Shrine Practice: West Team Page

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Shrine Practice: West Team Page

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

Quarterbacks

Name:    Gunner Kiel

School:  Cincinnati

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Mon:  Kiel struggled all practice from the get-go.  He was tentative, indecisive and made some really poor passes.  Occasionally he flashed a strong arm but for the most part looked very pedestrian. 

Tues:  Struggled again today.  Once again seemed indecisive and was all over the place with throws.  Tossed one pass into triple coverage.

Wed:  Kiel again struggled for most of the day. While he showed speed on some of his throws he scattered passes and made some very poor decisions.

 

Analysis:  The week of Shrine practice was just an extension of the troubles and struggles Kiel has experienced the past year and a half.  His performance was inconsistent to poor all three days.  I leave Shrine practice believing Kiel has confirmed he won’t be selected at any point in the draft this April.

 

Name: Wes Lunt

School:  Illinois

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Mon:   Lunt was the best passer of the day during West practice and made several nice throws.  He displayed a good arm and for the most part was accurate in the short and intermediate field.

Tues:  Had an average day at best.  Tossed a few very nice passes but his overall accuracy left a lot to be desired.

Wed:  Lunt has the best arm on the West and showed the ability to drive throws.  That said he was inconsistent with his accuracy, especially down the field.

 

Analysis:  Lunt showed scouts he has the tools to play on Sunday but still needs a lot of work on his game.  I think he could slide into the late part of round seven then find a spot on a practice squad next fall.

 

Name: Zach Terrell

School: Western Michigan

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Mon:  Terrell struggled to the point where he looked out of place.  He displayed little in the way of arm strength and was not able to deliver much speed on throws.  His passes were all over the place and at times it was tough to determine who the intended target was.

Tues:  I don’t want to be accused of being a hater but Terrell does not look good.  He was overthrowing today, seemingly trying to get more speed on his passes and as a result they were all over the place.

Wed:  It was another struggle for Terrell.   He throws a heavy ball, can’t get speed on his throws and his accuracy leaves a lot to be desired.

 

Analysis:  Terrell deserves a lot of credit for his splendid senior campaign at WMU, helping lead the team to an undefeated regular season.  That being the case he does not possess the tools to be an NFL passer.

 

Running Backs/Fullbacks

Name: Elijah McGuire

School: La-Lafayette

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Mon:  McGuire was the best overall ball carrier from West practice.   Quick footed, he showed the ability to make defenders miss and create yardage.   He also had a burst through the hole and McGuire’s pass catching skills were outstanding.

Tues:  Another terrific all around day for McGuire.  He ran the ball well, showed a terrific burst and strung several moves together when he took the hand-off.  His pass catching skills are probably the best of any back in attendance as McGuire consistently extends his hands and grabs the ball away from his frame.

Wed:  This was probably the most non-descript practice of the week for McGuire.  He wasn’t bad but he did not stand out from the crowd as he had the previous two days.

 

Analysis:  I believe McGuire leaves Shrine practices as a big winner.  He’s never going to be a feature back at the next level but if a team needs a situational ball carrier that’s a legitimate threat catching the ball in the short or long field they can look to McGuire in the middle rounds.

 

Name: Dare Ogunbowale

School:  Wsiconsin

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Mon:  I was slightly disappointed in Ogunbowale.  I did not see the quickness or elusiveness in his ball carrying I expected.   We was also not very sure of himself catching the ball.

Tues:  Much better day for Ogunbowale as he showed the elusiveness and ability to create yardage I knew was possible.  He also caught the ball well but struggled in blocking drills.

Wed:  Really did not do much today.

 

Analysis:  Off the game film I was expecting more from Ogunbowale.  He did not have the natural quickness or elusiveness I expected nor was he as proficient catching the ball out of the backfield as I had hoped.

 

Name:  Joe Williams

School:  Utah

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Mon:   Williams had his moments today.  He was probably the fastest perimeter ball carrier from either squad and ran hard all day.  He flashed foot quickness and some ability to create.  Overall it was a plus day for him.

Tues:  Except for his blocking it was another solid day for Williams.  He has a terrific burst and pops through the hole, moving with speed in every direction.  Williams lacks much strength in his running and was consistently brought down by a single defender.

Wed:  Probably the best back of the day.  His burst through the hole is impressive and Williams plays at terrific speed.  Showed little strength in his ball carrying.

 

Analysis:  It was good to see Williams at Shrine practice and I loved his speed on the inside as well as his ability to turn the perimeter.  His pass catching skills were average and his on-again, off-again retirement is something that raised red flags with the scouts in attendance.

 

Tight Ends

Name:   Billy Brown

School:  Shepherd

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Mon:  Brown did not line-up at tight end and played receiver all day.  He looks the part, caught the ball very well and usually won out in battles.  I maintain tight end is his best position as Brown did not show the quickness or speed to play receiver and separating will be an issue for him on Sundy.

