Obviously, the majority of interest for Seahawks fans this weekend goes to the upcoming NFC Championship, but for those with the long-term dynasty view, there are some NFL Draft All-Star games to check out today: The East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Bowl. Here's your spot to talk about those games.
Field Gulls own Jared Stanger (@JaredStanger) broke down some of the prospects worth watching in the Shrine Game in particular this week. Here's a blurb, but make sure you check out the whole article:
Jumping over to the West defense; more interesting mid-to-late round corners in Oregon State’s Rashaad Reynolds, San Jose State’s Bene Benwikere, and Notre Dame’s Bennett Jackson. Also watch for UW’s safety, Sean Parker, to make some noise at the Shrine and maybe move up a few rounds.
The West defensive player I’m most interested in watching is LaTech NT Justin Ellis. We pointed him out in the November 20th edition of the Gems, and he’s a guy that I’ll still go back and watch. I have no idea where/how/if Seattle would use a guy like him, but damnit is he the most powerful DT I’ve watched this year. And the power comes with no lead-in. It’s like 2nd step and he’s just dominating guys back into the pocket. It’s no wonder though cause he’s 6’2"/357. No new tape, so just watch this one again:
Ellis is getting UDFA projection currently (338th overall) from draftscout. I think this will pop up to 6th round after this game.
Overall, the West is pretty light on defensive intrigue. I much prefer the players they will showcase on offense. All over the place too.
OG’s Dakota Dozier and Ryan Groy have both been featured in prior Gems and I still think both have day 3 value. Dozier is more undersized and would likely fit at RG for the Hawks, while Groy could be a nice bench LG.
Here's the schedule:
East-West Shrine Game
TV: NFL Network
Date: Saturday, January 18
Time: 1 p.m. PT
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Online radio: East-West Shrine Game official site / NFL.com/live
Roster: East | West
Coaches: Jerry Glanville and Romeo Crennel
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