East-West Shrine Game 2014 Roster: Sleepers to Watch in NFL Draft Showcase

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East-West Shrine Game 2014 Roster: Sleepers to Watch in NFL Draft Showcase
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The East-West Shrine Game might feature second-tier prospects compared to the Senior Bowl, but there are plenty of college stars who will turn heads in this showcase.

There will be no shortage of NFL scouts looking for a diamond in the rough that could end up being a star at the next level. While there are some big names from big schools looking to show they have what it takes to succeed in the NFL, the true fun of this game is examining the small-school prospects.

Fortunately, this competition has plenty of those likely to shine on Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. on NFL Network. Here is a look at the top sleepers at the event followed by full rosters for each team.

 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

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Sometimes it takes putting up some huge numbers in order to get attention at the lower levels of college football. Jimmy Garoppolo did just that, leading the FCS with 5,050 passing yards while being one of only three players in Division I to top 50 passing touchdowns.

Of course, there are plenty of system quarterbacks around the country who can put up big numbers without being legitimate NFL prospects. Garoppolo is not one of those players. According to Chris Johnson of Sports Illustrated, all 32 teams have sent representatives to check out the Eastern Illinois star.

Johnson also quoted some of the quarterback's coaches who explained what makes him so good:

"Jimmy just flat-out has a very quick release," (assistant coach Roy) Wittke said. "It's a short stroke, and he gets the ball out of his hand."

(...)

"(Garoppolo) is one of the best I've ever had at being able to take that information, digest it and put it on the football field without ever having practiced it," (head coach Dino) Babers said.

While there are some familiar names at quarterback in this game—including Notre Dame's Tommy Rees and Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch—Garoppolo is the one who will truly shine.

 

Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

There is a strong group of cornerbacks at this event, including Ross Cockrell, Rashaad Reynolds and E.J. Gaines. However, Pierre Desir is the player who can really prove himself.

The Division II player was dominant for Lindenwood throughout his career and was recently selected as winner of the Cliff Harris Award as the best small-college defensive player of the year. In his career, he intercepted 25 passes and broke up 52 more, which became a new MIAA record.

Amazingly, much of this production came late in his career after opposing teams had decided not to throw to him. Somehow, Desir still found a way to make an impact whenever he was on the field.

Besides just natural instincts, the cornerback also has the size and length that will help him out, according to Josh Norris of NBC Sports:

Desir's only knock is that he has not faced elite competition. However, a strong showing at the East-West Shrine Game will prove that he can handle some of the best around.

 

Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky

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When you are a small-school prospect, you already have questions about how well your game can translate to the next level. Adding off-field problems is not a good way to help raise your stock.

However, Andrew Jackson will have to answer for a suspension that took place earlier in the season due to what coach Bobby Petrino called a violation of team rules. The good news is that he came back after one missed game and provided his best effort of the season, totaling 15 tackles in a win over Army.

If these issues are behind him, Jackson instantly becomes a quality prospect that should be high on the list of middle linebacker prospects. He not only has a great deal of strength, but he has good instincts that allow him to get to the ball-carrier in a hurry.

Additionally, he can put some big hits on opponents, as seen with this Jadeveon Clowney-esque play:

Jackson is a consistent producer when he is on the field, and he could end up being a steal for some team in the middle rounds.

Full Rosters - East Offense
Pos # First Name Last Name HT WT School
QB 11 Jimmy Garoppolo 6'3" 222 Eastern Illinois
QB 6 Jordan Lynch 6' 216 Northern Illinois
QB 9 Jeff Mathews 6'4" 229 Cornell
RB 24 Zach Bauman 5'10" 200 Northern Arizona
RB 27 LaDarius Perkins 5'10" 190 Mississippi State
RB 20 Rajion Neal 5'10" 212 Tennessee
TE 82 Alex Bayer 6'4" 253 Bowling Green
TE 8 Crockett Gillmore 6'6" 245 Colorado State
TE 18 Blake Jackson 6'3" 235 Oklahoma State
WR 80 Jeremy Gallon 5'8" 187 Michigan
WR 84 Matt Hazel 6'3" 190 Coastal Carolina
WR 1 Allen Hurns 6'3" 195 Miami (Fla.)
WR 81 Patrick Laird 6'3" 219 Army
WR 85 Ja'mes Logan 6'3" 195 Mississippi
WR 88 Erik Lora 5'11" 190 Eastern Illinois
C 74 Chris Elkins 6'4" 300 Youngstown State
C 67 Zac Kerin 6'5" 300 Toledo
C 64 James Stone 6'3" 302 Tennessee
G 73 Zach Fulton 6'5" 323 Tennessee (Injured)
G 77 Antwan Lowery 6'4" 305 Rutgers
G 63 John Urschel 6'3" 308 Penn State
OT 71 Kyle Bryant 6'7" 320 Youngstown State
OT 52 Justin Britt 6'6" 315 Missouri (Injured)
OT 52 Donald Hawkins 6'5" 310 Texas
OT 66 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 6'5" 315 McGill (Canada)
OT 72 Matt Feiler 6'7" 325 Bloomsburg
OT 76 Matt Hall 6'10" 320 Belhaven (Miss.)
K 16 Zach Hocker 6'0" 182 Arkansas

