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NFL Draft: Breaking Down the Big Ten Players at the East-West Shrine Game
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16 Jan 2014 01:36 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Jeremy Gallon has flashed the ability to go up and get the football. (Image Source: FrankHyatt.com)

Here’s a look at the Big Ten prospects invited to the East-West Shrine Game:

WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan: The diminutive pass catcher lacks prototypical measurables, but that didn’t stop Gallon from being Michigan’s best player in 2013. Gallon plays bigger than his size. While he projects to be a slot receiver at the next level, he excelled at stretching the field as a senior. 

WR Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska: With a breakout senior season, Enunwa emerged as a legitimate NFL prospect. He has outstanding size and strength for a receiver and flashed big play potential in 2013 while emerging as Nebraska’s number one option. He also has a knack for getting into the end zone. It appears a hand injury suffered on Tuesday will keep him out of the game.

TE Ted Bolser, Indiana: Surprisingly, the IU product was not a big part of Indiana’s prolific passing attack, but NFL scouts recognize his potential. Bolser has very good length and reliable hands, which could make him a late-round sleeper at tight end.    

OT Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska: With experience playing both tackle spots, Sirles brings versatility, but this week his goal is to prove he belongs at left tackle, protecting the quarterback’s blindside. So far it looks like he has the footwork to make a case for himself. He has good size, that’s not in question.

OG John Urschel, Penn State: Out to prove he’s more than just a genius, this is a big week for the William V. Campbell Trophy winner (aka “Academic Heisman”). So far he has had trouble in pass protection drills according to reports, but Urschel may be one those players who is better as part of a unit, than an individual talent.    

OG Ryan Groy, Wisconsin: A powerful blocker, Groy can be a mauler when playing in a box and it’s over when he gets his mitts on a defender. However he struggles in space and is unathletic, making him limited in what he can do. He is also getting reps as a long snapper this week, which will only help his chances of making an NFL squad.    

Leaders Division Reviews: Ohio State | Wisconsin | Penn State | Indiana | Illinois | Purdue

DT Bruce Gaston Jr., Purdue: Yes, Purdue’s defense had some good players. Gaston has a strong upper body and quick feet making him a disruptive interior lineman. The word out of Florida this week is that Gaston is drawing praise for his execution and effort.  

NT Beau Allen, Wisconsin: Tipping the scales at over 330 pounds, Allen is a legit nose tackle that can anchor a three-four defense. With a change in defensive scheme in Madison, Allen gained experience playing the “34” in 2013. He’s strong, stout, can get a good push up the middle and is extremely hard to move. 

LB Max Bullough, Michigan State: It appears the Spartan’s stock is continuing to tumble. After missing the Rose Bowl because of a suspension, Bullough arrived at the E-W Shrine game well overweight at 265 pounds and the word that everyone seems to be using to describe him is “sluggish.”

LB Glenn Carson, Penn State: A decent tackler, Carson lacks the speed and athleticism to cover a lot of ground so he may have to play his way into the NFL as a special teamer. On that note, he’s working on his long snapping this week, but the early results have been shaky at best.  

CB Ricardo Allen, Purdue: Another Boilermaker with pro potential, Allen is quick, fluid and fearless. He not only has the toughness to play bigger than his size, but also the swagger needed to play in coverage in today’s NFL. He projects as a slot corner but his ball skills might have him playing a bigger role at the next level.

S Dezmen Southward, Wisconsin: He has good size and is proven playing in the box. Southward doesn’t shy away from contact but he has questionable coverage skills and too often found himself out of position against the pass. According to CBS Sports he’s not expected to participate this week.

S Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, Penn State: Playing out of position, Obeng-Agyapong was forced to play mostly linebacker this season because of PSU’s lack of depth at the position. He has good experience playing near the line of scrimmage for a safety but can he handle the last line of defense? From reports, it sounds like he’s holding his own.

S Brock Vereen, Minnesota: The younger brother of New England RB Shane Vereen, this Golden Gopher has excellent speed for a safety, which he needs to use to make up for his lack of bulk. The All-Big Ten performer could be a sleeper. He’s athletic and a fluid athlete.

Big Ten Links:

Big Ten Football Final Power Rankings: Michigan State Represents in the Rose Bowl

One-On-One With Penn State Offensive Guard John Urschel

One-On-One: MSU LB Max Bullough Talks About Winning the Big Ten Championship

One-On-One: Michigan State’s Max Bullough Talks Playoffs & Defines Spartan Dawg

Q&A: Iowa’s James Morris Talks About the Perception of the Big Ten & Upcoming Playoffs

Q&A: James Morris Talks About Corralling the Program & New Year’s Day Bowl

Q&A: College Football Hall of Famer Orlando Pace, Ohio State Buckeyes

Q&A: College Football Hall of Famer Percy Snow, Michigan State Spartans

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. 

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