The East-West Shrine Game is in Tampa Bay on January 18, 2014 at 4 p.m. ET, with coverage on NFL Network. The Denver Broncos are in the thick of the NFL playoffs, with one more victory to go before they reach the Super Bowl. However, they have sent scouts to search out their next draft class at the Shrine Game.
This is a game that has garnered huge results for the team in the past. In 2011, it was Julius Thomas who stood out as a developmental prospect out of Portland State. Last year, it was Kayvon Webster who caught the eye of the Broncos’ scouting staff. They’re hoping to find more draft gems this year.
Denver has five main spots it needs to focus on during the pre-draft process. It should take a long look at cornerbacks, defensive linemen, wide receivers, tight ends and linebackers in this game. There might even be a surprise standout at another position that could flash NFL ability.
For the past eight years, I have attended the week of practice for the Shrine Game. This trip has taken me to Houston, Orlando and now Tampa Bay for the past three years.
Here are some of the standout players I observed during practice who could fit what the Broncos need.