ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The practices are complete.
All that’s left now is the actual playing of the 93rd East-West Shrine Game, which comes at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field (NFL Network).
Keeping in mind possible positions of need for the Buffalo Bills this offseason, here are 10 prospects worth watching Saturday:
Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa: If there was an MVP of the week, Fountain would be a worthy candidate. “The first day, I didn’t have any buzz really, but after Tuesday and today I’ve talked to probably 15, 20 teams,” Fountain told nfl.com on Wednesday. “They like my ball-control skills, the way I manipulate my body in the air to catch the ball through contact.” Fountain, 6-1 and 210 pounds, had 66 catches for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2017.
Kentavius Street, DE, North Carolina St.: Fellow Wolfpack defensive end Bradley Chubb might be a top-five pick, but Street solidified himself as a draftable prospect with a solid week. His career numbers (19 tackles for loss, nine sacks) aren’t huge, but he’s an impressive athlete (sub 4.6-second 40 time, can squat 700 pounds, has a 40-inch vertical leap). Some team will surely fall in love with his potential. Street finished with 38 tackles and 3.5 sacks as a senior.
Joe Ostman, DE, Central Michigan: Ostman had just one scholarship offer coming out of high school, but turned himself into one of the country’s best pass rushers. A former three-time state wrestling champion – something Bills coach Sean McDermott will certainly appreciate – Ostman led the nation with 14 sacks in 2017.
Brandon Facyson, CB, Virginia Tech: Depending on what happens with E.J. Gaines and Leonard Johnson in free agency, cornerback could end up being an underrated need for the Bills this offseason. Facyson has great size at 6-2, 197 pounds and is certainly smart enough. The double major in biology and sociology at Virginia Tech wants to become a doctor when he’s done playing football. Facyson set a Hokies record with 44 passes defensed in his career.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado: The Buffaloes’ all-time leader in all-purpose yardage (3,635 rushing, 963 receiving, 1,077 kickoff returns), Lindsay is on the smaller side at 5-8, 190 pounds. His ability to return kicks could enhance his status with the Bills, who need an upgrade in that department.
Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State: A team captain who led the Nittany Lions with 88 tackles, Cabinda was a second-team All-Big 10 selection by the league’s coaches. Some early draft projections have him going in the third round.
Deadrin Senat, DT, South Florida: A 6-1, 305-pounder, Senat has overcome personal tragedies that include the death of both of his parents. He finished with 66 tackles and six sacks as a senior. “I don’t think really anybody in the conference can block him,” Bulls teammate Greg Reaves told the Tampa Bay Times of Senat earlier this season. Bills scout Dennis Hickey spent some time talking with Senat after Wednesday’s practice.
Salesi Uhatafe, G, Utah: A three-year starter for the Utes, Uhatafe was the lone returning starter this past season after the four others around him got drafted in 2017.
Cam Serigne, TE, Wake Forest: A first-team All-ACC pick, Serigne had 165 catches for 1,963 yards and 20 touchdowns. He set school and conference records for receptions and receiving yards, while his touchdowns tied the school mark. He’s slightly undersized at 6-3, 250 pounds, but is a willing blocker.
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, DE, Arkansas State: How’s this to put on a resume – no player in college football history has more sacks than Rolland-Jones’ 40. He’s also in the top 10 all time with 60.5 tackles for loss. That has to be intriguing for teams, like the Bills, that are looking to boost their pass rush.
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