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Preliminary 2010 East-West Shrine Game Roster

Bowl season is right around the corner, and then the All-Star season will quickly follow, with some of the best draftable prospects competing to draw the attention of scouts and coaches. One of the premier All-Star games, the East-West Shrine game, has posted a preliminary list of players from both squads. I have bolded the key athletes who intrigue me the most:

85th Annual
East-West Shrine Game
- East Roster -

First Name Last Name Position School Hometown
Ali Villanueva Tight End Army Meridian, MS
Freddie Barnes Wide Receiver Bowling Green State University Chicago, IL
Thomas Austin Offensive Guard Clemson University Clemson, SC
Chris Chancellor Cornerback Clemson University Miami, FL
Kavell Conner Outside Linebacker Clemson University Richmond, VA
Patrick Simonds Wide Receiver Colgate University Sidney, NY
Vince Oghobaase Defensive Tackle Duke University Houston, TX
Van Eskridge Free Safety East Carolina University Shelby, NC
C.J. Wilson Defensive End East Carolina University Belhaven, NC
John Skelton Quarterback Fordham University El Paso, TX
Cord Howard Offensive Guard Georgia Tech Phenix City, AL
Rodger Saffold III Offensive Tackle Indiana University Bedford, OH
Rahim Alem Defensive End Louisiana State University New Orleans, LA
Richard Dickson Fullback Louisiana State University Ocean Springs, MS
Blair White Wide Receiver Michigan State University Saginaw, MI
Jamar Chaney Inside Linebacker Mississippi State University Ft. Pierce, FL
Ross Pospisil Inside Linebacker Navy Temple, TX
Willie Young Defensive End North Carolina State University Riviera Beach, FL
Mike Kafka Quarterback Northwestern University Oak Lawn, IL
Sherrick McManis Cornerback Northwestern University Peoria, IL
Jim Cordle Center Ohio State University Lancaster, OH
Jeremy Boone Punter Penn State University Mechanicsburg, PA
Andrew Quarless Tight End Penn State University Long Island, NY
Mike Neal Defensive Tackle Purdue University Merrillville, IN
Kevin Haslam Offensive Tackle Rutgers University Mahwah, NJ
Andre Anderson Running Back Tulane University Stone Mountain, GA
Naaman Roosevelt Wide Receiver University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
Justin Woodall Strong Safety University of Alabama Oxford, MS
Mitch Petrus Offensive Guard University of Arkansas Carlisle, AR
Torell Troup Defensive Tackle University of Central Florida Conyers, GA
Andre Dixon Running Back University of Connecticut North Brunswick, NJ
Lindsey Witten Defensive End University of Connecticut Cleveland, OH
Kyle Calloway Offensive Tackle University of Iowa Vail, AZ
Javarris James Running Back University of Miami Immokalee, FL
Darryl Sharpton Inside Linebacker University of Miami Miami, FL
A.J. Trump Center University of Miami Palm Harbor, FL
Greg Hardy Defensive End University of Mississippi Millington,TN
Joshua Shene Kicker University of Mississippi Oklahoma City, OK
Nate Byham Tight End University of Pittsburgh Franklin, PA
Darian Stewart Strong Safety University of South Carolina Huntsville, AL
Kion Wilson Inside Linebacker University of South Florida Miami, FL
Chris Scott Offensive Tackle University of Tennessee Riverdale, GA
Barry Church Strong Safety University of Toledo Pittsburgh, PA
Nate Collins Defensive Tackle University of Virgina Port Chester, NY
Matt Morencie Center University of Windsor Windsor, ON
O'Brien Schofield Outside Linebacker University of Wisconsin Chicago, IL
Kam Chancellor Free Safety Virginia Tech Norfolk, VA
Sergio Render Offensive Guard Virginia Tech Newman, GA
Stephan Virgil Cornerback Virginia Tech Rocky Mount, NC
Ben Staggs Offensive Tackle West Liberty University Wooster, OH
Alric Arnett Wide Receiver West Virginia University Belle Glade, FL
Jarrett Brown Quarterback West Virginia University West Palm Beach, FL
Patrick Stoudamire Cornerback Western Illinois University Portland, OR


The East has a number of good looking guards and hybrid DE/OLB's. To me, the guys to really keep an eye on are Jon Asamoah, who is very athletic, Thomas Austin, who is strong, smart, and experienced, and Mitch Petrus, who also shows good suddenness in movement. In my opinion, all three would be an upgrade over David Baas, who is simply not quick enough to be a starting guard in the NFL. Asamoah could be a terrific mid-late second round prospect. He has the potential to stun the world by running a sub-5.00 at the combine. At the same time, it is fun to watch Austin play. Just a solid NFL player, who can be drafted in the middle rounds.

