If there are two players that you need to keep your eye on at the East-West Shrine Game, these two are the ones that I'd recommend.
This year's game has a fair share of recruits who have solid NFL potential, but these two really take the cake in my opinion.
They both possess the athleticism and intangibles to be high-impact players at the next level, and they both really have a chance to impact their draft stock with a good game and combine.
Let's break each player down a little bit and I'll give you a taste of what to expect.
Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
With the way the NFL is progressing—small, fast wide receivers are becoming a necessity for every team—not only are teams finding ways to create huge mismatches in the slot or coming over the middle against linebackers, but utilizing them out of the backfield, in motion and especially in special teams.
At 5'10'', 180 pounds, he is definitely going to be a small receiver, but his breakaway speed is what makes him so dangerous. Couple that with his great hands and the ability to run after the catch and therein lies his true potential.
He reminds me a lot of Packers' wide receiver and return man Randall Cobb right away, but I think he can develop into a Percy Harvin-esque player in the NFL.
Projection: Late Second
Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
He has average size at 5'11'', 185 pounds, but according to Chad Reuter of NFL.com, he's really setting himself apart in practices with his quickness:
There was little doubt watching the West team Thursday that Prater had the best foot quickness and hip turn among the cornerbacks on the squad.
With all the big corner names in the first round of the draft, Prater may end up being a steal in the early-mid rounds, as he is being somewhat undervalued.