Posted by: ewadd986 | 01/21/2011

East West Shrine Game Preview

Tomorrow will mark the 86th annual East-West Shrine Game from Orlando, Florida.  The game is a traditional all-star match-up between some of the top seniors in college football.  Tomorrows game will showcase a lot of guys who will likely be drafted late April.  Players will vie to raise their stocks in front of tons of NFL scouts.  The game includes a lot of interesting prospects, some well known and some you probably have never heard of.  You can check out the full roster here.

The game begins at 4 P.M. eastern time and will be broadcast on the NFL Network for those who are interested.  I will be conducting a live blog as the game goes on so I hope if you are a fan of this site you will follow along.

Here are some players from each team that I will be keeping an eye on.

EAST

Marvin Austin, DT, UNC. – Draft followers will surely recognize this name.  Was kicked off of UNC last year after being named in an NCAA investigation of UNC for improper contact of recruits.  Has all the talent in the world.  Thought of to be a first round player a couple years ago, now he is one of the most debated players in the draft.  I’ve seen some say he is a late first and some say at best a third rounder.  He will have all eyes on him and has the most to gain from this event.

Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse-  Very productive player in college who runs with a lot of power.  Doesn’t have  any standout qualities and is more of a jack of all trades but has a solid frame and will definitely get a look from teams looking to add a RB in the later rounds.  Right now is probably a 5th rounder and will look to raise his stock with a strong outing.

Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware-  One of the big time smaller school prospects.  Devlin saw his stock rise a ton his senior season.  Comes from a D1-AA school, Delaware, but that didn’t stop the Ravens from drafting alumnus Joe Flacco.  Doesn’t have near the arm strength that Flacco has and there have been concerns about his overall arm strength but he could fit well in a West Coast system.  Right now he seems to be a 3rd round pick with the potential to go late 2nd round but could also drop as low as the 5th with a bad outing.  Probably best fits as a backup to a team that might want to try to develop and groom him as a starter down the line.

Other notable players: Tyrod Taylor (who will be playing QB), VT.  Doug Hogue, OLB, Syracuse.  Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU.  Evan Royster, RB, Penn State.

WEST

Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho- A big QB at 6′-5 233 lbs.  Another mid round QB prospect in a similar situation to Pat Devlin (see above).  He’s a very accurate QB and has a quick throwing motion that scouts will like.  The problem with Enderle is that he wasn’t a very good QB when the game was on the line and didn’t play well against top competition.  Kind of has that gunslinger mentality and decision making and intangibles are a question mark which is why he drops to the mid rounds.

Jeron Johnson, SS, Boise State- It’s no secret to draft followers that this is a weak class as far as safeties are concerned.  Jeron Johnson might have something to say about that.  Definitely a sleeper prospect, Johnson isn’t the biggest guy at just 5’10 but he is compact at 210 lbs and plays with a lot of intensity.  You can tell he really loves to play football the way he flies around the field.  He plays a very aggressive and confident style and is not afraid to make a hit.  He also had really good instincts in coverage and could play either safety position in the NFL if needed.  Might not be a sleeper for long, projects to be a 2nd-3rd round pick and might benefit from the lack of depth at safety.

Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada- If there is one guy you have to watch tomorrow, this is him.  Austin will have a lot of eyes on him but nobody will be more exciting to watch tomorrow than Moch.  Why?  Well at 6-1 245 lbs, it has been reported that he runs a 4.25 40.  When asked to run the 40 again he apparently ran a 4.19!  To put that in comparison, Titans RB, Chris Johnson ran the faster ever 40 time at the combine at 4.24.  If Moch can run in the 4.2’s or even in the low 4.3’s, NFL scouts everywhere will be picking their tongues off the floor.  He will have to play a special role in a 3-4 front as a pass rush specialist, similar to Broncos OLB, Elvis Dumervil, but as we’ve seen guys like Clay Matthews take off, NFL teams will have no problem with that.  Depending on his combine and performances in the senior games I can’t see this guy falling out of the first round.  He could go as high as #20 and in my opinion should not slip anywhere past pick #40.  Keep an out out for Moch tomorrow, he will be wearing #55.

This is the only video I could find of Moch and it is from the ’09 season.  It’s not his best game but you can truly get a feel for just how fast he plays and how quick he closes in a straight line.  Check out the sack at 1:45.

That’s all for now, be sure to check back tomorrow as I blog live throughout the game!

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