The annual East-West Shrine game occurred today and just like every year, it featured some of the lesser-known college prospects vying to get drafted at some point on Day Two or Three of the Draft. It was a low scoring affair, and the West came out on top 14-10. It was a good chance to get a look at some of this year’s talent entering the league, and it featured some guys who improved their stock, and some guys that hurt their stock. Here is a summary of some of those prospects:
East WR Daurice Fountain (#10), Northern Iowa (#249 on Big Board, 7th Round grade)
Daurice Fountain excelled in this game, generating offense for the East when no one else could. He showed burst and playmaking ability, and has a chance to be a difference maker at the next level.
East DT Kentavius Street (#96), North Carolina State (#199 on Big Board, 6th Round grade)
Kentavius Street was the talk of the week throughout the draft community as he excelled in practice, and did not disappoint in the game today one bit, showing the get-off and pass rush potential that teams will look for in the middle rounds of the draft.
West QB Nic Shimonek (#16), Texas Tech (#182 on Big Board, 6th Round grade)
Aside from Ferguson, I was most intrigued with Nic Shimonek among this QB group, he has some likeable tools. Nice contested grab by Steven Dunbar for the TD over standout Avonte Maddox. pic.twitter.com/VPe6B31JtW
— Jonathan Valencia (@JonValencia_WiB) January 20, 2018
In a low-scoring game featuring sub-par QB play, Nic Shimonek showed poise and athleticism late in the game, leading a late scoring drive to put the West ahead. His ability to dodge pressure and step up to make a huge throw showed he has the potential to succeed at the next level.
West QB Jeremiah Briscoe (#6), Sam Houston State (#104 on Big Board, 4th Round grade)
Jeremiah Briscoe had a decorated collegiate career, and showed potential on film, but his performance today could best be described as erratic. It could have been nerves, or just general inaccuracy, but he had a sure interception dropped, and missed at least two or three additional throws by a few yards. He also had a costly fumble in scoring position. If he has a future in the NFL, he has some bumps in his game that need to be ironed out.
East S Tracey Walker (#11), UL-Lafayette (#440 on Big Board, Undrafted grade)
The verdict of that dropped interception by Briscoe was this man right here, Tracey Walker. In addition to that, he committed a costly 15-yard penalty on that same drive and did not show the flashes to counteract those noticeable mistakes.
East OG Austin Kuhnert (#57), North Dakota State (#412 on Big Board, Undrafted grade)
Sam Houston State DE P.J. Hall forces the pressure & CMU DE Joe Ostman gets the Sack pic.twitter.com/kBaBy519qs
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) January 20, 2018
The East squad had trouble moving the ball the whole game, managing only 10 points on the day. A lot of that started at the line of scrimmage where the offensive line seemed on their heels all day. While no one in particular deserves all the blame, the small school guard Austin Kuhnert seemed outmatched and seems to be more of a project at this point than one would hope.