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 West (Stars) Team.
If you missed it yesterday you can read our preview of the East (Stripes) Team here.
5 Lance Dunbar North Texas University RB
Dunbar is a powerful back who runs with a good pad level and does a good job getting tough yards despite a smaller stature. He has carried the ball an awful lot throughout his collegiate career and teams will be interested to see how fresh his legs look.
6 Zac Dickey Pittsburg State QB
This is may be the most intriguing invite of all to us. Dickey is a run first option QB who is coming off the Division II National Championship. He has decent size and athletic ability, but hasn’t been asked to use his arm much. In this game he won’t be playing in his misdirection based option offense so how he reacts will be interesting.
10 Dajon McKnight Minnesota WR
McKnight may be one of the more overlooked prospects in this game. He has good size, and soft hands. He was a big play threat for the Golden Gophers and has the ability to get behind the defense and make a big play.
11 Royce Pollard Royce Hawaii WR
Pollard is the next Hawaii WR in a long line of Warriors to step up when it was his turn in the rotation and churn out an easy 1,000 yard season. He has great size, good speed, and has been mostly overlooked thus far. This game could put him on the map.
24 DeShawn Shead Portland State SAF
Shead is another small school prospect who will be looking to make his name at this game. Shead is an active SAF who we like a lot in terms of his range and athletic ability. He’s a solid tackler along the back line but we want to see him more in coverage at this game.
25 Sean Baker Ball State SAF
Baker is a guy we actually know the Bills have seen live and because of that it makes him an intriguing guy to watch. He’s a really good tackler, with good size and seems to have the ability to flow naturally to the football. Like Shead, we want to see more out of him in coverage.
40 Derek Earls Derek Arizona ILB
After guys like Brooks Reed left the Wildcat defense last season to go the NFL the only guy left was Earls. Earls is a strong tackling LB who reads plays well and shoots gaps effectively. He isn’t great in traffic and may need the protection of the 34 in the pros.
43 Rodney Stewart Colorado RB
Stewarts actually beat out Darrel Scott when both players were at Colorado together. Scott was the hot shot recruit while Stewart was the small back who was supposed to be the change of pace guy. As it worked out Stewart beat out Scott and Scott left. Stewart has some Jacquizz Rodgers to his game and while he’s not as fast or quick as Rodgers but he does have deceptive athletic ability.
45 Adrian Hamilton Prairie View A&M DE
We’ve seen Adrian Hamilton once this offseason already at the HBCU Bowl in Atlanta back in December. He was a dominant prospect at that game and it will be interesting to see if his pass rush skills are as dominant here as they were there. His first step is very good and if he gets the OT to cheat outside he will cut it back inside on his rush.
46 Aaron Brown Hawaii OLB
Aaron Brown is actually a guy we really like as a prospect despite him fitting the technical definition of being a tweener. He doesn’t have great size and played more as LB/S hybrid in college. He tackles exceptionally well, and hits hard but can he be effective in a more structured position?
60 D.J. Hall Texas State OG
D.J. Hall is considered to be one of the top OG prospects from the small school ranks and he will certainly be tested in this game. Hall has good strength but is still developing in his technique and is not quite as fluid an athlete as some of the other OG’s in this game.
63 Cordell Bell Minnesota State OG
Bell is one of our favorite Division II prospects because we think he has a very high upside. He’s not quite the finished product that many will want him to be at this point but he has continued to get better through his entire career at Minnesota State and we see no reason why that will stop. He has a good frame and long arms that should make him even more effective when he adds some more weight.
82 Aaron Pflugrad Arizona State WR
Brock Osweiler’s favorite target is going to draw so many comparisons to Wes Welker it may border on getting ridiculous. Pflugrad is smooth coming in and out of his cuts and does a good job creating separation through that. He has strong hands and runs hard but he’s still a bit undersized.
94 Jerome Long San Diego State DT
Long is an interesting prospect because he is as his last name says very long. At 6’5, and roughly 285 he seems to be a shoe in for a 34 DE move. He disengages well and finished second on SD State in both TFL and sacks. He is not the most athletic prospect though and will need to add more weight and improve his bull rush if he hopes to kick outside in a 34.