The Arizona Wildcats’ top NFL Draft prospect, Paul Magloire Jr., got a late call to join the East-West Shrine Game and has taken advantage of the opportunity. Originally slated to play in the Tropical Bowl, Magloire decided it was best to play in the Shrine Game, a more prestigious event that has allowed him to showcase his skills to NFL coaches and scouts.
Magloire has been turning heads and improving his draft stock since Shrine Game festivities have begun. The Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, and others have all met with the 6-foot-1, 227 pound linebacker this week. He is also being coached by George Edwards, the Defensive Coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings.
On Monday, Magloire was graded as the highest linebacker at practice, according to draftanalyst.com.
The media has also been impressed with Magloire’s talents this week.
I like Paul Magloire 's quickness. He's going to be a good option for a team that wants to emulate what the Cardinals do w/Deone Buccannon.— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) January 17, 2017
Paul Magloire from Arizona flies to the ball. Just shot in and made a tackle for loss on Utah RB Joseph Williams.— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) January 17, 2017
Scout just sent me a text and Paul Magloire had 9 1/2 inch hands and 31 5/8 arm length. Very similar to Sua Cravens last year. Impressive— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) January 15, 2017
The East/West Shrine game begins today for players and LB Paul Magloire is a hot commodity. Met with over 7 teams already #Arizona— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) January 15, 2017
Arizona OLB Paul Magloire beat Wisconsin running back Dare Ogunbowale in 1v1 reps.— Riley (@junioraumanac) January 17, 2017
So far it's another food day for Paul Magloire/LB/Arizona. Making plays all over the field.— Draft Analyst (@DraftAnalyst1) January 17, 2017
LB Paul Magloire Jr. (Arizona) stood out on Tuesday for the West @Shrine_Game . He flies to the ball, strong run defender, quick guy.— NFL Draft Blitz (@NFLDraftBlitz) January 17, 2017
Jets spent lot of time meeting with @P_MAGLOIRE at East-West shrine game. Definitely a name to watch next few months.— Jake Steinberg (@Steiny31) January 17, 2017
Arizona LB/safety Paul Magloire meeting with #Jaguars today as East-West Shrine Bowl week kicks off, per source— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) January 15, 2017
Magloire led Arizona in tackles this season (81) despite missing a game due to a groin injury and being used situationally in the beginning of the season. He also added 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
He is currently being projected as a fifth round pick, optimistic that the remaining practices and Pro Day will increase his value as well.
The East-West Shrine Game will be played on Sunday, January 21 on NFL Network at 3pm EST.