Tues:  Overall I thought Brown took a step back today.  He looked slower than yesterday and dropped a few catchable throws.  Once again he lined up solely at wide receiver.

Wed:  Was a bit inconsistent all day.  Made some nice receptions but also did not come away wit a few tough catches he should’ve made.  His speed wasn’t bad today but was not the stuff of wide outs.

 

Analysis:  On film Brown dominated at the small school level the past two years but I leave the Shrine practices a bit disappointed.  He dropped or missed out on more than his fair share of receptions and I did not see the quickness off the line or the speed you want at the receiver position.

 

Name:  Blake Jarwin

School:  Oklahoma State

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Mon:  Jarwin looks the part and was imposing as well as athletic.  He was not overly active though flashed pass catching skills, similar to what he did for OSU.

Tues:  Jarwin took it up a notch today.  He looked very athletic, did well in blocking drills and also caught the ball well.  The quarterbacks missed him on a number of occasions when he freely ran down the field and Jarwin’s very natural moving around the field.

Wed:  Did a fairly solid job but did not stand out in any aspect.

 

Analysis:  I thought Jarwin showed a lot of progress from Monday to Tuesday and really looked the part of NFL tight end.  He has the tools to work with but must step up his game in all areas.

 

Name: Taylor McNamara

School: USC

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Tues:  McNamara looked really good today, especially catching the ball.  He extended to make the reception away from his frame and showed soft, natural hands.  McNamara also did a solid job blocking.

Wed:  Terrific day for McNamara who made several nice receptions including one long catch where he outran Oregon State cornerback Treston DeCoud.

 

Analysis:  McNamara improved as the week went on and saved his best performance for the final day.   I was impressed with his hands while his blocking was above par as well.   He leaves the Shrine game with improved draft grades.

 

Name:  Michael Roberts

School:  Toledo

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Mon:  Roberts had some wow moments today.  He looks like a man amongst boys, ran solid routes and caught the ball well.  I saw one drop all day.  Speed is an issue as Roberts is only an intermediate range target at best.

Tues:  Another really good day for Roberts.  He blocks like an offensive tackle and destroyed everyone they sent his way in drills.  He also catches the ball well and laid out to make a terrific catch down the seam in full scrimmage.

Wed:  Another terrific all around performance for Roberts.  Blocking and pass catching aside, his route running was also NFL caliber though his speed is a big question.

 

Analysis:  In a lot of ways Roberts is a throw back tight end who reminds me of former New York Giant Howard Cross.   He blocks like and offensive lineman, catches the ball well and gets the most from his ability.  What he doesn’t have, and will never have, is pure speed.  As a result Robert will be a last day pick but I fully expect him to be a productive player on Sunday’s.

 

Wide Receivers

Name: Austin Carr

School: Northwestern

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Mon:  Carr was really impressive today.  He’s not fast or a burner but has tremendous quickness over five yards which gives him an edge on opponents.  Those covering Carr played back on their heels as he caught everything thrown in his direction.

Tues: Again Carr was solid.  He made several nice receptions in contorted positions but kept his balance and played with body control.  He’s not fast but quick and broke free on one snap, only to have the pass poorly underthrown.

Wed:  Carr ran terrific routes, threw a few moves on defenders to come free and caught the ball well.  He showed little in the way of a second gear of the ability to run to the deep throw.

 

Analysis:  Carr had three steady days of practice, which was a continuation of his steady senior season at Northwestern.  I’m hoping he gets the opportunity to return a punt or two during the game but his consistency and approach here at the Shrine game should secure him as a late round selection.

 

Name: Trey Griffey

School:  Arizona

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Mon:  Griffey competed all day and caught the ball well.  He’s big but also quick and found ways to separate from defenders or physically beat them down to come away with the grab.

Tues:  Griffey played like a big, strong receiver all day.  He goes and gets the ball, high-pointing passes over defenders and constantly won out for the contested throw.

Wed:  Once again Griffey used his size as an advantage and dominated opponents.  He made several nice receptions including one acrobatic deep pass that impressed everyone on hand.

 

Analysis:  Griffey improved each day at Shrine practice and overall was one of the most impressive receivers on hand.  He may be more than a traditional possession receiver as he sneaks it downfield on occasion.  That being the case much of his final draft grade is dependent on how fast he runs before April.

 

Name:  Karel Hamilton

School:  Samford

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Wed:  This was the first day I noticed Hamilton and he really stood out to everyone.  He made several outstanding receptions and one play snap had to play defense, knocking down a sure interception for an incomplete pass.

 

Analysis:  With apologies to everyone Wednesday was the only day I noticed Hamilton and he was impressive.  He seems to have the make-up and physical skills to secure a roster spot as a fifth receiver.

