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East-West Shrine Game 2014: Roster Breakdowns, Top Invites and Watch List

Dan HopeContributor IIIOctober 25, 2016

East-West Shrine Game 2014: Roster Breakdowns, Top Invites and Watch List

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    Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough and Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon are among the players at this year's East-West Shrine Game.
    Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough and Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon are among the players at this year's East-West Shrine Game.Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

    More than 100 potential NFL draft selections are in St. Petersburg, Fla. this week to participate in the 89th East-West Shrine Game (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

    With coaches, executives and scouts from all 32 NFL teams in attendance, each of those prospects will be looking to bolster their likelihood of hearing their name called from the stage at Radio City Music Hall in May.

    While the cream of the crop among seniors in the 2014 draft class might be at the Senior Bowl next week, there is plenty of talent at the Shrine Game to make the trip to South Florida worthwhile for NFL teams.

    From solid large-school talent to small-school sleepers, the prospects at the Shrine Game ranges from potential Day 2 draft picks or possible undrafted gems.

East Roster

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    Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo leads the roster of quarterbacks for the East squad.
    Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo leads the roster of quarterbacks for the East squad.Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

     

    Pos #First NameLast NameHTWTSchool
    C74ChrisElkins6'2"289Youngstown State
    C67ZacKerin6'4"308Toledo
    C64JamesStone6'3"307Tennessee
    G77AntwanLowery6'4"355Rutgers
    G63JohnUrschel6'3"317Penn State
    OT71KyleBryant6'5"308Youngstown State
    OT52DonaldHawkins6'5"310Texas
    OT66LaurentDuvernay-Tardif6'5"321McGill (Canada)
    OT72MattFeiler6'6"330Bloomsburg
    OT76MattHall6'9"323Belhaven (Miss.)
    QB11JimmyGaroppolo6'2"225Eastern Illinois
    QB6JordanLynch6'220Northern Illinois
    QB9JeffMathews6'3"225Cornell
    RB24ZachBauman5'7"196Northern Arizona
    RB27LaDariusPerkins5'7"189Mississippi State
    RB20RajionNeal5'11"211Tennessee
    TE82AlexBayer6'4"258Bowling Green
    TE8CrockettGillmore6'5"253Colorado State
    TE18BlakeJackson6'3"238Oklahoma State
    WR80JeremyGallon5'7"183Michigan
    WR84MattHazel6'1"196Coastal Carolina
    WR1AllenHurns6'1"193Miami (Fla.)
    WR81PatrickLaird6'2"222Army
    WR85Ja'mesLogan6'2"187Mississippi
    WR88ErikLora5'10"200Eastern Illinois
    K16ZachHocker6'0"182Arkansas
    Pos#First NameLast NameHTWTSchool
    CB21RicardoAllen5'9"187Purdue
    CB26RossCockrell6'183Duke
    CB3PierreDesir6'1"197Lindenwood
    CB15PhillipGaines6'1"195Rice
    CB23AndreHal5'10"190Vanderbilt
    CB5NevinLawson5'10"188Utah State
    DL96JayBromley6'3"307Syracuse
    DL98WillClarke6'6"277West Virginia
    DL90BruceGaston, Jr.6'2"316Purdue
    DL94ZachariahKerr6'2"334Delaware
    DL97DemonteMcAllister6'2"297Florida State
    DL56GarrisonSmith6'1"310Georgia
    DL99EthanWestbrooks6'3"264West Texas A&M
    DL57KerryWynn6'5"268Richmond
    LB13XaviusBoyd6'1"236Western Kentucky 
    LB2PrestonBrown6'1"262Louisville
    LB40GlennCarson6'3"244Penn State
    LB4AndrewJackson6'259Western Kentucky
    LB46DerrellJohnson6'1"248East Carolina
    LB34DeDe (Devekeyan)Lattimore6'237South Florida
    LB41JohnnyMillard6'2"232Cal Poly
    S10TreBoston6'198North Carolina
    S17A.J.Marshall5'11"197Wake Forest
    S29HakeemSmith6'186Louisville
    S14JemeaThomas5'9"191Georgia Tech
    P30StevenClark6'5"232Auburn

     

    Rosters are from the Shrine Game's official website; however, heights and weights have been updated from Monday's weigh-in results, courtesy of Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko, while injured players have been removed from the rosters.

