We don’t usually see the two teams put up a lot of yards and points at the East-West Shrine Bowl down at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, but this year it was a different story. At the 95th edition of the game, we saw the East beat the West by a score of 31-27, and many players helped their case to go higher in the 2020 NFL Draft than they were projected to go just a few weeks ago. Below is my quick recap on who I thought helped their draft stock on Saturday.
Benny LeMay, RB, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
At 5’8″ and around 220 lbs, LeMay reminds me quite a bit of running back Doug Martin. Their similar stature isn’t the only similarity though, as their running styles are quite the same as well. On Saturday, LeMay showed great patience waiting for the offensive line to open holes and finish their blocks. He finished with two touchdowns and ran hard downhill. During his college career, LeMay averaged over five yards per carry, and he’s shown decent vision and burst during the Shrine Bowl week. I think he helped his draft stock this week.
Binjimen Victor, WR, Ohio State
Victor had one of the best weeks at the Shrine Bowl among the wide receivers and showed his ability to go up and high-point the football during the game on Saturday. Victor is a tall and long receiver, and could be a solid redzone target for teams in the NFL. On top of that, the long arms and catch radius will certainly be appealing to some teams. I think Victor also helped his draft stock, and since he only had 34 receptions during the 2019 season, the extra reps this week showcased his skills more.
James Morgan, QB, FIU
We know the Chicago Bears met with Morgan this week, but they definitely wanted to see more of what he is capable of during live game action. On Saturday, Morgan had two strong drives that increased his draft stock significantly. At 6’4″, 220 lbs or so, Morgan has the ideal size of course for a quarterback, but there were questions about his accuracy on the intermediate and deep throws. I’m not sure Morgan was considered to even be a seventh round pick before this week, but maybe a team uses a sixth or seventh rounder on him.