The East West Shrine Game Practices are set to begin this week in Orlando, Florida. With the game being held in state, it should allow the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ scouts, coaches and front office a birds-eye view of practices. It marks the 85th time the game has been played. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the 23rd of January at the Florida Citrus Bowl and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Having added coaches on hand to grade individuals throughout the week of practices should prove to be invaluable in compiling extra scouting data in terms of how players respond to coaching, their ability to digest new playbooks and work ethic in a condensed week that will definitely challenge the NFL hopefuls.
The game will feature more then 100 prospects and two former NFL head coaches with strong defensive back rounds as the East will be coached by former Cleveland Browns head coach and New England Patriots and current Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. The West coach also has ties to the Browns and Chiefs as Marty Schottenheimer will patrol the sidelines for the West. We here at Bucs Central have scanned both the East and the West rosters and have put together a list of eighteen prospects that quite possibly could be on the Bucs radar and could peak the interest of the Bucs even further depending on how the week of practice progresses.
After the late December defensive slide in 2008 that continued through most of 2009 season. The team is sure to be keeping close tabs on a host of defensive talent assembled in Florida this week.
The game will feature a quintet of mid round defensive end prospects that were considered fierce edge rusher at the collegiate ranks the likes of Greg Hardy of Mississippi, James Ruffin of Northern Iowa, Lindsey Witten of Connecticut, Willie Young of North Carolina State and Jeffery Fitzgerald of Kansas State.
Players that the Bucs might have a serious interest in are listed below, they are broken down by position.
G Sergio Render Virginia Tech
G Zane Beadles Utah
T Kyle Calloway Iowa
WR Freddie Barnes Bowling Green
WR Kerry Meier Kansas
WR Naaman Roosevelt Buffalo
DE Greg Hardy Mississippi
DE James Ruffin Northern Iowa
DE Lindsey Witten Connecticut
DE Willie Young NC State
DE Jeffery Fitzgerald Kansas State
DT Terrell Troup UCF
DT Michael Neal Purdue
MLB Jamar Chaney Mississippi State
MLB Joe Pawelek Baylor
CB Patrick Stoudamire Western Illinois
S Larry Asante Nebraska
S Darrell Stuckey Kansas