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.
|Kenny Alfred||Washington State||C|
|Jim Cordle||Ohio State||C|
|Patrick Stoudamire||Western Illinois||CB|
|Stephan Virgil||Virginia Tech||CB|
|Jamar Wall||Texas Tech||CB|
|Jeffrey Fitzgerald||Kansas State||DE|
|James Ruffin||Northern Iowa||DE|
|EJ Wilson||East Carolina||DE|
|Willie Young||North Carolina State||DE|
|Doug Worthington||Ohio State||DT|
|Brandon Carter||Texas Tech||G|
|Chris DeGeare||Wake Forest||G|
|Cord Howard||Georgia Tech||G|
|Sergio Render||Virginia Tech||G|
|Shelley Smith||Colorado State||G|
|Reggie Stephens||Iowa State||G|
|Jamar Chaney||Mississippi State||ILB|
|Mike McLaughlin||Boston College||ILB|
|Dexter Davis||Arizona State||OLB|
|Keaton Kristick||Oregon State||OLB|
|Kion Wilson||South Florida||OLB|
|Matt Nichols||Eastern Washington||QB|
|Lonyae Miller||Fresno State||RB|
|Keith Toston||Oklahoma State||RB|
|Kam Chancellor||Virginia Tech||S|
|Van Eskridge||East Carolina||S|
|Klint Kubiak||Colorado State||S|
|Darian Stewart||South Carolina||S|
|Tony Washington||Abilene Christian||T|
|Nathan Overbay||Eastern Washington||TE|
|Andrew Quarless||Penn State||TE|
|Seyi Ajirotutu||Fresno State||WR|
|Alric Arnett||West Virginia||WR|
|Freddie Barnes||Bowling Green||WR|
|Blair White||Michigan State||WR|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 TFYDraft.com 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!