Shrine Practice: East Team Page

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

A breakdown of the players from the East team during all three days of practice at the Shrine game.

Quarterbacks

Name: Nick Mullens

School: Southern Miss

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Mon: Showed a good command of the offense but little in the way of arm strength or long accuracy.

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Wed:  Today was far and away the best performance from Mullens.  He showed good zip on this thows and was relatively accurate.  Did hold the ball a little long in the pocket.

 

Analysis:  Mullens is a solid college quarterback who does not possess the physical skills to play on Sunday.

 

Name: Cooper Rush

School: Central Michigan

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Mon:  Was inaccurate most of the day and showed average arm strength.   Just does not look like a next caliber passer.

Tues:  While Rush made a few nice throws today overall his passes were late getting to intended receivers and often times far from the mark.

Wed:  Overall it was the best day  of practice for Rush.  He arm looked crisper and though a number of passes did get away from him I thought he also made several nice throws.

 

Analysis:  I never understood the hype surrounding Rush in the scouting community who stamped him as a potential third round pick prior to the season.  The past three day affirmed my opinion.  He seems to have a decent feel for what’s happening around him but Rush lacks a next level arm and his accuracy/pass placement leaves a lot to be desired.

 

Name: Alek Torgersen

School: Penn

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Mon:  Turned in a solid performance.  He had the strongest arm of any passer on the East and made several nice throws.  On a number of occasions he was able to thread the needle and get the ball to the intended receiver with speed and power.

Tues:  Though not as effective as Monday, Torgersen is doing enough to peak scouts interest.  A number of his throws were off the mark but he definitely possesses a next level arm.  On several occassions coaches complimented his arm strength and ability to get the ball through the tight spots.

Wed:  Torgersen continued to show a live arm and hands down had the best arm strength of any passer on the field.  A few throws got away from him but he showed next level tools.  The Tampa Bay Bucs, who are likely to lose back-up signal caller Mike Glennon in fre agency, have strong interest in Torgersen.

 

Analysis:  Considering Torgerson was not even on the scouting radar at the start of the season his attendance at the Shrine game alone was a victory.  It won’t end here for the Ivy League passer.  He comes with a next level arm and made a number of Sunday passes throughout the week.  Torgerson still needs a bit of work on his game but I definitely see him making at least a practice squad in the fall.

Running Backs/Fullbacks

Name: Marcus Cox

School: Appalachian State

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Mon:  Cox quickness and burst impressed me as did his pass catching skills.  He made several nice receptions on crossing patterns and caught the ball well with his hands most of the day. 

Tues:  Cox ran well today and also did a solid job catching the ball out of the backfield.  He has a terrific burst and once the ball is in his hands he's gone.  On the flip side his blocking was disasterous.

Wed:  This was probably Cox best practice.  He showed terrific quickness, a busrt in the open field and outstanding pass catching skills.  He had several long plays from the line of scrimmage and showed skill in the middle of the field as well as around the preimeter.

 

Analysis:  While Cox needs to improve his blocking the footwork, speed and ball carrying skills he displays are next level quality.  Factor in solid pass catching hands and I believe Cox has the makings of a legitimate third down back.

 

Name: I'Tavius Mathers

School: Middle Tennessee

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Mon:  Mathers really didn’t stand out in any way.  He was solid but not special.

Tues:  Two things I liked about Mathers today as 1) his blocking 2) his pass catching.  He really stood out in blocking drills, taking on and defeating LB's.  He does a lot of things well.

Wed:  Mathers was up and down.  He ran the ball well, looked solid in blocking drills but dropped an easy reception in scrimmage which had a few scouts shaking their heads.

 

Analysis:  Mathers was up and down throughout the week but showed enough skill to make most believe he possesses the underlying tools to work with.  His ball carrying was solid as was his blocking though his pass catching was a bit inconsistent. 

 

Name: De'Veon Smith

School: Michigan

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Mon:  Terrific overall day from Smith.  He showed better than advertised quickness, the ability to turn the corner and looked very good catching the ball.  In other words he looked like the top rated running back from the senior class, as graded by scouts last summer.

Tues:  My only knock on Smith is the inability to create yardage of avoid piles.  Otherwise it was another solid performance.

Wed:  Another solid performance from Smith.  I previously mentioned he's not an elusive back that creates yardage, something which remained true today.  What I did see today was great patience and the ability to see the field then pick and choose his spots through the openings.

 

Analysis:  Overall it was a good week for Smith.  He’ll produce at the next level as a blocker, pass catcher and interior ball carrier.  My feeling the past three days is Smith will be under drafted but will be on an active roster next season.

Tight Ends

 

Name: Anthony Auclair

School: Laval

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Mon:  Gave effort but for the most part out of his league.  Showed little in the way of quickness and almost no speed.

Tues:  Another tough day for the Canadian.  Besides a lack of quickness and speed he could not come away with a number of tough catches.  To his credit Auclair goes hard on every down.

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Analysis:   I give Auclair an “A” for effort but he’s best playing his football north of the border.