 

Name:  Gabe Marks

School:  Washington State

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Mon:  Marks was the best receiver on the West and probably the best receiver from both practices today.  He runs great routes, separates from defenders and caught everything thrown in his direction.  Marks foot quickness was so good he toyed with defensive backs who were fooled by the senior.  He also caught the ball with his hands away from his body all day.

Tues:  Another good day for Marks.  He caught the ball well, ran solid routes and showed speed when he was handed the ball on a reverse.

Wed:  Marks had another impressive day.  On one play he threw a double move on the defensive back (Orion Stewart I believe) leaving him standing in cement.  Once again he caught the ball incredibly well.

 

Analysis:  Marks was consistently impressive through all three days of practice running great routes and catching the ball well.  He’s not a burner but fast enough.  He has some personality quirks that did not sit well with teams so it will be interesting to see what happens in the final analysis.

 

Name:  Jalen Robinette

School:  Air Force

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Mon:  Robinette did a solid job all day.  He’s big and caught the ball well but really showed little in the way of speed or quickness.

Tues:  Another good day for Robinette.  He displayed solid hands and caught the ball well, including several times when he was in a crowd. 

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Analysis:  You always have to respect anyone from one of our counties academies but I also respect Robinette as a football player.  He’s a big target who caught the ball very well all week.  Depending on his decision for the immediate future I could envision him as a late round pick and fifth receiver for the next level.

 

Offensive Line

 

Name: Gavin Andrews

School:  Oregon State

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Mon: Gavin Andrews’s strength was highlighted today in the one-on-one drill, when he was able to knock BJ Singleton off balance. However, he was also caught reaching when against Josh Tupou. Andrews was also a tad slow off the ball, a few times.

Tues:  Andrews had a better day than yesterday. He was able to set a good base in his pass sets and was hard to move when defensive linemen tried to bull rush him. He showed good awareness when pass blocking, but had difficulty changing direction.

Wed: Andrews had a great day of practice. He took a lot of reps at center and guard. He snapped the ball well and was able to highlight his strength when taking on Josh Augusta and Ralph Green, in the team period. Neither was really able to get the best of him. He found himself reaching for quicker defenders coming around the edge, when lined up at tackle.

 

Analysis:  Andrews proved himself to be a strong blocker. He has a strong lower body and a solid initial punch. His feet are a little slow getting into his pass set but he is a powerful run blocker. He fared better as a center than tackle throughout the week, and likely would have to make that position change if he were to succeed at the next level.

 

Name:  Erik Austell

School:  Charleston Southern

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Mon: Austell had slow hands in the offensive line positional drills when trying to engage a defender and those were highlighted in one-on-one drills. While he is a bit light, Austell was able to highlight his strength with a good base in his pass set.

Tues:  Austell was able to be driven back by defenders on a few reps in the one-on-one drills and in position work, he had poor leg drive. Overall, he played a little high, which likely contributed to this. His initial punch is very strong.

Wed: Austell had a good day when given opportunities to display his strength. He sets a strong base, but has trouble sinking his hips, which is something experienced rushers can take advantage of. He was flagged for a false start during the team period.

 

Analysis:  Austell has strong hands and it was difficult for defenders to shed him once he was able to get engaged with them. He plays a little high, sometimes, but he also displayed a strong lower body when he was able to pass set properly and sit low. He had an average stretch of practices.

 

Name:  Avery Gennesy

School:  Texas A&M

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Mon: Gennesy was slow coming out of his stance and into his pass set, today, getting beat to the outside a few times and also setting himself a little too high. However, in the offensive line positional drills, Gennesy was able to highlight his length, showing great extension of his arms and legs.

Tues: Gennesy had a bit better of a day than Monday, getting more opportunities to highlight his run blocking. He had good lower body strength and got good extension. He struggled with his pass blocking again, as he got beat outside multiple times. Perhaps showing poor awareness, Gennesy recorded multiple false starts in the 11-on-11 period.

Wed:  Gennesy fared rather well in today’s practice. He was able to highlight his length and size when he took Youngstown State DE Avery Moss immediately out of the play in the team period. He also had a great rep against Colorado OLB/DE Jimmie Gilbert, completely locking him up when pass blocking. Aside from that rep, Gennesy experienced the same lack of quickness in his pass set. Overall, this was his best day of practice.

 

Analysis:  Gennesy had an up-and-down week of practice. He was consistently slow in his pass set and often found himself reaching for defenders as they went by. He’s very long and uses that well in his run blocking. He has a strong upper and lower body, which is displayed when he is able to engage with a defender.

 

Name:  Evan Goodman

School:  Arizona State

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Name:  Geoff Gray

School:  Manitoba

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Mon: Geoff Gray displayed quickness in his feet when getting into his pass set, but lacked that quickness in his hands, getting beaten by a quick Ralph Green rip move before Gray could engage him. Gray’s quick feet pair well with a strong base.

