Miami Dolphins 2014 Draft: A Scouting Guide for the East-West Shrine Game

Thomas GaliciaContributor IIJanuary 17, 2014

of an NCAA college football game against Appalachian State Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Paladin Stadium in Greenville, S.C.(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
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All 32 teams in the NFL have converged upon St. Petersburg for the 2014 East-West Shrine Game, including the Miami Dolphins

The East-West Shrine Game isn't as prestigious as the Senior Bowl but is played for a good cause outside of football, as described by their official website

In addition to serving as one of the NFL’s primary sources for eligible players, the game benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children®, and helps support its mission of providing expert care to children in need, conducting innovative research and offering educational opportunities to medical professionals. 

The game serves a great purpose, which is one of the reasons why you should watch it come Saturday at 4 p.m. EST on NFL Network. 

As a Miami Dolphins fan, this is what you should watch for during said game in regards to how these players can help the Miami Dolphins. 


It's All About the Trenches

I'll be the first to admit that when I watch a Dolphins game, I'm a ball watcher. When you have to grade the performances, you mainly have to look at the results of the play, which you notice by watching the ball. 

However, everything changes for these all-star games, which is when I usually look at what's going on in the trenches more so than any other area of the field. With the needs Miami has along the offensive line, you should look towards the trenches as well. 

One player to watch is Penn State guard John Urschel, who is projecting as a sixth-round pick. Urschel hasn't had the greatest of practices according to Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey, but he has shown some improvement as the week has gone on. 

One lineman who I really like in this year's game is Dakota Dozier from Furman. Dozier has great footwork, but despite playing at left tackle while at Furman, he will likely move to guard once he gets to the NFL. 

But an effective guard he will be based off of the tape, especially in the zone-blocking scheme used by the Dolphins.

Other linemen to watch include Wisconsin's Ryan Groy and Fresno State's Austin Wentworth. 


Can Miami Find the Right Back?

You're going to hear a lot about Northern Arizona running back Zach Bauman after this game. 

Dubbed by Michael Schottey as "the most electric player at the practices," Bauman has impressed the scouts this week with only one little thing to worry about: his 5'10", 200-pound frame. 

Despite said frame, Bauman has shown the skills necessary to be at worst a change-of-pace back in the NFL and is worth a look. 

Also worth a look is another player who has shown NFL ability without the NFL size. That player is Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins. 

At 5'10", 195 pounds, Perkins has great vision and catches the ball well but isn't someone you want to go between the tackles. 

Other running backs participating include Tennessee's Rajion Neal and Oklahoma's Brennan Clay. 


Here's a Good Place To Find a Late-Round Quarterback Pick

I like the upside that Ryan Tannehill has and love the fact that he will get to work with new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who has to be one of the best hires the Miami Dolphins have made in the last decade. 

That doesn't mean Miami shouldn't spend a late-round pick on a quarterback. If anything, there should be more motivation to draft one for the Dolphins this season, if for no other reason than developmental purposes. 

In this Saturday's game, there are two I'm interested in: Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo and Cornell's Jeff Mathews. 

Garoppolo has the prototypical quarterback size (6'3", 222 lbs) and has a great arm and athleticism to match. He hails from the same university as Tony Romo, and if you look at Garoppolo, there's a lot of Romo's game when he is on the field. 

Mathews hails from the same university as Lazor and possesses a big arm to go along with a big, 6'4", 229-pound frame. 

Either quarterback would be a fine late-round addition for the Dolphins to provide Tannehill with some competition.