A driving rainstorm led to alternative workouts at the East-West Shrine Game on Tuesday, but scouts were still able to take a long, hard look at some of the hidden gems in the 2014 draft class. Although it's tough to assess pro potential while watching prospects move around on carpet inside an indoor bubble, the conversations with general managers, scouts and coaches provided a little insight into the latest buzz brewing in the scouting community. Here are some nuggets that I uncovered standing around shooting the breeze with NFL officials today
Unfortunately the East practice was moved inside to the pavilion in the team hotel thanks to rain, though I personally didn’t think it was bad enough to warrant moving the practice indoors and consequently turning a valuable day of practice into a walk-through. As a result of this all of the scouts and evaluators will only have two days of practice to get notes on the players on the East before most of them ship out. However, the West practice was in full pads today which was good to see, and despite a slow start once we got into the meat of the practice there was plenty to glean from it. Here are my thoughts:
The East practice was all-but useless today, as the rain washed out any hopes of gather notes as the team practiced indoors in a walk-through type setting. Luckily the rain cleared up and there was the chance to evaluate the West practice. The field wasn’t in great shape, but it was certainly good enough to evaluate the offensive linemen. The biggest "winners" today were WR John Brown, OG Austin Wentworth, DT Justin Ellis, DE Chidera Uzo-Direbe, and CB Shaquille Richardson.
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