1. Welcome to CowboysZone!  Join us!  Come on!  You know you want to!

2014 SHRINE GAME: TOP 15 PROSPECTS TO FOLLOW DURING PRACTICES

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by RS12, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    1. Gabe Ikard, OC, Oklahoma (West)
    One of the best (maybe THE best) centers in the 2014 draft, Ikard plays with remarkably composed feet and quickness laterally on the Oklahoma interior. He’s able to play wide in pass protection and exchanges rushers smoothly, along with extending with strong hands and trap blocking well for running plays. He may lack great power and drive block ability, but Ikard will be the toughest offensive linemen to beat for all of the interior rushers at the Shrine Game.

    2. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois (East)
    Easily the top quarterback prospect at the Shrine Game, Garoppolo could leave the Shrine week early to attend the Senior Bowl. A highly coveted “mid-round” quarterback at this point, Garoppolo could quickly emerge as a passer almost every team would consider in the Top 100 picks. Possessing a quick release, high IQ across the field, and the touch in the mid-range routes to attack both man and zone coverage, Garoppolo fits offenses that rely on decisive reads and accurate throws in the mid-range. He’s still a work in progress and may need added development, but if he can showcase the accuracy vertically and the footwork on an NFL level, he could quickly rise to a solid 2nd round pick.

    3. EJ Gaines, CB, Missouri (West)
    A big reason for Missouri’s defensive success this year, Gaines was the feature defensive back for the highly productive Tigers defense. Utilizing his physicality throughout his coverage, Gaines is patient when defending downfield. Able to lean and stay tight in pickup, Gaines has the quick feet initially in his back pedal to work in both zone and man coverages. He could improve his hip timing, transitions, and positioning, however, and he’ll either need to showcase developing fundamentals or get exposed at times during Shrine Game.

    4. Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt (East)
    A physical, active cornerback, Hal was asked to play in a variety of coverages for Vanderbilt, primarily zone based. Having success in fluidity and ball skills in both Cover 2 and Cover 3 looks, Hal consistently shows the ability to finish at the catch-point when in position and transition cleanly to make a play on the ball or finish tackles in space. He is, however, susceptible to deep breaking routes, particularly comeback routes when he’s asked to play Cover 3. Finally, he’s a solid tackler in space, but he’s not active nor physical enough to really make an impact in the run/quick screen game. He’ll get a chance to test his ability against quick receivers, especially getting the chance to maximize his fluidity in his hips.

    5. Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford (West)
    Playing in the well-respected Stanford defense, Mauro is a 6’6, 281 pound powerful interior presence who got ample work at end, 5-technique, and in multiple spots as a defensive tackle. For his size, he’s very active laterally and with his hand exchange, closing quickly on the ball carrier with plus vision and anticipation. He can, however, get stood up at times as he attacks the backfield, as he seems to rely on shoulder adjustments and quick hands but is susceptible to sturdy lineman. He’ll get the chance to showcase his versatility against multiple offensive lineman types.

    6. Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State (West)
    A high IQ linebacker, Bullough has had success in college thanks to anticipation and timing on the interior. He collapses holes very efficiently on the inside, attacking with great pad level and holding his ground very well against fullbacks and interior linemen. He is, however, a bit limited athletic-wise in vertical coverage, and hasn’t displayed much range in man-pickup. He’ll have the ability to showcase both during practices.

    http://www.optimumscouting.com/draf...-15-prospects-to-follow-during-practices.html
    Fredd likes this.
  2. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    10. Jason Bromley, DT, Syracuse (East)
    Unheralded throughout the season despite his ample production, Bromley was one of the best pure pass rushing interior lineman in the country this year. He explodes off the snap initially, generates a great initial punch/push, and he holds his anchor well as he pivots to further adjust his positioning to attack the quarterback. He struggles, however, against the run, at times mightily. He’ll get the chance to make up for his struggles in-season in team drills this week, showcasing a potentially improve ability vs. the run.
  3. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

    2,714 Messages
    844 Likes Received
    thanx for posting things like this, it helps me when I put my excel sheet together for the draft....
  4. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    op 10 Heading Into the Week


    1. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois - Jimmy G is still a candidate for the sixth quarterback spot in the Senior Bowl. There’s a lot to like in his game, namely mobility and a quick trigger. he was in complete command of a four or five wide offense and loved to drift around or out of the pocket. He is not afraid to hit receivers at each level of the field. Everyone will be watching Garoppolo’s footwork from center and anticipation throws this week.