West Roster

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    Washington's Keith Price is among the three quarterbacks on the West roster.
    Washington's Keith Price is among the three quarterbacks on the West roster.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

     

    Pos#First NameLast NameHTWTSchool
    C63DillonFarrell6'5"309New Mexico
    C64GabeIkard6'3"304Oklahoma
    C58KhalilWilkes6'1"292Stanford
    G68ChristopherBurnette6'3"306Georgia
    G79DakotaDozier6'4"312Furman
    G75RyanGroy6'4"325Wisconsin 
    G72AustinWentworth6'4"315Fresno State
    OT77KevinGraf6'6"309USC
    OT76DannyKistler Jr.6'7"318Montana
    OT78CharlesLeno, Jr.6'4"302Boise State
    OT71JeremiahSirles6'6"315Nebraska
    QB17KeithPrice6'196Washington
    QB11TommyRees6'1"214Notre Dame
    QB10KeithWenning6'2"219Ball State
    RB24BrennanClay5'11"196Oklahoma
    RB20TimothyFlanders5'8"212Sam Houston State
    RB37AnthonyLaCoste5'10"203Air Force
    RB31BenMalena5'8"193Texas A&M
    TE83TedBolser6'5"257Indiana
    TE82KaneakuaFriel6'4"263BYU
    TE48JordanNajvar6'6"262Baylor
    WR2JohnBrown5'10"175Pitt State 
    WR18QuincyEnunwa6'2"227Nebraska
    WR81SeantaviusJones6'3"209Valdosta State
    WR89ChandlerJones5'9"180San Jose State
    WR6BernardReedy5'8"174Toledo
    K4Anthony Fera6'2"208Texas
    Pos#First NameLast NameHTWTSchool
    CB22BeneBenwikere5'11"194San Jose State
    CB23CarringtonByndom5'11"180Texas
    CB12BennettJackson6'187Notre Dame
    CB16RashaadReynolds5'10"191Oregon State
    CB5ShaquilleRichardson6'194Arizona
    CB25MarcusWilliams5'11"195North Dakota State
    DL97BeauAllen6'2"333Wisconsin
    DL70JustinEllis6'2"351Louisiana Tech
    DL95Evan Gill6'3"292Manitoba (Canada)
    DL98DerrickHopkins6'321Virginia Tech
    DL93CassiusMarsh6'4"254UCLA
    DL90JoshMauro6'5"276Stanford
    DL96ChideraUzo-Diribe6'2"252Colorado
    DL99LarryWebster, III6'6"249Bloomsburg
    FS27StephenObeng-Agyapong5'10"209Penn State
    LB56ShaquilBarrett6'1"260Colorado State
    LB40NateDreiling6'3"236Pitt State
    LB42Devon Kennard6'3"257USC
    LB55PrinceShembo6'1"254Notre Dame
    LB41TylerStarr6'4"249South Dakota
    LB44MaxBullough6'3"265Michigan State
    S3AldenDarby5'10"192Arizona State
    S8DaytawionLowe5'11"196Oklahoma State
    S1SeanParker5'10"193Washington
    S9DanielSorensen6'1"208BYU
    S21BrockVereen5'11"199Minnesota
    P15RichieLeone6'3"215Houston

     

    Rosters are from the Shrine Game's official website; however, heights and weights have been updated from Monday's weigh-in results, courtesy of Optimum Scouting's Eric Galko, while injured players have been removed from the rosters.

Top Players

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    Gabe Ikard is the top prospect at this year's Shrine Game.
    Gabe Ikard is the top prospect at this year's Shrine Game.R. Yeatts/Getty Images

    1. Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma

    A four-year starter on the Oklahoma offensive line, Ikard has very good movement skills for an interior offensive lineman. He has the quickness to move between blockers smoothly along the line of scrimmage and make key run blocks at the second level.

    Questions about his size and power might have kept him out of the Senior Bowl.

    Though he is not going to drive many NFL defensive linemen off the line of scrimmage, he has proven he can hold his own against top competition thanks to his intelligence, discipline and being technically sound.

     

    2. Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke

    Cornerback is the strongest overall position at this year’s Shrine Game, so many of them make a solid case to be among the top five players.

    But the best in the group might be Duke’s Ross Cockrell.

    Cockrell might not stand out in terms of size, strength or speed, but he is a well-rounded cornerback who has been successful against even some of college football’s best and biggest wide receivers.

    He makes up for what he lacks in strength and explosion by being consistently physical with receivers. He has good quickness to defend route breaks and very good ball skills.

