Telecast: Saturday, Jan. 22, 4:00 PM Eastern, NFL Network
Location: Orlando, Fla.
While the annual Senior Bowl invites the premier college football talents to audition for NFL scouts, the East-West Shrine Game is also a great venue to scout possible mid- to late-round picks.
The NFL fans normally drool over the top-tier draft choices, hanging the hopes of their favorite team on their shoulder pads. However, the teams who also draft well in the later rounds are the ones who successfully compete for playoff berths year after year.
The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens are teams who have sustained consistency primarily by building through the draft.
Much of the general public stops watching the NFL draft after round one because most of the big name stars are already off the board. It's the real draft students, the ones who know you can't build a champion in a day, who endure the draft marathon until the very end.
If you are one of the fans who appreciates the in-depth process of building an NFL team, you will enjoy watching the East-West Shrine game. You will follow some of the mid-level prospects who could possibly elevate their draft status with a great week of practice followed by a solid performance on game day.
The following is a preview of 10 players who could elevate their draft position depending on how they perform during the week.
Some are relatively unknown outside of their own conference. Others were college All-Americans who have flaws which drop them in the eyes of professional evaluators.