On Location: East-West Shrine Game Preview

Who says you can’t be two places at once? The NFL Draft Bible coverage also extends to St. Petersburg, FL, as Director of Small School Scouting Chris Shanafelt will be on site for the 93rd Annual East-West Shrine Game and will be providing updates via Twitter@chrisshanafelt so be sure to follow! Here are some players worth noting heading into the event.

  • Many believe that Memphis signal-caller Riley Ferguson (scouting report) will be the best quarterback on display this week, while Sam Houston State record-setting captain Jeremiah Briscoe (scouting report) will need to answer questions about his accuracy.
  • Fordham running back Chase Edmonds (video), who recently received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine is one player we’ve been keeping tabs on for several years, as he will have a chance to become the first Rams player drafted since 2010 (John Skelton).
  • The 2018 wide receiver draft class is a deep one and prospects such as Jake Wieneke (interview) of South Dakota State and Jeff Badet (scouting report) of Oklahoma could prove to be mid-round bargains based on where their current draft grades stand. Either one of them could be candidates to get the call to Mobile with a strong week of practice.
  • Meanwhile, offensive lineman Dejon Allen (scouting report) is one of the best kept secrets in this year’s draft, probably because few get to see the Rainbow Warriors play. A four-year starter, Allen is best suited on the interior at the next level, despite two impressive seasons manning the left tackle spot.
  • There are several small school pass-rushers who’ll be on display that will get to match their skill-set against some of the top FBS players in the nation. Among the bunch include Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (scouting report) of Central Arkansas and Joe Ostman (scouting report) of Central Michigan.
  • Possibly the top-rated prospect in this event is North Dakota State cornerback Davontae Harris (scouting report), who brings length, speed, physicality and strong coverage skills.
  • One player worth watching is Nebraska defensive back Natrell Jamerson (interview), who has lined up as safety, nickelback, wide receiver, special teams and works out with the Cornhuskers’ defensive lineman. It’ll be interesting to see where he receives the majority of his playing time.

*If you’re interested in coordinating an interview with the NFL Draft Bible in St. Petersburg, please email: ric@nfldraftbible.com

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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