Commentary

Shrine Game week a proving ground

Players can impress scouts, raise their NFL stock in Orlando this week

Updated: January 20, 2010, 8:58 AM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
The East-West Shrine Game is a chance for prospects to receive NFL coaching and prove themselves in front of NFL scouts. Barring any late changes to the rosters, here are a few players to watch this week.

Top five expected to play

DE Greg Hardy, Ole Miss
Hardy's roller coaster of a career at Ole Miss finished on a disappointing note considering he missed nearly five full games with multiple injuries. It also is widely known in NFL scouting circles that Hardy comes with baggage, including a questionable attitude and poor work ethic. He is healthy now and needs to show scouts that he is rounding back into form. A healthy, determined Hardy could dominate the competition in this game. He needs a strong week to help his plummeting draft stock.