East Team For 2011 Shrine Game


Quarterback – Patrick Devlin, Delaware; Ricky Dobbs, Navy; Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech. Devlin is viewed as a Round 3-5 prospect. Led Blue Hens to FCS title game loss, threw for 2,812 yards, 22 TDs and 2 INTs in the ’10 season. Taylor is pegged as a Round 5-6 prospect that may see time at another position because of his running ability. He was 23-5 as the starting quarterback for Tech. Dobbs

Running back – Delone Carter, Syracuse; Graig Cooper, Miami; Evan Royster, Penn State; (FB) Anthony Sherman, Connecticut. Carter is 5-9, 215 pounds, but ran as a power back. He ran for 198 yards and two TDs against Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl and is considered a prospect for Rounds 3-4. Cooper is viewed as a free agent-type, as his senior season was limited by knee and ankle injuries. Royster finished his career as Penn State’s all-time rusher and the first back to have three straight 1,000-yard seasons. He’s seen as a prospect in Rounds 5-7. Sherman was a three-year starter at FB, and he was also a special teams standout. Rated a prospect for Round 7 or a free agent.

Wide receiver – Perry Baker, Fairmont State; Lester Jean, Florida Atlantic; Cecil Shorts, Mt. Union; Terrence Toliver, LSU; Terrence Turner, Indiana. Baker has sub-4.4 speed in the 40 and finished his college career with 90 catches for 1,552 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’s seen as a free agent signee. Jean is a tall target at 6-3, 195 pounds with sub-4.5 speed. He caught 64 passes for 988 yards for the Owls in the ’10 season. He’s viewed as a prospect for Rounds 6-7. Shorts comes out of Division III powerhouse Mt. Union and has turned in 40 times sub-4.4 seconds. He’s viewed as a prospect for rounds 4-6. In ’10, he missed three games with an injury, but he caught 63 passes for 1,106 yards and 17 TDs. He also had punt and kickoff return TDs. Toliver is a Round 4-5 prospect and a big target at 6-4, 205 pounds. He caught 3 TD passes against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Turner is a free agent prospect with 143 catches for 1,436 yards and 4 TDs for the Hoosiers.

Tight end – Kyle Adams, Purdue; Charles Gantt, Michigan State; Greg Smith, Texas. Adams appeared in 46 games for the Boilermakers, catching 79 passes for 660 yards and three TDs. He’s seen as a prospect for Rounds 4-5. Gantt has a big body at 6-4, 260 pounds. Gantt is a big target who caught 22 passes for 261 yards and three TDs. His physical skills make him an interesting prospect with a grade for Rounds 4-5. Smith is a free agent prospect who played some center as well as TE.

Center – Ryan Bartholomew, Syracuse; J.C. Brignone, Mississippi State; Beau Warren, Virginia Tech. Bartholomew was a co-captain on the ’10 Orange squad, after starting games over the last three seasons at center and guard. He’s a prospect for Round 6-7. Brignone started for three years at MSU and also played some guard along the way. He was considered one of the team leaders and is viewed as a free agent signee.

Guard – David Arkin, Missouri State; Bryant Browning, Ohio State; Randall Hunt, Illinois; Zachary Hurd, Connecticut. Arkin (see above). Browning spent time starting at right guard and right tackle for the Buckeyes over the last three seasons. He’s viewed as a prospect for Round 6-7. Hunt is a free agent prospect who started two seasons for the Illini. Hurd is viewed as a Round 4-5 choice after he started all 39 games over the last three years for UConn, where he started at both left and right guard.

Tackle – Christian Hairston, Clemson; Jah Reid, Central Florida; Mike Smith, Nebraska. Hairston is a big man at 6-6½, 325 pounds, but still can run the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He’s seen as a Round 4-5 prospect that only missed time because of a few little injuries along the way. Reid started three seasons at right tackle for UCF and is considered a free agent prospect. Smith missed the entire ’10 season because of a broken leg suffered in pre-season practices. In the ’09 season, Smith started 14 games at left tackle and has also played at center and guard.

Defense end – Pierre Allen, Nebraska; Bruce Miller, Central Florida; Justin Trattou, Florida. Allen is considered a prospect for Round 3-4, after a strong senior season with 57 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hurries. He’s been a starter for three years with the Cornhuskers. Miller twice won the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year honors. He finished his career with 34 sacks, plus three interceptions, two that he returned for TDs. The pros consider him a Round 7 prospect. Trattou is considered a free agent signee. In four seasons with the Gators, he missed only two games, playing in 51 contests, racking up 121 total tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and three interceptions.

Defensive tackle – Marvin Austin, North Carolina; Terrell McClain, South Florida; Olong Ogbu, Penn State; Martin Parker, Richmond. Austin was considered a potential first-round choice a year ago, but he was suspended for the ’10 season because of his dealings with an agent. Now, he’ll need a strong January-February to get back to Round 2 or 3. McClain was first-team All-Big East in ’10 as he claimed 23 tackles, 3 sacks and 6 QB pressures. He’s seen as a Round 6-7 prospect. Ogbu comes out of PSU as a Round 5-6 candidate and may be best as a DE in the 3-4. He plays hard, with a great motor like Tamba Hali. In 51 games, he had 111 total tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. Parker got things done on the FCS level and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as defensive player of the year. In the last two seasons, Parker had 162 total tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 12 sacks and is considered a Round 7 prospect.

Inside linebacker – Akem Dent, Georgia; Scott Lutrus, Connecticut; Gregory Lloyd II, Connecticut. Dent was one of the most active defensive players in the SEC in ’10, finishing the season with 122 total tackles. In 46 games for the Bulldogs, Dent had 236 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He’s a free agent prospect. Lutrus has been a team co-captain for the last two years, seasons that were hindered by several injuries, including a neck problem. For the Huskies he played outside LB for the most part. Lloyd struggled through the ’10 season, losing his starting job because he had not fully recovered from an ACL tear in his knee at the end of the ’09 season. Lloyd is the son of former NFL LB Greg Lloyd, but although he wears his father’s No. 95, they do not have a relationship. Both UConn LBs are considered free agent signees.

Outside linebacker – Douglas Hogue, Syracuse; Josh McNary, Army; Brian Rolle, Ohio State. Hogue is seen as a Round 5-6 prospect by NFL scouts. He began his career with the Orangemen as a running back. He was first-team All-Big East Conference in ’10, with 89 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 INTs.McNary is 5-11½, 235 pounds and could be a safety if and when he gets a chance to continue his career after his Army commitment. Began his career as a walk-on, but finished with 177 total tackles, 46.5 tackles for loss, 26.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 6 quarterback hurries. Rolle is a Round 6 prospect and may best be suited for strong safety because he’s just 5-9¾, 218 pounds. But he’s a hitter and he was productive as a middle linebacker for the Buckeyes. In 50 career games, he had 196 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and 4 INTs.

Cornerback – Mario Butler, Georgia Tech; Justin Rogers, Richmond; Josh Thomas, Buffalo; Demarcus Van Dyke, Miami. Butler’s a Round 5 prospect after being a three starter for Tech. The Flordia native played in 51 games, with four interceptions, including one he returned this year for 85 yards and a TD. He also had 136 total tackles. Rogers has a grade for Rounds 5-6 and he was an all-conference selection for the Spiders in each of the last four years. In ’10 he was first-team corner and punt returner. He had 48 tackles, 2 INTS and 2 forced fumbles. He also led the conference in punt average at 12.4 yards. Thomas carries a Round 7-grade after his 47 games. He had two INTS and 205 total tackles, with 27 passes defended and 5 forced fumbles. Van Dyke is a Round 7 prospect who was in and out of the starting lineup in the ’10 season. Overall 49 games at Miami, he had three interceptions and 78 total tackles.

Safety – (SS) Eric Gordon, Michigan State; (FS) Jermale Hines, Ohio State; (FS) Brian Lainhart, Kent State; (FS) Jonathan Nelson, Oklahoma; (SS) David Sims, Iowa State. Gordon played OLB for the Spartans, who will move to strong safety if he can make it in the pros; he’s considered a free-agent prospect. He started 49 consecutive games, a school record. Hines is a Round 5 prospect from the Buckeyes and out of Cleveland. He played in 43 games, with 1 INT, 152 total tackles, plus 1.5 sacks. Hines did not miss a game over his last two seasons. Lainhart finished a strong career at Kent with 88 tackles and 2 INTs in the ’10 season. He finished his career with 17 INTs. Lainhart is considered a free-agent prospect. So is Nelson, who played in 32 games for the Sooners and finished with 5 INTs and 151 total tackles. He’s a talented athlete with 40-inch vertical jump. Sims is a free agent prospect, who was the 2009 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. In the ’10 season, he had 96 total tackles and forced three fumbles. Against Oklahoma, he finished with 17 tackles.

Kicker – Wes Byrum, Auburn. Over his career at Auburn, Byrum was a 75 percent kicker on FGs and he hit some pressure shots especially over the ’10 season. He finished up as the school’s all-time leading scorer as well.

Punter – Ryan Donahue, Iowa. Donahue is one of two punters who enter the pre-draft period considered a potential draft choice. In the ’10 season, he averaged 44.6 yards per punts, and was able to put 21 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

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