The E-W Shrine Game was played on Saturday. I haven’t had a chance to go back and thoroughly study the game, but some players did stand out while watching it live.
Kyle Wilber – DE/LB – Wake Forest – Wilber will be looked at 3 different ways. Some 4-3 teams will like him as a DE. Some 4-3 teams will prefer him as a SAM and possibly a situational rusher. 3-4 teams will love him as a rush LB. Wilber was very quick off the ball in the game. Keep in mind that Wilber wasn’t facing elite competition, but he consistently beat the LT. He showed good speed in chasing the QB once past the OT. Wilber has a good motor and that will help him at DE or LB. He helped himself with a good showing. Mid-round guy.
Ryan Miller – OL – Colorado – Played RG for the Buffs, but has a big build at 6’7, 320. Got a chance to play RT in the Shrine Game and looked pretty good. Not an ideal pass blocker, but has definite potential. Had some very good run blocks. Despite being so big, does a good job of getting to the 2nd level. Able to engage and sustain blocks on LBs. Some teams might consider him at RT.
Brandon Brooks – OG – Miami OH – Huge guy at 350 pounds. Had some plays where he looked really good. Other times I was disappointed. Pass protection needs work, as you might expect. Will appeal to teams that love mammoth OL.
Akiem Hicks – DT – Univ. of Regina – Speaking of big guys, Hicks measured in at 6’5, 324. Has an 84-inch wingspan. He played up in Canada so I was curious to see if he’d look okay or just be a big guy. Hicks flashed. Showed good strength on some plays. Hustled in pursuit, which is good to see a big man do. Tons of potential, but looks raw. Late round guy, but some DL coach is loving the thought of getting to work with him.
BJ Cunningham – WR – He measured in at just 6’1, 209, but had a solid week of practices and a good game. Used strength to run through a tackle and for a TD. Good RAC ability. Isn’t a great athlete and turned out smaller than expected, but could be a good #3 or #4 receiver.
Lamar Holmes – RT – Southern Miss – Teams that like a RT with some size had to be impressed with what they saw from Holmes. He’s 6’5, 320. Had a solid showing in pass pro and as a run blocker. Moved well laterally. Good game.
Tank Carder – LB – TCU – Good showing. Tackled well. Covered well. showed good awareness can was active all over the field. Played MLB in the game and looked comfortable there.
Matt Reynolds – OL – Played LT at BYU. Has experience and talent, but doesn’t look like an NFL OT. Limited athlete. Doesn’t have the kind of footwork needed for pass protection in the NFL. Matt is the brother of Eagles OL Dallas Reynolds.