Matt Groh’s Shrine Bowl takeaways played major role in Patriots draft class
As he continues to settle into his new role as New England’s director of player personnel, Matt Groh impact on personnel decisions looks to be growing after a particular set of draft picks.
As recently discussed in a new column from Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots selected four players who participated in the Shrine Bowl, an event which Groh attended as a scout.
Tyquan Thornton, Jack Jones, Pierre Strong Jr. and Sam Roberts all made their way to New England after participating in the Shrine Bowl, a showcase primarily for FBS players. The Patriots were tied with the Titans for the most players selected from the game. They also signed two UDFAs, D’Eriq King and LaBryan Ray, who took part i n the game.
“I think for executives like Matt, who were there and took advantage, they probably got a lot of good character and background feedback, for sure,” Eric Galko, the Shrine Bowl’s director of player personnel told Reiss. “He was one of the longest-staying executives, there for at least four days,” he said.
Pierre Strong Jr. #20 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits avoids a tackles by Braelen Oliver #14 of the Minnesota Gophers during the fourth quarter of the game on August 29, 2018 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Gophers defeated the Jackrabbits 28-21. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Dec 4, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Tyquan Thornton (9) catches a touchdown pass past Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Christian Holmes (0) during the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship game at AT&T Stadium. Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports