While evaluating the safety class today on the East roster, there is definitely some athletic qualities I like with South Carolina State defensive back Christian Thompson. He possesses a long, lean frame, can cleanly turn out of his transition and has solid speed when trying to run with speedy receivers from the slot. Now, he does get a bit leggy at times and doesn’t have a great feel recognizing routes in man. And despite putting himself in position to make a number of plays today, he didn’t due to his struggles initially locating the football.
The west offensive line as a whole did a slightly better job Tuesday and I thought Texas OL David Snow was much improved. Snow displays the ability to bend, move his feet laterally in pass protection and has sneaky heavy hands once engaged. Now, he does have a tendency to get a bit upright and overextend through contact. But, overall in a weak center class, I think Snow is an intriguing later round flyer.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Coastal Carolina cornerback Josh Norman is one of 20 prospects from non-FBS schools at the East-West Shrine Game, and he isn't merely taking advantage of the opportunity to show NFL scouts he stacks up against players from major conferences. Norman might be having the strongest week of any player in attendance through the first two days of practice.
I won't hit on every player in this article, just the ones that have stood out positively and negatively. You may notice quite a few small-school names because many are outplaying their FBS teammates. Although there has been sideline chatter that this East/West Shrine roster is weaker than previous years, this week has historically produced plenty of third- and fourth-round picks. Check out the end of this article for a list of ten players that have the best chance to get drafted. Continue to follow me on twitter @JoshNorris for practice updates and post-practice observations.
2012 Shrine Game Practice Notes, Day Two, East Team QB - Austin Davis, Southern Mississippi Davis didn't do much to make it into the practice notebook today. He did show good ability to run a play fake, but too often his passes were off the mark or late to their intended targets. QB - John Brantley, Florida My mother always said 'if you can't say anything nice about someone don't say anything at all' .....
It was day two for the West roster, but still not in FULL pads, which was a bit disappointing. Honestly, didn't get a great look at each position, caught up talking to a few agents and other NFL Draft people, but still got a great look at the offensive and defensive line today especially (thanks to @JoshNorris, @dpbrugler for catching me up when I wasn't watching the practices). The biggest winners today to me were Brandon Brooks, DaJohn Harris, Kentrell Lockett, and Josh Kaddu, but here's all the positions covered
It was day two for the East Roster on the practice field, but day one for them for their pads. While I focused heavily on the offensive and defensive lines (always fun to see the one on ones), I got a good feel for almost every position. The biggest winners today seemed to be RB Tauren Poole, TE Chase Ford, DT Akiem Hicks, DT Travian Robinson, and LB Shawn Loiseau, but see how each position players did at today's East practice.