Sayville’s Jack Coan looks to improve NFL draft stock at East-West Shrine Bowl


He’s one of the greatest high school football players in Long Island history. 

But Sayville’s Jack Coan has an uncertain future in the NFL. That’s why Thursday night’s game is such a big moment for him.

“This is huge,” said Coan’s father, Mike. “Jack is moving up quick.”

Thursday night is the East-West Shrine Bowl, an all-star game featuring college’s best athletes. It’s the final time Coan will appear as a college player. 

With the NFL Draft just a few months away, it’s a great chance for him to impress his potential future employers.

He will play for the West team — and he’s already impressed his coach, Marcus Brady.

“Very intelligent, bright, as a quarterback, making great reads and performing well on the field,” said Brady, who is also the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts.

Coan starred at Wisconsin and then Notre Dame, recently setting an Irish bowl game record for total yards with 509

But will he get a shot to prove himself in the NFL?

GLI chatted with Coan, who said, “I hope to go out there and have fun and enjoy the game.  I’m just gonna be myself and play my game. The main goal is to help my team win.” 

Thursday night, Coan has a chance to improve his draft status, playing in front of plenty of NFL scouts and coaches

Ahead of the game, Coan was awarded The Pat Tillman Award, which recognizes college athletes who demonstrate intelligence, sportsmanship, and service.

He has the skill set to be an NFL quarterback, but whether he will be drafted or become a priority un-drafted free agent (UDFA) after the draft is up for debate.

A great performance Thursday could help swing that debate in the Long Islander’s favor.

The East-West Shrine Bowl happens 8 p.m. ET at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. It will be televised on the NFL Network.

Top: Sayville’s Jack Coan on the field of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas after being awarded The Pat Tillman Award (credit: Twitter).