I got an email from one of my SBN brethren, Alfie from Big Cat Country, who was at the Shrine game practices yesterday and he made notes of which teams asked to speak with which NFL prospects after practice. The East-West Shrine game is this Saturday at 4pm EST in Orlando. Here's a little fun fact about the game:
The annual East-West Shrine Game® is the most respected and longest-running college post-season bowl game, pitting teams comprised of players from schools in the eastern United States against schools in the western United States.
All 32 teams will be in attendance at a game that has featured current and past NFL stars.
Here's who I was notified the Panthers talked to, as it turns out the top prospect in the game. But this is just one fan's notes so don't take it being all inclusive of the Panther's activity at the game:
- UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin- Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers
If you believe the Panthers need a DT in this draft Austin could very well give Fairley a run for his money. Fairley probably won't look as good as Austin in spandex once they get to Indy. So Da'Quan Bowers will have some competition at the Combine for the #1 pick as I'm sure Austin will be there, he has too much to prove.
In looking around for more Shrine game notes I came across this about Austin from PFT:
North Carolina DT Marvin Austin certainly looks the part. He showed up in shape, carried his weight very well and has the kind of natural lower body girth/mass you look for in an interior lineman. He was also very well put together in the upper body and you can tell he has been working hard — at least in the weight room — all season.
The bolded text was my emphasis cause this reminds me of Kris Jenkins, the dude with the biggest thighs and ass on the planet, and he learned to use it well. This is good to hear from a guy who has been out of football for a year. Here's a link to the back story on Austin on why he was suspended for his senior season in case you missed it. Yet before you lump this guy in with QB Cam Newton consider what is at the heart of his issues:
Austin is being investigated by the NCAA for his trips to Florida parties, California training sessions and his work with a tutor, sources told ESPN.
Okay...he went to some parties in Florida (isn't that called Spring Break), attended some unauthorized training sessions and got a tutor? Maybe there is more to it but I'm not sure I would call that a bad character problem. The fact he has been working out since September tells me this kid has already made the mental jump from the NCAA to the NFL. More concerning to me about Austin would be this:
The following is a list of players who decided not to take the Wonderlic this week at the Shrine game…
North Carolina DT Marvin Austin
Ohio State SS Jermale Hines
Illinois OL Randall Hunt
Penn State DT Ollie Ogbu
Miami CB Demarcus Van Dyke
I've got the entire list of which teams talked to who and more Shrine game practice notes and news after the jump...
Here's another picture of Austin that shows his thick lower section. He looks like an 'effin bad ass to me.
I would be remiss to not include a plug for the Shriner's Hospital which is just a fantastic organization worthy of your donations if you so care:
About Shriners Hospitals for Children®
Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment. All care and services are provided regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. The organization depends on the generosity of Shriners and donors, as well as funds raised by special events, such as the East-West Shrine Game®.
Here's the rest of the list. I'm sure Alfie will have more info on what he was at practice over at Big Cat Country.
Richmond defensive back Justin Rogers- New York Jets
Miami (FL) defensive back Demarcus Van Dyke- Houston Texans
Penn State running back Evan Royster- Philadelphia Eagles
Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent- Tennessee Titans
Michigan State safety/linebacker Eric Gordon- Philadelphia Eagles
Buffalo cornerback Josh Thomas- St. Louis Rams
Indiana wide receiver Terrance Turner- San Francisco 49ers
UCF defensive end Bruce Miller- Cleveland Browns
UCONN defensive end Greg Lloyd II- San Diego Chargers
Ohio State offensive guard Bryant Browning- Philadelphia Eagles
Iowa State safety David Sims- Tennessee Titans
LSU offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale- New England Patriots
Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle- Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals
Nevada linebacker Dontay Moch- San Diego Chargers
Idaho strong safety Shiloh Keo- San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars
Oregon State center Alex Linnenkohl- San Diego Chargers
Boise State defensive end Ryan Winterswyk- Minnesota Vikings
Oklahoma State linebacker Orie Lemon- New York Giants
Washington State guard Zachary Williams- Arizona Cardinals
UCLA defensive tackle David Carter- Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots
Washington safety Nate Williams- Arizona Cardinals
Rice defensive end Cheta Ozougwu- New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers
Hawaii running back Alex Green- New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys
Utah safety Justin Taplin-Ross- New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys
Utah offensive guard Caleb Schlauderaff- Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles
LSU offensive guard Joseph Barksdale- Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots
Fresno State outside linebacker Chris Carter- Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans
Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien- Tennessee Titans
Iowa defensive end Karl Klug- Tennessee Titans
Central Michigan inside linebacker- Nicholas Bellore- Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams
Portland State tight end Julius Thomas- Jacksonville Jaguars
Arizona State punter Trevor Hankins- Miami Dolphins
Cincinnati wide receiver Armon Binns- Miami Dolphins
Arizona defensive end Ricky Elmore- Cleveland Browns
Fresno State offensive guard Andrew Jackson- Tampa Bay Buccaneers