 

Name: Colin Jeter

School: LSU

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Mon:  Big, bruising tight end who physically mauled opponents as a blocker and pass catcher. Beat down linebackers who attempted to cover him and for the most part caught the ball well.  Marginal speed and not a deep threat.

Tues:  Jeter ran solid routes and caught the ball well.  Except for Auclair, he's the slowest tight end on the field.

Wed:  Jeter was quiet catching the ball but looked terrific as a blocker.

 

Analysis:  In my opinion Jeter showed enough skill to get late round consideration for a team needing a third tight end, primarily a blocking tight end, on short yardage or goal line situations.

 

Name: Scott Orndoff

School: Pittsburgh

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Mon:  Had his ups and downs.  Caught the ball well for the most part but did have a few drops.  Looks marginally athletic.

Tues:  Once again Orndoff showed a lot of inconsistency.  He runs good routes and makes nice receptions only to drop easy passes and/or not come away with the catches he should make.

Wed:  Orndoff had a solid day making a few nice catches and holding his own as a blocker.  Speed is a major question.

 

Analysis:  Orndoff was inconsistent most of the week catching the ball and blocking.  I’m not sure how he’ll test which will be a big part in determining his final draft grade.

 

Name: Eric Saubert

School: Drake

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Mon:  Hands down the best tight end in attendance.  By far the quickest, speediest and most athletic.  Had one drop early in the day then went on to catch everything thrown in his direction.  Made several nice receptions in drills and scrimmage.  Really stood out.

Tues:  Another wow performance catching the ball from Saubert.  He constantly separates from defenders yet at the same time comes away with the contested ball in battles. He shows natural pass catching hands and runs incredibly well for a big tight end.  His blocking?  Well they've had him release into pass routes or line-up in the slot to take advantage of his hands so that remains a mystery.

Wed:  Again Saubert looked tremendous catching the ball, at one point drawing loud praise from scouts in the bleachers after he laid out and made a spectacular grab of an errant throw downfield after beating the linebacker.  On several occassions I noticed he did a solid job blocking, setting with proper fundamentals and holding the point.

 

Analysis:  Revert back to my Shrine Week preview when I highlighted Saubert as I player I was anticipating watching.  He did not disappoint but I didn’t expect him to based off his junior and senior film.  His build, speed and pass catching ability remind me of former Northeastern tight end Brian Mandeville (there’s a name for you) and his blocking wasn’t too shabby.  Saubert not only did everything scouts asked of him, he offered more.  He was effective catching the ball as an in-line tight end or when lined up in the slot.  He made acrobatic receptions downfield and just as regularly won out during battles in the flat.  I got the idea by late Wednesday coaches were concocting ways to line him up everywhere on the field. I firmly believe Saubert is the type of player the Shrine Game will fondly look back on as one of their own two years down the road.

 

Wide Receivers

Name: Quincy Adeboyejo

School: Mississippi

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Mon:  Adeboyejo ran crisp, solid routes, getting separation from opponents and caught the ball well.  I really liked the way he comes back to the ball.

Tues:  Again Adeboyejo ran terrific routes and constantly came clear of defenders.  He also does a terrific job consistently extending his hands and making the reception away from his frame.  He shows good eye/hand coordination as well as balance and body control.

Wed:  I was very impressed by Adeboyejo today.  He made several nice receptions in drills as well as scrimmage, consistently catching the ball with his hands away from his frame.  He competes for the catch and shows excellent timing as well as eye/hand coordination.

 

Analysis:  Overall it was a good outing for Adeboyejo as he was consistent catching the ball all three days and was one of the better route runners on the East squad.

 

Name: Stacy Coley

School: Miami-Fl

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Name: Gehrig Dieter

School: Alabama

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Mon:  Ran good routes and displayed some of the best and most consistent hands on the East squad.  Consistently extends and works to make the reception away from his frame.  I did not see him drop a pass.

Tues:  Dieter caught the ball extremely well and displayed soft, natural hands.  He offers limited quickness and speed which will really hurt his next level opportunities.

Wed:  Dieter made several terrific grabs including one acrobatic reception that was out of bounds.  He's not fast but smart and consistently found the open spaces in the defense.

 

Analysis:  Dieter is tough and reliable but his lack of speed and quickness is a limiting factor.  I doubt he’s selected in the draft but I could see a coach taking a liking to him in camp this summer.

 

Name: Tony Stevens

School: Auburn

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Mon:  Fastest receiver on the East.  Has a terrific burst which he turns on in a step and can outrun defenders.  Pass catching was up and down.

Tues:  I need to break Stevens down in two sections; drills and scrimmage.  He looked fantastic in drills and could not be stopped.  He was quick, fast, separated in underneath coverage or beat defenders downfield and caught the ball well.  Scrimmage was another story.  Stevens seemed to shy away from contact and on one play looked like he wanted no part of the action despite the ball being thrown in his direction.

Wed:  Stevens again looked good in drills then made several receptions in full scrimmage, albeit in the short field.  He was scolded by a coach for night fighting back to the inside on a wayward pass.  In this instance Stevens jogged out the route.

