2019 East-West Shrine Preview: Safeties

The East-West Shrine game serves various opportunities depending on the status of each prospect. For small-schoolers, it's a chance to show their traits against players from Power-5 schools. For others, it can be used to showcase traits that they weren't given the opportunity to for their college teams.

The safety crop at the East-West Shrine game is an intriguing group, as a few of the names are players I expected to be at the Senior Bowl.

East Roster

The two big names on the East side are Lukas Denis from Boston College and Sheldrick Redwine of Miami (FL). Denis (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) entered the season with talks of Day 1 talent after a junior season that saw him accumulate seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups. His play slipped a bit as a senior as he struggled to remain completely healthy. Denis has obvious ball skills and instincts, but lacks physicality and fails to mix it up against bigger offensive skill players. In a specific role at the next level, Denis could thrive, but his stock has likely fallen to Day 3 status.

Redwine (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) has intriguing tools for an NFL safety, with the versatility to play in sub packages at the next level. He's shown ability to play behind the line of scrimmage, disrupt the catch point and stick ball carrier with physicality. His athleticism can be limited in some spots which limits his potential as a single-high safety or blanketing deep balls.

Another name to lookout for for the East roster is Delvon Randall of Temple. With consecutive seasons of at least 60 solo tackles and four interceptions, Randall is one of the most productive safeties at the entire event. His versatility will be coveted, and if his athleticism can hold up against better competition than he saw at Temple, he'll be in position to rise up draft boards.

Also on the East Roster: Chris Johnson (North Alabama), Zedrick Woods (Ole Miss)

West Roster

JoJo McIntosh is the headliner of the West roster, as the Washington product is a multiple-year starter for one of the best defenses in the country. With excellent size at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, McIntosh is a rangy and instinctual player on the backend. He's had a curious lack of ball skills throughout his career, which stands as his major weakness. McIntosh was paired with Taylor Rapp to form the best safety duo in the country, and will be looked at during the middle rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

An intriguing non-Power 5 prospect is Andrew Wingard of Wyoming. With 454 tackles in 51 career games, Wingard is a downhill presence who plays near the line of scrimmage. If Wingard can prove his athleticism in order to cover running backs and tight ends, he projects well as a sub package "big nickel" or box safety.

Also on the West Roster: Adarius Pickett (UCLA), Evan Worthington (Colorado), Tyree Kinnel (Michigan)

Written By:

Brad Kelly

NFL Draft Analyst

NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Wide Receivers Coach at Salve Regina University. Salve Regina Football ‘15.

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