Tues: Gray once again had trouble with his quickness, getting beat in multiple hand fights. When he was able to engage, however, Gray fared a little better, displaying his strong hands and lower body.

Wed:  Gray had a poor showing at today’s practice. He came off the ball slowly, a few times, and defenders were able to take advantage. Gray looked like he was running in quicksand when pulling and was unable to stand out in the positional drills. He was able to highlight lower body strength in the one-on-one drill with the defensive line when he set a strong low base against Indiana’s Ralph Green.

 

Analysis:  Overall, Gray had a poor three days of practice. He has good footwork and strong legs, but not much else. He’s very slow when pulling or moving to the second level and is weak in his hands, leading him to lose a lot of hand fights with defenders and have a hard time engaging them.

 

Name:  Tobijah Hughley

School:  Louisville

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Mon: Hughley had an up and down day, highlighting his strength when he was able to set a good base and stop Josh Augusta, in today’s one-on-one drills. He also showed violent hands throughout the team period. Hughley’s lack of quickness was highlighted when Josh Tupou was able to get past with a rip move.

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Tues: Hughley continues to set a good base in his pass sets, displaying his lower body strength. On occasion, he showed strong hands and a strong punch. He had some issues when it came to technique in his hands, engaging defenders with his hands a little too wide, at times. He had trouble when hand fighting with defenders.

Wed:  Hughley did not do well in today’s one-on-one drills, being easily bested by Missouri DT Josh Augusta three to four times. In the team period, Hughley snapped the ball early, catching the offense off-guard. Most of the time, he is able to set a solid low base in his blocks, but is a little inconsistent.

 

Analysis:    Hughley was so-so throughout the week. He has a strong lower body and can display it most of the time, when he’s able to sink his hips quick enough. His techniques need some tweaking and he is a little light to make it at the next level.

 

Name:  Zackary Johnson

School:  North Dakota State

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Mon: Zack Johnson had a good showing in today’s practice. He showed off quick and strong hands and in one-on-one drills, Johnson showed off a strong base in his pass set and was never overpowered. However, there is room for improvement regarding quickness in his feet.

Tues: Johnson was firing off the ball a little slow and had some trouble with his quickness in the one-on-one drills. He was still able to highlight his strength run blocking in the 11-on-11 period and in setting a good base in the one-on-one pass rush drill.

Wed:  Zack Johnson had a tough day when matching up with Ralph Green of Indiana. Johnson is a big strong body that has trouble moving with speed and that was taken advantage of. When he is able to engage a defender, he does a good job getting them out of the way, throwing Dietrich Wise to the side, at one point.

 

Analysis:  Zack Johnson is a big strong body that sets a good base in his pass blocks and is able to drive very well, when he can engage a defender. When he pulled, he moved slowly down the line and found himself absorbing the blow from defenders because he was slow off the ball. The quickness seen on Monday never made a reappearance. Johnson’s technique is there, but his game needs to be quicker.

 

Name:  Storm Norton

School:  Toledo

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Mon: Storm Norton was outmatched in a battle of strength multiple times in today’s one-on-one drills. He was able to highlight his length and quickness a few times, specifically in his pass set. Interested to see what he shows when run blocking in the coming days.

Tues: Norton had slow hands in today’s offensive line positional drills, but maintained quickness in his feet, throughout the day. His run drive was strong, but a little high at times. He has the measurable and just needs to play a little stronger when pass blocking.

Wed:  Norton was inconsistent throughout the day. He lost his footing a few times early in practice, but a few reps later he performed a textbook reach block on Avery Moss. When he run blocks, Norton moves efficiently to the second level. If he was able to engage the defender, he typically came out victorious.

 

Analysis:  Norton is an inconsistent prospect. He’s very tall and has quick feet, which show in his pass set and run drive. He has great height but could stand to add more weight to his frame. Norton has good technique but needs to be quicker in his hands and have better control.

 

Name:  Chase Roullier

School:  Wyoming

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Mon: Chase Roullier displayed quick and strong hands today, in the one-on-one drills, when he was able to engage Josh Augusta. However, Augusta was also able to highlight Roullier’s lack of quickness in his feet when he passed him with a rip move. Roullier is strong and just needs to add a little more quickness to his game.

Tues: Roullier had a nice low pad level throughout the day and highlighted his strength when run blocking. In his run blocks he had a good punch and showed nice leg drive with good extension of his arms. He had a few instances of reaching, as a result of his slower feet.

Wed:  Roullier had a good showing in today’s practice. His low pad level and strong drive was put on full display when he drove Josh Tupou and Josh Augusta right out of the play, on separate occasions. He showed good strong hands in the one-on-one drill against Houston defensive tackle BJ Singleton.

