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2024 Shrine Bowl Guide

Shrine Bowl Guide: This guide includes player evaluations in skill positions as well as best landing spots and a final ranking list of players by each position.

Quarterbacks

Kedon Slovis (BYU)

PROS

  • High football IQ
  • Abundance of high level experience

CONS

  • Inability to consistently make outside the numbers throws
  • Limited mobility
  • College regression

Best fits: Chiefs, Cowboys

Jack Plummer (Louisville)

PROS

  • Rises in the pocket well during pressures
  • Good anticipation within 30 yards

CONS

  • Lacks velocity on downfield throws
  • Inaccurate at times, especially missing receivers high

Best fits: Chargers, Vikings

Jordan Travis (Florida State)

PROS

  • Plus speed combined with shiftiness making him a threat as a runner
  • Very disciplined mechanics
  • Protects the football very well

CONS

  • Recovering from a severe injury
  • Average arm strength

Best fits: Jaguars, Vikings

Devin Leary (Kentucky)

PROS

  • Accurate in short range
  • High football IQ 

CONS

  • Limited athleticism 
  • Lacks velocity on downfield throws

Best fits: Raiders, Eagles

Austin Reed (Western Kentucky)

PROS

  • Good arm strength
  • Plus size
  • Good ability to make outside throws

CONS

  • Unpolished mechanics
  • Turnovers when trying to make plays when nothing is there

Best fits: Cowboys, Cardinals

John Rhys Plumlee (UCF)

PROS

  • Great athleticism 
  • Plus arm

CONS

  • Smaller build
  • Unproven intermediate and deep passer

Best fits: Broncos, Eagles

Taulia Tagovailoa (Maryland)

PROS

  • Solid runner
  • Plus arm

CONS

  • Small height 
  • Inconsistent footwork

Best fits: Dolphins, Broncos

Running Backs

Jonathon Brooks (Texas)

PROS

  • Elusive 
  • Good pass catching abilities
  • Creative outside the tackles

CONS

  • Small sample size
  • Sometimes chooses outside runs too often resulting in losses

Best fits: Cowboys, Giants

Jabari Small (Tennessee)

PROS

  • Good burst
  • Fierce runner

CONS

  • Average vision
  • Limited lateral quickness 

Best Fits: Cowboys, Titans

Isaac Guerendo (Louisville)

PROS

  • Big play ability
  • Plus pass catching ability
  • Good patience

CONS

  • Extensive injury history in early college career
  • Average athleticism 

Best fits: Cardinals, Texans

Jaden Shirden (Monmouth) 

PROS

  • Elusive
  • Big play ability

CONS

  • Has not proven success at highest level
  • Not great operating with smaller spaces and stacked lines

Best fits: Colts, Packers

Deshaun Fenwick (Oregon State)

PROS

  • Good size
  • Ability to finish runs

CONS

  • Small sample size
  • Lack of burst

Best fits: 49ers, Panthers

Tyrone Tracy (Purdue)

PROS

  • Good pass catching ability
  • Successful returner
  • Plus athleticism

CONS

  • Small sample size at running back position
  • Average through contact
  • Average elusiveness 

Best Fits: Steelers, Buccaneers 

Frank Gore Jr (Southern Miss)

PROS

  • Good balance through contact
  • Good potential as passing down back with good hands and form blocking

CONS

  • Small size for next level
  • Below average elusiveness

Best Fits: Jets, Texans

Carson Steele (UCLA)

 PROS

  • Good strength and size
  • Runs forward with purpose, utilizing blocking

CONS

  • Average speed
  • Sometimes tries to do too much, leading to fumbles or losses

Best Fits: Buccaneers, Panthers

Blake Watson (Memphis)

PROS

  • Good football instincts
  • Great receiver out of the backfield

CONS

  • Average strength 
  • Undersized for position

Best Fits: Patriots, Chargers

Wide Receivers

Anthony Gould (Oregon St)

PROS

  • Fearless operating in tight windows
  • Good hands

CONS

  • Average athleticism 
  • Undersized for position
  • Limited college production

Best Fits: Jets, Eagles

Cornelius Johnson (Michigan)

PROS

  • Works well in space
  • Ability to win contested catches 

CONS

  • Average speed
  • Does not get open enough in zone coverage and can struggle to get separation in man coverage

Best Fits: Raiders, Bengals

Tejhaun Palmer (UAB)

PROS

  • Big play ability
  • Uses frame well on contested catches

CONS

  • Average speed
  • Will be tough to win routes consistently at the next level

Best Fits: Chargers, Chiefs

Tayvion Robinson (Kentucky)

PROS

  • Good hands
  • Makes good adjustments to routes to get open

CONS

  • Smaller frame while also not having the speed to make up for it
  • No breakout season

Best Fits: Rams, Saints

David White (Western Carolina)

PROS

  • Big play ability
  • Good size which gives him good ability to make contested catches

CONS

  • Has not played at higher level football
  • Struggles to create separation 

Best Fits: Browns, Dolphins

Isaiah Williams (Illinois)

PROS

  • Good burst
  • Creates separation well

CONS

  • Smaller frame makes him rely on separation
  • Might have trouble fighting off the line at next level

Best Fits: Patriots, Eagles 

Jalen Coker (Holy Cross)

