While you were watching the Kentucky basketball team defeat Auburn, Derrick Baity and Bunchy Stallings were representing the University of Kentucky in the 94th East-West Shrine Game. Here’s what you missed from the East’s 21-17 win.
1. Baity Balled
Playing in his hometown, the 6’2″ cornerback started for the East and recorded four tackles, the fifth most on his team. Baity had to get involved against the run because they rarely threw the ball his way. He made most of his highlights during the week of practice.
— Orlando Alzugaray (@BigOShow) January 16, 2019
Jamal Custis v Derrick Baity pic.twitter.com/o05Bm4Vq87
— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) January 16, 2019
2. Bunchy one of the Best
Kentucky’s All-American did not start for the East, but that doesn’t mean he did not capture the attention of scouts in the stands. One noted that offensive line play at the Shrine Game is typically rough, yet Stallings was still one of the four best at the game.
A solid days work at the Shrine game for Bunchy Stallings. pic.twitter.com/iLo9AmYCiM
— Lawrence McGivney (@LMcGivney) January 20, 2019
3. Meetings with NFL Personnel
The Shrine Game is an excellent preliminary NFL Draft tryout. Scouts get a chance to reinforce what they’ve seen on film, while front office personnel can sit down for one-on-one interviews with players.
Ten NFL general managers were at Tropicana Field throughout the week. Baity reportedly met with Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Minnesota and Cincinnati, while Bunchy had discussions with the Bills and the Vikings.
4. No C.J.
Kentucky’s 1,000-yard tight end did not finish the week in Tampa after suffering a minor injury in practice. From what I understand, he would have played if it was a real game. His absence should not hurt his draft stock. In fact, it tells me that he’s in such good shape, he did not have to push it to play.
Three more Cats — Darius West, Mike Edwards and Lonnie Johnson — arrived in Mobile, Alabama today to prepare for Saturday’s Senior Bowl. We’ll keep you updated on their progress throughout the week.