12 Dynasty Rookies To Watch In The 2013 East-West Shrine Game

imagesCALB8D0WThe 2013 East-West Shrine Game will be held this Saturday, January 19th at 4pm in St. Petersburg, Florida.  This game will kick off the NFL offseason and it will give you a good look at some players to help your favorite team and more importantly, your fantasy team.

Colby Cameron, QB Louisiana Tech 6’2″ 205 lbs

Though he undersized and coming from the WAC, Cameron’s monster senior year has him on draft boards.  He has a chance with a strong Shrine Game, to move up and improve his 5th rd grade.  I think he will have a good showing and should move into the 4th round.

Jasper Collins, WR Mount Union 5’11” 190 lbs

Mount Union WRs are on the map after Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts and Collins gives them another pro-ready WR.  He has good speed, runs great routes and has great hands.  He projects to a slot WR in the NFL, with great punt/kick return upside.  Would make a quality late round pick in your dynasty rookie draft, but should not be on any redraft radar.

Marcus Davis, WR Virginia Tech 6’4″ 225 lbs

Davis will be drafted higher than I think he should, based purely on his size and athleticism.  He comes into the Shrine Game with lots to prove and will need to show the scouts that the bad film from his senior year is not the player they will be drafting.  If he can put in a great week and posts great combine numbers, he will move up boards.  I would just let the other guy draft him.

imagesJoseph Fauria, TE UCLA 6’7″ 255 lbs

Christian Fauria’s nephew ranks up there with Notre Dame’s Eifert in pure pass catching ability.  The 6’7″ Fauria is custom-made to be a legitimate never redzone stud.  He is getting compared to NFL stars, Jimmy Graham and Gronk for his ability to use his physical ability to use his body to dominate.

Corey Fuller, WR Virginia Tech 6’3″ 195 lbs

Fuller now has a 6th round grade and he is looking to make a move up the draft with a strong showing this weekend.  Fuller is the most consistent WR out of Va Tech, but doesn’t have the pure strengths of Davis.

Ray Graham, RB Pittsburgh 5’10” 190 lbs

If Graham would not have injured his knee in 2011, he would have been one of the top RBs picked in last year’s draft.  He had a good senior season, but a hamstring injury cost him his last bowl game.  Early reports say that Graham is turning heads and is impressing scouts already this week. 

Collin Klein, QB Kansas State 6’5″ 226 lbs

If I was Colin Klein, I would have skipped the game and went straight to the closest QB academy for my throwing motion.  Klein has the size of an NFL QB, but his mechanics are a mess.  Look for Klein to build his draft status on his leadership and toughness, while he tries to improve that funky throwing motion.  You will hear many Tebow comparisons on Klein, but he has the potential to become a viable NFL QB.

imagesCA4X0YLUZach Line, RB SMU 6’1″ 230 lbs

If the only person with more rushing yards than you at your school is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Eric Dickerson), you have had a hell of a college career.  Line is listed as a fullback, but he has the running skills to be more than that at the next level.  He has sneaky speed and acceleration, but he can also bring the pads to the point of contact.  Should see some goal line looks early in his NFL career.

Matt Scott, QB Arizona 6’3″ 208 lbs

Scott’s the best QB at the Shrine Game and should show scouts plenty of talent.  He has a great arm and can move out of the pocket when he needs to.  His lean frame could lead to injury, but he has great talent.  He has a 4th round grade today and could use the Shrine Game to move into the 2nd or 3rd round.  Scott would be a perfect mid-round pick for whatever team brings in Alex Smith.

Rodney Smith, WR FSU 6’6″ 219 lbs

Another big fast athletic WR that underperformed his senior year and will need a good Shrine Game and combine to show scouts he has what it takes to be a next level talent.  He needs to get stronger and he needs to become more consistent to star, but if he puts in the effort he has the tools to thrive.

Zac Stacy, RB Vanderbilt 5’9″ 214 lbs

Stacy finished an injury-prone, but promising career at Vanderbilt as the school’s all-time leading rusher.  Stacy is an undersized back with great speed and hands.  He is an elusive runner, that uses excellent vision to let his blocks open up.  He may not get drafted in April, but he should show up on a roster.

imagesCAU2UYZYKerwynn Williams, RB Utah State 5’8″ 191 lbs

The list started with the WAC and ends with the WAC.  Kerwynn Williams is one of the most electric backs in the country and he will be a Sunday contributor.  He has return skills, great hands and has a very elusive running style.  His lack of size may hurt his stock, but he will make the team that drafts him very happy.

 

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