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Shrine Game: Four Prospects to Watch

Monday, January 16th, 2012
AJ Jenkins NFL Draft

Illinois WR A.J. Jenkins is one on the prospects to watch at the Shrine Game.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Here are four intriguing prospects to watch this week at the East-West Shrine Game. We’ll be bringing you updates all week on what we’re hearing from practice.

NEPD Writers Doug Kyed and Mike Loyko will be in Mobile, Alabama next week for the Senior Bowl, so we’ll have even more coverage of that event.

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Shrine Bowl: Flashing and Falling

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

After having to suffer through the last two minutes of the Middle Tennessee State vs Western Kentucky game, which took 16 minutes by the way, we finally got to watch some great NFL Draft prospects in the East-West Shrine Bowl in Orlando. Here’s our Shrine Bowl scouting report:

Flashing:
O’Brien Schofield, OLB, Wisconsin
Schofield, playing his first game as an OLB, showed two very important things. He has some coverage skills, which will only improve with additional training. He showed that he can shed blocks and get to the ball carrier, while showing decent ability to tackle in space. His nice interception of Max Hall (QB, BYU) was just icing on the cake.

Kam Chancellor, S, Virginia Tech
Chancellor did show good closing speed on a couple of plays, although that was helped by Todd Reesing’s (QB, Kansas) poor arm strength. Chancellor laid the wood on a couple of occasions, taking Dennis Pitta’s (TE, BYU) helmet off with one vicious hit. Chancellor showed that he could be a good fit for a hybrid LB/SS slot.

Blair White, WR, Michigan State
White just doesn’t make any mistakes. He ran his routes the right way, getting open seemingly at will. A team looking for a consistent slot receiver will love White.

Kyle Calloway, OL, Iowa
Calloway didn’t have a good week of practice, but regained his technique during the game. He kept his hands tight and was solid in his drop-step and at the point of attack. This Hawk still needs to sit down against the bull-rush a little better.

Chris Marinelli, OL, Stanford
Marinelli had a solid day, stoning Lindsay Witten (DE, UConn) and Willie Young (DE, NC State) multiple times. Marinelli is susceptible to the bull-rush, and Young did get him off balance on one play.

Falling:
Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
This former Rebel could have been on both of these lists today. He had a good sack and set the edge well on a couple of plays. On the other hand, Hardy disrupted one run play early in the 2nd half, but whiffed badly on the tackle and got into a war of words with Brandon Carter (OG, Texas Tech). Other times, it was hard to tell that he was on the field. Hardy is a great talent, but is holding himself back with his immaturity and inconsistency.

Todd Reesing, QB, Kansas
If there was any doubt that Reesing would never QB an NFL team, those doubts were put to rest by consistently under-throwing SMU WR Emmanuel Sanders. Reesing just doens’t have the size, accuracy, or arm strength to make it at the next level.

Kevin Haslam, OT, Rutgers
Haslam was beat on the bull-rush a couple of times, only being bailed out by his mobile QB. Haslam got caught on his heels and failed to maintain balance in pass protection. Haslam was solid in run-blocking, but overall it was not his best game. Update: It has been brought to our attention that Haslam played the 2nd half in severe pain with his wrist, explaining his momentary dropoff.


Shrine Bowl Practice: Risers and Fallers

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

After three tough days of post-season practice in front of NFL Scouts, many NFL Draft prospects have had their Draft Stock either rise or fall. Let’s take a look at who is poised to have a great game on Saturday, and who needs to have a great game to salvage their week.

Risers
Freddie Barnes, WR, Bowling Green
Barnes caught every ball thrown his way this week, impressing scouts with his athleticism and hands.

Brandon Carter, OG, Texas Tech
Carter used his huge frame well, not allowing defenders to disengage after he had them blocked.

John Estes, C, Hawaii
Estes had a great week, impressing scouts that had written him off due to his measurables. He showed solid technique and versatility in his blocks.

Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU
Pitta showed that he has the skills to be a great receiving TE in the NFL. He ran crisp routes, was able to separate himself from defenders, and showed good hands.

Torell Troup, DT, Central Florida
Troup was a disruptive force all week long, using his strength to disengage himself from blockers and make plays.

Fallers
Greg Hardy, DE/OLB, Ole Miss
Hardy looked just awful, being dominated by multiple linemen throughout the week. Once Hardy was blocked, he stayed blocked. He flashed his rushing prowess once or twice, but was incredibly consistent.

Kyle Calloway, OL, Iowa
Calloway lacked the punch and intensity that he showed this year. He refused to dominate defenders, settling for just getting in their way.

Kam Chancellor, S, Virginia Tech
Chancellor didn’t show us the abilities to play safety in the NFL. In our opinion, he should add 10-15 lbs. and try to play linebacker.

John Skelton, QB, Fordham
Skelton was up and down this week, showing off his arm-strength and accuracy on one play, while hitting the waterboy on another. QB’s need to be consistent.

Wille Young, DE/OLB, NC State
Similar to Greg Hardy, Young was a disappointment. He wasn’t able to get off blocks and looked stiff playing in space.


Shrine Bowl Practice Report

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The East-West Shrine Bowl, little sister to the Senior Bowl, is being played this Saturday. This week, we’ll have some reports from the practice sessions.

Chris Marinelli (RT, Stanford) and Mike McLaughlin (LB, Boston College) seem to have made a good impression on ESPN’s scouts at the Shrine Bowl. Marinelli’ Skills are translating well to be a pro right tackle, while McLaughlin has stepped up and shown that he can be a defensive leader.

Meanwhile at TFY Draft, Jeffrey Fitzgerald (DE, Kansas State) was seen putting on show at Tuesday’s practice — something that Scott Pioli and the Baltimore Ravens noticed. Could be a nice 2-gap end.

We’re also hearing reports that Dennis Pitta (TE, BYU) was a pass-catching maniac, while Andrew Quarless (TE, Penn State) was blocking very well, including stoning Greg Hardy (DE, Ole Miss) on multiple occasions.

Check back for more reaction to Saturday’s East-West Shrine Bowl here at NE Patriots Draft immediately following the game.


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