The 90th Annual East West Shrine Game kicks off today at 1 p.m. PT on NFL Network. The original collegiate all-star game has taken a back seat over the years to the more popular Senior Bowl, which will be played next weekend. The Shrine Game even loses some attention in its own weekend with the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl now taking place the same time. That game kicks off at 1 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
If you watch the Shrine Game be prepared to see and hear a lot from former head coach Mike Singletary. He's the "head coach" of the East Team. The West will be coached by Jim Zorn.
Despite not attracting the type of talent the Senior Bowl does there are several high upside prospects to watch. Former Michigan QB Devin Gardner is going to be one of the more intriguing prospects after he moved to wide receiver. At 6'4, 217lbs Gardner has the size and has exhibited plus athleticism. Reports have indicated he has taken well to coaching over the week of practice and has been improving each day. He'll be one to keep an eye on over the next three and half months.
Josh Shaw is doing everything he can to gain back the draft stock he lost after his bizarre balcony-leaping incident back in August. The 6-1, 200lbs defensive back played safety and corner for USC and showed glimpses of brilliant talent. The physical DB will need to prove he's fast enough to stay at corner. And with that size he could be a heck of a steal in the mid to later rounds.
A couple of other WRs to keep an eye on are Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller and William & Mary WR Tre McBride. Waller is another in a long line of massive GT receivers. At nearly 6-7, 240lbs Waller looks like last year's first rounder's Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin. He lacks the collegiate production but as they say, you can't teach size. McBride was NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah's leading stand out during practices. Jeremiah noted his fluidity and ability to track the ball.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl also kicks off today. It's the fourth year for the Collegiate Bowl and has produced NFL draft prospects each year. There isn't a ton of star power there but a couple of versatile DBs could be fun to watch. DB Deshazor Everett (5'11, 188 lbs) lined up everywhere for Texas A&M. Finding a true position at the next level will be key. DB Cody Riggs from Notre Dame transferred from Florida after playing three years at corner and safety. Riggs is undersized at 5'9, 180 lbs and has some durability issues.
Enjoy the games!
How to watch the Shrine Game
When: 1 p.m. PT
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.
TV: NFL Network
Online streams: East-West Shrine Game official site / NFL.com/live
Radio: National radio listings
How to watch the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Where: StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.
When: 1 p.m. PT