While the East-West Shrine Game doesn’t always get the attention of its bigger brother, the Senior Bowl, there were quite a few legitimate day one and day two 2011 NFL Draft prospects on display in Orlando today and many that will get picked up by teams on day three.
Cheta Ozougwu, a defensive end from Rice who measures 6-2/252, is a guy that the Patriots scouts in attendance showed some interest in. He projects to a 3-4 rush OLB at the NFL, but played DE today, getting some pressure on the quarterback and doing his job in the run game.
After an impressive week of practice, former UNC defensive lineman Marvin Austin was as advertised. He was often double-teamed, but was still able to be a disruptive force on the defensive line for the East.
Justin Rogers, a cornerback from Richmond, has impressed NFL scouts all year with his tight coverage. He’s small in stature, but he showed today that he can stick with FBS receivers.
Delone Carter, RB from Syracuse, started things off with a bang, running for a touchdown on his first play. He showed some good burst, vision, and a low center of gravity.
Alex Green, Hawaii’s two time 1000 yard tailback, fumbled on the opening snap for the West, but showed better hands in the passing game. He ran with power in between the tackles, showcasing his 220+ pound frame.
Brandon Bair, who played defensive tackle for the Oregon Ducks, had a good week for the West team and could convert to a 5-technique for a 3-4 team if he can add a few pounds. Bair was very stout at the line of scrimmage, we rarely saw him getting pushed back.
Julius Thomas, TE from Portland, played well, making some impressive catches. With this year’s poor TE class, he might get a look early on Day 3.
Karl Klug was very active for the West team. Undersized for a DT, Klug saw some time at the DE spot this week. He will end up being a late-round steal.
Jah Reid, UCF offensive lineman, played well in the game after struggling in drills this week. Could be a legitimate mid-round RT prospect.
We stated that Penn State tailback Evan Royster was a late-round pick at the start of the year when many said he could be a day two prospect. We didn’t see anything that changed our mind that he is an NFL backup at best.
Pat Devlin was the only legitimate NFL QB that we saw during the Shrine Game, and he didn’t have that good of a game. He showed the ability to be a solid backup with the opportunity to develop into a starter at the next level. The rest of the quarterbacking was dreadful at times, with Nathan Enderle the only other QB showing having even a decent game.
Vai Taua, running back from Nevada, ran with a mean streak. He delivered some hits and showed some skills in the passing game as well.
Looking forward to the Senior Bowl next week!