via ShrineGame.com

Full Rosters - East Defense
Pos # First Name Last Name HT WT School
DL 96 Jay Bromley 6'4" 293 Syracuse
DL 98 Will Clarke 6'7" 273 West Virginia
DL 90 Bruce Gaston, Jr. 6'2" 305 Purdue
DL 94 Zachariah Kerr 6'2" 310 Delaware
DL 97 Demonte McAllister 6'2" 290 Florida State
DL 56 Garrison Smith 6'3" 297 Georgia
DL 99 Ethan Westbrooks 6'4" 263 West Texas A&M
DL 57 Kerry Wynn 6'5" 270 Richmond
LB 13 Xavius Boyd 6'2" 243 Western Kentucky
LB 2 Preston Brown 6'2" 255 Louisville
LB 40 Glenn Carson 6'3" 235 Penn State
LB 4 Andrew Jackson 6'1" 257 Western Kentucky
LB 46 Derrell Johnson 6'2" 263 East Carolina
LB 34 DeDe (Devekeyan) Lattimore 6'1" 237 South Florida
LB 53 Cody Peterson 6'3" 228 Navy (Injured)
LB 41 Johnny Millard 6'3" 240 Cal Poly
S 10 Tre Boston 6'1" 190 North Carolina
S 17 A.J. Marshall 6'0" 190 Wake Forest
S 29 Hakeem Smith 6'2" 188 Louisville
S 12 Dezmen Southward 6'2" 214 Wisconsin (Injured)
S 14 Jemea Thomas 5'10" 195 Georgia Tech
CB 21 Ricardo Allen 5'9" 186 Purdue
CB 22 Travis Carrie 6' 212 Ohio (Injured)
CB 26 Ross Cockrell 6' 190 Duke
CB 3 Pierre Desir 6'2" 206 Lindenwood
CB 15 Phillip Gaines 6'1" 185 Rice
CB 23 Andre Hal 6'0" 185 Vanderbilt
CB 5 Nevin Lawson 5'10" 186 Utah State
P 30 Steven Clark 6'5" 232 Auburn

via ShrineGame.com

Full Rosters - West Offense
Pos # First Name Last Name HT WT School
QB 17 Keith Price 6'1" 202 Washington
QB 11 Tommy Rees 6'1" 215 Notre Dame
QB 10 Keith Wenning 6'3" 220 Ball State
RB 24 Brennan Clay 5'11" 198 Oklahoma
RB 20 Timothy Flanders 5'9" 210 Sam Houston State
RB 37 Anthony LaCoste 5'10" 205 Air Force
RB 31 Ben Malena 5'9" 195 Texas A&M
TE 83 Ted Bolser 6'6" 255 Indiana
TE 82 Kaneakua Friel 6'5" 250 BYU
TE 48 Jordan Najvar 6'6" 255 Baylor
WR 2 John Brown 5'11" 170 Pitt State
WR 18 Quincy Enunwa 6'2" 225 Nebraska
WR 81 Seantavius Jones 6'3" 200 Valdosta State
WR 89 Chandler Jones 5'11" 175 San Jose State
WR 7 TJ Jones 5'11" 190 Notre Dame (Injured)
WR 6 Bernard Reedy 5'9" 175 Toledo
C 63 Dillon Farrell 6'5" 290 New Mexico
C 64 Gabe Ikard 6'3" 290 Oklahoma
C 58 Khalil Wilkes 6'3" 290 Stanford
G 68 Christopher Burnette 6'2" 322 Georgia
G 79 Dakota Dozier 6'4" 291 Furman
G 75 Ryan Groy 6'5" 320 Wisconsin
G 72 Austin Wentworth 6'5" 300 Fresno State
OT 77 Kevin Graf 6'6" 304 USC
OT 76 Danny Kistler Jr. 6'8" 315 Montana
OT 78 Charles Leno, Jr. 6'4" 295 Boise State
OT 71 Jeremiah Sirles 6'6" 312 Nebraska
K 4 Anthony Fera 6'2" 208 Texas

via ShrineGame.com

Full Rosters - West Defense
Pos # First Name Last Name HT WT School
DL 97 Beau Allen 6'3" 334 Wisconsin
DL 70 Justin Ellis 6'2" 357 Louisiana Tech
DL 95 Evan Gill 6'3" 291 Manitoba (Canada)
DL 98 Derrick Hopkins 6'0" 311 Virginia Tech
DL 93 Cassius Marsh 6'4" 268 UCLA
DL 90 Josh Mauro 6'6" 275 Stanford
DL 96 Chidera Uzo-Diribe 6'3" 250 Colorado
DL 99 Larry Webster, III 6'7" 250 Bloomsburg
DL 92 Zach Moore 6'6" 285 Concordia (Injured)
FS 27 Stephen Obeng-Agyapong 5'10" 205 Penn State
LB 56 Shaquil Barrett 6'2" 250 Colorado State
LB 40 Nate Dreiling 6'4" 226 Pitt State
LB 42 Devon Kennard 6'3" 255 USC
LB 55 Prince Shembo 6'1" 250 Notre Dame
LB 41 Tyler Starr 6'5" 250 South Dakota
LB 44 Max Bullough 6'3" 245 Michigan State
S 3 Alden Darby 5'11" 195 Arizona State
S 8 Daytawion Lowe 5'11" 205 Oklahoma State
S 1 Sean Parker 5'10" 195 Washington
S 9 Daniel Sorensen 6'2" 208 BYU
S 21 Brock Vereen 6'0" 202 Minnesota
CB 22 Bene Benwikere 6'0" 192 San Jose State
CB 23 Carrington Byndom 6' 180 Texas
CB 32 E.J. Gaines 5'11" 195 Missouri (Injured)
CB 12 Bennett Jackson 6' 195 Notre Dame
CB 16 Rashaad Reynolds 5'11" 186 Oregon State
CB 5 Shaquille Richardson 6'1" 188 Arizona
CB 25 Marcus Williams 5'11" 192 North Dakota State
P 15 Richie Leone 6'3" 215 Houston

via ShrineGame.com

 

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