With the help of my friend Eric Galko from OptimumScouting.com, I’ve compiled a list of players to watch (and Galko’s thoughts on each) in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game, which will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field.
WR Tre’ McBride, 6-1, 205, No. 3, William & Mary: Runs decisive short-to-mid-range routes, has played slot and outside. Is excelling in practice and consistently gets separation. Could be a top-100 pick.
OG/OT Sean Hickey, 6-5, 300, No. 60, SyracuseWill kick inside because he might not be athletic enough to play on the perimeter. Best fit is in the short-area passing game (a need in the West Coast offense) and excels as a run blocker.
ILB Bryce Hager, 6-2, 230, No. 44, Baylor: Interesting talent who might be better suited as outside guy.
ILB Ben Heeney, 6-1, 228, No. 41, Kansas: Has had a great week of practice, really shines in short-area run game.
ILB A.J. Tarpley, 6-2, 235, No. 18, Stanford: Did well against Oregon, could be a two-down guy.
CB Greg Henderson, 5-11, 185, No. 20, Colorado: Had a good week of practice, has cover skills.
WR Ezell Ruffin, 6-1, 210, No. 3, San Diego State: Will probably run a 4.55 or 4.6 so he might be an early day 3 pick be he doesn’t have great athletic upside, but he has remarkable concentration and control and makes highlight-reel catches in traffic. The question is if he can separate.
WR Austin Hill, 6-3, 215, No. 29, Arizona: Could play in the slot as bigger receiver, can finish catches in short area. Suffered a torn ACL in 2013.
OT Terry Poole, 6-5, 310, No. 79, San Diego State: Good run blocker with a nasty streak.
OT Brett Boyko, 6-7, 310, No. 69, UNLV: Has some of the same traits as Poole.
CB Cam Thomas, 6-1, 200, No. 19, Western Kentucky: Might have the highest upside of any defensive back in the game.