    2. CB E.J. Gaines, Missouri - I was surprised to not see Gaines in the Senior Bowl. He has length and fluidity to stick with receivers in man coverage and the awareness to be patient and recognize patterns in zone. There are plenty of one on one drills during the week, and Gaines faces the weaker receiver crop during practice.


    3. CB Pierre Desir, Linwood - Talk about length, Desir is listed at 6’2/206. We will see if that holds up, but Desir certainly looks big on the field. That is exactly what the NFL needs, corners that can match receivers at the catch point. He displayed sound movement and agility to jump routes or mirror receivers. I would not be surprised if Desir ends up being a top-75 selection.


    4. WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan - I have consistently compared Gallon’s game to Golden Tate, but the Wolverine receiver does not have quite as much explosion to his game. Gallon does work back to his quarterback and is not afraid to leave his feet and attack the ball at the catch point.


    5. WR Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina - Hazel was a nice surprise when preparing for the event. He has a great frame for the position, 6’3/190, but looked fluid and comfortable hands catching at multiple levels of the field. I expect Hazel to have a great week, and potentially be the first receiver selected in the group.


    6. DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech - For such a massive defensive tackle, 6’2/357, Ellis gets great push up front. In fact, he could improve his anchor against double teams with a wider base and lower pad level. It would be no surprise if Ellis outperforms his peers in individual pass rushing drills. He finds contact through his hands and extends with powerful leg drive.


    7. DE Will Clarke, West Virginia - Time will tell if I mis-evaluated Devin Taylor, but I think Will Clarke could be better. He certainly displays more on-field fluidity and bend. Clarke stands at 6’7/273 pounds, and I will be focusing on his hand use this week.


    8. S Sean Parker, Washington - The safety class is a bit cluttered behind Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Lamarcus Joyner. Parker is not quite on their level, but I find him reliable and impressive on each exposure. Hopefully he is matched on against tight ends on occasion this week.


    9. WR TJ Jones, Notre Dame - Jones is one of the best route runners in the class, especially among seniors. I was impressed by his improvement after the catch this season.


    10. Furman G Dakota Dozier - Dozier is moving from tackle to guard, and I am looking forward to the transition. When he was in tight spaces, Dozer showed a composed nastiness and power to sustain and drive blocks. He then struggled out on an island. He will not have to do that as often at guard.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/45974/351/start-to-e-w-shrine-week?pg=2
  5. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    1. Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline8h
      Pierre Desir/CB/Lindenwood looked good. Washington Reskins all over him. Told me he got a Combine invite.


      Expand
    2. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline8h
      Jeff Matthews/QB/Cornell really righted the ship and looked terrific by the end of practice.


      Expand
    3. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      Jason Matthews/QB/Cornell with two beautiful passes. East WRs/TEs can't run and dropping a lot of throws.


      Expand
    4. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      Zach Kerr/DT/Delaware looking strong and looking like he belongs.


      Expand
    5. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      Jeff Matthews/QB/Cornell can wing it but indecisive even when there's no pressure and slow moving his head from primary target.


      Expand
    6. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      Jimmy Garoppolo/QB/EIU looks good. Nice arm, accurate and working well with new receivers. Like the way he scans the field.


      Expand
    7. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      Zach Kerr/DT/Delaware just obliterated John Urschel/Penn State


      Expand
    8. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      @thoughtbomb I believce Jay but rosters lists Jason. Depends on how many characters I've used.


      View conversation
    9. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      Jeff Matthews/QB/Cornell displaying an impressive arm.


      Expand
    10. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      Jason Bromley continues to dominate.


      Expand
    11. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      Jason Bromley/DT/Syracuse receiving praise from coaches. Looks strong. Continually driving centers into the backfield. Disruptive.


      Expand
    12. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      Ethan Westbrooks/West Tex AM looking real good in early going. Quick and athletic. Lined up at DE


      Expand
    13. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline10h
      Matt Hall/OL/Bellhaven via Arkansas then Mississippi looks like Andre the Giant the way he towers over everyone here.


      Expand
    14. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@
  6. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    St. Petersburg, FL -- Torrential rains forced the East squad indoors today at Shrine week, where they participated in a walk-through workout. On the other hand, the team from the West put on the pads for the first time and saw real action. Here are the standouts from their two-hour workout.

    Josh Mauro/DL/Stanford: Mauro, a prospect who entered the season with a free agent grade, was impressive in every way today. Primarily lining up at defensive tackle, Mauro, 6-5, 276, displayed impressive first-step quickness, great hand-technique and consistently beat blocks to penetrate the line of scrimmage. He was unstoppable and definitely improved his draft grade.

    Dakota Dozier/G/Furman: The small-school left tackle was kicked into guard during practice on Tuesday, the position he'll play in the NFL, and looked good at his new spot. Dozier, 6-4, 312, overcame his lack of size and power by blocking with great technique and controlling defenders in one-on-one drills. He's an athletic sort of lineman who will only improve as he physically matures and gets stronger.

    Jordan Najvar/TE/Baylor: Najvar was little used in Baylor's wide open passing attack which put three and four receivers on the field. But during Shrine practices he's proven to be a legitimate NFL prospect. At 6-6, 262, he has a long, lean build and plays an athletic game. What was most impressive is the way Najvar fights for the reception and, more times than not, came away with the catch.

    Alden Darby/DB/Arizona State: Darby continued the momentum of his terrific senior campaign with a good first practice in St Petersburg. At 5-10, 192, the Arizona State product is not a big safety, yet showed much in the way of quickness, speed and agility. Even on the sloppy surface the West used for practice, he showed the innate ability to quickly break to the ball which resulted in several pass defenses.

    Charles Leno/OL/Boise State: Leno looked good in both one-on-one drills then took his game to another level in full scrimmage. The left tackle displayed terrific agility and footwork in pass protection as well as strength blocking for the running game. Being able to hold down the left tackle spot is a big bonus for the 6-foot-4 Leno, as many scouts thought he lacked the size to hold up at the position coming into the week. He was beaten a few times in one-on-one drills, however.

    For more of Tony's draft insights, check out DraftInsider.net.

    http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/n...rs-Day-2/1e25071a-2bcf-4a6f-9402-7d80c7e31f9c
  7. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline5h
    I'm told by sources who were at NFLPA practice today, attendance from NFL scouts has been poor.


    Expand
    [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline6h
    Someone quipped earlier as they pointed to Ozzie Newsome & Eric DeCosta in the stands at West practice "No wonder the Ravens draft so well"


    Expand
    1. Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline6h
      70 minutes into West practice at the Shrine and they're kicking off with offensive lineman field kicks. Unreal.


      Expand
    2. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline8h
      Though he lacks size Bernard Reedy/Toledo has been the best and most complete receiver at Shrine practice.


      Expand
    3. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      Still early but source beleves if its up to Bill O'Brien expect Blake Bortles/UCF at 1st pick or Zach Mettenberger/LSU at the top of rnd 2


      Expand
    4. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline9h
      @LStar_United 34 as in 34 defensive (3-4) alignments...


      View conversation
    5. [IMG]Tony Pauline ‏@TonyPauline10h
      Should come as no surprise; Ethan Westbrooks/West Tex AM & Larry Webster/Bloomsburg tell me 34 teams have spoken with them on moving to OLB
  8. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    East-West game's heaviest prospect turning heads
    Views
    389
    Comments
    4

    07:42 AM ET 01.15 | Downpours pushed Tuesday's East practices indoors due to rain, but it didn't dampen many spirits. [NFL scouts] and those in attendance were eager to see the West squad in the afternoon, especially with Romeo Crennel's group in full pads for the first time this week. And while the quarterbacks struggled, several defensive line prospects stood out on Tuesday. Entering the week, my top defensive tackle prospect participating this week was Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis (6-2, 351) and he hasn't disappointed so far. He used his active hands and quick feet to beat blockers during drills, putting spin moves onOklahoma's Gabe Ikard and also steamrolling him on a few occasions. To no surprise, Ellis weighed in as the heaviest prospect here at 351 pounds and he uses that girth well to bully blockers and surge through the line of scrimmage.

