East West Shrine Game 2012: 5 Things to Know for Saturday's Game

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 06:  Jarius Wright #4 of the Arkansas Razorbacks makes a touchdown pass reception against Arthur Brown #4 of the Kansas State Wildcats during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 6, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The following are five things to watch for in Saturday's 2012 East-West Shrine Game played in Orlando, FL, the first of the pre-draft evaluations and showcases.


1. Jarius Wright is a top-100 player...

Arkansas receiver Jarius Wright will likely be the best player on the field Saturday. At 5'10", he's not a big target, but Wright is quick out of his breaks and finds open spaces in zones.

Against some good-looking cornerback prospects, Wright can secure his spot among the top 100 picks with a good showing. 


2. ...And so is Josh Norman

Watch to see if Coastal Carolina defensive back Josh Norman is lined up across Wright at all Saturday. The long cornerback prospect has been among the top players in Orlando this week, and his performance has likely locked up a top-100 selection. 


3. Shaun Prater could help draft stock

Prater entered his senior season at Iowa with hopes of placing his names somewhere in the late-first or early-second round.

The production and consistency never materialized over 2011, but Prater has looked solid early on in practices. Finishing off the week by putting good film in reach of NFL GMs will help his cause.


4. Watch the lines

There will be some good-looking NFL prospects lining up in the trenches Saturday.

Among them are Miami (OH) guard Brandon Brooks (who ESPN and Scouts Inc. compared to Saints guard Carl Nicks), USC defensive tackle DaJohn Harris, South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson and Virginia defensive end Matt Conrath.

Over the past couple seasons, top linemen participating in the Shrine Game have been picked in the second and third rounds.     


5. Any QBs worth a look?

That's a good question. Northwestern's Dan Persa has shown flashes, and appears he could be a good backup option in the NFL. But the rest? Underwhelming.

Don't expect any of the other QBs to get looks until the late rounds. That group includes Florida's John Brantley, Southern Miss' Austin Davis and Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish.