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Shrine Bowl: 2024 Roster Breakdown

East West Shrine Bowl

The East-West Shrine Bowl continues expanding and will feature NFL coaching staffs for the first time. Being in Frisco, Texas this year, the game has attracted some solid NFL Draft talent to come and play. Despite this, the Shrine Bowl continues to be a step down from the Senior Bowl in terms of full roster, the Shrine does have potential Top 100 picks, but likely lacks a first round pick on the roster. Mike Kafka of the Giants and Richard Hightower of the Bears will be the head coaches for each team. Let’s dive in and break down each position and predictions on who will stand out in the practices and Shrine Bowl Game.

 

Quarterback

 

East

Devin Leary, Kentucky

Jack Plummer, Louisville

Austin Reed, Western Kentucky

Jordan Travis, Florida State

 

West

John Rhys Plumlee, UCF

Kedon Slovis, BYU

 

The group ended up being filled with players who fell off this past season. Leary and Slovis disappointed and look more like UDFAs. Plummer and Plumlee came up from the Hula Bowl.

The intriguing QBs are Travis, who may not be able to participate due to his injury this year, and Reed. Reed had a prolific few years at Western Kentucky with great footwork and accuracy. He could show out and put himself in the draftable category.

 

Running Back

 

East

Deshaun Fenwick, Oregon State

Isaac Guerendo, Louisville

Jaden Shirden,  Monmouth

Tyrone Tracy, Purdue

 

West

Jonathan Brooks, Texas

Frank Gore Jr., Southern Miss

Carson Steele, UCLA

Blake Watson, Memphis

 

Brooks is the gem here, but he will likely not be participating due to his injury. Steele is a good athlete who never quite got the opportunity to shine and could help himself with a great week to set him apart.

Watson was a star in the Hula Bowl while Fenwick and Tracy also had solid weeks. 

The three I am most looking forward to seeing are Gore Jr., Guerendo, and Shirden. Gore’s great production and vision should make him a candidate to break out during the Shrine practices. Guerendo is a tough inside runner who has home run ability. Shirden may be the surprise of the week. He is dynamic and can catch the ball. Keep an eye out.  

 

Wide Receiver

 

East

Anthony Gould, Oregon State

Cornelius Johnson, Michigan

Tejhaun Palmer, UAB

Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky

David White, Western Carolina

Isaiah Williams, Illinois

 

West

Jalen Coker, Holy Cross

Ryan Flournoy, SE Missouri St

Lideatrick Griffin, Mississippi State

Jadon Janke, South Dakota State

Jaxon Janke, South Dakota State

Bub Means, Pittsburgh

Tahj Washington. Southern Cal

Malik Washington, Virginia

 

There is some definite WR talent on the Shrine roster showing the depth of the class.

Malik Washington was a legit Biletnikoff contender this year and is an exceptional technician. There are also great athletes like Means, Williams, and Gold who could turn heads. Johnson is also a draftable WR with solid production at Michigan.

The small school WRs may be the most intriguing. Coker is a great slot WR who had some big plays. Along with Flourney and the Janke twins, all have a shot to be drafted late and boost their stock in the Shrine. White adds intriguing athletic upside to wow on 1-on-1s. 

 

Tight End

 

East

McCallan Castles, Tennessee

Dallin Holker, Colorado State

Mason Pline, Furman

Tip Reiman, Illinois

 

West

​​Zach Heins, South Dakota State

Isaac Rex, BYU

JT Sanders, Texas

 

Sanders is unlikely to actually participate, but he is a potential Top 50 pick at a weak position. Holker has a productive career and could find a late round slot on a roster. Rex and Castles are on the borderline as well but profile as potential NFL athletes. I also like Reiman as a blocker.

Pline and Heins have some upside, but have dealt with injuries at times. 

 

Offensive Line

East

Gottlieb Ayedze, Maryland

Julian Pearl, Illinois

Walter Rouse, Stanford

Nathan Thomas, Louisiana

Caedan Wallace, Penn State

Karsen Barnhart, Michigan

X’Zauvea Gadlin, Liberty

Trente Jones, Michigan

Kaitori Leveston, Kansas State

Christian Mahogany, Boston College

Hunter Nourzad, Penn State

Jalen Sundell, North Dakota State

 

West

Andrew Coker, TCU

Anim Dankwah, Howard

Josiah Ezirim, Eastern Kentucky

Tylan Grable, UCF

Garret Greenfield, South Dakota State

Matt Goncalves, Pittsburgh

CJ Hanson, Holy Cross

Donovan Jennings, South Florida

Mason McCormick, South Dakota State

Doug Nester, West Virginia

Willis Patrick, TCU

Matt Lee, Miami (FL)

Dylan McMahon, NC State

Nick Samac, Michigan State

 

Two of my favorite interior linemen are playing in the Shrine in Mahogany and McMahon. Both are tough, nasty Guard/Center combos who can fit many different schemes.

The small school performances are always the highlight for me. I love Hanson’s tenacity. The upside of players like Dankwah and Greenfield could be shown this week and get them drafted. Ezirim, McCormick and Sundell will also get their opportunities.