    CBS Sports
  9. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    ST. PETERSBURG -- With the East practices moved indoors due to rain, NFL scouts and those in attendance were eager to see the West squad in the afternoon, especially with Romeo Crennel's group in full pads for the first time this week. And while the quarterbacks struggled, several defensive line prospects stood out on Tuesday.

    Entering the week, my top defensive tackle prospect participating this week was Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis (6-2, 351) and he hasn't disappointed so far. He used his active hands and quick feet to beat blockers during drills, putting spin moves on Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard and also steamrolling him on a few occasions. To no surprise, Ellis weighed in as the heaviest prospect here at 351 pounds and he uses that girth well to bully blockers and surge through the line of scrimmage.

    UCLA DE Cassius Marsh (6-4, 254) also had a good day, including a strong finish in the final drills of the day that had his teammates chanting his name. For a tall, well-built athlete, he showed very good movement skills and was fast to react off the snap, winning with quickness and strength off the edge. Marsh flashed his nonstop motor and finishing attitude to make plays away from the line of scrimmage and fight through the whistle. As he showed at UCLA, when the flip is switched and he's playing motivated, Marsh is a disruptive force and tough guy to handle 1-on-1 at the line of scrimmage.

    While he's not as polished as Ellis or Marsh, Bloomsburg DE Larry Webster (6-6, 249) has an athletic and intriguing skill-set that is tough to ignore. He displayed excellent quickness, natural bend and the flexibility to play in space and win with speed off the edge. Webster, who starred for four years on the basketball court in college, needs to get stronger and add meat to his lean, lanky body type, but I expect Webster to essentially take a “redshirt” year as a rookie to take advantage of a NFL weight room and pro coaching. His future in the league is likely at linebacker or maybe even tight end, but regardless, he has exciting potential.

    Other practice notes:

    • With only 11 catches in 2013, BYU TE Kaneakua Friel (6-4, 263) has been more flash than substance over his career and those raw qualities have showed in practice. He has looked sluggish in drills and hasn't shown much burst in his breaks, lacking any type of route urgency. Friel received heavy attention from coaches on Tuesday regarding his routes and timing in drills.
    • Ball State QB Keith Wenning (6-2, 219) isn't quite on the same level as Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo or Cornell QB Jeff Mathews on the East side, but he's separated himself as the top quarterback on the West squad. While he lacks a howitzer, Wenning's arm strength is good enough and his placement and timing has been top notch, despite a light afternoon wind. While not a lock to be drafted, Wenning has certainly helped himself through two days of practice.
    • Pittsburg State has a pair of prospects in St. Petersburg this week competing on the West team and both have turned in positive results so far. WR John Brown (5-10, 175) has displayed excellent quickness in his breaks with strong cuts and focus to finish catches. On defense, LB Nate Dreiling (6-3, 236) plays tall, but he has a flexible lower body and showed obvious instincts during drills. Both Brown and Dreiling have helped their chances of getting drafted through two practices.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/...ame-defensive-line-prospects-shine-on-tuesday
  10. bodi

    bodi Active Member

    332 Messages
    45 Likes Received
    DT Justin Ellis (6-2, 351 wonder where he's suppose to go

    [IMG]

    he looks well put together

    when Is the game
  11. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    1. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois - There might have been certain points in the week where Jeff Mathews looked like a better prospect, but when comparing inseason action, the two are not close. Garoppolo has quick feet, quick eyes, and a quick release. As long as a quarterback can find open throwing lanes and/or throw from multiple platforms, I do not care about their height, but some evaluators were happy to see Garoppolo measure in over 6’2 and with a hand size of 9.13 inches.


    Teams will likely question his ability to work from center and hit patterns with timing and anticipation. Garoppolo certainly works through multiple reads, but there is a bit of an improvisational style to it. The progressions seem to be at his pace.


    Many offenses rely on quick decision makers with a quick release, and Garoppolo can absolutely check these boxes. Things change a bit when pressured, as the quarterback has a tendency to drift laterally rather than step up or work from a phone booth. Garoppolo will end up in the crowded tier of passers after the top four, but do not be surprised if he tops that group. He displays mobility, touch, velocity, placement and a willingness to hit receivers at every level of the field. A second day selection is within reach for Garoppolo.



