East-West Shrine Game Practice Reports Days 1 & 2


As always SBN has coverage of everything NFL related including the college All Star games used to evaluate NFL prospects. Here are some links to practice reports via the boots on ground in St. Pete.

You can start with this link to SBN's Day 1 recap. I also pulled one each to feature. First though we need to start with the weigh ins:

2014 Shrine Game: Weigh-In Results

At the Shrine Game, weigh-ins are closed to the media and generally the results are kept in house through NFL teams. However, we were able to secure the heights and weights on the prospects in attendence.

Draft Falcons " Shrine Game: West Practice Notes: Day 1
The star of the day for me was Jordan Najvar from Baylor without a doubt in my mind. He hauled in at least five passes during practice and he made a couple nice grabs on passes that were thrown high on top of another nice grab in traffic. His combination of size, athleticism and hands make him the top tight end prospect here and he played like it today. I have been dying for him to get an opportunity and today it finally came and he capitalized.

2014 Shrine Game: Monday West Practice Report
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends -Easily the most "impressive" receiver today (doesn’t mean best overall) was Pittsburgh State’s John Brown. I hadn’t watched any of him coming in, but NFL Draft Diamond’s Damond Talbot (who used to be with Optimum Scouting and aided the Shrine Game this year) said many scouts thought highly of him. He didn’t wow at the catch point (yet), but his routes were crisp down the field, getting natural separation and proving comfortable and quick-twitch against the FBS defensive backs.

2014 Shrine Game: Monday East Practice Report | Articles | Draft
Offensive Linemen -The defensive line certainly won the battle in the trenches today, as most of the offensive line struggled. Zac Kerin of Toledo and John Urschel of Penn State both struggled the most, getting beat a handful of times each. Kerin struggled to hold the point of attack and needs to replace his hands quicker. Urschel struggled with hand placement, maintaining his blocks against counter rushes, and the snap count. Both need to drastically improve if they hope to get drafted.

2014 Shrine Game: Monday practice report - CBSSports.com
Wide Receiver: With Notre Dame's T.J. Jones out due to injury, the top receiver spot in this all-star game is up for grabs. And the two receivers who are the favorites in my eyes to separate themselves as the cream of the crop are San Jose State's Chandler Jones (West Team) and Coastal Carolina's Matt Hazel (East Team). Jones has explosive feet to run crisp routes and caught everything with his hands on Monday. Hazel showed tremendous adjustments to the ball and reeled in every ball thrown his way as well. Both are players to watch this week at the wide receiver position.

Moving to Day 2, starting again with the SBN Day 2 round-up.

2014 Shrine Game: Tuesday West Practice Notes | Articles | Draft
Offensive Linemen -The linemen finally got to go at it today, and more than a few "surprises" emerged. Two college tackles that likely will be playing guard in the NFL, Furman’s Dakota Dozier and Fresno State’s Austin Wentworth both impressed today. Dozier held his ground very well against the two nose tackles on the West roster, and exchanged his hands well with a strong first punch and a quick hand rip on multiple 1v1s. Wentworth also was one of the few linemen to control Justin Ellis all practice, utilizing strong hands initially and positioning them with success when defensive linemen exposed their chest plate.

Draft Falcons " Shrine Game: West Practice: Day 2
Cornerbacks Once again the top guy was Shaquille Richardson, who is having a strong start to the week. He weighed in at 6’0″, 194 pounds but has long arms and plays the ball well, plus he is an impressive athlete. He closes well, has quality ball skills, and had a very nice pass break-up against Chandler Jones during the team session today as he drove on the ball and disrupted Jones at the catch point cleanly.

Ball State's Keith Wenning stands out at Shrine Game workouts - NFL.com
CB The corner that has been garnering the most attention at the East-West Shrine Game has been San Jose State's Bene Benwikere. The 6-foot, 192-pound standout has shown impressive movement skills, footwork and awareness covering receivers in drills. He has consistently maintained tight coverage on receivers out of the break and shown an aggressive knack for playing the ball. With defensive backs required to play extensively in "off" coverage, Benewikere's ability to backpedal, break and drive has made him a favorite of team's employing zone-heavy schemes. Speaking to several scouts about Benewikere, most have raved about his size, cover skills and instincts, but the prevailing concern centered on his tackling and toughness. Some believed he didn't attack runners or receivers on the perimeter; he will need to display better courage and toughness to solidify his status as a top corner in the draft. If Benewikere tackles well in the game this weekend, look for his name to rise in scouting circles heading into the NFL Scouting Combine.

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