The East-West Shrine Game is still a few days away, but scouts have already seen enough from the top prospects in attendance at practices this week to make strong assessments on their potential. Evaluators paid close attention to the work done in individual drills to assess the speed, athleticism and agility of the top players, while the performance of prospects in 1-on-1 and team drills provided scouts with a feel for competitiveness and football aptitude. Of course, practice tempo is drastically different than game speed, but the opportunity to watch prospects perform in a competitive NFL-like environment provided evaluators with some of the answers to the looming questions derived from regular season film study. Here's some of the buzz that's making the rounds in NFL circles this week:
In a pad-less, slower, special teams-focused practice for both teams on a Shrine Game Thursday, there wasn’t a whole lot of great information to gather. Being what they expected, most NFL teams (minus Packers GM Ted Thompson and a handful of others) opted to leave the even early, per usual. Despite it being a slower day, I felt, WR John Brown, CB Jemea Thomas, and CB Bene Benwirke impressed.