With the college football season having ended weeks ago, players looking to move their football-playing careers to the next level have begun to prep for the over-three-month-long job interview leading up the NFL Draft in April.
One aspect of the process is college all-star games, which serve more as scouting exhibitions than actual competitive football. Dean Lowry, who just finished a stellar four-year career at Northwestern at defensive end, will play Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game. At 6-foot-6 and nearly 300 pounds, Lowry is a massive specimen who scouts have said can play in both 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes. Lowry, one of eight Northwestern players trying to reach the NFL, has impressed during the week's practices. Thus, he has climbed up draft rankings boards and is now listed as the No. 23 DE prospect in the draft by NFL Draft Scout and No. 30 by CBS Sports.
Fellow Wildcat Nick VanHoose was also invited to play in the game, but is unable to participate as he is still recovering from a finger injury that forced him to miss the Outback Bowl. Lowry will play for the East team, coached by former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis.