On Saturday in St. Petersburg, Florida, the East-West Shrine Game, an NFL draft prospect showcase, took place and there were plenty of Big 12 players showing off their stuff.
Most notably, was former Texas Tech QB Nic Shimonek, who tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Houston’s Steven Dunbar in the final two minutes, which turned out to be the game-winning score. The West won the game 14-10 over the East.
Aside from Ferguson, I was most intrigued with Nic Shimonek among this QB group, he has some likeable tools. Nice contested grab by Steven Dunbar for the TD over standout Avonte Maddox. pic.twitter.com/VPe6B31JtW
— Jonathan Valencia (@JonValencia_WiB) January 20, 2018
Shimonek played the most of any QB on the East team, finishing 12/18 for 105 yards and one touchdown.
Also, there was former Oklahoma wide receiver Jeff Badet, who led the West team with five catches and was second on the team with 42 receiving yards.
There were seven other Big 12 players who were involved in this game. Also on the West Team were Texas defensive lineman Poona Ford (5-11, 310), Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning (6’2”, 230), Oklahoma State tackle Zach Crabtree (6-7, 310) and Kansas State long snapper Drew Scott.
The East team included Oklahoma State center Brad Lundblade, West Virginia guard Kyle Bosch and Oklahoma State safety Tre Flowers will lace it up for the East Team.
Unfortunately, after looking at multiple box scores, there were no defensive stats given for the game. But it’s not often about the stats for the NFL scouts, it’s more about what they see on the field with speed, agility and awareness.
Best of luck to all these Big 12 players as they continue to take further steps to try and make the NFL. The Scouting Combine begins on February 28th in Indianapolis and the NFL Draft starts April 26th in Arlington, Texas.