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East West Shrine Bowl Prospects: Offense

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The offseason draft process begins in earnest with the Shrine Bowl

Devin Gardner. Another Wolverine to Nashville?
Devin Gardner. Another Wolverine to Nashville?
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1. Devin Gardner WR 6'4 216 Michigan

- Gardner has converted back to his original position at Michigan as a receiver. He's a solid route runner and flashes a good amount of agility and quickness. Like former teammate Denard Robinson, his meal ticket to the league is being a receiver. Gardner, much like Robinson is very coachable and has a great work ethic. I would consider taking him in the fifth round and letting him develop for a year or two. He was also involved in the most heartwarming moments of the season when he went out to console Ohio State's injured QB JT Barrett on the field during "The Game".

2. David Andrews C 6'2 295 Georgia

- How fortunate has Mark Richt been at the center position? He's had two centers in the last NINE years. Andrews was the heir apparent to Ben Jones and has been just as good. Andrews is a bit undersized for the position but is known more as a intelligent technician rather than a mauler.

3. Darrin Waller WR 6'6 240 Georgia Tech

- Like the previous big body receivers that have come from Tech, Waller is a great run blocker (you pretty much have to be in order to see any time in GT's offense). He is a bit raw after not being utilized as a true number one until late in 2014. He might be worth a late round flier.

4. Anthony Boone QB 6'1 225 Duke

- A second team All-ACC selection (yeah the QB position is pretty bad behind Winston in the ACC) that led Duke to an impressive shootout loss to Arizona State in the Sun Bowl. He's a good enough athlete and possesses great intelligence (obviously Duke is a pretty good school). A leader and willing to take the hard hit in the pocket in order to make the play. However, Drew Brees he is not. Height disadvantage aside, he is not accurate.


1. Taylor Kelly QB 6'2 205 Arizona State

- Kelly was the man behind the Sun Devils' high powered offensive attack. He can make all the NFL throws but the question is, can he transition to a pro style offense? Kelly is a better version of Jake Locker's college career if you will.

2. Kasen Williams WR 6'3 218 Washington

- Williams was a great athlete until lower body injuries in 2013 slowed him down into a possession receiver. He has adequate body control, possesses big hands, and is a solid route runner. It's a shame that injuries have robbed him of a greater career and not to mention the dismal state of the Huskies program (for most of his tenure anyway).

3. Austin Hill WR 6'3 215 Arizona

- Hill had a down year in 2014 recovering from 2013 ACL tear suffered in spring practice. He's a very consistent route runner and will get you the tough yards as well as the splash plays. Has good hands and great body control.

4. Malcolm Brown RB 5'11 230 Texas

- Brown was the workhorse back for a Longhorns program in disarray through his career. Once a highly touted five star recruit, he lived up to those expectations somewhat even if his team didn't. A big physical back that has good instincts and vision. He rarely dances around and gets going north-south in a hurry.

5. Blake Bell TE 6'6 260 Oklahoma

- The "Belldozer" made the transition to tight end after losing the QB job to Trevor Knight in 2013. It remains to be seen if it was a successful transition as he didn't get a lot of time there.

6. Terry Poole OL 6'5 310 San Diego State

- Poole has played both tackle spots but is still raw as a prospect considering he didn't pick up football full time until his senior year of high school. He could be worth a seventh round pick and stashed on the practice squad to develop. The potential is there to be a backup swing tackle.