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2017 East-West Shrine Game Prospects (Offense)

It's that time of year again!

Air Force helmet expected to be on display at the Shrine Game
Air Force helmet expected to be on display at the Shrine Game
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


1. Kyle Kalis 6'5 305 OG Michigan

- Kalis was part of a revitalized Wolverine offensive line that led the way to an Orange Bowl berth. He needs a rebound week after being seen repeatedly beaten by Florida State's stud defensive lineman Demarcus Walker at the Orange Bowl. He's an underrated athlete that can move several large people. Footwork is above average. Hand usage is a plus. A possible Senior Bowl invite candidate should he have a good week at Shrine.

2. Tony Stevens 6'4 213 WR Auburn

- Stevens is a story of unfulfilled potential as he's been hurt a lot or consistently inconsistent throughout his Tigers career. Hurt by Auburn's inability to find consistency at the QB position as well. Measureables alone should get him a look or two by teams, however. Needs a big week to get him on the draft radar.

3. Kermit Whitfield 5'8 178 ATH Florida State

- Florida State's career return yards record holder. Whitfield had a breakout 2015 campaign as a receiver with nearly 750 yards but was primarily deployed as a dynamic return man. Being a kick returner will be his calling card as he makes his way into the NFL. Led the Noles to a national championship in 2013 with a kickoff return touchdown late in the proceedings. Another memorable moment was when he was seen doing the football equivalent of the face palm during the kick return that set up the game winning TD in the 2016 Orange Bowl.


1. Joe Williams 5'11 205 RB Utah

- Williams has had an interesting senior year to say the least. He retired from football, only to come back for a reunion tour after numerous injuries to the Utes forced his hand. He's an above average athlete that would fit in pretty well in a traditional power run scheme. Agility and vision are a concern but he has great straight line speed. Could project as a change of pace/ goal line back at the next level provided that he doesn't pull a Ricky Williams and retire suddenly again.

2. Gunner Kiel 6'4 225 QB Cincinnati

- Kiel is more of a myth than anything else at this point. A highly touted former top recruit that transferred schools like one would change pants. Finally settled down at Cincy a couple of years ago. Arm talent is above average. Frame is ideal for the position.

3. Gabe Marks 6'0 187 WR Washington State

- The Cougars' career leader in just about every receiving category. Underrated athleticism. Proficient route runner who simply knows how to get open nearly all the time. Ideal slot receiver due to frame and speed. Will need a pretty good week if he wants the invite to Mobile next week.

4. Avery Gennesy 6'5 315 OT Texas A&M

- He got next in the long line of Aggies tackles with pro futures. Gennesy was one of the better tackles in the SEC this year and for the Aggies. While not as highly touted or talented as his predecessors at College Station, he's a pretty good player in his own right. Held up fairly well against the rigors of SEC play. Borderline invite candidate.

5. Jalen Robinette 6'4 220 WR Air Force

- The record setting receiver will be easily identified with his big frame and the cool Flying Tigers and A-10 shark teeth helmets that the Air Force Academy used this past year. The academies usually have a number of guys that go on to be drafted at these postseason events and this year, it's Robinette's turn to shine. He's a big body receiver that can run routes with the best despite the triple option offense. However, Air Force does air it out more than a normal option teams.

6. Trey Griffey 6'3 216 WR Arizona

- The son of legendary MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr. He has chosen to strike out on his own path as a football player instead of playing baseball like his father and grandfather. Frame is above average and can add more weight if need be. While not as athletic as dad (who really was back in the day?), has a decent amount of agility. Maybe we'll see Junior at the game as he resides nearby. Funny anecdote: the Shrine Game is played at a baseball stadium.