 

Analysis:  The bottom line on Stevens is this; he has the tools and ability to play on Sunday but I question whether he likes the physical contact of the sport.  If the light goes on someone is going to get a steal.

 

Name: Kermit Whitfield

School: Florida State

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Mon:  Very quick and hustled but small and lost out on a number of occasions.  

Tues:  It was a tough day for Whitfield.  He's quick and runs soolid routes but 1) he's short and cannot get to passes over his head and 2) he does to much body catching and clutches the ball against his frame unecessarily.

Wed:  Little bit better of a day for Whitfield.  There were no drops and he did a good job fielding kicks.

 

Analysis:  Whitfield struggled most of the week.  Expect him to return kicks and/or punts during the game and one big return will quickly change his momentum.

 

Name: Deangelo Yancey

School: Purdue

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Mon:  Very impressed with Yancey.  Long, angular and caught the ball well all day long.  I was impressed with his route running, which caught me by surprise.

Tues:  Another really good performance from Yancey.  He agains caught the ball well and won out for contested passes.  He also threw several nice blocks when required.

Wed:  I'm sounding redundant but it was another good performance from Yancey.  He's not the quickest route runner but does a great job selling routes, setting up defenders then separating into the open field. 

 

Analysis:  Yancey impressed me from the first day and consistently produced.  He’s not fast but tough, reliable and a receiver who does the little things well, such as blocking.  I envision him as a late round pick/fifth receiver moving forward.

Offensive Line

Name: Lucas Crowley

School: North Carolina

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Mon: Crowley was able to set himself apart as the top guy in the group of centers on the East squad. He played mean today, displaying quick strong hands in his run blocking. When pass setting, he had a good strong base and was difficult to drive back. There is some room for improvement for his quickness in his feet.

Tues: Crowley was able to display his strength and aggressive style of play, again. However, his lack of quickness in his feet was highlighted a bit more than yesterday. Overall, less impressive than Monday.

Wed: Crowley has had a similar story all three days of practice. He was strong in his lower body when pass setting, and was able to display it when taking on a blitz from Javancy Jones. He was able to stay low and take on the rush well, only slightly moving backwards. In poisitional drills, Crowley was slow coming out of his stance.

 

Analysis: Crowley has a very strong lower body and plays the game very low. His biggest issue is the lack of quickness in his feet, when blocking and firing off the line. He has strong hands and good technique. His lack of size and quickness will probably hurt him at the next level.

 

Name: William Holden

School: Vanderbilt

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Mon: Holden was one of the top offensive lineman for the day on the East squad. He displayed quick feet in every drill and showed great technique in his pass set. In one-on-one drills his strong hands were highlighted. Look for Holden to continue to impress.

Tues: Once again, Holden performed very well. He is beginning to emerge as the top offensive lineman in the group. He showed a strong punch in one-on-one drills and had quick feet, throughout the day, aside from one instance, when he was beat to the outside easily by FAU’s Trey Hendrickson.

Wed: Holden had another positive day of practice. He displayed his strength in the 11-on-11 team period when he took Michigan defensive tackle Matthew Godin right out of the play with a very strong drive block. However, FAU DE Trey Hendrickson was able to best Holden, again, when he rushed passed him in the team period, nearly untouched.

 

Analysis: William Holden is one of the top offensive linemen in the Shrine Game. He has a quick strong punch and a very strong lower body. His technique is very good when run blocking and the technique is there when pass blocking, but some of the faster edge rushers are able to get by, from time to time. Holden should impress in the Shrine Game.

 

Name: Dieugot Joseph

School: Florida International

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Mon: Joseph showed off his length displaying good arm and leg extension throughout the day. However, he seemed to rely on it because he was often caught reaching during the one-on-one drills. Joseph’s main weakness was in his lack of quickness to keep up with edge rushers.

Tues: Joseph continued to struggle to keep up with the quicker edge rushers, causing him to reach again and at one point, being called for holding FAU’s Trey Hendrickson. When run blocking, Joseph displayed his strength and length, with a strong punch and good arm and leg extension.

Wed: Joseph struggled in today’s 2-on-1 double team drill with the defensive line. His hand technique was poor and was pointed out by his offensive line coach, a few times. During one rep, Joseph quickly lost his footing and fell to the ground. He showed off his length and lower body strength when run blocking, but was playing over his toes, at points.

 

Analysis: Joseph has great length and a strong lower body. He’s often caught reaching for defenders coming off the edge, displaying a lack of quickness. A big weakness in his style of play is his hand technique. He often found himself being shed by defenders or getting called for holding. Joseph was not impressive, overall.

 

Name: Kyle Kalis

School: Michigan

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Mon: Kalis was impressive throughout practice. He had very quick and strong steps when run blocking and displayed a good base in his pass set. He showed flashes of quick feet during the one-on-one drills, but was caught reaching, at points.

Tues: Kalis did not display as much quickness in his feet in today’s one-on-one drills. At times, it was there, but he did find himself being beat off the edge, while getting some reps at tackle. He had a quick and strong punch when run blocking and displayed a nice low pad level.

