Justin K. Aller
A look at some players to watch in the East West Shrine game that would look good in burgundy and gold next season
Alright folks here is a quick primer on some prospects to watch in the East West Shrine Game today at 4 pm. For additional coverage check out my East West Shrine Game Page, including today's overall preview. I will update this post when I get to the stadium and feel free to use this as an open thread for the game:
For the purpose of this primer I thought how might the Redskins draft look if they drafted just Shine Game players. In reality that of course won't happen, but they did grab three Shrine Game guys (Josh LeRibeus, Alfred Morris and Tom Compton) last year, and signed 3 or 4 more as UDFA's. Since there really isn't a 2nd round talent, and since I'd like to highlight 10 guys to watch, I'm suggesting the Skins trade their 2nd round pick for a 3rd, 5th and two 7th round picks. (Note: This is not what I'm proposing to do this is what I would do for this simulation)
3rd: RB Ray Graham, Pitt (East team):
-Graham has had the best week of practice of any player and I believe he is the most talented player on either squad. He would give the Skins the speed back they need and would be a fantastic weapon with Griffin in the backfield.
3rd: S Zeke Motta, Notre Dame (West team)
-Motta is probably best suited for strong safety, but many feel he can handle either spot. He's not elite, but he's a good run defender and sure tackler. He's not a guy who will get a ton of turnovers, but he plays smart and will cover.
4th: DL Joe Vellano, Maryland (East team)
-Vellano had a strong week and can be a great asset as a 5 technique for the Skins going forward.
5th: WR Jasper Collins, Mount Union (West team)
-Collins comes from Mount Union, the same school that Pierre Garcon came from, and could soon join him on the field for the Skins. He's a classic slot guy and can help on special teams.
5th: OT Terron Armstead,Arkansas-Pine Bluff (East Team)
-Probably had the best week of any offensive lineman. He's a raw tackle, but has a ton of upside.
5th: LB Keith Pough, Howard (West Team)
-Had one of the best weeks of any player. Pough shows great leadership and coachability as well as a strong skill set. He could be a London Fletcheresque type of small school player.
6th: OG Earl Watford, JMU (East Team)
-Watford has a lot of upside and fits perfectly in a ZBS system. He could quickly surpass LeRibeus and Gettis on the depth chart.
7th: S Cooper Taylor, Richmond (East Team)
-One of my favorite players down here this week. He's a massive 6'4" 230 lbs safety, but he still runs really well. He also showed great instincts and was constantly being complimented by the coaching staff.
7th: CB Travis Howard, Ohio State (West Team)
-Howard is a nice corner who probably fits best in a zone scheme. He's more of a depth guy, but definitely shows some upside.
7th: WR Trent Steelman, Army (East Team)
-Steelman was Army's option QB, but moved to WR this week. He seemlessly made the transition, and really was impressive in this route running and with his hands. He also did some read option work and was used on trick plays as well. He also was even asked to be a long snapper during practice and actually did a really good job. He would have at least a 3 year Army commitment, but the kid has some slot receiver potential and tremendous character.
UDFA's: TE Chris Pantale, Boston College, OL Eric Kush, Cal (Pa), WR Erik HIghsmith UNC
(I need to run but I'll be back with some of my reasons why these guys before the game)