- NFL DRAFT 2017: EAST-WEST SHRINE PRACTICE WHO IMPRESSED?
The game matters, but the practices matter much more to scouts. Who stood out during East-West Shrine week and improved their stock?
We're nicely and genuinely underway now in draft season! The official list of underclassmen declaring early has been announced, we've got our very first mock draft up, and have released an opening Best one hundred Draft Board. The all-star weeks are also underway, and the second-tier event for the Senior Bowl next week, could be the East-West Shrine occasion, to which we previewed some names to watch.
Immediately after a complete week of practices, the game might be played later today at 3.00 PM ET in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game is normally quite entertaining, and has lots that is certainly worthy for scouts and analysts to observe, to determine which players definitely took on board what they have spent the week operating on and to execute. That said, the actual practice sessions themselves that precede the game are where most of the interest lies for the NFL group representatives to take on board.
With that in mind, who managed to accomplish just that, and helped themselves probably the most through these East-West Shrine week practice sessions? Here’s just a handful of those.
The East Team
Trey Hendrickson (#99), EDGE, Florida Atlantic - Possibly no-one improved their standing within the scouting community more than the course from the week than the 6ft 4, 265 lb edge rusher in the Owls. The Conference-USA standout has put up 29.5 tackles for loss and 22.five sacks over the previous two seasons, and proved exactly why by dominating the one-on-one drills against the offensive linemen, like against one of the greater tackles in attendance in Dan Skipper. It was his quickness that won him the reps for essentially the most part and showed some polish in his rush moves. Despite that, he wasn’t quite so productive with regards to his strength, and his typical size was highlighted a bit in other locations. Still, he’s received plenty interest from his displays and it will likely be intriguing to determine if he can translate that for the game to finish the week strongly.
Alek Torgersen (#15), QB, Penn - It was a slight surprise in some techniques for the Ivy League compact school quarterback to earn an invite to this event, and he had quite a bit to prove against much better competitors. When he could not have wowed within the sense manner that Carson Wentz did in the Senior Bowl final year, but surely showed that he belonged and was not out of spot, and because of this, the interest from teams should really continue. He showcased his next-level arm strength that greatly surpassed the other pair of QB’s on the East team and even though there was some inconsistency, he flashed the capability to make the challenging throws. Whether he’s drafted or not is another matter, but somebody will give a shot regardless in the course of training camp.
Eric Saubert (#85), TE, Drake - These events are particularly fantastic possibilities for tiny college prospects who’s frequent competitors have been of a decrease typical, and here’s a different in Drafe tight end Saubert. There wasn’t any question about his size for the NFL, at 6ft five, 250 lbs, but he proved himself to be hugely athletic and showed off wonderful hands that caught virtually anything thrown his way. He was far and away the very best tight end in attendance on either roster, and can fly up draft boards as a result. The blocking elements may need to have a bit of work, but general was competent. Regardless, his plusses inside the pass game are much more than adequate.
The West Team
Gabe Marks (#19), WR, Washington State - As with some of the other individuals listed within this write-up, he impressed over each of the others at his position. Marks has place up massive production more than his college profession such as 28 touchdowns the previous two seasons, and created it clear that his skill set translates beyond the pass-game-friendly offense that Mike Leach’s Cougars run. His modest stature isn’t perfect and will element into his final grade, but he brings short location movement and route running that earns him space to work in and all-natural hands to secure the ball. Though not overly quickly, is often a smooth runner. What impressed as much as something was the consistency in the first practice session to the last; a reliable playmaker, and that encourages that he could contribute suitable from his rookie season within the pros.
Jadar Johnson (#18), S, Clemson - The Tigers certainly have a loaded defense, but I generally identified a lot of interest in Johnson when watching Clemson this season. He enhanced as the year went on and the impressive speed and overall physical measurables have been immediately apparent, giving him a lot of upside, even if he did show some rawness to his game. That showed up at times through the week, but he also flashed in coverage work, getting in position to create plays around the ball, even though he couldn’t constantly safe the ball to finish the play. The quickness around the field showed off each his range and his ability to close speedily downhill on ball carriers. He’d most likely be a bit of a developmental variety early on in his pro profession but there’s definite upside to his size and speed and worth a shot on day three of the draft (rounds 4-7).
Paul Magloire (#41), LB, Arizona - Magloire has had a difficult college profession, moving about among Military College, to Appalachian State for a couple years, to junior college, then lastly ending up with the Wildcats within the PAC-12. He’s proved a solid, dependable tackler, if not considerably of a massive game-changing playmaker, and because of this didn’t normally leap off the film when watching him at Arizona. Totally the opposite this week though, as he dominated in every region on the field, showcasing the skills to remain on the field irrespective of passing or running situations. His variety and athleticism (former security just before converting to linebacker) were clear, in conjunction with commitment inside the tackle to wrap up. There could be much more to his prospective that realized prior to Shrine Week, enough to potentially make a roster subsequent fall.