 

Analysis:  Roullier played better and better through the week. He is very strong in his upper and lower body and has a very quick punch. He plays with a low pad level and a violent style of play. His feet could be a little quicker, but he is one of the best linemen on the West squad.

 

Name:  Victor Salako

School:  Oklahoma State

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Mon: Victor Salako had a strong showing in today’s practice. The lengthy offensive tackles had a great base in his pass sets. He moved his feet well in one-on-one drills and showed off his length with great extension of his arms and legs.

Tues: Salako displayed his quickness again, today. His pass set was quick and efficient and his run blocking steps were very quick and powerful. Salako’s run blocking was clean and displayed his lower body strength. He was caught on his heels a few times during the one-on-one pass rush drill, showing he was playing a little out of control.

Wed:  Salako did not play as well as he did in the last two practices. His pass sets were still quick and displayed good technique, but his run blocking was poor. Salako did not finish all of his blocks. He’d have a defender engaged, but a quick rip or swim was all it took for the defender to get away.

 

Analysis:  Salako’s best day of practice was the first day, and he moved downward from there. He has great length and uses it well when pass blocking. He plays low, despite his height. He needs stronger hands to ensure when he gets a defender engaged, they stay engaged.

 

Name:  Sam Tevi

School:   Utah

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Mon: Sam Tevi did well in today’s one-on-one drills, showing good depth and quick feet when getting into his pass set. His strength was highlighted when he was able to stop Deatrich Wise Jr. dead in his tracks. Tevi needs to be careful about playing on his heels, at one point being beaten by a quick rip inside by long-armed DE Darius English.

Tues: Tevi had another very good day highlighting his fast feet. His steps when pass blocking were quick and strong. When run blocking he had quick choppy steps which helped highlight his lower body strength. Tevi had a quick punch and strong hands in the one-on-one drills.

Wed:  Tevi played well on the offensive line today. He showed strong hands and was fast to engage, after coming out of his stance very quickly. There was one rep in the team period that he lost his footing after a very fast spin move from Jimmie Gilbert, but aside from that, there were no glaring negatives in Tevi’s play.

 

Analysis:  Tevi was the best offensive lineman on the West squad, throughout the week. He is very quick and has a strong lower body. Tevi’s upper body is a positive too, as he plays with a strong punch and tends to keep defender’s engaged. He is not as long as some of the other tackles, but it doesn’t show in his play, often. However, that could be an issue at the next level.

 

Defensive Line

Name:  Josh Augusta

School:  Missouri

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Mon: Augusta showed off strong and violent hands in today’s practice. He has strong legs yet, when in footwork drills, he displayed slow feet. Augusta had a strong performance in one-on-one drills, displaying both quickness and strength, however, when he tires out his pad level begins to rise and his play becomes sloppy.

Tues:  Augusta had another very good day. He was easily able to split a double team in today’s 11-on-11 drills. Augusta’s hands proved to be quick and strong in the one-on-one drill, easily ripping past Tobijah Hughley. Augusta would play more efficiently if he were able to drop 10-15 pounds of bad weight, as he tires out quicker than he should.

Wed:  Augusta was able to show off his very strong punch during the defensive line positional drills. His feet appeared slow when moving through bag drills and he had a tough time changing direction. Augusta dominated the one-on-one drills, flying past Tobijah Hughley many times, only having a small bit of trouble with Gavin Andrews, getting stood up about two yards in the backfield.

 

Analysis:  Augusta had a good week, overall. He constantly made plays in the one-on-one drills and showed off his upper body strength and quickness, constantly ripping or swimming past defenders. His footwork is slow when moving down the line, but he changes direction well. Augusta would benefit from dropping a little bit of bad weight, as he tires out quickly and his pad level begins to rise and he becomes sloppy in his play.

 

Name:  Hunter Dimick

School:  Utah

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Mon: Dimick had slow feet in today’s defensive line positional drills, but showed off quick and skilled hands. He had an easy path past Storm Norton when he chose to bull rush him and was skilled in taking on blockers during the 11-on-11 period.

Tues: Dimick injured his knee early in practice and show much afterwards. Early in practice, he displayed a strong upper body. He lacks length and quickness.

Wed:  Dimick did not practice because of injury.

 

Analysis:  Dimick is not quick through his movements and lacks the length of a professional defensive end. He has a strong body and can bull rush blockers. Overall, his performance was rather unimpressive.

 

Name:  Darius English

School:  South Carolina

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Mon: English displayed quickness in the defensive line positional drills, in both his hands and his feet. He uses his length well and is able to keep separation from blockers. However, his strength/size is a weakness. English should look to add weight in the coming months.

Tues: English is able to use his long arms very well and often gets separation from his blockers. He’s very quick and was able to change direction very well in today’s 11-on-11 period. However, when he got engaged with blockers, English had difficulty shedding them, pointing out his lack of size.

