By Bob Gaughan, Buffalo Sports Page
Most of these players in this game that help themselves during the week of practice or in the game move to the mid-rounds of the draft. In general the East-West Shrine game guys that help themselves are usually drafted between rounds 3-7. Keep that in mind when you look at this list.
Daurice Fountain- Northern Iowa WR: Northern Iowa has a great football history from Bryce Paup to Kurt Warner to David Johnson. This year WR Daurice Fountain jumped out during the Shrine practices. His acceleration and body control were most impressive. He had 66 catches for just fewer than 1,000 yards this year. The 6’1 receiver had 12 TD catches. Fountain was named the offensive MVP of the game.
Kentavius Street- NC State DE: Playing opposite Bradley Chubb, you tend to be over-looked. He’s got great potential. He is an impressive athlete that can run a 4.6 40. My problem is he didn’t put up huge numbers, only 9 career sacks. Bills fans remember taking the second best NC State defensive lineman a few years ago in the first round. John McCargo was a bust in the NFL after playing with Mario Williams in college.
Riley Ferguson QB Memphis: Player that wears number 4 because of his hero Brett Farve. Threw for over 4,200 yards and 38 touchdowns this year while leading the Tigers to a 10-3 record. He started his career at Tennessee. He has a live arm that will impress but his accuracy at times comes into question.
Tegray Scales- Indiana LB: The last Hoosiers LB drafted was Van Waiters in 1988. Scales will change that. He led the nation with 23 ½ tackles for loss in 2016. Says if things don’t work out in NFL he will be a MMA fighter.
Deadrin Senat- South Florida DT: This guy could be a steal in the middle rounds. A poor man’s Aaron Donald. Recorded three sacks in South Florida’s bowl victory over Texas Tech. He can squat 675 lbs. He has overcome personal tragedy in his life; both his parents have passed away.
Brandon Facyson- Virginia Tech CB: Problem he has is his best year may have been his freshman year. He’s a 6’2 corner that since his freshman year has battled shin, leg and knee injuries. If healthy he showed this week he could be a steal at CB.
Ralph Webb-Vanderbilt RB: The forgotten man when it comes to RB’s in the SEC. He finished his career as Vandy’s all-time leading rusher with 4,178 yards and 32 touchdowns. A strong durable back that can bench-press over 400 lbs.
Poona Ford- Texas DT: Will be labeled too short and that could make him fall. He’s only 5’11 but he’s been very productive at Texas. This year he was the Big 12 defensive lineman of the year.
Chad Thomas- Miami-Florida DE: He is a massive player on the line for the Hurricanes. His strength is a giant wingspan with long arms and pure physical strength. He has great run stopping ability. I see him as a good fit as a DE on teams that run the 3-4.
Natrell Jamerson- Wisconsin S: He was named defensive MVP of the game. He had on of the true hi-lights of the game a fumble return for a touchdown. He has decent speed and was very well taught by great coaches at Wisconsin.