PROS

  • Red zone threat, wins in contested catches
  • Good runner in space, YAC threat

CONS

  • Did not play at FBS level, might struggle getting separation against bigger and more physical corners
  • Sometimes uses body to bring in passes

Best Fits: Dolphins, Cowboys

Josh Cephus (UTSA) 

PROS

  • Versatile, can hit home run plays or work short routes
  • Good runner with the ball, YAC threat

CONS

  • Gets jammed at the line
  • Not consistent catching the ball

Best Fits: Bears, Giants

Lideatrick Griffin (Mississippi State)

PROS

  • Quick and shifty route running
  • Good athlete

CONS 

  • Inconsistent
  • Undersized

Best Fits: Steelers, Bills

Jadon Janke (South Dakota State)

PROS

  • Good returner
  • Plus route runner

CONS 

  • Average college statistics
  • Average athlete

Best Fits: Bengals, Rams

Jaxon Janke (South Dakota State)

PROS

  • Good contested catching
  • Consistent

CONS 

  • Struggles to get separation 
  • Average athlete

Best Fits: Bengals, Buccaneers

Bub Means (Pittsburgh)

PROS

  • Good hands
  • Has the ability to win short, intermediate and deep routes

CONS 

  • Sometimes gets stuck in rotes and doesn’t improvise 
  • Average athlete

Best Fits: Panthers, Eagles

Tahj Washington (USC)

PROS

  • Great speed and quickness downfield
  • Good hands
  • Great competitor

CONS 

  • Smaller frame
  • Doesn’t adjust to broken plays well

Best Fits: Panthers, Jaguars

Malik Washington (Virginia)

PROS

  • Excellent route runner 
  • Finds soft spots in zone coverage
  • Good hands

CONS 

  • Smaller frame without elite speed

Best Fits: Texans, Bears 

Tight Ends

Mason Fairshild (Kansas)

PROS

  • Good receiver across middle of the field 
  • Large catch radius

CONS 

  • Average athleticism 
  • Can get beat in blocking larger players

Best Fits: Giants, Rams

Zach Heins (South Dakota State)

PROS

  • Sound blocker
  • Good size

CONS 

  • Unproven receiver
  • Has not faced FBS size

Best Fits: 49ers, Cardinals

Issac Rex (BYU)

PROS

  • Good speed
  • Plus athleticism

CONS 

  • Struggles to separate
  • Unproven blocker

Best Fits: Broncos, Dolphins

Ja’Tavion Sanders (Texas)

PROS

  • Great speed
  • Sure hands
  • Matchup nightmare

CONS 

  • Can’t block defensive lineman well

Best Fits: Jets, Dolphins

McCallan Castles (TCU)

PROS

  • Good speed
  • Solid Separation

CONS 

  • Can’t block defensive lineman well
  • Drop struggles at times

Best Fits: Commanders, Bengals

Dallin Holker (Colorado State)

PROS

  • Good catch radius
  • Ability to get open in zone and man coverage
  • Sure hands

CONS 

  • Limited straight line speed
  • Smaller for tight end position

Best Fits: Panthers, Colts

Mason Pline (Furman)

PROS

  • Sure hands

CONS 

  • Limited athleticism
  • Small route tree

Best Fits: 49ers, Titans

Tip Reiman (Illinois)

PROS

  • Good blocker

CONS 

  • Limited athleticism

Best Fits: Bengals, Colts

Player Rankings (By Position)

Quarterback

  1. Jordan Travis (R3-R4)
  2. Taulia Tagovailoa (R5-R6)
  3. Austin Reed (R6-R7)
  4. Kedon Slovis (R6-R7)
  5. John Rhys Plumlee (R7-UD)
  6. Jack Plummer (R7-UD)
  7. Devin Leary (R7-UD)

Running Back

  1. Jonathon Brooks (R3-R4)
  2. Carson Steele (R6-R7)
  3. Frank Gore Jr (R6-R7)
  4. Isaac Guerendo (R6-R7)
  5. Blake Watson (R7-UD)
  6. Jabari Small (R7-UD)
  7. Tyrone Tracy (R7-UD)
  8. Deshaun Fenwick (R7-UD)
  9. Jaden Shirden (R7-UD)

Wide Receiver

  1. Malik Washington (R2-R3)
  2. Tahj Washington (R4-R5)
  3. Drake Stoops (R4-R5)
  4. Bub Means (R5-R6)
  5. Lideatrick Griffin (R5-R6)
  6. Cornelius Johnson (R6-R7)
  7. Tayvion Robinson (R6-R7)
  8. Isaiah Williams (R6-R7)
  9. Josh Cephus (R7-UD)
  10. Tejhaun Palmer (R7-UD)
  11. Anthony Gould (R7-UD)
  12. Jalen Coker (R7-UD)
  13. Jaxon Janke (R7-UD) 
  14. David White (R7-UD)
  15. Jadon Janke (R7-UD)

Tight End

  1. JaTavion Sanders (R2-R3)
  2. Dallin Holker (R3-R4)
  3. Mason Fairshild (R5-R6)
  4. McCallan Castles (R5-R6)
  5. Issac Rex (R6-R7)
  6. Tip Reiman (R7-UD)
  7. Mason Pline (R7-UD)
  8. Zach Heins (R7-UD)

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