As anticipated, the New York Giants have sent several scouts to St. Petersburg, Florida to cover the upcoming East-West Shrine Game, which will be played this coming Saturday. And although they haven't been overly active in interviewing many of the players, both Blogging the Beast and Walter Football have reported that Giants scouts have been seen talking to and keeping a close eye on Army Black Knights quarterback turned wide receiver, Trent Steelman.
Most reports have indicated that Steelman's transition to wide receiver has been surprisingly seamless, with the former quarterback showing a fearless attitude over the middle and impressive progress in and out of his cuts. He's also showed his value elsewhere, running the wildcat in practice, and even taking over the long-snapping duties at one point.
Several scouts have simply label Steelman as a "real football player." And the Giants, as our buddies at SNY point out, rarely shy away from developmental projects (see: Andre Woodson and Ryan Perrilloux) and love versatility. Under head coach Tom Coughlin, they also thrive on discipline, and few players in the East-West Shrine Game are more disciplined than the four-year Army starter.
With the success of guys like New England Patriots wide receiver/cornerback Julian Edelman at the pro level, college players like Steelman are going to get a lot more attention. And although he's still likely to go undrafted, there's no doubt someone will sign him as an undrafted rookie free agent (URFA).
Will it be the Giants? Who knows, but they're poking around.
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