Shrine Game Practice Report- West
The first of two big pre-draft scouting All Star events begin this week in Orlando as players gather for the traditional East-West Shrine Game. As TFY did last year, here are the results of the West practice with additional draft impacting news which follows. UPDATE- Wednesday practice
According to sources Matt Szczur (wide receiver, Villanova) told people earlier today he was chosen baseball over football and will play in the major leagues, not the NFL. Allegedly, the Chicago Cubs tripled their offer to Szczur to $1.5 million. The Cubs has been moving their offer north from the original contract offer of $400K. Sources said a contingent from the ball club made the latest offer after visiting with Szczur in the past few days.
JC Brignone OL Mississippi State
Tues: Quick, explosive and blocks with solid fundamentals yet got pushed off the ball by larger defensive linemen.
Wed: Much of the same, though he did hold the point a little better. Brignone is short and able to naturally get leverage on opponents, which he uses to his advantage. Hes also very effective in motion.
Cortez Allen DB Citadel
Tues: Looked terrific in drills, very fluid and smooth yet did not translate those skills into production during one-on-one drills or in scrimmage.
Wed: Again- good in drills but struggled some in scrimmage. Made a few nice plays but also resorted to holding opposing receivers and would have been flagged during a game.
Dan Bailey PK Oklahoma State
Tues: Solid kick-off leg. Booted the ball into the opposing end-zone.
Brandon Bair DL Oregon
Tues: Looked dominant all afternoon to the point that he was being double teamed late in the session. Showed quickness, athleticism and technique with his hands.
Wed: Not as dominant as yesterday yet still very good. Showed a lot of athleticism and much better pass rushing skills today.
Joseph Barksdale OL LSU
Tues: Like what we saw from Barksdale at left tackle today. Fundamentally sound and cut off the edge in one-on-one drills. Struggled on the right side.
Wed: Really another solid day and comes out of the past two days as a big winner. Just did a terrific job all afternoon in pass protection. Fundamentally sound, uses his hands extremely well and very strong. Improved his draft stock significantly.