Ranking the Shrine Game Rosters by Position: Defense

January 19, 2013 in 2013 East-West Shrine Game

(*note this is based on this week of practice, not their overall draft rank)

Defensive Line:

  1. William Campbell, MIchigan
  2. Wes Horton, USC
  3. Joe Vellano, Maryland
  4. Izaan Cross,Georgia Tech
  5. A.J. Francis, Maryland
  6. Josh Boyd, Mississippi State
  7. David Bass, Missouri Western State
  8. Anthony McCloud, Florida State
  9. Travis Johnson, San Jose State
  10. Devin Taylor, South Carolina
  11. Scott Vallone, Rugers
  12. Caleb Schreibeis, Montana State
  13. Will Pericak, Colorado

A little disappointing overall as a group. Originally thought there would be more overall upside in this class. Still some good players at the top of this list though.

Linebacker:

  1. Keith Pough, Howard
  2. Gerald Hodges, Penn State
  3. Sio Moore, UConn
  4. Matt Evans, New Hampshire
  5. A.J. Klein, Iowa State
  6. Nathan Williams, Ohio State
  7. Steve Greer, UVA
  8. Lerentee McCray, Florida
  9. Robert McCabe, Georgetown
  10. DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina

Strong linebacker group, arguably the 2nd most talented position here. Just about all these guys should be drafted and many had really strong weeks.

Cornerback:

  1. Brandon McGee, Miami
  2. Josh Johnson, Purdue
  3. Branden Smith, Georgia
  4. Micah Hyde, Iowa
  5. Aaron Hester, UCLA
  6. Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech
  7. Trey Wilson, Vanderbilt
  8. Sheldon Price, UCLA
  9. Travis Howard, Ohio State
  10. Kayvon Webster, South Florida
  11. Khalid Wooten, Nevada
  12. Melvin White, La Lafayette
  13. Demonte Hurst, Oklahoma
  14. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois

Good overall group and that is even with some disappointments like Hurst and Hawthorne. Many of these guys will need some time to develop, but they showed the potential to one day be at least a nickel back in the NFL.

Safety:

  1. Duke Williams, Nevada
  2. Zeke Motta, Notre Dame
  3. Josh Evans, Florida
  4. Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse
  5. Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan
  6. Cooper Taylor, Richmond
  7. Rashard Hall, Clemson
  8. Earl Wolff, NC State
  9. Branden Bishop, NC State
  10. Keelan Johnson, Arizona State
  11. Cody Davis, Texas Tech
  12. Bradley McDougald, Kansas
  13. Kejuan Riley, Alabama State

Strong safety group overall as more than half of these  guys will get drafted (perhaps as many as 10). Some guys may be limited by scheme, but overall there is a lot of NFL talent in this group. This is either the 2nd or 3rd strongest position behind RB and possibly linebacker.


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