Now that the college football season is in the rearview mirror, we’ve officially entered the pre-draft process. For some players, it’s about preparing for Pro Days and the Scouting Combine. For others, it’s all about the Senior Bowl and the Shrine Bowl.
While, I’ve been talking about the Senior Bowl on the Cover 1 NFL Draft Podcast for the last week or so, it only feels right that the Shrine Bowl gets some much-deserved attention.
Over the last few days, the Shrine Bowl has revealed the rosters for the East and West teams. Both teams have a great blend of ready-made talent and players with loads of potential. Trust me, it’ll be hard to narrow this down to just three offensive linemen for the week-long event in Las Vegas, Nevada. All of these players deserve attention and to be talked about for the 2022 NFL Draft. That being said, here are three players worth keeping tabs on for the East-West Shrine Bowl!
George Moore, IOL, Oregon (East Team)
Shouldn’t come as a surprise that we start with an offensive lineman. I love the offensive lineman in the 2022 NFL Draft but overall, I just love good play in the trenches. For the Oregon Ducks, they send an experienced interior offensive lineman in George Moore to the Shrine Bowl.
He’s listed at 6-6 and 324 pounds and should see snaps at offensive tackle and guard while in Vegas. Moore hasn’t been the most productive offensive lineman in this group by allowing six sacks this past season (per PFF). However, he’s technically sound and moves well for a player of his size.
Intrigued by George Moore out of Oregon. Listed at 6-6 and 324 pounds. Was the number one ranked JUCO offensive tackle at the College of San Mataeo. Chose Oregon over a plethora of schools. Has experience at LT, RT and LG.
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) December 1, 2021
During his career for the Ducks, Moore has played over 1,100 offensive snaps. More than 600 of them have come at left tackle and this past season, he played over 300 of those snaps at left guard. He’ll need to clean up some of his footwork and get a touch faster for the NFL but with his overall technique and ability to operate in space, it leaves me intrigued to see how he develops at the next level. Going into the draft, he looks like a developmental day three draft pick with the ability to start down the road if he’s developed properly.
Cordell Volson, IOL, North Dakota State (West Team)
There might not be a better kept secret for the 2022 NFL Draft than Cordell Volson from North Dakota State. While there’s plenty of intriguing offensive lineman between the first and second day of the draft, here’s another one that could start getting some consideration after the Shrine Bowl.
You've probably heard or seen me mention his name. It won't be the last time but you need to circle the name Cordell Volson (RT 67 from NDSU). Want a guy that's mean, aggressive, looks for work and blocks to through the whistle? This is your guy. Had 100 knockdowns last season. pic.twitter.com/d7e5HqKdCV
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) July 10, 2020
Before his arrival at NDSU, Volson was a stand-out football player who did just about everything at Drake High School in Balfour, North Dakota. While he was blocking punts and was a walking double-double on the basketball court, his older brother, Tanner, was playing for the Bison before becoming an undrafted free agent for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Since then, Cordell has played in 65 games with over 2,500 snaps in his career for the Bison. Listed at 6-7 and 313 pounds, there’s much to be desired with his skillset. He only gave up one sack (per PFF) in 2021 and in 2019 he had over 100 knockdowns.
On the field, he plays with an edge and has the length to play right tackle, if needed. Much of his body work suggests that he’d be best suited to play guard at the next level. Put him in those short and condensed areas on the line of scrimmage and let him bury defenders into the dirt. He looks for work and had an 88.3 run-blocking grade (per PFF) in 2021. Many will consider Volson a day three draft pick but after the Shrine Bowl, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear his name talked about more on the second day of the draft.
Brock Hoffman, IOL, Virginia Tech (East Team)
Many of the interior offensive lineman at the Shrine Bowl will get a chance to play center but there won’t be a more impressive player at the position than Brock Hoffman. The Virginia Tech offensive lineman comes to Vegas with two years of starting experience with the Hokies but prior to that he was starting games for Costal Carolina.
I'm a big fan of Lecitus Smith (Va Tech LG 54) and Brock Hoffman (Va Tech C 76). Smith does a great job getting his guy turned and watch Hoffman finish his block up at the 2nd level. pic.twitter.com/QBE31sVVTN
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) September 13, 2021
The 6-3 and 310 pound center finishes his career with over 2,800 total snaps and he’s played more than 1,900 of those snaps at center. During the 2021 season, he had an 85.3 (per PFF) pass-blocking grade and he shows with his snap-to-step quickness.
On the field, he’s a great communicator and leader for his teammates but to the opposition he plays with a nasty side. Over the last two years, he’s played alongside talented offensive lineman such as Lecitus Smith and Christian Darrisaw but Hoffman is talented in his own right. He chips well to the second level and has shown the ability to reach block or look for work when everyone else is taken. While maintaining good leverage and lower body flexibility, he’s consistent in both pass and run blocking. Keep tabs on this talented interior offensive lineman as you’ll fall in love with his tape the more you watch it before the Shrine Bowl and the 2022 NFL Draft.