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.

EAST OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

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.

RUNNING BACKS

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.

WIDE RECEIVERS

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.

TIGHT ENDS

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.

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

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.