Wed: Kalis had a good day of practice in the positional drills. He showed off great lower body strength in his drive during the 2-on-1 drills and was very quick getting into his pass set. He had a strong punch throughout the day. During the team period a few mental mistakes were made.

 

Analysis: Kyle Kalis played well, overall, throughout the week. He looked very strong each day and was violent through the point of contact. His footwork technique was good, but the speed was not very consistent. A majority of the mistakes that were made came about mentally. Kalis impressed, physically.

 

Name: Alex Kozan

School: Auburn

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Mon: Kozan displayed a good pad level throughout the day, constantly staying low throughout drills. He set a good base in his pass sets and had quick feet. However, when run blocking, he took lengthier steps and sometimes found himself off balance.

Tues: Kozan had a good strong base in his pass sets and was able to display a strong upper body, with good extension when engaged. When pulling, Kozan reached his destination faster than expected and moved efficiently in footwork drills. His hands were a little slow and needs some improvement in his hand technique.

Wed: Kozan did not fare as well as the past two days. During the team period, when pulling, he took a poor angle and had some trouble changing direction. He also made a few mental mistakes, including getting flagged for a false start. His pass set is low and strong and he has a powerful punch.

 

Analysis:  Kozan had a pretty average few days. He shined when it came to his leg strength. He had a strong low base in his pass sets and was hard to move when defenders attempted a bull rush. His run blocking, however, displayed poor technique. His steps were too long and he was unbalanced. Shortening his steps is an easy fix, but he also had trouble moving down the line when pulling and took a poor angle of pursuit towards defenders. Overall, Kozan did little to distinguish himself from the group of offensive linemen.

 

Name: Erik Magnuson

School: Michigan

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Mon: Magnuson played very well, displaying his strength throughout the day. He played violently in the 11-on-11 period showing strength in his hands and legs. His quickness could use a little bit of improvement.

Tues: Magnuson’s quickness in his hands was, again, slightly lacking, throughout practice. When engaged with a defender, he was able to set a strong base and display his lower body strength. Overall, he has played well and the weakness in his quickness is not very glaring.3

Wed: Today, Magnuson was the better of the Michigan offensive linemen. His drive was very strong and set a low, wide base when run and pass blocking. His punch was fast and powerful too. His quickness did not seem to hinder him much when going through positional drills, but could trouble him at the next level.

 

Analysis: Magnuson was the better of the two Michigan Wolverine offensive linemen in attendance. He is very strong and moves well when working to the second level of the defense. He keeps a low pad level and has a hard punch. His feet could use work, as edge rushers could get by, at times. He probably would need a change of position to succeed at the next level.

 

Name: Jonathan McLaughlin

School: Virginia Tech

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Mon: McLaughlin displayed strength in his legs when getting into his pass set, as he was hard to move in one-on-one drills and had a great base. He has a lot of length in his arms and legs and uses it well. McLaughlin could stand to improve his quickness in his feet.

Tues: McLaughlin had a very good day of practice. He was quicker today and was strong in the 11-on-11 period. He is able to stay low through his blocks and has a strong drive in his run blocks.

Wed: McLaughlin has quietly performed as one of the best offensive linemen on the East squad. He displays great lower body strength on both his run blocking when he drives his legs and his pass blocking, with a wide and low base that is hard to move. His pad level is a little inconsistent but it doesn’t seem to have a large effect on his game.

 

Analysis: McLaughlin had a great few days of practice. He used his length well when pass setting and was often able to engage the faster edge rushers, when pass blocking. He has a strong drive in his run blocks and works efficiently to the second level. His pad level was low, for the most part, which is a tiny fix. His feet could stand to improve but that wasn’t glaring in his play.

 

Name: Adam Pankey

School: West Virginia

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Mon: Pankey did not have a great showing today. He displayed slow hands throughout positional drills and the one-on-one drills. He seemed to rely on his strength to make up for his lacking of quickness and could stand to improve his pad level.

Tues: Pankey played slightly better than Monday. He was still able to highlight his strength throughout the day. He was still slow at points, but quicker than Monday. He showed off strong hands in the one-on-one drills.

Wed: Pankey’s play has continued to increase, day-by-day. The only negative of today was his footwork, as he lost his footing and fell in the 2-on-1 drill with the defensive line. In the team period, he pulled and was quick around the edge and a powerful lead blocker.

 

Analysis: Pankey played well, overall, the past few days. He got off to a slow start but he quickly cleaned up his technique as the days went on. He was very efficient when pulling, staying tight to the line and quickly finding his target as he came around the edge. In order for Pankey to succeed at the next level, he needs to improve his quickness in his feet.

 

Name: Joseph Scelfo

School: North Carolina State

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Mon: Throughout the positional drills and one-on-one drills Scelfo displayed slow feet. He played tough and showed a violent attitude. His pass sets were strong and he had a wide base. His lack of size went rather unnoticed.

