NEPD Editor: James Christensen
With two of our network editors in St. Petersburg for the Shrine Game festivities this week, we’ve got a close up view of how some of the prospects are performing.
A battle of two big wide receiver prospects – I think Patriots fans might want one of those – highlighted DetroitLionsDraft.com editor Jeff Risdon’s notes from the East Squad Practice.
The two marquee big-boy wideouts will be waging a battle all week for who is the better prospect. The tale of the first day tape went to Smith, who is longer and also quicker off the snap. Smith was actually quite skinny; the 6’6” 219 pound listing seems crazy as I’m 6’5” 205 and much thicker than Smith.
You can read more from about the two tall receivers, and the prospect who outshone him in his full Shrine Game practice notes.
Jeff continued with some fantastic notes from the West practice, including a lot of great thoughts on the defensive backs.
The draft stock strength of the West roster is the secondary, which has several players who will likely come off the board in the 4th and 5th rounds.
Eric Galko from MiamiDolphinsDraft.com has a great look at some other prospects in his Shrine Game Notebook.
With notes on Collin Klein (QB, Kansas State), Keenan Davis (WR, Iowa), Jasper Collins (WR, Mount Union) and more, it is really a great read.
One of the best nuggets had to do with monster safety Cooper Taylor from Richmond. An excerpt below:
The other really impressive defensive back was Cooper Taylor of Richmond. Get used to hearing that name this week, because he really looks the part of the hype I heard about him in the pre-season of this year. The 6’4 safety is a monster in the defensive back drills compared to his 6’0 or smaller counterparts, yet he’s reacting and closing on passes as well as any of them.
You can read more about Taylor and other prospects in his full practice notes.