Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden will lead the North team into exhibition game battle (so, the opposite of a battle) against San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s South team as some of the world’s top prospects take the field. A smattering of potential first round picks have worked all week to impress scouts in practice, and now they’ll get the opportunity to shine as college athletes one last time before the combine season drops into full gear.
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That includes a handful of quarterbacks who will be working to wiggle past Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray to be the first passer selected in 2019. Duke’s Daniel Jones, recipient of approximately 4,000 comparisons to Peyton Manning since November, will be there. So will prolific Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, who threw for 99 touchdowns and more than 12,000 yards with the Tigers.
They’ll have the chance to prove that talent will scale up to football’s highest level while working with a handful of pro coaches. The outcome of Saturday’s game is merely a side dish to the main course of highlight-reel plays and scouts observations. So who will rise up and cement their place in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft?