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Former Wisconsin players begin East-West Shrine Game practices

A few Badgers could make an impact this week.

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It is now college football all-star game szn, and a few former Wisconsin Badgers are making the most of their last opportunities to wear the Motion W on the side of their white helmet.

Down in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the East-West Shrine Game, former Wisconsin standouts are showcasing their talents and exercising their interviewing skills in front of NFL scouts this week. Defensive linemen Alec James and Conor Sheehy, linebacker Leon Jacobs and safety Natrell Jamerson are all noted on the West roster. Sheehy, for what it’s worth, is listed as injured according to the all-star game’s website and a tweet by Pewter Report’s Tre Sikkema).

Jamerson, who was named by Rotoworld’s Josh Norris as one of the Top 20 prospects in the Shrine Game, appeared to play well on Monday, intercepting a pass from Texas Tech’s Nic Shimonek during their afternoon practice.

Also worth noting, Sikkema tweeted that Jamerson was interviewed by the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers after practice on Monday.

Along with Jamerson, Jacobs looked well during practice, showcasing his athleticism that should attract him some attention this offseason.

While James didn’t necessarily do anything noteworthy enough to be posted on the twitter dot com, it’ll be vital for him to show his value, as his spot in the NFL is likely a strong side defensive end in a 40 front.

Optimum Scouting and Sporting News’ Eric Galko published the official measurements of the players:

  • Jacobs: 6’1 1/4, 245 pounds (was previously listed at 6’2, 245 on UW’s roster)
  • Jamerson: 5’10 5/8, 200 pounds (6’0, 198)
  • James: 6’3, 270 pounds (6’3, 272)

The East-West Shrine Game takes place on Saturday, Jan. 20 inside Tropicana Field (2:07 p.m. CT kickoff, NFL Network).

Across the other side of the country in sunny Pasadena, Calif., Austin Ramesh is slated to participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (3 p.m. CT, FS1) as he looks to impress scouts of teams that still use fullbacks in that game. Look for him for blow up blocks.