The East-West Shrine Game will be held this Saturday, pitting several 2011 NFL Draft prospects against each other for the benefit of scouts and a great cause.
Here are some of the prospects that have been trending up and down this week.
Marvin Austin, DL, North Carolina
Austin, who famously missed his senior season for agent-related misconduct, has been absolutely dominant so far at the Shrine Bowl. If he isn’t invited to the Senior Bowl soon, we’ll be shocked. Watch him try and reach for the 1st-round this weekend. Probably not a Patriots type of player, both off-the-field and schematically, but is still a great prospect to keep your eye on.
Joseph Barksdale, OL, LSU
We haven’t been a fan of Barksdale since he was a junior, but he seems to be having a pretty decent week at left-tackle. He may provide some value to looking for a left-tackle with some strength and technique.
Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse
Carter has impressed us a lot over the 2010 season and has continued to impress with his strong performance so far at the Shrine Bowl. He has shown some good quicks and enough toughness to run between the tackles as well. He should certainly be on the Patriots radar in the middle rounds.
Jeron Johnson, S, Boise State
We love Johnson, and we hate to see him struggle with a hamstring injury at this important juncture in his career. He has been beaten in coverage at times and just hasn’t performed up to where most scouts expected him to be.
Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware
This Delaware prospect, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Joe Flacco, just hasn’t had a great week. His accuracy past 10-15 yards hasn’t been good at all, while he hasn’t been throwing a pretty ball for the majority of the practice time.
Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada
Moch weighed in under 230 pounds, which is way too light for an OLB in the Patriots 3-4 system. Some teams may still be intrigued by his great speed, but you can probably cross New England off of your list.