What do Bart Houston, Tyler O’Connor and Drew Wolitarsky have in common? All three are competing at one of the more obscure all-star events that exist for college football players.
The College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium, a five-day event for NFL hopefuls, is taking place in Bedford, Texas, and runs through Wednesday. Seniors from all levels of college football have descended on the town between Dallas and Fort Worth to be evaluated by professional scouts.
The Big Ten has seven schools represented by 14 players, including the former Wisconsin, Michigan State and Minnesota standouts mentioned above.
Unlike other well-known all-star games such as the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl, there isn’t an actual game attached to the proceedings at the College Gridiron Showcase, now in its third year. Rather, players participate in five days of workouts, seminars and meetings with pro scouts.
During its first two years, the event produced 13 NFL Draft picks, 106 signed undrafted free agents and 51 rookie camp invitees, according to its website.
Here are the Big Ten players at the 2017 College Gridiron Showcase
- Zach Grant, WR, Illinois
- Rob Bain, DT, Illinois
- Ricky Jones Jr., WR, Indiana
- Darian Hicks, CB, Michigan State
- Tyler O’Connor, QB, Michigan State
- Benny McGowan, OG, Michigan State
- Drew Wolitarsky, WR, Minnesota
- Jason King, OL, Purdue
- Derrick Nelson, OL, Rutgers
- Anthony Cioffi, S, Rutgers
- Julian Pinnix-Odrick, DT, Rutgers
- Andre Patton, WR, Rutgers
- Bart Houston, QB, Wisconsin
- Robert Wheelwright, WR, Wisconsin