The college football All-Star game circuit kicks off this week with the East-West Shrine Game and I only tell you about that because it will be a great opportunity to see some of the prospects we've been talking about the last few weeks/months in action, particularly at QB. Though the Shrine Game is probably a step-down in prestige as compared to the Senior Bowl (is it? Maybe? I don't know), it will feature some of the nation's better players and a multitude of possible 'sleeper' type guys at every position. I will go a little more in depth about this as the week goes on and try and share some prospects to keep an eye on during Saturday's game, but I'll wanted to give you a little primer.
The game's roster's are here, and like I said the game is definitely worth watching for possible quarterback options for the Seahawks. Some speculate that if the Seahawks don't take a QB early they could take a shot on a mid to later round player and there are a few guys in this game that could fit the profile. The game's six QBs are B.J. Coleman of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Austin Davis of Southern Miss, John Brantley of Florida, Tyler Hansen of Colorado, Dan Persa of Northwestern, and of course Chandler Harnish of Southern Illinois.
For those of you that follow Rob Staton's Seahawks Draft Blog, you may sit up and take note of Coleman, Davis, and in particular, Chandler Harnish, as Rob has done pretty extensive scouting of the latter two in recent months.
The teams are being coached by ex-Minnesota Vikings Head Coach and Tarvaris Jackson enthusiast (ok, probably not) Brad Childress (West) and former college and NFL coach Bobby Ross (East).
As for the schedule, the official weigh-ins happened this morning and both teams will have staggered practices later this afternoon. I would highly suggest following Wes Bunting (@WesBunting), Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting), Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) and Thomas Melton (@TMeltonScouting) on Twitter for updates. Of course, you can follow the Shrine Game's official twitter feed and search on the #ShrineGame hashtag for more.