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2024 East-West Shrine Game Preview


(Devin Leary / QB / Kentucky)


College football scouting has four distinct stages – the regular season, the postseason all-star game circuit (Hula, Shrine, and Senior Bowls), the NFL Scouting Combine, and the pro day circuit. This coming Thursday (February 1) in Frisco, Texas, over 100 NFL Draft prospects will participate in this year’s Shrine Game, one of the two primary all-star games each season (along with the Senior Bowl) that takes place in the week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. SNS provides a breakdown of some of the best prospects in Frisco this week and provides a complete roster for the East-West Shrine Game!

 

NOTE - College All-Star game participant rules have been changed for this off season. Previously, only players who had graduated or been removed from high school for a minimum of four years were eligible to play in a postseason all-star game. However, starting this January, any player who left high school at least three years ago and notified the NFL of their draft eligibility are eligible to participate in the all-star game circuit. This should allow more of the top prospects to play in the all-star games but unfortunately, this increases the chance that some quality prospects that would otherwise get an opportunity, fall through the cracks.

 

 

PROSPECTS to WATCH

Devin Leary / QB / Kentucky

Leary transferred to Kentucky after multiple years of starting at North Carolina State and struggled somewhat in the transition to SEC competition. However, Leary demonstrated many desired attributes for an NFL QB including arm strength, accuracy, throwing with anticipation, and experienced and solid in reading coverages. The 2024 NFL Draft looks to be one of the deepest and best QB classes in decades so Leary may fall out of the draft. But he has enough tools and experience to compete for a practice squad spot next fall.

 

Isaac Guerendo / RB / Louisville

Guerendo has never been his team’s primary RB, backing up Braelon Allen at Wisconsin and Jawhar Jordan at Louisville, and has relatively little wear and tear on his thick and powerful build. Guerendo can be a load as an inside runner and is a valuable short yardage runner. But what places Guerendo as one of the most intriguing RBs in this class is his receiving skill. Guerendo runs nice routes and possesses soft hands that he uses to make clean and secure catches. Guerendo should either be a late round selection or a priority free agent after the draft in April.

 

Isaiah Williams / WR / Illinois

Williams started three years at WR for the Illini after being recruited as a QB and has displayed the quickness and elusiveness to uncover easily against man coverage. However, due to size limitations he will be most likely only a slot WR, similar to Indianapolis’ rookie WR Josh Downs. But as Downs has demonstrated, there is a role for players like Williams in today’s NFL. He’ll compete with Xavier Worthy (Texas), Lideatrick Griffin (Mississippi State), Roman Wilson (Michigan), Ainias Smith (Texas A&M), Jacob Cowing (Arizona) and Malik Washington (Virginia) as the top slot WR in a deep and talented class.

 

Ja’Tavion Sanders / TE / Texas

Sanders is unlikely to practice or play this week in Frisco but he may be the most talented athlete at the Shrine Game this week. In fact, he is probably the best pure athlete at the TE position in this year’s draft – and that includes superstar prospect Brock Bowers. Sanders is recovering from surgery and his participation in pre-draft workouts figures to be limited. But he is immensely talented and figures to be a better professional than college player.

 

Walter Rouse / OT / Oklahoma

Rouse, a transfer from Stanford, possesses prototypical size and length for an OT. He displays light feet and moves smoothly with a nice kick slide that allows him to handle speed on the edge exceptionally well. Rouse has good balance and handles stunts and games well. He lacks some strength and is susceptible to power but he is a quality athlete who has the agility and quickness to protect the QB’s blind side. Rouse should go somewhere between the second and fourth rounds in April.

 

Christian Mahogany / IOL / Boston College

Boston College has supplied a couple of Pro Bowl level players to NFL offensive lines in recent seasons (Chris Lindstrom and Zion Johnson) and Mahogany has similar talent. SNS gave Mahogany a third-round grade prior to last year’s draft and he only improved with another year of college football. He has excellent size and length, plays with leverage, and can pull out to the second level effectively. A good week in Frisco could get him drafted as high as mid-round two in April.

 

Jonah Elliss / Edge / Utah

The latest in the long and ever-growing number of the Elliss football family (father, Luther, played for the Lions and brothers Christian (Eagles) and Kaden (Falcons) are on NFL rosters), Jonah is a fast-rising junior who made his final season in Provo his best. Elliss holds the edge well in the running game and is surprisingly strong but lacks some desired size and can be neutralized when ran at. His pass rush has improved but still needs continued development. His motor and effort are top notch and he figures to be a core special teams player. Elliss should go off the board in the fifth or sixth round in April.


