I’ve watched the Shrine Game for years, but I have to say this year I was even more pumped than usual to watch after the ball was kicked off. I intended to Tweet about players as I was watching live. I did this, and after a couple Tweets, one about Alabama WR Gehrig Dieter, I peered back into my Twitter messages I see a direct message from a “Derek Dieter” about how he appreciated my Tweet about Gehrig. Come to find out it was Gehrig’s very own Father! We continued to message each other as the game went on. He and I agreed on a bad red zone target that was intended for Gehrig and how it should have been a score. What a great experience to chat with a proud Father about his son playing a great game. Gehrig showed that he is on track to play on Sunday’s. (I will be interviewing Gehrig here soon so stay tuned for that here at DFF!) On to my IDP observations from The 2017 East/West Shrine game that was played in St. Pete Florida this past Sunday and was televised on NFL Network.
Defensive End – Trey Hendrickson – Florida Atlantic 6’4” 265lbs.
With 9.5 sacks and 15 TFL this year, (29.5 sacks and blocked four kicks also in his career) you can tell s this kid comes to play on game day. In this particular game, he stood out more than any other defensive player on the field. What I look for in a DE is burst out his stance off the line. Trey has that and it will become very useful when he is in the NFL. I really hate to say it because I know some of my Fantasy Football foes read this but I really like this kid. His motor never stops as shown in this game with a ball strip and a hustle run down tackle. Keep an eye on where he goes in the draft. #IDPGOLD
Defensive End – Karter Schult – Northern Iowa 6’4” 260lbs.
The Buck Buchanan FCS Defensive Player of the Year award recipient stood out for me at the Shrine game when he beat two O-Linemen and had a run-down sack! At Northern Iowa, not only did Karter terrorize the quarterback, but he also stood up against the run game and got tackles. We in the IDP world LOVE lineman who also get tackles. *This is another player I am interviewing this Thursday*
Inside Linebacker – Richie Brown – Miss St. 6’2” 240lbs.
A couple of years ago I led the Chris Borland IDP train. While all my doubters chastised me big time, Borland hit the field he blew up the IDP stat sheet for me and the very few who heeded my words. Well, Mr. Brown might just be the reincarnation of Borland. He looked faster than usual in the Shrine game and I really like his tenacity and heart. Keep an eye out for this kid. He might just prove a lot of people wrong.
Thank you for reading my Shrine Game IDP Standouts. The Senior Bowl is coming next, so be ready for my Senior Bowl IDP Standouts next week all you Non-Skimmers I adore!