The college all-star season is here with the East-West Shrine game and the NFLPA Collegiate bowl. There are some other smaller regional all-star games but this is the first big-ish one. Later this month will come the Senior Bowl, which is much bigger than these two.
Mike Singletary and Jim Zorn (remember him?) will be the coaches in the Shrine game. As Pete over at KCChiefs.com notes, the Chiefs had four players from the Shrine game last year -- G Zach Fulton, CB Phillip Gaines, S Daniel Sorensen and G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Fulton and Gaines ended the season as starters so there's obviously some value to this game.
On the East team, keep an eye on Georgia Tech wide receiver Darren Waller. He didn't get many targets in college because Tech runs an option-heavy offense. In the Orange Bowl, though, Waller was a hot target catching five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. At 6'5 and 240 pounds, he is obviously the most physically imposing wide receiver at the Shrine Game. Look for him to come out of this week with lazy comparisons to Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
At one point, Washington's Kasen Williams had the look of a potential first-round pick. Then he broke he leg in October of 2013. With just 20 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns, he obviously had a disappointing senior season. Against Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl, however, he showed glimpses of why he was so highly regarded. He can be a physical pass catcher and has decent hands.
Unfortunately this isn't a big quarterback year. I say unfortunately because everyone loves / hates talking about quarterbacks in Kansas City.
Anyone you're keeping an eye on?
How to watch the Shrine Game
How to watch the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Where: StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.
When: 3 p.m. (CT)