Tues: Scelfo’s low pad level helped him in today’s one-on-one drills. He was able to set a strong base in his pass set and get under Louisville’s DeAngelo Brown, stalemating him at one point. His feet are still moving slowly and that was shown in his pass set.

Wed: Scelfo looked strong in today’s 2-on-1 blocking drill. He was able to stand up and drive back West Georgia’s Jason Carr with the help of Kyle Kalis, rather easily. He had a strong drive and strong hands. His lack of size showed a little when taking on Joey Ivie from Florida and his quickness could stand to improve. He went 100% on every rep and outplayed the other two centers today.

 

Analysis: Joseph Scelfo was able to end our live coverage on a high note, having his best day of practice on Wednesday. His pad level is very low, which helps him when blocking defenders that have him beat in the strength department. Scelfo’s lack of size rarely showed. He is very strong but needs to improve his quickness in order to succeed professionally.

 

Name: Daniel Skipper

School: Arkansas

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Mon: Skipper was often caught high in his pass blocks and run blocks. His 6’10” frame did seem to have difficulty in playing low. However, he showed that he was coachable after finding a way to lower his pad level without sacrificing much in the way of strength and speed. He set a good base in his pass set and performed well in one-on-one drills.

Tues: Skipper had slower feet, today. At one point he had trouble keeping up with an edge rusher and was easily knocked to the ground, because his feet were unbalanced. He kept a mean and violent leg drive through practice.

Wed: Skipper’s incredible height seemed to give him some trouble today, as he caught himself taking on rushers a little high. When driving, he displayed a lot of lower body strength and had a strong punch. His quickness could stand to improve, he was swiftly beat around the edge by FAU DE Trey Hendrickson and did not engage UNI DE Karter Schult quickly, which Schult took advantage of.

 

Analysis:  Daniel Skipper had a very average week of practice. His strength was highlighted, often. He had a strong leg drive when run blocking, but was lacking in his quickness. When pass setting, he sometimes found himself unbalanced and had trouble getting depth quickly. Overall, Skipper was unimpressive.

 

Name: Cameron Tom

School: Southern Mississippi

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Mon: Tom had a very poor showing throughout practice. He displayed a lack of strength and quickness throughout the one-on-one drills. Tom was the lowest-performing center.

Tues: Tom had a better practice than Monday’s, but still did not perform very well. When he was quick enough to engage with a defender, he was able to display some strength, but never truly overpowered anyone. He took advantage of West Georgia DL Jason Carr taking a play off and showed good arm and leg extension as he drove Carr back.

Wed: Tom was able to improve, once again. He displayed good extension of his arms and legs in positional drills. In the 2-on-1 drill with the defensive line, Tom showed flashes of a powerful drive. Defensive tackles DeAngelo Brown and Matthew Godin had some success in rushing Tom in the team period.

 

Analysis: Cameron Tom was able to improve his play each day, but never enough to impress anyone. He has greater length than the other two centers on the East roster, but is lacking when it comes to strength. He uses his length well, when he can engage, but never really outmuscled anybody. His performance the past three days was poor, overall.

 

Defensive Line

Name: DeAngelo Brown

School: Louisville

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Mon: Brown displayed his strength very well today. He found success with his his bull rush multiple times in one-on-one drills.

Tues: Brown showed quick hands in today’s defensive line positional drills. His bull rush was contained a bit in the one-on-one drills, but was able to display his strength, at points. Overall, Brown was a little quiet today, but was able to highlight some quickness.

Wed: Brown’s strength was put on display in the 2-on-1 period against the offensive line. Multiple times, Brown took on the double team and was able to get low and sit. He has a strong lower body and is hard to move. He looked slow coming off the ball, which helped the offensive line engage him during the team period.

 

Analysis: DeAngelo Brown is a very strong player. He has great strength in his legs and was able to bull rush a majority of the blockers that took him on. His quickness is inconsistent, coming off the ball a little slow, but having very quick hands in positional drills. Overall, DeAngelo Brown played slightly above average.

 

Name:  Jason Carr

School:  West Georgia

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Mon: Carr played well and showed a good combination of strength and quickness, when he wanted to. The effort was not always apparent from Carr, throughout practice.

Tues: Carr is continuing to not always give it his all. Which is unfortunate, because when he goes all out, Carr displays a lot of lower body strength and a good amount of quickness in his hands and feet.

Wed: Carr had a disappointing day in practice. The only highlight being him quickly splitting a double team in the 2-on-1 drill. Aside from that, Carr was often standing up and being driven rather easily. He shows flashes of good strength in his lower body and arms, but doesn’t seem to want to put it to use.

 

Analysis: Jason Carr had a poor week of practice because he chose to. He had flashes of great strength with violent and quick hands, but took plays and reps off. When he tried, Carr was an impressive athlete, but he did not try enough. Carr was disappointing throughout the week.

 

Name: Bryan Cox Jr

School: Florida

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Mon: Cox was quick in today’s one-on-one drills and found success multiple times using finesse moves.

Tues: Cox had some great flashes of athleticism, however, was inconsistent in his play. He would show great quickness or a good display of strength, and then disappear for a period of time.

