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.
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