Shrine Practice Winners -- Offense

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The second half of our winners report looks at the offense, where it was primarily receivers and linemen.

DaeSean Hamilton/WR/Penn State: Hamilton had a “wow” type of week. He ran great routes every day, separated from quicker, speedier cornerbacks and caught everything in sight. He won out for contested passes, grabbed receptions in the open field and consistently caught the ball with his hands away from his frame. He was also superb in blocking drills. Hamilton is not fast but is very polished in all areas of his game.

Daurice Fountain/WR/Northern Iowa: Speed was not an issue for Fountain, and neither was catching the ball. Fountain caught the ball very well, except he was doing it at full speed, down the field and running past defenders. I was also impressed by his feistiness and willingness to compete. He leaves Shrine week with a draft grade a full round higher than the one he arrived with in St. Petersburg.

Brian Allen/C/Michigan State: Allen was impressive from the get-go; in fact he was the first player I tweeted about from the field on Monday. He’s a thick, strong blocker who showed surprising agility and skill blocking on the second level. The NFL is full of starting centers who were drafted in the late rounds -- don’t be surprised if Allen adds his name to the list.

David Wells/TE/San Diego State: Despite catching the ball reasonably well in drills, Wells was not used much as a pass catcher in scrimmages. On the other hand, his blocking was incredibly impressive. Wells looked like a second offensive tackle when kept on the line of scrimmage to block and easily handled opponents in one-on-one situations. The fact that he did this despite being banged up this week -- Wells left the field to have his wrist x-rayed on Wednesday -- made his blocking exploits even more impressive.

Gregory Senat/T/Wagner: Except for the scouting diehards, few knew of Senat before Shrine week began. After his performance during three days of practice, people will be scrambling for his film. Senat was possibly the most athletic offensive lineman on the field and showed next-level ability in pass protection as well as blocking on the move. He’s tall and agile and has a lot of room for growth both physically and on the field. Senat went from undrafted free agent to late-round pick.

Brett Toth/T/Army: There are a lot of reasons to appreciate Toth, his pending service to our nation topping the list. But after three days of Shrine practice, NFL scouts now appreciate his football potential. Toth blocked with great fundamentals and did a terrific job shutting down some of the best pass rushers on the West squad. He needs to get a bit stronger but has the makings of a next-level starter. What else could be better for Toth?  Well, except for beating Navy the previous two years!

Honorable Mention

Chase Edmonds/RB/Fordham: Edmonds practiced only one day but looked terrific. He displayed himself as a fluid, multi-cut ball carrier who was exceptional catching the ball out of the backfield. His Shrine week was cut short with an ankle issue, and his fragility is a concern.

KC McDermott/OL/Miami: McDermott lined up at left tackle most of the week and held his own. He’s a smart, efficient blocker who makes great use of angles and positioning. I could see him backing up at the next level as a versatile blocker capable of playing multiple positions.