On the other side of the ball, O'Brien Schofield and Willie Young have had an excellent year for the Badgers and Wolfpack. Young is strangely like former NC State star, Manny Lawson, a rangy, fast, college pass rusher, who needs to add strength. Schofield is shorter and thicker than Young, and is second in the NCAA in tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

West Roster -
First Name Last Name Position School Hometown
Chris Thomas Safety Air Force Academy Westerville, OH
Dexter Davis Outside Linebacker Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ
Joe Pawelek Inside Linebacker Baylor University San Antonio, TX
Max Hall Quarterback Brigham Young University Mesa, AZ
Jan Jorgensen Defensive End Brigham Young University Helper, UT
Dennis Pitta Tight End Brigham Young University Moorpark, CA
Klint Kubiak Safety Colorado State University Houston,TX
Shelley Smith Offensive Guard Colorado State University Phoenix, AZ
Nathan Overbay Tight End Eastern Washington University Chehalis, WA
Seyi Ajirotutu Wide Receiver Fresno State University El Dorado Hills, CA
Robert Malone Punter Fresno State University Riverside, CA
Lonyae Miller Running Back Fresno State University Fontana, CA
Reggie Stephens Offensive Guard Iowa State University Dallas, TX
Jeffery Fitzgerald Defensive End Kansas State University Richmond, VA
Keith Toston Running Back Oklahoma State University Angleton, TX
Keaton Kristick Outside Linebacker Oregon State University Fountain Hills, AZ
Emmanuel Sanders Wide Receiver Southern Methodist University Bellville, TX
Chris Marinelli Offensive Tackle Stanford University Braintree, MA
Ekom Udofia Defensive Tackle Stanford University Phoenix, AZ
Marshall Newhouse Offensive Tackle Texas Christian University Dallas, TX
Brandon Carter Offensive Guard Texas Tech University Longview, TX
Reggie Carter Inside Linebacker UCLA Los Angeles, CA
Ryan Moya Fullback UCLA El Dorado Hills, CA
Alterraun Verner Cornerback UCLA Carson, CA
Earl Mitchell Defensive Tackle University of Arizona Houston, TX
Devin Ross Cornerback University of Arizona Los Angeles, CA
Mike Tepper Offensive Tackle University of California Cypress, CA
Verran Tucker Wide Receiver University of California Lynwood, CA
Riar Geer Tight End University of Colorado Grand Junction, CO
John Estes Center University of Hawaii Stockton, CA
Kerry Meier Wide Receiver University of Kansas Pittsburg, KS
Todd Reesing Quarterback University of Kansas Austin, TX
Darrell Stuckey Strong Safety University of Kansas Kansas, KS
Jaron Baston Defensive Tackle University of Missouri Blue Springs, MO
Larry Asante Strong Safety University of Nebraska Alexandria, VA
James Ruffin Defensive End University of Northern Iowa Burnsville, MN
Chris Brown Running Back University of Oklahoma Norman, OK
Brian Jackson Cornerback University of Oklahoma DeSoto, TX
TJ Ward Free Safety University of Oregon Antioch, CA
Jordan Sisco Wide Receiver University of Regina Regina, SK
Lamarr Houston Defensive Tackle University of Texas Colorado Springs, CO
Hunter Lawrence Kicker University of Texas Boerne, TX
Zane Beadles Offensive Tackle University of Utah Sandy, UT
David Reed Wide Receiver University of Utah New Britain, CT
Stevenson Sylvester Outside Linebacker University of Utah Las Vegas, NV
Daniel Te'o Nesheim Defensive Tackle University of Washington Waikoloa, HI
Jason Beauchamp Outside Linebacker UNLV San Diego, CA
Jeff Byers Offensive Guard USC Fort Collins, CO
Kevin Thomas Cornerback USC Oxnard, CA
Kenny Alfred Center Washington State University Gig Harbor, WA

To me, there is not the same excitement on the West side of the field, but two names to follow: Jerry Hughes and TJ Ward. Hughes has been one of the best pass rushers the past two seasons. Can he continue to dominate against All-Stars? And, Ward is just a born leader. Players rally around him because he is fearless, throwing his body all around the field. Superb instincts and loves to hit. Ward is going to be a bargain investment for a team with a third round pick, and they will not be sorry to play him at either free or strong safety.

Knowing that very few of these players will be drafted in the first two rounds, it is surprising, and maybe disconcerting to see Jerry Hughes on this list. It may possibly indicate that scouts, at this point, do not perceive him to be a top-level talent. He still has the chance to pick up a Senior Bowl invitation. At the same time, seeing Hughes' name on the Shrine roster may be a good sign, in that he could be sitting on the board in either the second or third round. Only time will tell. The other shockers on these rosters include: Syracuse DT Arthur Jones and Cal DT Tyson Alualu, both who are considered solid second round selections; and CB's Syd'Quan Thompson of Cal and Brandon Ghee of Wake Forest. I expect some of these players will abandon the Shrine Game once Senior Bowl invites arrive. If they don't get their invite, then it will be obvious that these players are overrated by fans and many experts.

