2020 NFL Draft Stock: East-West Shrine Game

The East-West Shrine game began the college football all-star circuit of games last week. Seniors participating in these practices and contests are aiming to improve their 2020 NFL Draft Stock.  

While the Reese’s Senior Bowl might be the most notable of these All-Star games, the East-West Shrine did feature potential NFL talent. In the past, NFL greats such as Brett Farve, Mark Rypien, Steve Atwater, Larry Czonka, Paul Warfield, Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus all played in the East-West Shrine game. 

Here’s a look at 10 players who improved their 2020 NFL Draft Stock. 

Draft Stock: Quarterbacks

James Morgan impressed the most out of all the quarterbacks at the East-West Shrine game. The Florida International University senior completed nine of 14 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. He was the offensive MVP of practice and reportedly impressed teams in his interviews. 

Morgan sports prototypical size at 6’4″, 223-pounds. At FIU in 2019, he threw for 2,560 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2018, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,727 yards and 26 touchdowns. He may have played his way into Day 3 of the draft. 

Tyler Huntley also played well at the all-star event. After a solid 2019 season at Utah, Huntley completed six of nine throws for 47 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 45 yards. He led a 75-yard touchdown drive, as well as a field goal drive to give the West the lead in the 3rd quarter of the game. 

Draft Stock: Running Backs

Similarly, James Robinson showed out at the East-West Shrine game. The FCS running back tallied 80 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries. And picked up 56 yards on two catches. 

In 2019 for Illinois State, Robinson registered 1,917 yards and 18 touchdowns, as well as 16 receptions for 80 yards. He’s an explosive playmaker who flashed that ability at the East-West Shrine game. A compact runner, the two-time Walter Payton Award finalist may have played his way into Day 3 of the draft. 

Benny LeMay earned the game’s offensive MVP award with his 80 yard, two touchdown performance. Out of Charlotte, LeMay proved to be consistent and steady throughout the game, and broke several tackles. In 2019, he recorded 1,082 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 193 carries. He also had 19 catches for 242 yards and four touchdowns. He impressed at Shrine practice all week. 

Adrian Killins Jr. might have the best name in the draft, and his performance at the Shrine game will get him a look. Killins is undersized at 5’8″ 162-pounds, but is athletic and versatile. He led all receivers at the Shrine game with seven catches for 92 yards.

In 2019 at UCF, he recorded 629 yards and seven touchdowns on 87 carries, and 120 yards and one touchdown on eight catches. He projects as a special teamer and third-down receiving threat out of the backfield. 

Draft Stock: Defense

Linebacker Shaquille Quarterman out of Miami impressed at the Shrine game. He recorded five tackles to lead the East team. In 2019 with the Hurricanes, Quarterman tallied 107 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. The four-year senior is an experienced leader and has the size at 6’1″, 238-pounds for the NFL. 

Edge Alex Highsmith out of Charlotte impressed throughout the week at Shrine practice. He finished the game with three tackles and one quarterback hit. In 2019, he recorded a whopping 75 tackles and 14 sacks. At 6’4″, 242-pounds, he sports prototypical size for the position. He could be a 2020 NFL Draft sleeper. 

Linebacker Dante Olson out of Montana led all tacklers with seven at the Shrine game. In 2019, Olson racked up 103 tackles, including 11 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks. At 6’3″, 241-pounds, he has the size for the NFL. And he was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, for the FCS’s top defensive player. 

Draft Stock: Offensive Line

Guard Michael Onwenu of Michigan was perhaps the most physically impressive at the Shrine game. For instance, the interior offensive lineman came in at 6’2″, 362-pounds. His arms measured at 34.5″ inches. He plays with power and anchors well. His size and length will certainly catch the attention of NFL teams.

Guard Calvin Throckmorton of Oregon also demonstrated his potential at the Shrine, both in practice and the game. Throckmorton was versatile four-year starter at Oregon and surrendered only one sack over the last three seasons. He played every position except left guard at Oregon, and projects as a right guard in the NFL.   

These players, in addition to several others, improved their 2020 NFL Draft Stock through their performances at the East-West Shrine game. 

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