While the Reece’s Senior Bowl gets the most attention for the NFL Draft All Star Games, the East/West Shrine Bowl is in it’s 96th year and has featured the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo, Za’Darius Smith, Tom Brady, Lawrence Taylor and even Husker great Will Shields. The game allows NFL Scouts and General Managers a chance to watch the prospects face off against each other in practice drills with NFL level coaching.
Unfortunately because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 East/West Shrine Game will not be taking place. But the organization wanted to honor those prospects that would normally get invited for the success they’ve been having during their senior seasons.
After Brenden Jaimes was selected yesterday, JoJo Domann gets the honors today. The versatile Domann has had plenty of success in the Huskers defense playing a hybrid outside linebacker type role splitting time blitzing off the edge and playing coverage out in the flats.
While Domann is a fan favorite his NFL future but would mean a transition to being an off the ball linebacker because of his size. That’s why it’s unfortunate that the Shrine Bowl isn’t going to be played as Domann would have gotten a chance to showcase his skills at the position in front of scouts and NFL coaches.
Being drafted was going to be a long shot anyway for Domann but missing out of this game only stings more because Domann isn’t going to test very well, and could have impressed when he had the pads on. The best case scenario is for Domann is that the NFL has a more regular offseason where Domann can go to a rookie OTA and hopefully get a training camp invite. That way Domann could hope to follow in the footsteps of former Husker OLB Luke Gifford as a core special teams player and depth linebacker.