While the actual Shrine Bowl game is still to be played on Thursday night, the bulk of the evaluation is done during the practices, which took place Saturday through Tuesday. The Patriots, coaching the West team, got an up-close look at a handful of players, some potential first-round picks and others who are expected to go on Day 3.
After drafting four players from the Shrine Bowl last year – and signing two more as UDFAs – there’s a good chance they’ll draw heavily from the game again. They worked with a number of players who not only had strong weeks, but fit roles the team projects to need to fill this offseason as well. Here’s a look at who those players are.