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  • NFL Draft 2020 Shrine Game Risers, Fallers, and Sleepers

    The 2020 NFL Draft will feature plenty of risers, fallers and sleepers and some of those prospects emerge at the East-West Shrine Game. With that game over, let’s take a look at some of the Shrine Game winners and losers. They include prospects from Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and more as we hear the NFL Draft rumors start to grow.

    The 2020 NFL Draft process is underway with postseason All-Star games. The NFLPA Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game have been played already, with the Senior Bowl coming up soon. So which prospects are helping and hurting their stock. Most of the players in these games and practices are Day 3 prospects, but there are still plenty worth discussing.

    Two of the top NFL Draft prospects at the 2020 Shrine game were actually running backs. Benny LeMay and James Robinson both impressed, opening the possibility they could get the call-up to the Senior Bowl. Adrian Killins of UCF is undersized, but flashed in the game. As did QB James Morgan of FIU, the top QB at the Shrine game this year.

    Michigan and Ohio State will once again have several prospects drafted, and Binjimen Victor + Michael Onwenu both impressed this week. On defense, another Big Ten player in Khalil Davis showed upside.

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    With the football-loving world still buzzing with Sunday’s compelling (and controversial) NFL conference championship games, the attention will shift this week away from the excitement in Foxboro and Los Angeles and heartbreak in New Orleans and Kansas City to the sleepy gulf town of Mobile, Ala. for the annual Senior Bowl, the most prestigious amateur all-star game in modern sports and a mecca for scouts, media and top-rated prospects for the 2019 draft.

    Like the draft, itself, coverage of the Senior Bowl has changed greatly since my first trip there, back in 2001 – when future All-Pros LaDainian Tomlinson, Chad Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Steve Hutchinson and Kris Jenkins provided those paying attention a glimpse into the future.

    The perspective of having attended senior all-star games like that one for nearly 20 years is precisely what separates my own analysis (and that from, as a whole) from the competition.

    As such, here in descending order is my 10 Bold Predictions of what will take place over the next few days at the Senior Bowl and how it will impact the 2019 NFL draft.

    10. Duke QB Daniel Jones takes a big steps towards becoming the draft’s top QB

    Former NFL general manager Scot McCloughan told our listeners on the Instinctive Scouting Podcast that he believes Jones will answer all questions about his arm strength this week in Mobile, just as the quarterback he helped the Cleveland Browns decide on – Baker Mayfield – did last year. Jones currently ranks second on’s (and my own) board to Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and just ahead of Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, neither of whom are participating this week.

    9. Weigh-in winners will include Wyoming’s Carl Granderson, Washington’s Kaleb McGary

    While the heavily-attended practices on Tuesday and Wednesday are the most critical element to boosting one’s stock at the Senior Bowl – even more than the game, itself – the weigh-ins provide prospects a wonderful chance at making a first impression. Many of the scouts and coaches attending the game will have not seen these players live before and measuring in well can create a buzz. Scouts out west know the twitchy long-limbed Granderson and prototypically built right tackle McGary well – and so will everyone else.

    8. Defensive line talent dominates from the get-go

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    By Tony Pauline, Special to

    The NFL is in Indianapolis this week as scouts, coaches, general managers, medical staffs and even a few owners take over the city. They are joined by more than 300 NFL prospects eligible for April's draft. The week will be full of medical exams, physical tests and psychological exercises as players hope to impress future employers.

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    2. Omar Jacobs, QB, Bowling Green: The underclassman looked like a world-beater in '03, but he struggled at times last season.

    3. LenDale White, RB, USC: Taking a backseat to Heisman winner Reggie Bush, White is preferred by many scouts as a "feature runner" at the next level. Fast 40 times will push him into the upper Round 1.

    4. Quinton Ganther, RB, Utah: A favorite of NFL scouts, the Utes' back is one of the most underrated ballcarriers in the draft.

    5. Demetrius Williams, WR, Oregon: Rising up draft boards faster than any other receiver in the nation, Williams is another player who had a splendid week at the Senior Bowl.

    6. Mike Hass, WR, Oregon State: A forgotten man in the receiver corps, the ultra-productive Hass was snubbed by the most important All-Star games.

    7. Joe Toledo, OT, Washington: The former tight end looked dominant during his initial campaign at offensive tackle. Weighing near 330 pounds, Toledo can push into the top 75 with good performances during the skill drills.

    8. Charles Spencer, G, Pittsburgh: He played left tackle as a senior, but Spencer looked more natural and dominant at guard during the Senior Bowl. A top 3 player at his position, he will head into Round 2 with good results at the combine.

    9. Greg Eslinger, C, Minnesota: Snubbing several postseason invitations, Eslinger has been on a free fall down draft boards and must stop the bleeding.

    10. Jahri Evans, OG, Bloomsburg: One of the few Division II invitees, Evans played tackle in college but could project as a guard at the next level.

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    Sometimes too much is made by the performances of prospects during bowl season, as if that one game means more than any in the regular season. But bowl games present a unique opportunity to evaluate prospects in an unfamiliar setting against a formidable opponent.

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    RB Mike Davis, South Carolina
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