The East-West Shrine Game was played on Saturday. I haven’t had a chance to study the tape, but there were some impressive performances. Here are some initial thoughts.
DE Bryan Cox – Active, productive and disruptive. Played both right and left side, as well as some DT. Was disciplined off the edge vs bootlegs. Showed some burst. Physical against the run.
DE Trey Hendrickson – Played mostly RDE and was very good. Had a strip sack. Used speed off the edge, but also mixed in some inside moves. Made hustle plays and was solid against the run.
OL William Holden – Played LT and LG. Effective pass blocker and was good run blocker. Did okay when playing LG.
RB De’Veon Smith – Physical runner with some burst. Ran hard between the tackles. 11-23 on the ground, but didn’t have much room to work with. Did have a fumble late in the game and it came near the goal line. Not good.
TE Eric Saubert – Small school TE got a chance to play against good competition. Showed good athleticism and the ability to get open, but had a drop and failed to really impress.
WR Kermit Whitfield – Finished with 3 catches for 31 yards. Showed good speed and RAC ability. Could be good role player for NFL team.
WR Deangelo Yancey – Up and down showing. Fielded a punt inside the 5. Ugh. Dumb move. 2-34 as a receiver. One covered 29 yards and showed how good he can be over the middle. That came late in the game. Then popped up and threw the ball in the air. Waste of a couple of seconds as his team was trying to march down the field to win the game.
CB Tony Bridges – Active tackler against runners and receivers.
RB Eli McGuire – This was my first chance to watch him and he was impressive. 7-42 on the ground and scored the game’s only TD. Good vision. Showed burst, to and through the hole. Need to see more of him.
RB Dare Ogunbowale – 8-42 on the ground. Sometimes we assume Wisconsin RBs are a product of the system. Dare had a good showing and looked like he could be a good backup RB in the NFL. Also caught 2 passes.
RB Joe Williams – The Utah star was 7-48 on the ground. Ran hard and showed terrific burst. Busted loose for a 35-yard run. Good to see him show the big play ability in an all-star setting.
TE Michael Roberts – Caught 2 passes for 25 yards. On one of those, he broke multiple tackles and fought his way down the sideline for a 1st down. That’s exactly what you want to see from a TE who is 6-4, 259. Play big.
WR Gabe Marks – Muffed a punt. Had a couple of drops. Did catch one pass for 8 yards. Came close to breaking that for a huge gain. Was wide open for a potential TD on another play, but the QB never saw him.
CB Fabian Moreau – Strong performance from the best player on the field. Covered receivers with ease. Broke up at least one pass. Looked the part of a cover corner.
DE Darius English – Measured in at 6-5, 237. Will be a LB for a lot of teams, but others will see him as a Wide-9 type of DE. Looked good rushing off the edge with some space to work with. Worth developing.
DE Deatrich Wise – Really impressed me. Played both sides at DE and even some DT. Showed burst off the edge. Played the run well. Got push up the middle when rushing from DT. Excited to watch more tape on him.