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2016 East-West Shrine Game Prospects (Offense)

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The annual kickoff event to the offseason draft process is upon us

Could the Titans visit the Oregon well again for a QB?
Could the Titans visit the Oregon well again for a QB?
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East

1. Keenan Reynolds 5'11 205 ATH U.S. Naval Academy

- Reynolds is the record holder for the most touchdowns in a career. The former Midshipman is an above average athlete with one of the better arm talents in the history of the Naval Academy. There are multiple questions for his future in an NFL environment (as a QB) given the triple option that Navy runs. He possesses a RB frame more than a receiver body. The offseason process will be an interesting one as he navigates through interviews, visits, and the service commitment questions. Will he forgo an NFL career to honor the call of his country? Outstanding character and work ethic.

2. Brandon Shell 6'6 328 OT South Carolina

- Shell needs a good performance in St. Petersburg to get on the radar once again. He wasn't the sole reason that the Gamecocks sputtered in 2015 but isn't fully absolved of blame either. A big prototypical tackle frame with some athleticism. He projects as a guard at the next level. Footwork is average. Could be a late round project pick for someone.

3. Darian Griswold 6'5 255 TE Arkansas State

- Griswold (no relation to Clark) likely has the most upside of any prospect at this event. He's an ideal fit for what NFL teams look for in modern day tight ends. He needs to impress in the drills to have a shot at being drafted.

West

1. Brandon Doughty 6'3 220 QB Western Kentucky

- The second most physically gifted QB in terms of arm talent in the class is in central Florida this week. Doughty put up monster numbers for the Hilltoppers in back to back years as he threw for over 9,000 yards and 97 touchdowns. However, the production is mostly based on the system he ran (an offshoot of the Petrino/Leach Air Raid hybrid). It will be interesting to see how he does in an environment like this. Could the Titans have another former Hilltopper on the team next year?

2. Nate Sudfeld 6'6 240 QB Indiana

- Sudfeld is an intriguing prospect in the mold of the Buccaneers’ Mike Glennon. He possesses a big body at 6’6 240 with a decent amount of athletcisim. Isn’t a complete statue in the pocket like the Titans’ Zach Mettenberger. Has enough arm talent to get by in the pros. Injury history is a concern with him missing a large portion of last year and minor injuries this year. Will make a practice squad at the least.

3. Vernon Adams Jr 5'11 200 QB Oregon

- Adams was the heir apparent to our dearly beloved Marcus Mariota in Eugene. In his brief time with the Ducks, he was electric in the Ducks high powered offense. He has an above average arm and a good amount of pocket awareness. Adept at reading the field in the pocket. Mastered the Ducks offense in a few weeks so NFL playbooks shouldn’t be an issue. However, his injury history in 2015 was frightening. Missed several games due to a broken finger and was very ineffective thanks to a cheap shot by a former EWU teammate. Also missed a significant portion of the horrific bowl game loss to TCU due to a concussion. If there’s one thing Duck fans hate more than Stanford right now, is EWU’s mathematics department. Adams did not enroll until late in fall camp because of a math class requirement. It’s even more impressive that he picked up the playbook in the short amount of time he had.

4. Devon Cajuste 6'4 227 TE Stanford

- Cajuste was Stanford’s secret weapon on offense. He was Kevin Hogan’s security blanket most of the time and blew up in the bowl game (not that anyone noticed because of Christian McCaffery’s performance). A big body receiver with tight end athleticism. Hands are above average. Scouts have compared him to Devin Funchess of Carolina but he fits more to a Travis Kelce of Kansas City.

5. Daniel Lasco 6'1 205 RB Cal

- Lasco is a prospect full of mystery as injuries have derailed a once promising 2015. People will have to evaluate his 2014 tape as there’s virtually none in 2015. He comes from the Air Raid system that Mike Leach pupil Sonny Dykes instituted at Cal. This week is very critical for him as he needs to show that his injuries are behind him. Could be a late round pick with some work put in.

Bonus prospects to watch

Storm Woods 6’0 207 RB Oregon State (WEST)

Tyler Johnstone 6’6 295 OT Oregon (WEST)

-  Johnstone has been a stalwart tackle for the Ducks when he’s healthy. The medical at the Combine will be scrutinized very closely by the doctors there as he’s torn his ACL twice in back to back years. 2015 has been a bounce back year for him however. Fits more of a right tackle role than a left one but he is capable at both spots.

Nelson Spruce 6’1 205 WR Colorado (WEST)

- Could the nation's most underrated receiver due to Colorado being not so good as a program. Owner of virtually every relevant receiver record in school history. Also a capable return man. Possesses above average hands, excellent route running skills, and technically savvy. Probably limited to the slot in the NFL but could play outside. Compares to Wes Welker/Michael Crabtree.

Derek Watt 6’2 236 FB Wisconsin (WEST)

- The younger brother of a certain Houston Texans defensive lineman that we all love to hate.

Jake Rudock 6’3 208 QB Michigan (EAST)

Joel Stave 6’5 219 QB Wisconsin (EAST)