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East West Shrine Game: 5 Players Steelers fans should watch

Every year players get invited to the East West shrine game and a select few always end up being good NFL players. These are the ones you should keep a close eye on.

NCAA Football: Florida Atlantic at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ross Cockrell, Anthony Chickillo, Javon Hargrave, Julius Thomas, and guys like Josh Norman, they all made names for themselves at their respective East West shrine games.

These events are very important, not just the game but the practices and just based off the practices they’ve had, here’s a list of players to watch today.

  • Trey Hendrickson, 6-4, 255 LBs, EDGE, FAU: Coming from a smaller school shouldn’t let you take your eyes off him as he was one of the best players in his respective conferences, earning marks such as being name C-USA First Team All-Conference and C-USA Defensive MVP.Just like Anthony Chickillo, nobody really knows if he’s an edge defender or more of an interior guy (his weight says EDGE) but one thing is for certain, the guy has been just about damn near unblockable at practices. There hasn’t been a day where he hasn’t impressed and he’ll look to keep this momentum going in the game today.
  • Deatrich Wise Jr, 6-5, 275 LBs, EDGE/DE, Arkansas: Huge wingspan, not the quickest or the fastest but wins with power and leverage. Has had quite a few good practices himself. He may not be a great outside pass rusher because he doesn’t seem to bend or have enough athletic ability, but he could be moved inside to the 3 technique similar to how Trey Flowers of the Patriots is on pass rushing downs and just stay on the edge on running downs. Wise can just absolutely overwhelm guards at the point of attack because of his freakish length, leverage and power.
  • Gabe Marks, 5-11, 186 LBs, Washington State: He’s been the talk of the WRs, as Marks has been illustrating devastating route running ability and some good hands (even for someone with such small hands) which are just leaving DBs absolutely helpless in practice again him. Daniel Jeremiah and many others believe he could be a guy who contributes early in the NFL. May not be the fastest or the biggest but the guy clearly works on his craft.
  • Fabian Moreau, 5-11, 205 LBs, CB, UCLA: Speaking of defensive backs, Moreau has by the far been the most fluid of them at practice. He demonstrates quick feet, athletic ability to boot and could be a scheme versatile guy. Definitely keep an eye on him, especially because of the history of the East West shrine game CBs that ended up being steals.
  • Eric Saubert, 6-4 1/2, 247 LBs, TE, Drake: Athletic, movable tight end that could be quite valuable in the passing game. According to reports from draftanalyst, he’s by far been the tight end that’s stood out the most because of his athletic ability, soft hands, has looked smooth in space but his blocking ability still remains to be seen. Could be the next Julius Thomas.

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