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10 Prospects Who Could Shine at Shrine Game


The 91st annual East-West Shrine Game will air at 3 p.m. (CT) Saturday on NFL Network.

Personnel staffs have descended on St. Petersburg, Florida, as more than 100 invited college seniors are going through practice sessions. Some prospects can secure invites to the NFL Combine, and others will be able to place themselves on the radar of teams with notable performances this week.

The Vikings wound up with three participants in the 2015 game on their roster: TE MyCole Pruitt, DE B.J. DuBose and QB Taylor Heinicke. Other highly familiar Vikings to have participated in the Shrine Game include (Brian Robison in 2007, and Blair Walsh and Jarius Wright in 2012).


Draft analyst Chad Reuter came up with a list of the "10 most intriguing" prospects at this year's game. Reuter led the list with Navy's Keenan Reynolds, who is preparing to switch from triple-option quarterback to running back:

The FBS all-time career leader in touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, and rushing yards by a quarterback is making the official move to the running back spot for Shrine Game practices. Considering he ran twice as often as he threw as the Midshipmen's quarterback (977 rushes versus 462 passes), some could argue this isn't really a position change. He showed toughness and agility as a runner in the triple-option throughout his four years in Annapolis, but the Heisman candidate will have to show scouts he can find holes and take advantage of them in a pro-style offense.

Reuter followed his list with Oregon QB Vernon Adams, Jr., Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste, South Carolina State DT Javon Hargrave, Southeast Missouri State WR Paul McRoberts, Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld, Southern Utah DE James Cowser, Arkansas State TE Darion Griswold, Colorado T Stephane Nembot and UCLA LB Aaron Wallace. Clickhere for his takes on the prospects.

Brandt's All-Rookie Team

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt placed two Vikings newcomers on his 2015 All-Rookie Team: WR Stefon Diggs and linebacker Eric Kendricks.

Brandt wrote that Diggs' could develop into a "solid starter in the NFL with above-average speed" and noted Kendricks' strength and "great recognition skills."

Quick Hitters

Andrew Krammer of with a look at Vikings quarterbacks, including an 8.9 percent sack rate taken by Teddy Bridgewater in his first two seasons.'s Ben Goessling continues his series on Vikings that are due to become free agents with a recap of guard Mike Harris.

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