The 92nd annual East-West Shrine game is taking place this Saturday and defensive back Tony Bridges and wideout Quincey Adeboyejo will be representing Ole Miss in St. Petersburg. Both players are attempting to raise their draft stock after lackluster senior campaigns.
The East-West Shrine game is an excellent opportunity to boost one’s valuation. Just ask former Rebels and current NFL players Fahn Cooper and Cody Core, who played in the all-star game last year and were drafted in the fifth and sixth rounds, respectively. Cooper in particular made a name for himself during the week of practice, something that helped convince the 49ers to draft him. If Bridges and Adeboyejo can show out, the exposure they get from this game could be enough to propel them into the later rounds of the draft.
So if you’re not doing anything this Saturday afternoon, check out the Shrine game and shout out Atta-boy-Joe one last time.
How to watch
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.
When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. CT
TV: NFL Network
Online: NFL Game Pass, which requires a subscription. You’ll be able to listen to the game for free via link that will appear on this page on gameday.
Radio: SB Nation Radio
By the way, if you happen to be near the St. Petersburg area, hit up Quincy or Tony on Twitter to see if they can set you up with some tickets:
If there is any Ole Miss fan near St Pete that would like to attend the Shrine Game Saturday. DM me I can get you tickets❤️— Tony Bridges (@tdreads23) January 17, 2017
If there is any Ole Miss fan near St Pete that would like to attend the Shrine Game Saturday. DM me I can get you tickets— Quincy Adeboyejo (@QuincyA18) January 17, 2017
After recording 604 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2015, Adeboyejo’s numbers shrank to just 456 yards and a single touchdown in 2016. Some of that can be attributed to the array of offensive weapons that were available to Chad Kelly and Shea Patterson. With so many mouths to feed, it’s understandable that Adeboyejo would occasionally have games in which he saw fewer targets. Still, no one expected that Adeboyejo would fail to record a 100-yard game or that his only touchdown of the season would come against Wofford.
But while Adeboyejo’s senior season statistics clearly don’t jump off the page, his physical skill-set is the type that makes NFL scouts drool. He’s run a laser-timed 4.40 yard dash and at 6’3, he presents a matchup problem even for NFL defensive backs. Furthermore, he made a number of big plays throughout his college career that established him as a legitimate deep threat. Remember this, anyone? All in all, we’d be suprised if Quincy didn’t rise from his current undrafted free agent rating into the later rounds. That climb may have begun this week during Shrine Game practices.
Red zone one-on-ones. This is too easy for Ole Miss WR Quincy Adeboyejo. They can't keep up with his feet. pic.twitter.com/7zxIDMYN4t— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) January 18, 2017
Bridges struggled to fulfill expectations in his final year following a promising junior season in which he started 11 games at cornerback and tied for second on the team in interceptions. Battling nagging injuries for much of the 2016 season, the former Juco All-American failed to record an interception struggled in coverage for a Rebel secondary that finished 11th in the SEC in pass defense efficiency.
Still, Bridges’ physicality and playmaking ability are such that he could make an impact at the next level. Several media members in attendance for the Shrine Game preparations have raved about his performance in practices. At the moment, CBS Sports projects Bridges as a seventh round pick in the draft.