The first of two all-important All Star games begin this week as scouts descend upon Orlando for the annual Shrine Game.  TFY Draft begins its’ coverage starting with Tuesday’s practices and will keep you up to date on all the details.  Here’s a little preview of what we’ll be looking for.

Shrine Game Roster as of 1/17

Full NameSchoolPos
Kenny AlfredWashington StateC
Jim CordleOhio StateC
John EstesHawaiiC
A.J. TrumpMiami-FlC
Chris ChancellorClemsonCB
Brian JacksonOklahomaCB
Sherrick McManisNorthwesternCB
Devin RossArizonaCB
Patrick StoudamireWestern IllinoisCB
Alterraun VernerUCLACB
Stephan VirgilVirginia TechCB
Jamar WallTexas TechCB
Rahim AlemLSUDE
Jeffrey FitzgeraldKansas StateDE
Greg HardyMississippiDE
Jan JorgensenBYUDE
James RuffinNorthern IowaDE
Daniel Te’o-NesheimWashingtonDE
EJ WilsonEast CarolinaDE
Lindsey WittenConnecticutDE
Willie YoungNorth Carolina StateDE
Jaron BastonMissouriDT
Earl MitchellArizonaDT
Michael NealPurdueDT
Torrell TroupUCFDT
Ekom UdofiaStanfordDT
Doug WorthingtonOhio StateDT
Thomas AustinClemsonG
Zane BeadlesUtahG
Jeff ByersUSCG
Brandon CarterTexas TechG
Chris DeGeareWake ForestG
Kevin HaslamRutgersG
Cord HowardGeorgia TechG
Sergio RenderVirginia TechG
Shelley SmithColorado StateG
Reggie StephensIowa StateG
Jamar ChaneyMississippi StateILB
Mike McLaughlinBoston CollegeILB
Joe PawelekBaylorILB
Jason BeauchampUNLVOLB
Reggie CarterUCLAOLB
Kavell ConnerClemsonOLB
Dexter DavisArizona StateOLB
Keaton KristickOregon StateOLB
Alacce ShofieldWisconsinOLB
Ryan StamperFloridaOLB
Sylvester StevensonUtahOLB
Kion WilsonSouth FloridaOLB
Mike KafkaNorthwesternQB
Matt NicholsEastern WashingtonQB
Todd ReesingKansasQB
John SkeltonFordhamQB
Andre AndersonTulaneRB
Andre DixonConnecticutRB
Javarris JamesMiami-FlRB
Lonyae MillerFresno StateRB
Keith TostonOklahoma StateRB
Larry AsanteNebraskaS
Kam ChancellorVirginia TechS
Barry ChurchToledoS
Van EskridgeEast CarolinaS
Klint KubiakColorado StateS
Darian StewartSouth CarolinaS
Darrell StuckeyKansasS
T.J. WardOregonS
Justin WoodallAlabamaS
Kyle CallowayIowaT
Chris MarinelliStanfordT
Marshall NewhouseTCUT
Rodger SaffoldIndianaT
Chris ScottTennesseeT
Mike TepperCaliforniaT
Tony WashingtonAbilene ChristianT
Nate ByhamPittsburghTE
Richard DicksonLSUTE
Riar GeerColoradoTE
Nathan OverbayEastern WashingtonTE
Dennis PittaBYUTE
Andrew QuarlessPenn StateTE
Seyi AjirotutuFresno StateWR
Alric ArnettWest VirginiaWR
Freddie BarnesBowling GreenWR
Kerry MeierKansasWR
David ReedUtahWR
Naaman RooseveltBuffaloWR
Patrick SimondsColgateWR
Verran TuckerCaliforniaWR
Blair WhiteMichigan StateWR

One benefit of the Shrine game is the large number of small school players on the field as it gives scouts an opportunity to watch these prospects match their skills against better competition.  Position by position here are a few things to look out for.


John Skelton/Fordham: Could Skleton be the Joe Flacco of 2010?  Some scouts compare Skleton’s physical skills favorably to Flacco’s yet he’s accomplished a fraction of what the Ravens starter did on the college field.  Regardless- this week is critical for Skleton to prove he has what it takes to play at the next level.  Just a year ago the scouting community was abuzz over Mike Reilly of Central Michigan until he fell flat on his face at Shrine Game practices.

Matt Nichols/Eastern Washington: We were delighted to see Nichols receive an invite to the Shrine game, as he’s been a signal caller we have liked the past three seasons.  We feel he has the arm and intelligence to play at the next level.  Nichols benefited from the spread offense at EWU and must prove his can play in the more stringent NFL style this week.

Running Back

Lonyae Miller/Fresno State: Miller was highly rated by NFL scouts coming into the season yet rarely got the ball at Fresno playing behind junior Ryan Matthews, who declared for the draft.  He now has the opportunity to show off the skills scouts believe he possesses.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Naaman Roosevelt/Buffalo: Many feel Roosevelt deserved an invitation to the combine, which he has not yet received.  One could be waiting in the wings for him this week if he shows any speed and quickness to his game.

Freddie Barnes/Bowling Green: Barnes comes off a record setting season and was the most prolific pass catcher in IA last year.  Does he have the ability and quickness necessary to get separation from defenders, or is he just a product of the BGSU system?  This is something which will be closely inspected by scouts this week.

Nathan Overbay/Eastern Washington: Overbay is a bit of an internet legend thus far and the prospect many, who have not watched him play, seem to love.  We are not high on the EWU prospect and he’ll have to display some speed and quickness this week.

Offensive Line

John Estes/Hawaii: Estes is another player people thought deserved an invite to the combine.  He’s possesses the skills necessary to be an effective zone blocker.

Reggie Stephens/Iowa State: Another who was expected to receive a combine invite, sources have told us combine officials told Stephens not to store his luggage as a plane ticket to Indianapolis is forthcoming.  He’s a strong wide body and the ability to play center and guard this week will likely turn some heads.

Chris Marinelli/T-G/Stanford: Marinelli could be the biggest surprise non-combine player of the above mentioned.  He must show he can handle the stronger lineman he faces this week as that has been Marinelli’s downfall all season.

Kevin Haslam/OL/Rutgers: Haslam’s senior season was disappointing and he did not meet the expectations of scouts.

Defensive Line

Jeffrey Fitzgerald/Kansas State: Expect Fitzgerald to play with a chip on his shoulder this week.  A potential third round choice, he was not amongst the initial group of players to receive an invitation to the combine.  We expect big things from his in Orlando.

Greg Hardy/Mississippi: The fact Hardy is on the roster is surprising.  We’ll be even more impressed if he actually plays in the game.  We have received confirmation tonight that Hardy will participate.


Joe Pawelek/Baylor: Pawelek has been underrated and under-appreciated by the scouting community since the start of the season.  This is a chance for him to prove them wrong.

Alacce Shofield/Wisconsin: We have him listed at outside linebacker but Shofield was a defensive end in college.  If they line him up at outside linebacker he must show skills.

Defensive Backs

Patrick Stoudamire/Western Illinois: Stoudamire caught our attention three years ago.  He’s a well sized small school corner with terrific physical skills.  How does he hold up mentally against top competition?

Brian Jackson/Oklahoma: Another physically gifted corner, Jackson shows poor instincts and needs a big outing in Orlando.

Starting Tuesday will be posting stories after each practice as well as any breaking NFL news while we are at Shrine week.  We will also be twittering from practice.  Make sure you check often throughout the day and sign up as one of our twitter followers!