East-West Shrine Game Players Who Impressed

The East won 23-13 but what is more important is how did the players look throughout the week of practice and then in the game. Here are some that should be of interest to the Panthers.

I'm focusing on positions of need, starting with a late round pass rusher, a position that is never too deep:

Stock Up: Ethan Westbrooks, DE, West Texas A&M | East-West Shrine Game 2014: Draft Stock Takeaways and Analysis | Bleacher Report
Westbrooks showed that he's ready to give it a go against the big boys. Scott Bischoff of New Era Scouting tweeted earlier this week that Westbrooks "has a very quick first step and found himself in the opposing backfield regularly" in practices. He then carried that over to the game, playing well in run support and adding a pair of sacks en route to Defensive Player of the Game honors. All in all, his performance in St. Petersburg appears to have caught the eye of at least one NFL team.

That team was the Atlanta Falcons who are need of multiple pass rushers.

Now a WR though he isn't of the big frame we seem to covet:

Stock Up: Chandler Jones, WR, San Jose State | East-West Shrine Game 2014: Draft Stock Takeaways and Analysis | Bleacher Report
Chandler Jones of San Jose State did his best at the Shrine Game to show he can be just that. The 5'11" Jones, who topped 1,300 yards with 15 touchdown grabs in 2013, "showcased good footwork" in wet conditions in practices earlier in the week, according to Bleacher Report NFL national lead writer Michael Schottey. Jones followed that up with a good showing on Saturday, leading all receivers with seven catches for 73 yards.

We did draft Kenjon Barner who isn't a big guy so when it comes to skill players I think we are more flexible.

Now defensive backs:

Stock Up: Alden Darby, S, Arizona State | East-West Shrine Game 2014: Draft Stock Takeaways and Analysis | Bleacher Report
Arizona State safety Alden Darby racked up more than 70 tackles for a 10-win Sun Devils team in 2013, but at only 195 pounds, he is on the small side for a strong safety. At the East-West Shrine Game, he played mostly free safety, and if this week was any indication, he should make the transition smoothly. He was one of the defensive stars of the game, intercepting a pair of passes.

East-West Shrine Game 2014 results: Jimmy Garappolo impresses in win, 23-13 - SBNation.com
Andre Hal of Vanderbilt was highly touted and didn't stand out. He showed excellent ball skills on a fourth quarter interception, but it was called back due to a questionable pass interference call. Hal remains an intriguing player and someone who could stand out at the combine. Another defensive back who looked quite good was Ross Cockrell out of Duke, showing excellent ball skills.

In the NFL Network post-game DB's Ross Cockerell of Duke and Nevin Lawson from Utah St. were given praise by Mike Mayock:

2014 East-West Shrine Game highlights - NFL Videos
Highlights and analysis from the 2014 East-West Shrine Game.

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