I will be down in Orlando all week for this year's East West Shrine Game festivities, held Jan. 22 at the Florida Citrus Bowl, prior to traveling to Mobile next week to take in the Senior Bowl (January 29).
Here is a quick glimpse of some of the players Lions fans should pay close attention to this week.
- Nathan Enderle, QB Idaho | 6-5, 233* With the potential loss of Drew Stanton, Detroit could look to draft a developmental prospect. Enderle has an elite arm to go along with solid fundamentals and accuracy, but his decision making was highly inconsistent in college. He could be an intriguing late round selection, but with a big week in Orlando he could move up to day 2, and out of range for Detroit.
- Da'Rel Scott, RB Maryland | 5-11, 205* Every draft seems to have a mid to late round RB that becomes a productive starter in the NFL, and Da'Rel Scott could that guy from this year's class. He needs to add bulk in order to be a more reliable runner between the tackles, but he has the speed and quickness to stretch the field and be effective as both a runner and receiver.
- Jeff Maehl, WR Oregon | 6-1, 184* After an impressive showing in the National Championship game, Jeff Maehl will be one of the hot names in Orlando. This is not without merit, as he has the quickness, agility, and hand usage to create separation consistently. The weigh-in will be key, as he looks very thin on film and will need to add bulk in order to prove he can maintain his health at the next level.
- Zach Hurd, OG Connecticut | 6-7, 325* Zach Hurd has the frame to play either guard position, and if he shows improved footwork this week teams may also consider him at RT. He has the strength to dominate at the line of scrimmage, but must be more consistent in pass protection.
- Karl Klug, DL Iowa | 6-4, 270* One of the big winners in Orlando last year was Arizona DT Earl Mitchell, as he showed he that with his explosiveness off the ball he could be an effective 3-technique pass rusher, despite his size. Karl Klug is of the same mold, and could move up draft boards if he gets his weight up to at least 280 lbs without losing the quickness and hand usage he showed at Iowa.
- Dontay Moch, OLB Nevada | 6-1, 245* The general consensus is that Dontay Moch's best position in the NFL is as a 3-4 pass rushing OLB, but he will get his chance to prove his versatility in Orlando. Last year Wisconsin's DE O'Brien Schofield impressed scouts with his seemingly natural transition to 4-3 strong-side backer, and with his elite speed NFL personnel are hoping to see the same kind of impact from Moch.
- Shiloh Keo, SAF Idaho | 5-11, 216*
Shiloh Keo was an impressive run defender in college, but really struggled in pass coverage. On film he lacked read and react skills and looked very slow at times. If he displays better athleticism and instincts in Orlando, he could move up to early day three consideration.
* Height/weight measurement information courtesy of respective schools.