quite confused about what the call and assignment was. Johnson was probably Tennessee’s most aware defender and did his best to cover for others. He may be a bit limited athletically and needs to show he can get to the corner before the back turns it.
44 Noah Keller Ohio University ILB
Similar to Austin Johnson, Noah Keller, is a sound fundamental LB who has good recognition and awareness skills but has questions linger about his athletic ability. He’s slightly undersized as well and will need to have a strong week of practice to put himself on some teams radars.
46 Alex Gottlieb William & Mary TE
Alex Gottlieb is widely considered to be the best TE prospect from the small school ranks, he is a big target who moves well and does a good job working against zone coverage to find soft spots. He needs to show off some improved blocking skills this week and will also be tested v. more athletic LB’s who can run with him.
46 Dexter Heyman Louisville OLB
Heyman may be one of the most intriguing players in this game as Heyman is an athletic LB with a great build and some good speed. He has never really been considered a big time prospect despite his ideal size and that’s because he has not consistently made big plays. Doing so this week could make his stock take a very quick rise.
49 Cordarro Law University of Southern Mississippi DE
Law is one of our favorite prospects that is flying way under the radar. He reminds us of a Phil Hansen type who is very good v. the run and strong at the point of attack. A little shorter than the ideal size at 6’2 Law relies on a bull rush and good first step to get after the QB.
56 Gino Gradkowski Delaware OC
It will be interesting to see where Gradkowski plays in this game, he is currently listed as an OC but played mainly OG and some OT at Delaware. He’s a phenomenal OG prospect who anchors well and has the athletic ability to pull and get out in front of outside runs.
69 Wayne Tribue Temple OG
A massive OG prospect who exceptionally gifted when asked to anchor down and take on bigger DT’s. He could be a very good prospect for a team that will face a number of 34 defenses. He doesn’t move that well but for a guy who is well over 330 lbs. he’s mobile. Very strong and at his best when asked to block the man right in front of him.
78 Tyler Holmes Tulsa OT
Tulsa’s multiple year starting LT, Holmes is a little light in the behind but does well to play with leverage and try not to get over powered at the point of attack. Has light feed which allow him to kick slide quickly and stay with speed rushers. Considered a top notch CFL prospect.
96 Ronnie Cameron Old Dominion DT
Cameron is a terrific 43 DT prospect who knows how to get into the gaps and be disruptive. He exploded this year in the CAA which is the SEC of the FCS. Cameron has a very good first step to beat the OL into the gap and then has the strength to rip through it and get into the backfield.
98 Brian McNally New Hampshire DE
McNally has been one of the most consistent prospects at the DE position. He is a consistent threat to get after the passer and make plays in the running game. He’s not the most athletically gifted end but he has good strength, uses his hands well and will catch you off guard with his speed if you sleep on him.