DEEP FRIED DRAFT
2019 SHRINE GAME
EAST TEAM OFFENSE PREVIEW
The 94th edition of the East-West Shrine Game is quickly approaching. The annual all-star game will take place on Saturday, January 19th. The contest will broadcast from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida at 2 pm (CST) on NFL Network.
The Shrine Game isn’t as highly thought of like the Senior Bowl. However, this does not mean the game is bereft of prospects.
In the first of a four-part series, I will break down the EAST team offensive players.
Jordan Ta'amu Mississippi 6'2 212
Taylor Cornelius Oklahoma State 6'6 232
David Blough Purdue 6'1 205
Ta’amu is the standout of this group for me. He started for a season and change in Oxford. Ta’amu has a strong-ish arm with the ability to move the pocket. Cornelius is a one-year starter for the Pokes. He is the rare QB nowadays that actually stuck around. He has a nice size. Cornelius was a sub-60% passer in 2018. Blough doesn’t do anything special to me. I have openly questioned why he was invited here. There are much better prospects that could have taken his spot.
Darnell Woolfolk Army 5'9 235
Ty Johnson Maryland 5'10 212
Marquis Young Umass 6'1 215
Jordan Ellis Virginia 5'10 225
Ellis is the cream of the crop for this group, in my opinion. A tough and well-rounded back. Young has the ability to be a three-down back. He also offers return skills. Ty Johnson was limited to only 66 carries in 2018. However, he made the most of them, averaging 7.7 yards per attempt. Woolfolk will have a two-year military commitment which will negatively affect any draft stock he may have.
Terry Wright Purdue 5'11 180
Ryan Davis Auburn 5'9 185
Terry Godwin Georgia 5'11 175
Jamal Custis Syracuse 6'5 213
Damarkus Lodge Mississippi 6'2 190
Jesper Horsted Princeton 6'4 220
This is a nice group. Damarkus Lodge is the headliner here. The third (and often forgotten) receiver for Ole Miss. Lodge has a chance to be a Top-100 player. Horsted and Custis have huge frames and both can make tremendous catches. Not unlike Lodge, Godwin was the forgotten man in the Bulldogs receiver room. Ryan Davis is the all-time leader in receptions for Auburn.
Daniel Helm Duke 6'3 255
C.J. Conrad Kentucky 6'5 245
Matt Sokol Michigan State 6'5 250
The tight end class in 2019 is very deep. During any other year, Conrad would hear his name called a lot sooner. He may get picked later, but he can make an NFL impact. Sokol is a well-balanced player. Helm will probably move to H-Back.
Justin Skule Vanderbilt 6'6 315
Ethan Greenidge Villanova 6'4 335
Tyree St. Louis Miami (FL) 6'5 305
The only player in this group I have studied in depth is Tyree St. Louis. TSL is a guy I had high hopes for entering the season but saw his play regressed. His ceiling is probably as a reserve swing tackle.
INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINE
Joshua Miles Morgan State 6'6 305
Tyler Jones-Hall NC State 6'3 306
Bunchy Stallings Kentucky 6'3 304
Fred Johnson Florida 6'6 330
Alec Eberle Florida State 6'3 287
Nick Allegretti Illinois 6'3 320
Sean Rawlings Mississippi 6'5 294
Lamont Gaillard Georgia 6'2 308
While none of these players are Top-100 worthy a few should carry draftable grades. Stallings is a nasty run blocker. Eberle has some position versatility. Jones-Hall is another versatile player. Allegretti, Rawlings, and Gaillard are camp worthy center prospects.
That concludes the preview of the EAST team offense. Next, I will look at the WEST team defense.