More players will be added onto these rosters (about 20 more per squad), so the list of intriguing prospects will continue to grow.

In the end, the Niners could emerge with a top-level OT, a future starting guard, a strong safety, and pass rushing OLB with their four selections in the top 80 picks.

Preliminary 2010 East West Shrine Game Roster

Cheers.

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Rosters updated: January 12, 2010
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Jan 12, 2010 at 3:40 PM ]
very nice list. Id like to add Perrish Cox and Dexter Davis as guys who intrigue me, but also agree with your picks as well MD.

I like LeFevour alot, and TJ Ward is a nice Safety prospect.
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[ Edited by strickac on Jan 12, 2010 at 4:12 PM ]
What about Witten from UConn?
What is the deal regarding Oghobaase? I thought he might end up being a NT? Is he a quality tackle/nt?
I can't say there are really any "select few" that I'll be watching when the East-West Shrine game comes.

Because there are so many prospects we could use, all will need to be keyed in on. Maybe it's just me, but I feel that at least at this point, the talent level of these appears superior to the East-West Shrine rosters of the past couple of years. Normally, the Senior Bowl is the big game, but I see a lot of higher-end guys on the EWS rosters currently. At least more than in the past.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Nov 21, 2009 at 11:55 PM ]
Originally posted by Ninefan56:
What is the deal regarding Oghobaase? I thought he might end up being a NT? Is he a quality tackle/nt?

I think he is the prototypical 3-4 DE at 6'5", 300 pounds. He is pretty quick for a big guy, and can be disruptive. I do not see him as a NT at the next level in a 3-4 scheme. More than likely a third round prospect in the end, but offseason performance could boost his draft stock higher.
What do you think about Parrish Cox and Brandon Carter both seem like guys we could use (Cox in the second/third) and Carter in the (4th/5th)
Originally posted by joey82:
What do you think about Parrish Cox and Brandon Carter both seem like guys we could use (Cox in the second/third) and Carter in the (4th/5th)

Carter's "character issues" are a concern. He dropped a fair deal because of some off-the-field stuff this year. He's a massive guy, but I think teams are going to worry about his foot movement. If he can show that he can move well enough at the next level, he'll help himself come draft day.
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Originally posted by joey82:
What do you think about Parrish Cox and Brandon Carter both seem like guys we could use (Cox in the second/third) and Carter in the (4th/5th)

Carter's "character issues" are a concern. He dropped a fair deal because of some off-the-field stuff this year. He's a massive guy, but I think teams are going to worry about his foot movement. If he can show that he can move well enough at the next level, he'll help himself come draft day.

his ex-gf is a good friend of mine ... he's had a few issues, broke some guy's face over a parking spot a couple years ago, destroyed the University of Houston's locker room after the tech loss this season.

Leach kicked him off the team for a couple weeks and he's been a model citizen ever since.

so take that how you will ... he is a smart guy, extremely strong, not the quickest feet ... not as good as the OG tech sent to the NFL last season (Vasquez) but certainly no scrub, he was a preseason all big12 guy
Originally posted by AB83Rules:
very nice list. Id like to add Perrish Cox and Dexter Davis as guys who intrigue me, but also agree with your picks as well MD.

I like LeFevour alot, and TJ Ward is a nice Safety prospect.

Dexter Davis is going to slide into a 6th-7th round pick unless he has an outstanding work out.

He has had only 3.5 sacks this year and 6 TFL. Its been his worst his year which is odd because its also the best D-Line he has been on. Although his best game of the year came against USC.

IMO he doesn't have the pass rush explosiveness needed to make it in the NFL.

WR Chris McGaha, the other ASU invitee, its also a 6th-7th round prospect. AMAZING hands, plenty of You Tube clips on him for that. But lacks the speed, probably a 4.6
Has McCloughan drafted anyone who has played in the Shrine game? I don't think so?
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Don't know if the rosters been updated but here's the Official site.
Originally posted by znk916:
Has McCloughan drafted anyone who has played in the Shrine game? I don't think so?

what ever happened to that hawaii safety ? i think his last name was peters. everybody raved about him including myself.
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Originally posted by YuNGaCE:
Originally posted by znk916:
Has McCloughan drafted anyone who has played in the Shrine game? I don't think so?

what ever happened to that hawaii safety ? i think his last name was peters. everybody raved about him including myself.

He was on the Chicago PS for a while. But I just seen him in traffic the other day. LOL.