Wed:  English had a great day and was able to highlight his speed, often. In the figure-8 drill that the defensive line ran through, English wowed scouts with his speed and low pad level. He was able to catch Storm Norton on his heels during the team period and quickly used his hands to get him out of the way. As long as English doesn’t allow a blocker to engage him, he does well.

 

Analysis:   English played well each day. He’s lightning fast off the line and uses his length well. He can get extension from blockers pretty well and moves well laterally. His lack of size was apparent whenever a blocker was able to engage him. He’ll likely be moved to a stand-up rusher in a 3-4 scheme, which would highlight his speed and quickness. English should still look to add more muscle to his frame.

 

Name:  Ralphael Green

School:  Indiana

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Mon: Green was the vocal leader of the defensive line today, displaying his confidence. He showed very high effort throughout the entire practice and was able to highlight his quickness in one-on-one drills. Green was stalemated in a bull rush attempt, displaying a high pad level.

Tues: Green did not have as good a day as yesterday. He came off the ball slowly, a few times. However, his strength shined today when fighting through blocks in both, the one-on-one drills and the 11-on-11 period. He was in the backfield very quickly, multiple times.

Wed:  Green had his best practice of the week, by far. During the team period he was quickly getting past Geoff Gray and Zack Johnson. He looked much quicker off the line than the past two practices and displayed a violent rip move in the one-on-one period.

 

Analysis:  Ralph Green played pretty well, all week. He’s very strong and has a quick punch. He seems to pick and choose when he really fires off the line, but even if he was slow, he was able to use his strength to bull rush or shed blockers.

 

Name:  Jeremiah Ledbetter

School:   Arkansas

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Mon: Ledbetter showed his ability to play low in today’s defensive line positional drills, without sacrificing quickness or mobility. He displayed a violent style of play, today, which led him to often be around the ball in the 11-on-11 period.

Tues: Ledbetter continued to display his strength, with very strong rushes in the one-on-one period. His pad level remained low and he was able to shed blocks in the 11-on-11 period.

Wed:   Ledbetter was extremely quick off the line all practice. He was able to display strong and violent hands in the one-on-one period, ripping and swimming past multiple blockers. He got good extension of his arms during the team period and played with a very low pad level.

 

Analysis:  Ledbetter was quietly one of the better defensive linemen out of the group. He’s very fast off the ball and throws his hands almost immediately. He’s got an aggressive style of play which fares well when combined with his very strong lower body and hands. Ledbetter was impressive the past few days.

 

Name:  Avery Moss

School:  Youngstown State

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Mon: Avery Moss played tremendously today, displaying his quickness when changing direction and in footwork drills. He showed quick hands in the one-on-one drills, too. He has good field awareness and is quick to the ball. One weakness in Moss’s game is his control, at times he found himself stumbling.

Tues:Moss continued to show off his quickness, coming around the edge. He was fast off the ball and displayed strong hands, when shedding blocks. At times, his pad level seemed a little high, but it did not largely impact his play. Moss needs to control himself more, as it was a weakness of his, again.

Wed:  Moss was able to highlight his quickness during the team period. He came off the ball very fast and had a quick initial punch. He showed that he was coachable in the positional drills when his change of direction was quickly made more efficient throughout reps. Control is still an issue.

 

Analysis:  Avery Moss was very quick all week. He played every play at 100 miles an hour and seems to have a high football IQ, constantly being around the ball. As a result of his high speed play style, his technique seems to suffer a bit, but he proved to be coachable, improving different facets of the game, quickly, during positional drills. However, he needs to be able to play under control.

 

 

Name:  Josh Tupou

School:  Colorado

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Mon: Tupou is a very strong run-stopper. He often found good results when bull rushing blockers in one-on-one drills. His weaknesses are found in his quickness. He had poor footwork in the defensive line positional drills and found himself off balance a few times.

Tues: Tupou looked very strong, again. He was able to shed multiple blocks in the 11-on-11 period, but he was slow off the ball. The quickness isn’t there, in his feet, and when he became tired, Tupou began to take on blockers.

Wed:  Tupou was strong in positional drills, displaying very strong and quick hands. A weakness of his is his speed off the ball, as he moves slowly. This resulted in him being eaten up by a couple double teams. He’s very strong and was able to shed blockers even if they got the upper hand to start.

 

Analysis:  Josh Tupou was hard to move for most of the offensive linemen. He is very strong in his upper and lower body and has surprisingly quick hands for a player his size. His slow feet are a big issue for him. When being double teamed, the offense often got the upper hand on him because he was so late off the ball. However, his strength helped him disengage blockers when one-on-one. Overall, Tupou needs to get quicker to succeed at the professional level.