Fabien Lovett / IDL / Florida State

Lovett, a transfer from Mississippi State, nearly entered the 2023 NFL Draft and would have been drafted but chose to return to Tallahassee instead. Lovett, and teammate Braden Fiske (who is participating at the Senior Bowl this week), formed one of the most effective defensive tackle tandems in the nation. Lovett offers good size with a huge wingspan and provides a steady, reliable performance on a weekly basis. Lovett will fit best into an even front and looks to be a high-quality depth piece early in his NFL career. He should be drafted on day 3 in April.

 

Curtis Jacobs / LB / Penn State

Jacobs has a ton of playing experience in the Big Ten and is a durable and reliable player. Jacobs looks like the modern day off the ball LB with the athleticism and length to match up with TEs and RBs in coverage. Jacobs is also an effective blitzer. The Nittany Lion LB is not an exciting prospect but he’s the type of player needed to win games. Jacobs should be drafted on day 3 in April.

 

Dwight McGlothern / CB / Arkansas

McGlothern fits the profile of what coaches look for in press corners – he is both tall and offers great overall length and has a huge wingspan that he effectively uses to at the catch point to disrupt passes. He is a physical CB who relishes contact and is a capable run defender and open field tackler. McGlothern needs to improve his ball skills and he is likely to always have difficulty handling quicker WRs in space, but he has the size and length desired for outside CB duties. McGlothern should go off the board somewhere between the third and fifth rounds in April.

 

Ryan Watts / DB / Texas

Watts has extensive experience as a CB at Texas (after transferring from Ohio State) and certainly has the size and length desired. Unfortunately, he is too stiff to handle coverage duties on an island – he struggles against quickness and double moves. But Watts is strong, tough, and physical and brings his pads on contact leading to a possible conversion to safety. Watts needs a productive week in Frisco to get drafted in April. Regardless, he’ll be in an NFL training camp next summer.




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

QB

Austin Reed

Western Kentucky

6007

233


Devin Leary

Kentucky

6010

215


Kedon Slovis

BYU

6021

214


Jack Plummer

Louisville

6040

216


Jordan Travis

Florida State

NA

NA


John Rhys Plumlee

UCF

5116

200


Taulia Tagovailoa

Maryland

5102

200


Jason Bean (WR)

Kansas

6012

184












PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

RB

Isaac Guerendo

Louisville

5116

220


Jonathon Brooks

Texas

NA

NA


Frank Gore

Southern Mississippi

5071

199


Jaden Shirden

Monmouth

5074

189


Carson Steele

UCLA

6003

228


Tyrone Tracy

Purdue

5107

209


Blake Watson

Memphis

5093

189


Deshaun Fenwick

Oregon State

6006

225



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

WR

Lideatrick Griffin

Mississippi State

5097

175


Jalen Coker

Holy Cross

6012

218


Tahj Washington

USC

5097

177


Malik Washington

Virginia

5081

192


Isaiah Williams

Illinois

6006

197


Anthony Gould

Oregon State

5080

172


Bub Means

Pittsburgh

6006

222


Ryan Flournoy

SE Missouri State

NA

NA


Jadon Janke

South Dakota State

6016

205


Jaxon Janke

South Dakota State

6020

206


Cornelius Johnson

Michigan

6022

213


Tejhuan Palmer

UAB

6014

210


David White

Western Carolina

6021

195


Casey Washington

Illinois

6006

197


Drake Stoops

Oklahoma

5087

186



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

TE

Tip Reiman

Illinois

6043

273


Dallin Holker

Colorado State

6031

241


McCallan Castles

Tennessee

6040

249


Zach Heins

South Dakota State

6061

254


Mason Pline

Furman

6060

254


Isaac Rex

BYU

6050

250


Ja'Tavion Sanders

Texas

6036

252


Mason Fairchild

Kansas

6026

248



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

OT

Garret Greenfield

South Dakota State

6057

332


Josiah Ezirim

Eastern Kentucky

6052

324


Anim Dankwah

Howard

6072

362


Julian Pearl 

Illinois

6054

319


Nathan Thomas

Louisiana

6043

331


Jalen Sundell

North Dakota State

6044

300


Donovan Jennings (OG)

South Florida

6040

328


Kaitori "KT" Leveston (OG)

Kansas State

6035

337


Caeden Wallace

Penn State

6043

322


Andrew Coker

TCU

6064

311


Gottlieb Ayedze

Maryland

6036

316


Josiah Ezirim

Eastern Kentucky

6052

324


Tylan Grable

UCF

6050

309


Walter Rouse

Oklahoma

6054

319


Karsen Barnhart (OG)

Michigan

6040

297


X'Zauvea Gadlin (OG)