Wed: Cox spent some time standing up today, as an edge rusher. He split a double team with ease, when going against OL Dan Skipper and TE Scott Orndoff. In the team period, Cox had two would-be sacks in a row, but then disappeared for a period of time. He also would’ve nearly cost his team fifteen yards with a personal foul, when jawing with the offense after the play.

 

Analysis: Bryan Cox is a great athlete. Unfortunately, his play is inconsistent. Cox had quick and violent hands and a very strong upper body. During team periods, he’d immediately be in the backfield for a tackle or sack, but then he’d disappear for ten plays. If Cox can harness his athleticism consistently, he could find success professionally.

 

Name:  Matthew Godin

School: Michigan

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Mon: Godin had ups and downs in practice. He was able to showcase his strength in one-on-one drills, but was slow off the ball. A positive was his pad level throughout practice.

Tues: Again, Godin found himself late off the ball on a few occasions. He was able to showcase an aggressive rush in the one-on-one drills and had a very strong initial punch. His lower body strength looked good.

Wed: Godin has not done much to set himself apart in the defensive line group. The strength is certainly there for him, but he’s slow off the ball, which allows blockers to engage him easily. A highlight of his day was in the 2-on-1 drill when he was able to highlight his lower body strength and sit when taking on a double team.

 

Analysis:  Godin is another defensive tackle that was very strong, but slow off the ball. He had very violent hands and played aggressively every play. His leg drive is great, but blockers are easily able to engage him because of his lacking quickness.

 

Name: Trey Hendrickson

School: Florida Atlantic

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Mon: Hendrickson performed very well in today’s practice. A little undersized, he used his quickness to blow by multiple offensive tackles. Look for Hendrickson’s name to continue to rise.

Tues: Once again, Trey Hendrickson was very quick off the edge. His lack of size was shown a little today, however, blockers had a hard time meeting him at the edge. He showed a lot of quickness in his hands and a skilled spin move.

Wed: Hendrickson’s quickness was on full display in the team period. He went nearly untouched and straight to the quarterback twice. Once against Dan Skipper from Arkansas and against William Holden from Vanderbilt, as well. The 2-on-1 drill really exposed Hendrickson, as his lack of size was easy to see. He lost nearly every double team.

 

Analysis:  Hendrickson had a great week of practice. He’s so fast off the edge that most of the offensive tackles could barely get a hand on him as he went by. He’s very undersized and it was exposed any time he was in a double-team. He impressed a lot of people with his rush abilities and will most likely be transitioned into a stand-up rusher position in a 3-4 look.

 

Name:  Joey Ivie

School: Florida

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Mon: Ivie displayed quickness on multiple occasions in the one-on-one drills and was also able to showcase his strength when moving upfield in the 11-on-11 period.

Tues: Ivie is continuing to play at a high level. He has very quick and violent hands when meeting a blocker. He was very fast off the ball, but, at times, a little out of control. His lower body strength was displayed thoughout the one-on-one drills, driving back multiple offensive linemen.

Wed: Ivie looked strong today and was violent throughout the 2-on-1 period. He had violent hands and was able to split a double team, as well as displaying his leg strength when he sat in a double team and didn’t move. He had some mental mistakes during positional drills but was impressive, overall.

 

Analysis:  Ivie was the best out of all the defensive tackle prospects on the East squad. He is very fast rushing up the field and has a violent initial punch. He has a low pad level combined with great leg strength and good mobility. Overall, Ivie was able to impress, the past few days.

 

Name: Ejuan Price

School: Pittsburgh

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Mon: Price did not take part in today’s one-on-one drills because of a minor injury sustained earlier. He was, however, able to display his lower body strength earlier in practice.

Tues: Price did not practice today because of injury.

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Analysis: Price injured himself early in the first practice, but impressed some people with his lower body strength.

 

Name: Karter Schult

School: Northern Iowa

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Mon: Schult was slow coming off of the edge in the one-on-one drills and continued that trend in the 11-on-11 period. However, he did use some opportunities to highlight his strength, muscling past a few offensive tackles.

Tues: Schult was still slow coming off the edge and in footwork drills. He was able to stay low and get good extension in the one-on-one drills. He displayed strong hands in the 11-on-11 period but the lack of speed was very apparent.

Wed: Schult was still slow coming off the edge and in footwork drills. He was able to stay low and get good extension in the one-on-one drills. He displayed strong hands in the 11-on-11 period but the lack of speed was very apparent.

 

Analysis:  Schult did little to set himself apart from the rest of the defensive line. He looked slow coming off the ball and had slow hands when engaging with blockers. His strength helped bail him out, at times. Overall, Schult was not too impressive throughout the practices.

 

Linebackers

Name: Richie Brown

School: Mississippi State

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Mon:  Smart, instinctive and really showed terrific awareness. His speed left a little to be desired.

Tues:  Brown again showed great instincts and awareness.  He was terrific against the run and did a solid job versus the pass when it was in front of him.  When he was asked to cover any amount of area such as in coverage drills he struggled.