 

Name:  Deatrich Wise Jr

School:  Arkansas

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Mon: Wise was very quick off the ball every play. He displayed incredibly high effort all practice and was able to highlight his quickness, often. When tasked with getting lower, his mobility did suffer. In one-on-ones he found more success relying on speed than strength.

Tues: Wise showed great athleticism throughout practice. He was very quick off the ball and used his hands well. He got good extension when taking on run blockers in the 11-on-11 period and was able to shed when not engaged. He was able to quickly take on and get rid of pulling blockers before they could engage him. Wise’s strength, however, needs improvement, as he was overpowered on occasion.

Wed:  Deatrich Wise looked very athletic throughout practice. He was fast off the ball and shot his hands well. He was able to get extension from blockers and shed Avery Gennesy during the team period with ease. During positional drills, several scouts commented on Wise playing rather tall.

 

Analysis:  Deatrich Wise proved himself to be a great athlete. He’s lightning fast off the ball and has strong violent hands. He displayed very quick feet throughout positional drills and uses his length very well. He plays tall, which is a big setback, but if he can lower his body without sacrificing quickness or mobility, Wise could see some success at the next level.

 

Linebackers

Name: Kevin Davis

School: Colorado State

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Mon:  Davis showed a lot in the way of instincts and toughness.  He was a little bit shorter than the opponents he went up against but made several nice plays with his head and hustle.

Tues:  Davis is tough as hell and gives a lot of effort.  He constantly threw his body around the field trying to make plays but 1) he’s ineffective in coverage and 2) is easily engulfed at the point.

Wed:  Did a nice job defending the run in the box but struggles getting off blocks or sifting through the trash.

 

Analysis:  Overall it was a sold week for Davis.  He’s a hustle linebacker with good instincts but a defender that’s short and struggles in coverage. 

 

Name:  Jimmie Gilbert

School:  Colorado

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Mon:   Gilbert looked really athletic and made several nice plays in pursuit all day.  He hustled down the line and was able to get outside the box and catch the action.  He’s built like a twig and struggled handling blocks.

Tues:  Gilbert was used exclusively as a 4-3 linebacker today and the initial returns were good.  He made several nice plays in pursuit, running down ball handlers and showed a lot of discipline.  He was stiff moving in reverse and needs work but it was by no means awful.

Wed:  Looked much better today in coverage.  Was able to stay with some of the speedier running backs in the short and intermediate field.  Faced the ball, rather than face guard the opponent, and put himself in a position to make a play or placed himself against the opponent which forced the quarterback to look to a different target.

 

Analysis:  I was impressed with Gilbert as a player and a person.  He showed consistent progress as a pure linebacker and really put his natural athleticism and quickness to work, improving daily.  I had two conversations with him and came away not only liking the player but liking the person.

 

Name:  Paul Magloire

School:  Arizona

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Mon:  Magloire was the top linebacker of the day.  He’s very quick, athletic and showed speed moving in every direction. Magloire got depth on his pass drops and showed a good head for the ball.  Very impressed.

Tues:  Another terrific day for Magloire.  He was athletic, quick and covered a good amount of area laterally while also getting depth on pass drops.  His explosion and toughness were impressive.

Wed:  Another terrific performance from Magloire.  He displayed terrific instincts in run defense, shooting the gaps and getting to the ball carrier.  He displayed terrific range and solid ball skills in coverage.

 

Analysis:  I leave Shrine practices getting a lot more from Magloire than I ever expected.  He displayed himself as a complete, three down defender who did well defending the run and was exceptional in pass defense.  Size and growth limitations are an issue as Magloire won’t be a linebacker for everyone.  That being the case I very much see him as a nickel ‘backer/special teams player for the next level.

 

Name:  Calvin Munson

School:  San Diego State

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Mon:  While Munson showed a lot of toughness and stacked well against the run he really struggled in coverage.  At times he bit on play action fakes while other times he struggled staying downfield with tight ends and almost never got his head back around to locate the ball.

Tues:  Munson was slightly better today in all areas.  Against the pass he was effective when the action was in front of him.  I though he displayed better range today and also looked good in blitz drills.

Wed:  Munson was solid.  He played fierce football, sold out defending the run and did not have any breakdowns in pass coverage.

 

Analysis:  Munson is what he is; a high energy, high effort prospect who squeezes everything from his ability.  I don’t want to pigeon hole him as a two down defender but feel he’ll only be effective in zone coverage on passing downs.  He’s a solid late round choice as a back-up linebacker/special teams player for Sunday.

 

Name:  Hardy Nickerson

School:  Illinois

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Mon:  Nickerson is football smart and tough but showed little in the way of athleticism or quickness.  He easily made plays in the box but shoed little ability to chase the action in pursuit.

Tues:  Nickerson was consistent in a positive way today, not having any breakdowns or errors.  He looked good in the box and showed a terrific amount of force in blitz drills.

