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25 Standouts, 13 Disappointments from 2015 East-West Shrine Game

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Za'Darius Smith stood out among his peers in this year's Shrine Game. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

Za’Darius Smith stood out among his peers in this year’s Shrine Game. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

After a week of eye-opening practices in St. Petersburg, East-West Shrine Game week concluded Saturday with the game itself, as more than 100 senior prospects for the 2015 NFL draft got a chance to showcase their skills in front of league scouts.

The game is actually assigned less value than the practices, as the vast majority of NFL team representatives left town after Day 3 of practice on Wednesday, but it was one more opportunity for the players who participated this week to make an impression. So while we’re not doing a separate set for notes for gameday, the performances from Saturday’s contest have been factored into the following breakdown of the week’s best and worst.

The following rankings do not necessarily reflect how the players will actually be ranked on draft boards, but are indicative of which players did the most to make themselves money this week.

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2015 East-West Shrine Game Notes: Day 2 West Practice

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Kansas State center B.J. Finney (No. 72) was among the standouts of Tuesday's Shrine Game practice for the West team. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Kansas State center B.J. Finney (No. 72) was among the standouts of Tuesday’s Shrine Game practice for the West team. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The 2015 East-West Shrine Game’s week of practices is halfway complete. The West team took the field for its second practice session of the week Tuesday afternoon, at St. Petersburg High School, where some of Monday’s standouts impressed again but other players also took the spotlight, many positive but some negative.

The West team had better conditions to deal with Tuesday—at least in regards to the weather. While the sunny, warm skies were a big improvement over the pouring rain that hit the beginning of Monday afternoon’s session, players continued to have issues with slipping because of a worn-down grass field.

Of course, any player who wants to make it in the NFL will have to be able to deal with less-than-ideal conditions at the next level as well, so players are still expected to be on top of their games despite the conditions. Many of them were, including Kansas State center B.J. Finney, on Tuesday.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch: Week One

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Every Thursday this college football season, BBD's Joe Marino will provide analysis of some of the nation's top prospects—as well as prospect rankings and other fun features—in his weekly Talent Watch column.

Every Thursday this college football season, BBD’s Joe Marino will provide analysis of some of the nation’s top prospects—as well as prospect rankings and other fun features—in his weekly Talent Watch column.

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I’ll never forget watching the 2003 NFL Draft. It was my third year of being truly interested in following football in a deeper level and keeping up with college football’s top prospects as they entered the NFL. In 2001, I began evaluating prospects and creating my own rankings and draft boards so by the 2003 draft, I felt like I was on my way to being the next Mel Kiper.

In the fourth round, with the No. 111 overall pick, the Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Terrence McGee out of Northwestern State and I was instantly humbled. Why? I had never heard of McGee. After all of my preparations, I didn’t even know a player who was taken in the fourth round. I took it hard and vowed to make sure this never happened again while taking my studies of players to an even deeper level.

Ten years later, a player here and there gets drafted that wasn’t on my radar but it’s very rare. This passion and drive for evaluating prospects has lead me to this great opportunity to share my work with you on Buffalo Bills Draft and now the debut of this scouting column. As for McGee, he went on to have a stellar 10-year career in the NFL; he holds six Bills franchise records and has been selected as an All-Pro on two occasions.

I have plenty in store for the 2014 season as I introduce a new crop of future NFL players. This column will be a great source to familiarize yourself with the prospects that will be selected next spring. Over the course of the season, I will feature more than 150 prospects for the 2015 draft as I highlight them in their biggest games, provide initial positional rankings, make predictions, and spotlight some of today’s best NFL draft analysts and football minds.

I hope you enjoy the 2014-15 College Football season and stay tuned as I share my thoughts.

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