A factor in most draft evaluations is how well a prospect performs on the all-star circuit. Each and every year, hundreds of players participate in one of several of these contests.
Today, we are going to set the stage for what you can expect from each of the All-Star games.
Setting the Stage for the All-Star Circuit
COLLEGE GRIDIRON SHOWCASE
The first event is the College Gridiron Showcase or CGS. The CGS occurs in Fort Worth, Texas from January 5th through January 7th, 2024.
The CGS takes in mostly prospects that will go undrafted but the occasional drafted player will sneak in. The best recently was likely former Illinois corner Nate Hobbs. Hobbs went on to start as a rookie for the Raiders after being selected in the 5th-round.
The Tropical Bowl has been going on for a few years now but has moved around the top half of Florida. This all-star game will again be played in Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
This year, Tropical Bowl Week will take place between January 18th and January 20th, 2024. This game hasn’t seen many players selected since its inception.
This year’s game will once again take place on the campus of UCF in Orlando. The game week will begin on January 10th, concluding with the actual contest on January 13th, 2024.
Last year, the Hula had several prospects selected and many more worth hearing their respective names called.
EAST-WEST SHRINE BOWL
The oldest of the all-star games, the East-West Shrine Bowl moves to Frisco, TX in 2024 for its 99th edition.
The game will be played on February 1st, 2024
The premier all-star game, the Reese’s Senior Bowl has taken place in my hometown of Mobile, AL since 1951. Since taking over the game, executive director Jim Nagy has taken the game to new heights.
I have covered every practice and game since the 2016 contest as a credentialed media member, including calling the last two as a radio color analyst. It is the most fan-friendly event in football. You learn so much from seeing the practices up close.
The 2024 game week will begin on January 30th and conclude with the 75th edition of the game on February 3rd.
HBCU LEGACY BOWL
The HBCU Legacy Bowl was started to give players from HBCUs another opportunity to get in front of NFL coaches and scouts.
This year’s game will take place in Yulman Stadium in New Orleans on February 24th, 2023.