    2. CB Pierre Desir, Linwood - Long, athletic corners that can match up with receivers at the catch point will be coveted during the draft process. He might be a “small school” prospect, but Desir fits the bill. Standing at 6’1/197 with almost a 33-inch reach, Desir could wind up as one of the longest corners in this class.


    I always complain about college programs not implementing more press man coverage, especially since illegal contact does not exist at this level of football. Since it is not allowed in the actual all star game, Desir was limited to off coverage situations, something he was accustomed to at Linwood. One thing is apparent, Desir is not stiff. He can transition in and out of his breaks and to close or run with receivers. There are some technical areas to work on, and many can likely be attributed to impatience, but Desir is further along than many might believe.



    3. WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan - Again, I will list height and weight because the NFL obsesses over measurements at times, but for a receiver that stands at 5’7/183 pounds, Gallon can absolutely fight at the catch point. That skill was apparent in pre-event game study, as Gallon consistently works back to his quarterback and leaves his feet to win in contested situations.


    Gallon spent much of the week in the slot and did very well. He is not the quickest or shiftiest, but Gallon can be technical and is difficult to reroute. Despite his height, Gallon is not limited to that alignment. I know he is short, and he is old (24 in February), and he might not run the fastest forty, but I want Gallon on my team.


    4. WR Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina - As I said in my preview, do not be surprised if Hazel ends up as the first receiver selected from this group. Many FCS or lower level prospects get by with athleticism, but Hazel already has a great blend of agility and veteran flashes. One sequence stood out this week, with Hazel utilizing a double move on Desir and adjusting for the catch downfield after creating plenty of separation. He is a true hands catcher with good size (6’1/196). The Linwood corner called Hazel the best receiver he faced during the week of practice. Evaluators know what they are going to get from Hazel, specifically precise movements and reliability at the catch point,




    5. DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech - Do not typecast Ellis as a run defending nose tackle because of his size (6’1.5/351). Ellis is an upfield disruptor who wins with upper body strength off the line and lower body push to keep his opposition on skates. The Louisiana Tech product is actually quite nimble on his feet, exhibiting a variety of counter moves, including an inside spin move. The combination of the two put Oklahoma’s Gabe Ikard on his back in one on one drills.


    Ellis can improve with his run defense, but that will be a natural progression once his pad level and hips drop in these situations. For this reason, Ellis could play a similar role as Star Lotulelei this season if he ends up in the starting lineup: three technique in base sets and moving to the one in obvious pass rushing situations.


    6. QB Jeff Mathews, Cornell - Mathews was a bit of a train wreck this season compared to 2012. His offensive line was dreadful, but Mathews compounded that with inconsistent pocket movement and a tendency to want to make big plays instead of the correct play.


    This week Mathews displayed development, hitting tight windows with anticipation, velocity and placement. There were also flashes of pocket movement, specifically climbing tight spaces when faced with edge pressure, but it was far from live action. Mathews should be a third day pick and will sit on a team as the second or third quarterback early on in his career.


    7. G Dakota Dozier, Furman - The tackle to guard conversion works much better on the inside. There is an argument to be made that Dozier was the only interior offensive lineman that can bend at the knees to absorb and redirect rather than at the waist. I doubt Dozier is an instant starter, but teams are looking for guards everywhere, especially ones that could potentially be a utility lineman and play multiple spots along the line.


    8. DE Will Clarke, West Virginia - Clarke did not impress very much this week. In the early practices the long edge rusher was easily contained or driven back, but the upside is there. If Clarke can maximize his length and combine speed around the corner with hand use for power, he has a real chance at success. If not, I wonder if teams try to bulk him up, which is always an inexact science. Clarke could work best in wide seven and nine alignments.


    9. T Charles Leno Jr., Boise State - Leno has great length for the position and is starting to learn how to use it effectively. He does get jolted a bit too much on first contact, but lower body athleticism is there to keep footwork and mirror. Length is a factor here as well. Leno is not the type to play in his first year, at least in an ideal situation, but he is a nice day three prospect to have on the roster.


    10. T Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGil - Along with Dozier and Leno Jr., Duvernay-Tardif was the only offensive lineman to consistently display knee bend and good lower body athleticism to mirror. He held up better than many big school prospects.


