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Gabe Ikard is the top prospect at this year's Shrine Game.
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.