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East-West Shrine Game 2013: Top Players to Watch in Showcase

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats looks to pass against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 15, 2013

As we near closer to the 2013 NFL draft in April, every event is key for prospects.

The 2013 East-West Shrine Game is one of those events, as some of college football's top players will strut their stuff on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Whether it be a Heisman finalist or an offensive lineman who has succeeded in college despite being undersized, several prospects have the opportunity to boost their draft stock this weekend.

Here's a look at some top players to watch in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game.

 

Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State (East)

As a Heisman finalist in 2012, Collin Klein has attracted plenty of attention leading up to the 2013 East-West Shrine Game.

Klein not only passed for over 2,600 yards and 16 touchdowns, but he also rushed for 920 yards and 23 touchdowns. 

Klein's throwing motion figures to be a point of contention among NFL scouts, but his rushing ability should see him selected in the upcoming draft and he has to potential to at least do some damage in the Wildcat formation down the line.

 

Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt (East)

Zac Stacy rushed for over 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Commodores in 2012, including scampering for 107 yards and a touchdown against NC State in the Music City Bowl.

He has the size, burst and lateral agility to be an asset in the pros. That, combined with his hands, should see many NFL scouts looking his way come Saturday.

 

Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA (West)

Joseph Fauria posted 637 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, including 59 yards and a touchdown against Baylor in the Holiday Bowl.

An athletic prospect with great size, Fauria also has the hands and range to make a difference at the next level. As a pure pass-catcher, he has the potential to raise some eyebrows in the East-West Shrine Game.

 

Colby Cameron, QB, Louisiana Tech (East)

Colby Cameron threw 31 touchdowns to five interceptions this season for Louisiana Tech. His decision-making skills, combined with his accuracy, could make him a late-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

NFL scouts will look at Cameron's size and arm strength and err on the side of caution, but a strong showing in the game on Saturday could help him see his name called in April.

 

James Ferentz, OL, Iowa (West)

At 6'2", 284 pounds, James Ferentz is undersized when it comes to the NFL, but he started 38 games in his final three seasons at Iowa and finished as a second-team All-Big Ten selection.

He's also a scrappy player who became a leader on the field for the Hawkeyes throughout his collegiate career and knows how to gain leverage on the line.

 

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