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Analysis:  The best way to describe Nickerson’s three days of practice is efficient.  He didn’t make any serious mistakes, wasn’t spectacular on any single down rather continually found himself around the action.  That’s what I expect from him at the next level.

 

Defensive Backs

Name: Treston DeCoud

School: Oregon State

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Mon:  Speed is a major question for DeCoud but that said he shows good ball skills and is effective facing the action.  Could see him flourishing in a zone type system.

Tues:  Once again DeCoud showed good awareness, ball skills and proved he’s just a good football player.  And again the lack of speed and defensive back quickness was apparent and hampered him.

Wed:  DeCoud worked hard but his lack of athleticism and speed was obvious.  On one play he ot beat deep by tight end Taylor McNamara.

 

Analysis:  There were a lot of things I liked about DeCoud's game; instincts, awareness, ball skills but the inability to run downfield with opponents is going to hurt his draft stock.

 

Name: Tyquwan Glass

School: Fresno State

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Mon:  Popped up for a play or two but for the most part had his struggles.  Short and lost out in battles.

Tues:  Significant improvement for glass today he looked much more explosive and on his game.  He’s a little smallish but plays tough football and showed good route recognition facing the action.

Wed:  Once again Glass was most effective facing the action.  When his back is to the ball he can't match-up.

 

Analysis:  Early on Glass looked like he had no chance but he rebounded well during practice on Tuesday and Wednesday.  He has the skills to be used in dime packages but special teams will be his ticket to the next level.

 

Name:  Randall Goforth

School:  UCLA

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Mon:  Goforth struggled in drills and was beaten badly by several pass catchers.  By the time scrimmage started he picked up his played and looked reasonably well.

Tues:  It was a better day for Goforth who made several nice plays on the ball.  He struggles when his back is to the action but was very effective facing the play.

Wed:  Very inconsistent.  Struggles in man, ineffective off the ball and lacks the size to compensate for it all.

 

Analysis:  Goforth struggled all week.  He gave effort and showed some explosion but he lacks pure cover skills and is not big enough to physically beat down opponents to compensate.

 

Name: Ashton Lampkin

School: Oklahoma State

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Mon:  Decent pedal and hip turn moving in reverse.  Was rather non-descript all day.

Tues:  I like the burst Lampkin showed out of his plant to the ball and technically he’s sound.  He has nit had any breakdowns the past two days.

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Analysis:  Lampkin likes to talk a lot on the field but he was able to back it up on the field.  He's a last day pick who could line up in nickel packages on Sunday.

 

Name:  Leon McQuay III

School:  USC

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Mon:  The only thing I noticed about McQuay was he seemed very uncomfortable moving in reverse and his pedal was poor.

Tues:  McQuay is a tough defender who plays hard and delivers some heavy hits.  That said he’s only effective when the action is in front of him and really struggled when his back was to the ball.

Wed:  When the action was in front of him McQuay was productive and made a number of solid plays.  In coverage drills he was usually found chasing receivers down the field.

 

Analysis:  McQuay is very much your proto-typical downhill safety.  He’s strong, explosive and hard hitting but cannot make plays with his back to the ball.  There’s also some question as to how much he wants to play football.  Word circulating at the Shrine Game is McQuay has a great talent for music (producing, etc) and may be more interested going down that path.

 

Name: Fabian Moreau

School:  UCLA

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Mon:  Really liked what I saw from Moreau all day.  He made no mental mistakes, showed good ball skills and often won out during drills and one-on-one’s.

Tues:  Another solid day from Moreau.  He was not spectacular rather well-rounded in all areas.  He displayed solid ball skills, good awareness and toughness defending the run or screen passes.

Wed:  Moreau made several terrific plays on the ball shwing skill in man coverage as well as zone.  Most impressive was the way he made plays with his back to the ball.

 

Analysis:  While there were a few bumps in the road Moreau was the best defensive back on the West and one of the tops of the week.  He has the versatility to be used in a variety of coverages and held his own against bigger and quicker pass cacthers all week.  Fast forty times at the combine will guarantee his spot in the middle rounds.

 

Name:  Weston Steelhammer

School:  Air Force

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Tues:  Steelhammer plays to his name; like a steel hammer.  He willingly delivers blows to ball carriers and works to get involved in the action.  He comes with limited speed and quickness and his only shot is at strong safety/special teams.

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Analysis:  I like the attitude and approach Steelhammer took all week at practice.  Though a bit limited athletically he tough as nail, instinctive and lays it on the line.

 

 

Name:  Orion Stewart

School:  Baylor

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Wed:  Today was the first day I really noticed Stewart.  He struggled in drills but looked really good in scrimmage making several solid plays in coverage.

 

Analysis:  Stewart looked like he would be very good in a zone system where he can face the action.  I liked his instincts and closing speed but he cannot make plays with his back to the ball.

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