As NFL Draft scouting ramps up, there is a ton of attention paid to the Senior Bowl (Saturday, Jan. 28) and with good reason. But every year, the East-West Shrine Game (this Saturday, Jan. 21) produces a slew of mid- to late-round and even undrafted players who make NFL impacts.
According to the East-West Shrine web site, more than 90 players from last year’s game signed with professional teams this spring, and more than 70 made final NFL rosters.
Here is a handy guide to some guys to pay attention to Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Because these are guys (nine play defense) the Dolphins will be taking notes on as well:
WHEN THE EAST HAS THE BALL
EAST #85 TE Eric Saubert, Drake: 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and opened eyes at practices. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
WEST #43 LB Hardy Nickerson, Illinois: Physical and good genes. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
WEST #54 LB Calvin Munson, San Diego State: High-energy; also pitched at SDSU.
WEST #49 DE Hunter Dimick, Utah: Utes’ career sack leader. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
WEST #18 S Jadar Johnson, Clemson: Reportedly has met with the Dolphins.
WHEN THE WEST HAS THE BALL
EAST #99 DE Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic: Standout in practices this week. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
EAST #93 DE Karter Schult, Northern Iowa: Played 8-man high school football.
EAST #92 DL Jason Carr, West Georgia: Looks the part. Massive. Strong.
EAST #95 DE Ejuan Price, Pittsburgh: Smallish, elite pass-rusher. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
WEST #73 G/C Chase Roullier, Wyoming: Versatile.
*INJURY NOTE: EAST #17 LB Marquel Lee, Wake Forest: Tackle-for-loss machine was on this list but was reported to have a foot injury this week. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
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