East-West Shrine Game 2012 Roster: John Brantley and More QBs Who Must Shine

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators celebrates a first half touchdown during the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at EverBank Field on January 2, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The East-West Shrine Game is an awesome opportunity for fringe quarterback prospects to make a major statement on a big stage. Their performances today could be the difference between being selected in the middle rounds or not being picked at all.

As you can see of the full roster listing, there's no shortage of players who will be looking to stand out, but here are three signal-callers under a lot of pressure to have a good showing.

John Brantley (Florida)

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 29:  John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators attempts a pass during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs  at EverBank Field on October 29, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It's never easy to replace a legend like Brantley did with Tim Tebow at Florida. He struggled in his first season as a starter, but made some nice strides during his senior campaign, which put him back on the NFL radar. Now he must make the most of his chances.

Scouts will be looking to see how he moves around the pocket after taking a lot of hits as a member of the Gators. Above all else, Brantley wants to illustrate that there's still some untapped potential from when he was a highly-touted recruit out of high school.

Chandler Harnish (Northern Illinois)

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02:  Chandler Harnish #12 of the Northern Illinois Huskies throws a pass in the first quarter of the MAC Championship game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field on December 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Huskies defeated the Bob
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Harnish didn't receive much national attention while he was tearing up the Mid-American Conference with Northern Illinois. He gained over 4,500 total yards in his final season with the Huskies while leading the team to a MAC Championship and bowl victory.

His dual-threat abilities are what really intrigue scouts after the success of Cam Newton in his rookie year. While Harnish would need a couple seasons of grooming to reach that level, it's tough to pass up that type of outlook in the middle rounds.

Tyler Hansen (Colorado)

BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 4:  Quarterback Tyler Hansen #9 of the Colorado Buffaloes throws a 45-yard pass during the second quarter against the USC Trojans at Folsom Field on November 4, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Hansen was pretty much an afterthought until some good practices caused talent evaluators to take another look. A strong outing will keep him in the picture for the time being, but a bad performance will drop him out of draft contention once again.

The biggest problem he'll have to overcome is proving he can still make plays despite his size. He's listed at just a tad over six feet, which is generally too small to play in the NFL unless the QB is a rare talent. As of now, Hansen hasn't proven he fits that category, making this game vital to his hopes.