     

    3. Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Colorado State

    Best suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme, Barrett is an explosive edge defender who can hit the backfield promptly when he times his get-off correctly.

    He is a strong edge-setter in run defense but also an effective inside and outside rusher.

    Barrett needs to become a more complete pass-rusher to thrive in that capacity in the NFL, and he does not have great athletic range. That said, he has good size for the position and has been highly productive at Colorado State. He has the versatility to play a variety of spots, especially against the run.

     

    4. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

    Looking to follow in Tony Romo’s footsteps from Eastern Illinois to the NFL, Garoppolo is a legitimate mid-round quarterback prospect in this year’s draft class.

    He is a strong-armed passer with an elite-level release and a demonstrated ability to big throws down the field.

    Garoppolo needs to be more consistent with his downfield touch. He also makes more mistakes, especially under pressure, than he can get away with at the next level. Nonetheless, the 2013 Walter Payton Award winner has the potential to develop into an NFL starting signal-caller.

     

    5. Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame

    Shembo’s senior season at Notre Dame fell short of expectation, but he is still a solid Day 3 prospect as an edge defender, ideally as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme.

    A high-effort defender, Shembo is a good athlete with a solid burst off the line of scrimmage. He uses his hands well as a pass-rusher and effectively crashes in off the edge as a run-stopper.

    Shembo’s versatility is limited: He might be too small to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, while his coverage skills are subpar. Still, he has the potential to be a solid player in an edge defender rotation.

     

    Author's Note: An earlier version of this slide included Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines. Gaines is not playing in this week's game due to injury.

Players to Watch

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    East Carolina's Derrell Johnson is a versatile outside linebacker who could be a great value selection on Day 3.
    East Carolina's Derrell Johnson is a versatile outside linebacker who could be a great value selection on Day 3.Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    While the top five prospects in the Shrine Game all come into the week with their draft stocks fairly secure, the following five are among the players with the potential to rise as high as anyone playing in Saturday's contest.

     

    Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

    Desir could leapfrog the entire group of cornerbacks at this week’s Shrine Game with a strong week of practices.

    The winner of this year’s inaugural Cliff Harris Award for the nation’s top small-school defensive player, Desir has been a dominant presence for two seasons at Division II program Lindenwood.

    Desir has locked down opponents throughout his collegiate career, showing off explosive speed and closing burst in the process. He has very good ball skills and is a strong open-field tackler. If he can prove these skills translate against tougher competition this week, NFL teams will be buzzing about him.

     

    Justin Ellis, NT, Louisiana Tech

    Though his game is unrefined, Ellis should draw scouts’ intrigue for his size alone.

    A gargantuan who weighed in at 351 pounds, Ellis has shown the ability to dominate opponents with his sheer power.

    A strong bull-rusher who is rarely driven off the line of scrimmage, Ellis also has decent movement skills considering his size. He does not show much skill in breaking down blockers, however, aside from simply overpowering them.

     

    Derrell Johnson, OLB, East Carolina

    Though his career has gone largely overlooked outside of East Carolina, Johnson has been productive and versatile.

    Both fluid in coverage and disruptive as a rusher, Johnson’s potential to be a dynamic player is specifically high as a pass-defender.

    Johnson has a good burst off the line of scrimmage and can change directions well. His tackling could be better, but he can circumvent blockers with not only his quickness but also his strength and use of hands.

     

    Marcus Williams, CB, North Dakota State

    One of the best players on the defending three-time FCS champion Bison, Williams is a nimble athlete and an aggressive playmaker in coverage.

    He has the speed and change-of-direction quickness to cover wide receivers at all levels of the field. Williams also has the instincts and ball skills to make big plays on the ball in the air.

    Also an impactful kickoff returner, Williams could be a great value pick for both defense and special teams on Day 3. He really struggles as an open-field tackler, however, and must improve in that capacity to thrive in the NFL.

     

    Tim Flanders, RB, Sam Houston State

    A productive ballcarrier who ran his way to more than 5,700 yards in his career at Sam Houston State, Tim Flanders has the talent to be the next in a long line of late-round small school picks turned productive NFL running backs.

    Flanders is a compact runner who has good burst, makes acute cuts and can drive through contact. He might not add much value as a receiver or pass protector, but he should be able to make plays both inside and outside as a runner.

     

    Dan Hope is an NFL/NFL draft Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.

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