    11. DL Jay Bromley, Syracuse - Bromley produced huge numbers for the Orange this season. Many of these tackles for loss were results of second and third efforts. I question if Bromley can win with his initial move, whether it be quickness or working through blockers. Counter moves or second efforts aren't negatives, but many times Bromley was not engaged, rather he was able to run around awaiting offensive linemen. He showed more development, specifically hand use, this week.


    12. DL Kerry Wynn, Richmond - Wynn is one of the few prospects I had not seen prior to the week. I apologize. He lined up as a power end as a five technique and showcased some good bend for such a big man (6’5/268). I would like to see him used more inside in sub-package situations, and teams might see this as his initial role in the NFL.


    13. QB Keith Wenning, Ball State - I like Wenning. He should be drafted. The pocket movement with good eye level and velocity combined with touch to hit passes int he short to intermediate areas is there. He can succeed on some 20+ yard throws thanks to timing and placement. I cannot comment on his intelligence or personality, but many times that is what keeps third quarterbacks on rosters if they were not an upside selection.


    14. CB Phillip Gaines, Rice - Gaines is a press corner that can contest passes at the catch point. He was not able to do the former much this week.


    15. Edge rusher Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State - Barrett offers nice bend for an edge rusher but played all three traditional linebacker spots this week. I would like to see more hand use or more burst to take advantage of that edge flexibility, but he knows where he wins.
  12. CowboysYanksLakers

    CowboysYanksLakers Well-Known Member

    3,799 Messages
    368 Likes Received
    Could be a nice 2nd or 3rd round pick... Who said we have to take a DT in the 1st round?
  13. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    Dove: Shrine Game Breakdown
    18JAN

    [IMG]

    After four days of practice, three which were heavily attended by the scouting community, the Shrine Game finally kicked off. Who were the stars of the game? And were the practice standouts able to keep the momentum going? Jon Dove gives us his breakdown.





    The big story from the East-West Shrine game was the play of Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He capped off a buzz-worthy week of practice by going 9-for-14 for 100 yards and a touchdown. His lightening quick release and solid decision making are what stood out the most. Garoppolo is now on his way to the Senior Bowl where he’ll have another chance to improve his climbing draft stock. He has a legitimate chance of working his way into the third round discussion.

    I loved what I saw from Ball State’s Keith Wenning. His numbers would’ve looked more impressive if his receivers were able to haul in some very catchable passes. Wenning’s ability to throw an accurate and well-placed deep ball is something NFL evaluators will notice. However, he also showed good zip and an ability to locate open targets.

    West Virginia’s Will Clarke is another guy who turned some heads and helped himself this past week. He has excellent length and a quick burst off the line of scrimmage. The one issue is that he’s not a finished product and will need time to develop. However, he’s someone a team could draft earlier than most would expect.

    Syracuse’s Jay Bromley showed his natural talent by making several nice plays against the run. He also flashed surprising quickness off the ball which allowed him to generate a bit of a pass rush. The key for Bromley is keeping his pads down and maintaining leverage.

    Ethan Westbrooks from West Texas A&M has a chance to develop into a productive pass rusher at the next level. Throughout the game, Westbrooks showed good overall athleticism and the closing burst needed to finish his rush with a sack.

    Overall, the East-West Shrine game provided us with a look of some intriguing later-round prospects. The players in this game may never develop into elite NFL players, but many will find a way to stick on a roster. It’s important to remember that depth is an underrated part of an NFL roster.

    http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=9257
  14. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

    13,373 Messages
    668 Likes Received
    Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin, Height 6024, Weight 333

    Viewed as the classic "over-achiever" throughout his college career, Allen displayed better quickness, agility and all around athleticism during practices. For a 330+ pound defensive tackle, Allen's ability to explode off the ball and get his hands on the offensive lineman first enabled him to either jolt and drive man backwards or defeat man's block consistently. He made it look easy anchoring at the point of attack vs run blockers and consistently held ground against double team blocks, although he struggled to shed in time to consistently make the tackle. Allen showed the physical traits of an NFL nose tackle this week, but needs to prove he can produce at that level consistently and improve his shedding ability to warrant being drafted before the late rounds of the 2014 Draft.

Share This Page