Wed:  I was impressed by Brown today,  He hustles, made plays with his head and did not make mental errors.  He did well in coverage when the play was in his vicinity.  All things considered it was a plus day for the MSU product.

 

Analysis:  Brown grades high in the areas of instincts, discipline and effort but has limited speed and athleticism.  I think he’ll be a fine back-up on the inside of a 3-4.

 

Name: Austin Calitro

School: Villanova

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Mon:  Was terrible in coverage.  At times he looks as though he was stuck in cement.

Tues:  Another tough day for Calitro.  He’s yet to display himself as anything other than a two-down defender who can only make plays in the box.

Wed: Except for one exceptional play in pursuit Calitro was relatively quiet.  He's a size/speed guy that plays to neither. 

 

Analysis:  I was not impressed with Calitro.  His computer numbers are off the charts but he doesn’t play to his speed, he’s a liability in coverage and made just a few plays against the run.

 

 

Name: Andrew King

School: Army

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Mon: King displayed good field awareness and displayed some quickness in pass coverage.

Tues:  King is very quick and easily moves sideline to sideline.  He is small and has struggled getting off blocks or making plays against the tight ends.

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Analysis:  Few gave the effort King came with every day but he comes with size and scheme limitations.

 

Name:  Javancy Jones

School:  Jackson State

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Tues:  Probably the best run defender of the day, Jones was dominant in the box.  He held his ground against blocks from lineman or defeated them altogether to make the plays.  On the flip side he struggled mightily in coverage.

Wed:  Looked better in coverage drills.  Also showed a LOT of force up the field during blitz drills.

 

Analysis:  I thought Jones was one of the better two down defenders on hand.  He’s a fierce linebacker who stacks well against the run and shows force on the blitz.  If he tests well there will be a number of 3-4 teams who need a back-up ILB looking his way. 

 

Name:  Marquel Lee

School: Wake Forest

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Mon:  Not participating in Shrine week due to a foot injury.

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Name: James Onwualu

School: Notre Dame

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Mon:  Very, very athletic and looked the part. Displayed great speed moving laterally and was comfortable in pass coverage.

Tues:  Onwualu is improving by the day.  He made several nice plays against the run as well as in space.  You can see its starting to come together for him mentally.  Physically he has all the tools.

Wed:  Had an up and down day.  Made a few nice plays on the ball but was also late reacting on occasion and got caught upfiled where he was trapped by blocks.

 

Analysis:  Onwualu showed the physical skills and at times made some terrific plays in the box versus the run as well as against the pass in space.  At times he just seems a bit confused and I question his instincts, which will be a major red flag.

 

Defensive Backs

Name: Tony Bridges

School: Mississippi

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Mon:  Quick footed in reverse and displayed a nice break to the ball.  Liked his feistiness and ball skills.

Tues:  Overall a solid day from Bridges.  He offers decent ball skills and competes through the whistle.

Wed:  Terrific day from Bridges who made several nice plays during drills and scrimmage.  He's quick and shwed next level ball skills.

 

Analysis:  Overall it was a solid week for Bridges.  He made plays facing the action, with his back to the ball all the while showing quick footwork and fluid hip turn.  I feel he’s a definite dime back/special teams candidate for Sunday.

 

 

Name: Jamal Carter

School:  Miami-Fl

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Mon:  Got mauled a couple of times by small school players.  Just does not seem to have the necessary speed.

Tues:   Bottom line; Carter’s lack of speed has been making him a liability.

Wed:  Tough day for Carter.  In one instance he seemed to lose an assignment in zone which resulted in a reception for the offense then on another occasion he made a terrific play only to drop a sure INT.   I saw him in the hotel last night and he's built like a linebacker.

 

Analysis:  Carter looks like a linebacker and plays the safety position like a linebacker.  He’s a heavy hitter who seeks out the ball carrier and performs well against the run.  He also lacks next level speed and is a liability in coverage which will push him out of the draft’s seven rounds. 

 

Name: Nate Hairston

School: Temple

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Mon:

Tues:  Hairston competed today losing on a few occasions but for the most part winning out.  He’s quick, offers decent downfield speed and is very feisty.  The times he lost out it was not by much.

Wed:  I conitnue to be impressed by Hairston.  He's explosive, tough as hell and battles to break up the pass, which he did on a number of occasions.  Word is he will run in the 4.3's during pre-draft workouts.

 

Analysis:  Hairston was very impressive.  Not rated by scouts entering the season he was fast, fierce and very explosive.  He made several nice plays in coverage throughout the week but he MUST learn to get his head back around and find the ball or he won’t make it at the next level.

 

Name: Delano Hill

School: Michigan

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Mon:  Hill was solid but really showed little speed in his game.  Struggled to quickly close or receover.

Tues:  Solid performance from Hill today.  Except for one bad reception in scrimmage which could’ve easily been pinned on the cornerback, he showed solid range, terrific instincts and made plays against the run and pass.

