Seldom do All-Star games provide a truly competitive environment for an entertaining game. The outcome rarely seems to matter as the contest turns into an opportunity for self-promotion and resume building.
College football tends to buck that trend with their collection of "games" after the conclusion of bowl season. There are several showcases for draft-eligible players to get their name on the map and into the mouths of NFL scouts. The practices are scouted as closely as the game, and for many, it is the last live-game action to make a great impression, or any impression.
The 88th East-West Shrine Game took place Saturday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field. In case you were wondering, the West won the game 28-13. Former NFL coaches Jerry Glanville and Leeman Bennett called the shots for their respective sides, and Chad Bumphis of Mississippi State took home MVP honors with four catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.
The chemistry is typically off as teams have a very short time to prepare. That was to be expected as sloppy play ruled the game. There were some impressive performances, though, and some names that you will definitely hear mentioned during the countless hours of draft coverage.
Over 90 players from last year's game saw action in the NFL this year. The Baltimore Ravens, known for their savvy in the draft, most certainly had eyes on some prospects this week. The Shrine game typically doesn't feature the players that you will see drafted in the first three rounds, but it gives some players outside the spotlight an opportunity to shine.
Here's a look at some of the top potential draftees for the Ravens.