Prospect Preview: East West Shrine Game

Both Jarius Wright and Josh Norman made big names for themselves last year at the East West Shrine Game, who will it be this year? (Photo: US Presswire)

BBD Editor Matthew Elder

For as long as I’ve been watching football I’ve always looked forward to the all-star circuit and the East West Shrine Game particularly. It may not have the prestige of the Senior Bowl but its the 2nd longest running game and always brings in a lot of talent and puts on a good product. This year is no different as the Shrine Game features prospects from every level of NCAA Football and has some of the best offensive line prospects of any game in the all-star circuit.

East Team
2 RB Zac Stacy-Vanderbilt
Stacy is one of the toughest runners I’ve had the pleasure of watching this season. He runs hard and does a good job delivering the blow to the defender. Stacy isn’t just a power back though, he has plenty of wiggle and burst to his game. I expect him to be one of the stand out performers this week.

15 WR Marcus Davis-Virginia Tech
As a converted QB there are plenty of questions that surround Marcus Davis’s potential but there are no questions about his athleticism and size. He should measure out as one of the top WR’s at this game and his speed will be something to watch. He lacks a lot of polish with his routes but could do a lot for his stock in practice this week with a strong showing in drills.

10 TE DC Jefferson-Rutgers
In a class that now includes names like Jordan Reed, and Tyler Eifert, some will say that Jefferson could become a bit of a lost name. However I think Jefferson’s ability to make plays will be on full display this week and it will be interesting to see if any LB has the ability to run with him in coverage.

74 OT Mark Jackson-Glenville State
When the season began we ranked Mark Jackson as the top Small School OT in the country and that hasn’t changed to this day. Jackson was a FBS transfer who has spent the last couple of years in the WVIAC conference of Division II. He has good feet and a nice build but will definitely be tested this week.

78 OT Terron Armstead-Arkansas Pine Bluff
There may not be a player in this game that is physically bigger than the monster that is Terron Armstead. He’s so big, yet moves with incredible fluidity and grace. It will be interesting to see how much Armstead’s game has improved from a technical standpoint this week.

70 OG Earl Watford-James Madison
If there is a better small school prospect who has been more overlooked this year I’ve struggled to find him. Watford is a legit Top 5 Small School player but he’s been pushed down in rankings because he does everything well but doesn’t excel at any one thing. The technique he brings should prove to be the difference between himself and other prospects this week.

91 DE Davis Bass-Missouri Western St
There is not a single player I’m going to be more excited to hear about that David Bass this week. He’s an explosive pass rusher off the edge who has decent size and strength. Bass is a pass rush specialist who with a big week could vault his draft stock and secure a spot in the Top 200 for next April.

98 DE Devin Taylor-South Carolina
There may not have been a more disappointing senior season than that of Devin Taylor. He looked nowhere near the same player who put up 13.5 sacks over the last two years. Taylor looked sluggish and stiff this year, especially when compared to his line mate Jadaveon Clowney. He needs a big week of practice, maybe more than any other prospect in this game.

42 OLB Gerald Hodges-Penn State
Gerald Hodges is an ideal OLB prospect in a 43 set, he runs well and has a nice blend of athleticism and instincts. He answered a lot of questions this year about his ability to play in coverage and watching him v. DC Jefferson could be a lot of fun. Hodges is one of those players I expect to stand out all week long.

23 CB Melvin White-UL-Lafayette
It seems like every year this Ragin Cajun defense produces some kind of pro prospect to watch and this year it’s Melvin White. White took over for Dwight Bentley as the leader of the ULL defense this past year. He’s a bigger CB who isn’t afraid to get physical but does he have the hips to play in man coverage?

26 SAF Kejuan Riley-Alabama State
Riley is one of the most well known and highly heralded small school prospects in the country. He does a good job playing back in coverage and he may be the best small school safety prospect to be available in years. Riley is a good defender in every aspect and has no big deficiencies on film.

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