Wed:  Today was probably Hill's best day.  He made several nice plays on the ball during one-on-one coverage drills, showing solid ball skills.  During scrimmage he displayed lateral range I had not previously witnessed.

 

Analysis:    Hill was probably the best safety on hand all week.  He improved every practice and by Wednesday looked like the complete package.  Hill constantly placed himself to make plays on the ball, showed ability in coverage as well as excellent range.

 

Name:  Jalen Myrick

School:  Minnesota

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Mon:  Unimpressive start from Myrick.  He always seemed a half step late arriving to the ball.  The one play he made would’ve been flagged for interference.

Tues:  Unlike many of the DB’s here Myrick has the athleticism but his instincts are poor.  Its obvious he’s late reacting which usually left him a step behind the play today.

Wed:  I continue to be unimpressed with Myrick's ball skills.  He runs everywhere on the field with opponents but almost never gets his head back around to locate the ball, does a ton of faceguarding and watches opponents make the reception.

 

Analysis:  I received what I expected from Myrick; a lot of inconsistency.  He has the speed and athleticism to play at the next level but his instincts are questionable and his ball skills leave a lot to be desired.  Myrick gave up a lot of receptions in large part due to his inability to locate the ball in the air. 

 

Name: Aarion Penton

School:  Missouri

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Name: Fish Smithson

School:  Kansas

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Mon:

Tues:  You can tell Smithson gets it mentally as he does a good job reading and diagnosing but he’s small, lost out in battles and his cover skills were poor.

Wed:   Smithson was rather non-descript today except for one terrific play he made in end zone drills on a pass whuch was under thrown.  To his credit Smithson came away with a terrific INT.

 

Analysis:   Smithson competed and did reasonably well at times this week.  I’m concerned about the lack of height and the mismatches he could not stop during Shrine practice and what they mean for the next level.

 

Name:  Channing Stribling

School:  Michigan

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Mon:

Tues:  Stribling has solid size and instincts but he can’t run with opponents.  He was getting beat downfield and struggled getting to the action in front of him when he was off the ball.

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Analysis:  Stribling’s lack of speed on film raised concerns and it was a major red flag during Shrine practice.  He offers terrific ball skills and made a lot of plays against the run and pass but the inability to run with opponents limits him.

 

Name:  Dymonte Thomas

School:  Michigan

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Tues:  Thomas struggled in drills and covering the pass during scrimmage.  He showed little in the way of speed or quickness.  Best up the field defending the run.

Wed:  Much better day for Thomas who made several nice plays on the ball against both the run and pass.

 

Analysis:  Thomas played his best football on Wednesday but I still have my questions about his speed and range for the next level.  I do believe he can make an NFL roster as a zone or strong safety if he plays well on special teams. 

 

Name: Jack Tocho

School:  North Carolina State

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Mon:   Tocho had his moments.  He lost out during a number of battles but bounced back and played well as the day closed out.

Tues:   Watching Tocho he’s sized well and wins out in battles but he shows limited quickness and speed.  In man coverage he was effective but if he plays off the line any distance the opponent usually wins out.

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Analysis:  Tocho was inconsistent all week.  When he was close to the receiver he made plays on the ball but his lacks of quickness, speed and inability to burst out of his plant was disconcerting.

 

Name: Damarius Travis

School: Minnesota

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Mon:  Was disappointed in Travis as I expected more.   He’s tough and shows a good head for the ball but the lack of speed and quickness in his game is a liability.

Tues:  Again the lack of quickness, speed and athleticism puts Travis behind the curve.  Mentally he’s there and has a good understanding of what’s happening or what’s going to happen but physically he’s a step slow.

Wed:  Travis struggled and at one point was left flat on the field after attempting to transition with Kermit Whitfield during end zone drills.

 

Analysis:   As a player Travis grades out well but he lacks the athleticism and speed for the next level.  As with several of the defensive backs he’ll have to earn his wage on special teams. 

 

Name:  Brad Watson

School:  Wake Forest

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Tues:  Fundamentally Watson is very sound; quick pedaling in reverse, flips his hips and smooth in transition.   He did not make many plays in drills or scrimmage but he did not get beat either.

Wed:  While Watson shows a good pedal and hip turn he face guarded opponents all day and gave up a number of receptions.

 

Analysis:  Watson showed solid technique during drills but struggled in one-on-ones and scrimmage.  He let up a number of receptions and struggled when he was not facing the ball.  Highly rated by scouts entering the season, he has the talent to make a Sunday roster but must pull it all together very soon.

 

Name:  Xavier Woods

School:  Louisiana Tech

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Mon:  Woods showed little in the way of ball skills or coverage ability.  He gave up a lot of underneath receptions all day and was losing out to tight ends regularly..

Tues:  Today was another struggle for Woods.  He seems very tentative, has a poor burst to the ball out of his plant and gave up a lot of underneath receptions.

Wed:  The bottom lnie is Woods ball skills are poor.

 

Analysis:  Woods has an NFL build but must play in a system where he faces the action and must do well on special teams.

  * Special thanks to Colin Littlefield for his reports on the offensive and defensive linemen all week