There are also some solid Day 3 picks like Coker, Nester, Wallace, and Thomas who could pick up some steam with a good week.

 

Defensive Line

 

East

Evan Anderson, Florida Atlantic

Khristian Boyd, Northern Iowa

Jowon Briggs, Cincinnati

Jamree Kromah, James Madison

Zion Logue, Georgia

Fabien Lovett, Florida State

Leonard Taylor, Miami (FL)

 

West

Logan Lee, Iowa

Jordan Miller, SMU

Myles Murphy, North Carolina

Nathan Pickering, Mississippi State

Justin Rogers, Auburn

 

Taylor is probably the best player on the Shrine roster with his 5* pedigree and interior pass rush. He should dominate and come out of the week with Top 50 buzz.

There are some upside players like Rogers, Logue, Lee and Briggs who could all come out of the week with the arrow pointing up on their stock. If teams want to take a chance on Day 3 DL, this is a good class to do it.

I’m also intrigued by players who disappointed this past season like Murphy, Pickering and Lovett. If they can get their stock back a bit, it would be a huge help.

 

EDGE

 

East

Khalid Duke, Kansas State

Mo Kamara, Colorado State

Eyabi Okie-Anoma, Charlotte

Xavier Thomas, Clemson

David Ugwoegbu, Houston

 

West

Sundiata Anderson, Grambling State

Solomon Byrd, Southern Cal

Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Notre Dame

Trajan Jeffcoat, Arkansas

Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Washington

 

There are some Day 2 potential EDGE rushers in this group. ZTF and Kamara stand out as great technicians who can rush the passer, even if they were inconsistent this season.

Big athletes like Jean-Baptiste, Thomas, and Okie-Anoma could have some positive news from the Pit and get buzzing for early on Day 3.

Ugwoegbu and Duke may have the most to gain.

I also really like Anderson and think he should turn heads and get himself drafted after Shrine week.

 

Linebacker

 

East

Aaron Casey, Indiana

Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M

Kalen DeLoach, Florida State

Jackson Mitchell, UConn

Maema Njongmeta, Wisconsin

 

West

Levelle Bailey, Fresno State

Steele Chambers, Ohio State

Dallas Gant, Toledo

Curtis Jacobs, Penn State

Darius Muasau, UCLA

 

Cooper is the stand out after a great season and a ton of upside. There are other athletes like Chambers, Jacobs, and Gant who will look good on the practice field.

Mitchell is a solid tackler, but he may struggle to showcase his technique in practices. Muasau is also on the draftable line.

 

Cornerback

 

East

Chigozie Anusiem, Colorado State

Renado Green, Florida State

Jarrian Jones, Florida State

Deantre Prince, Ole Miss

Tarheeb Still, Maryland

Ro Torrence, Arizona State

Mikey Victor, Alabama State

Josh Wallace, Michigan

 

West

Beanie Bishop, West Virginia

MJ Devonshire, Pittsburgh

Myles Harden, South Dakota

Daequan Hardy, Penn State

Dwight McGlothern, Arkansas

Jarius Monroe, Tulane

Christian Rolland-Wallace, Southern Cal

Ja’Quan Sheppard, Maryland

Qwan’tez Stiggers, Toronto Argonauts

 

The CB room is popping this year!

Devonshire, Prince, and Wallace are all early Day 3 picks who could end up developing into starters even.

I also love some of the small school players on the roster. Victor had a great Hula Bowl week and is moving up to face bigger competition. His athleticism and closing ability is exceptional. Harden is a rock solid press corner as well.

Stiggers is an interesting case of a player who did not go to college and is eligible for the draft despite playing in Canada. I doubt he is drafted, but he will be fun to see.

 

Safety

 

East

Daijahn Anthony, Mississippi

Omar Brown, Nebraska

Jaylon Carlies, Missouri

Marcellas Dial, South Carolina

Kenny Logan, Kansas State

Trey Taylor, Air Force

 

West

Dominique Hampton, Washington

Jaylen Key, Alabama

Tyler Owens, Texas Tech

Mark Perry, TCU

Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, Texas Tech

Ryan Watts, Texas

 

There are some solid special teamers who could mix in at safety in Logan, Perry, Taylor-Demerson, and Watts.

Dial had an up and down year, but he likely will fit better in the league at safety.

We saw Hampton have a good playoff run for Washington and he may carry that momentum into Shrine week.

 

Special Teams

 

East

Harrison Mevis, K, Missouri

Matt Hayball, P, Vanderbilt

Joe Shimko, LS, NC State

 

West

Cam Little, K, Arkansas

Ryan Rehkow, P, BYU

Marco Ortiz, LS, Nebraska

 

Both Mevis and Little are draftable Kickers as my K2 and K3 of the class. It wouldn’t surprise me to see either head to the top of the class. 

The rest of the special teams group is lackluster for the Shrine Bowl but could make a camp. Hayball has a leg and a good week could push him into the draft.

 

It should be an interesting Shrine Bowl this year!

 

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