Our man Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the Beast is down in St. Petersburg this week covering the East-West Shrine Game. You can check out his notes here.
Jimmy is keeping a keen eye on which players the NFC East scouts are focusing on. Wednesday, he did not see the Giants scouts talking with any players but yesterday they were conversing with Army’s Trent Steelman, a QB turned wideout.
“…Played QB in college, transitioning to WR for the NFL. Did a little of everything at Shrine Game practices. Played WR, a little RB, took some direct snaps, played in kick coverage, and even did some long snapping. Really interesting player.”
Another prominent blogger, Alfie Crow of SB Nation Tampa Bay, had this to say about Steelman today:
The former Army quarterback looked much better than I anticipated making the switch to wide receiver. He was quick in and out of his cuts and showed no fear catching the ball over the middle. Steelman did a surprisingly good job catching the football with his hands as well. He obviously needs a lot of refinement, but you can tell he’s a “football player” to put it as a cliche. Steelman has run some wildcat, thrown a couple halfback passes, and even lined up as long snapper for the East team. He drew a lot of interest from scouts after practice as well.
Take away what you want from the Giants’ interest in this player. You know they love versatility as well as developmental projects and Steelman fits both of those categories. Could be nothing, but the Giants are high on discipline as well as ability and who personifies that better than a cadet?