Liberty

6027

323


Trente Jones (OG)

Michigan

6035

306



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

IOL

Mason McCormick

South Dakota State

6040

310


Christian Mahogany

Boston College

6024

318


CJ Hanson

Holy Cross

6045

300


Dylan McMahon

North Carolina State

6027

295


Nick Samac

Michigan State

6040

298


Hunter Nourzad

Penn State

6026

319


Willis Patrick

TCU

6023

340


Matt Goncalves (OT)

Pittsburgh

6057

332


Matt Lee

Miami, Fl

6030

288


Doug Nester (OT)

West Virginia

6062

306



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

EDGE

David Ugwoegbu

Houston

6036

253


Khalid Duke

Kansas State

6027

243


Trajan Jeffcoat

Arkansas

6040

266


Eyabi Okie-Anoma

Charlotte

6037

253


Xavier Thomas

Clemson

6016

244


Sundiata Anderson

Grambling

6034

239


Javontae Jean-Baptiste

Notre Dame

NA

NA


Solomon Byrd

USC

6026

255


Mohamed Kamara

Colorado State

6013

252


Zion Tupuola-Fetui

Washington

6030

248


Grayson Murphy

UCLA

6020

251


Gabriel Murphy

UCLA

6021

249


Richard Jiburnor

Troy

6017

234


Jonah Elliss

Utah

6017

243



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

IDL

Evan Anderson

FAU

6004

319


Logan Lee

Iowa

6050

286


Zion Logue

Georgia

6051

308


Justin Rogers

Auburn

6022

338


Khristian Boyd

Northern Iowa

6021

320


Jowon Briggs

Cincinnati

6012

313


Jamree Kromah

James Madison

6031

271


Fabien Lovett

Florida State

6033

307


Jordan Miller

SMU

6021

304


Myles Murphy

North Carolina

6037

312


Nathan Pickering

Mississippi State

6026

300


Leonard Taylor

Miami, Fl

6031

271


Tuli Letuligasenoa

Washington

6007

301


PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

LB

Aaron Casey

Indiana

6005

233


Curtis Jacobs

Penn State

6010

236


Edgerrin Cooper

Texas A&M

6020

227


Levelle Bailey

Fresno State

6014

226


Kalen DeLoach

Florida State

5110

201


Dallas Gant

Toledo

6024

224


Jackson Mitchell

UCONN

6012

230


Darius Muasau

UCLA

5116

186


Maema Njongmeta

Wisconsin

5115

234


Easton Gibbs

Wyoming

6000

231


Jason Johnson

UCF

6004

222


Steele Chambers

Ohio State

6004

223



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

CB

Myles Harden

South Dakota

5105

195


Ro Torrence

Arizona State

6026

204


Marcellas Dial (S)

South Carolina

5113

185


Dwight McGlothern

Arkansas

6013

185


Deantre Prince

Ole Miss

6002

183


Jarius Monroe

Tulane

6005

204


Jarrian Jones

Florida State

6000

192


Renardo Green

Florida State

5114

187


Christian Roland-Wallace

Alabama

5107

203


Beanie Bishop

West Virginia

5091

182


Chigozie Anusiem

Colorado State

6006

200


MJ Devonshire

Pittsburgh

5111

179


Daequan Hardy

Penn State

5090

176


Qwan'tez Stiggers

Toronto Argonauts

5113

203


Tarheeb Still

Maryland

5112

186


Mikey Victor

Alabama State

6024

212


Josh Wallace

Michigan

5111

184


AJ Woods

Pittsburgh

5095

186


Ja'Quan Sheppard

Maryland

6013

201



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

S

Dadrion Taylor-Demerson

Texas Tech

5100

189


Mark Perry

TCU

6001

211


Trey Taylor

Air Force

6004

213


Domonique Hampton

Washington

6023

213


Daijahn Anthony

Ole Miss

5116

191


Jaylon Carlies

Missouri

6023

231


Jaylen Key

Alabama

6006

209


Kenny Logan

Kansas

5103

213


Tyler Owens

Texas Tech

6021

213


Ryan Watts (CB)

Texas

6026

212


Omar Brown

Nebraska

6003

201


Isaiah Johnson

Syracuse

6027

207



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Specialists

Ryan Rekhow (P)

BYU

6041

243


Matthew Hayball (P)

Vanderbilt

6001

189


Joe Shimko (LS)

North Carolina State

5112

229


Cam Little (K)

Arkansas

6007

173


Harrison Mevis (K)

Missouri

5117

257


Marco Ortiz (LS)

Nebraska

6035

248



(Fabien Lovett / IDL / Florida State)


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