Power Ranking the Top Pro Prospects in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game
The Shrine Game doesn't include college football's best NFL draft prospects, but it does still have some solid players. There is a definite value to the game, and NFL teams have found steals there in the past.
Of the many players who are participating in the East-West Shrine Game, there are a few worth paying extra attention to.
10. Earl Watford, OG, James Madison
At 6'4", 300 pounds, Earl Watford combines solid size with impressive athletic ability. He's far from a perfect prospect, but there's something that NFL teams can work with.
Despite a relatively slim frame, Watford does surprisingly well against power players and shows a strong anchor in pass-protection. He could stand to improve at the point of attack in the run game, however.
9. Keenan Davis, WR, Iowa
A big wide receiver, Keenan Davis sometimes struggles to separate. Out of the slot; however, he can do so more easily, and he's capable of gaining yards after the catch.
More importantly, though, is Davis' ability to catch the football. He has consistent, reliable hands and rarely drops passes across the middle.
8. Theo Riddick, RB/WR, Notre Dame
A running back at Notre Dame, Theo Riddick is trying his hand at wide receiver. Riddick has always been a productive receiver, and he offers the yards-after-catch ability to excel from the slot.
Even if Riddick isn't cut out to be a slot receiver, he could find value as a third-down back. He's big and fast enough to be productive as a receiver out of the backfield in the NFL.
7. Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton
Though not overly explosive, Mike Catapano is able to use his strength and power to rush the passer. He won't be a star there in the NFL, but his strength against the run could make up for it.
Catapano isn't a great athlete, but he's powerful and aggressive. His technique is solid as well, so he may not need much more work in the NFL before he can contribute.
6. Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
During practices, Terron Armstead displayed the natural athleticism that got him an invite to the game. Armstead showed quick feet to go along with a solid 6'5", 305-pound frame.
There's no denying that Armstead needs to improve his technique, but he is one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the draft. Generally, great athletes with solid size don't fall too far.
With proper coaching, Armstead could develop into a solid player.
5. Brandon McGee, CB, Miami
The biggest concern with Brandon McGee is his ability to run with wideouts downfield. He did that in Shrine practices, so he was able to show off his other abilities.
McGee has smooth hips and superb ball skills that help him jump passes for deflections and interceptions. He's also big for a cornerback, weighing in at 6'0", 198 pounds.
4. Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
Zac Stacy didn't have the best week prior to the game, but he's still a legitimate prospect. Stacy's quickness and vision make him one of the best playmaking runners in the draft.
Stacy lacks great size and breakaway speed, but he does a great job of finding holes and getting past defenders. There's definitely a place for him in the NFL.
3. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
A powerful running back with great size, Christine Michael hasn't exactly dominated in practices. He is; however, a legitimate running back prospect.
Michael's speed and burst aren't great, but his vision and power will provide him with a niche in the NFL. He will probably be a change-of-pace power back, but he should be successful in that role.
2. Duke Williams, S, Nevada
A terrific athlete, Duke Williams is the standard coverage safety. Williams' athleticism, coverage ability and ball skills make him a dangerous threat in the secondary.
The Nevada star can match up with wide receivers or roam the defensive backfield, hoping to make a play on the ball or come up with a big hit. He's a legitimate early-round pick.
1. Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh
Ray Graham impressed during his college career, and he's continued to do so at the Shrine practices. Graham's burst, quickness and speed have awed analysts.
Though he may not be big enough to start in the NFL, Graham will certainly find a role. He'll get on the field whenever possible, and he'll make big plays too.
Graham has electrifying potential, and fans of every team should be excited about acquiring him.