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Playoffs 01-21-2012 03:52 PM

East-West Shrine game practice notes
 
Notes on potential risers from the practices

Note: Players are listed alphabetically within their group.

Second- & Third-Round Picks
OG Brandon Brooks (Miami, OH), 6-5/353
The bruising Brooks won't be highly rated by all teams because of his average lateral agility, but a handful of offensive line coaches will love his size and strength enough to push for him in the mid-to-late third round. San Diego made a similar pick in 2009 when they selected massive former Texas Tech guard Louis Vasquez in the mid-third.

DE Tyrone Crawford (Boise State), 6-4/285
Finding 4-3 swing ends with his length, strength, and hustle is not easy. If the Canadian native proves as athletic as he has looked in practices, a team will take him earlier than most are currently projecting.

DT DaJohn Harris (USC), 6-3/308
Few players saw their draft stock rise as far as Harris this season, and his work on the practice field hasn't stopped that momentum. The fact he lined up at five-technique Thursday and made some plays inside and outside only enhanced his value.

DE/OLB Brandon Lindsey (Pittsburgh), 6-2/255
Lindsey hasn't necessarily wowed scouts this week, but they know he's being asked to do things he probably won't as a 3-4 rush 'backer or 4-3 "wide nine" defensive end at the next level. He did impress with his ability to play the edge and handle tight ends at the line, and intercepted a pass during Thursday's team work to make up for a drop earlier in the week.

CB Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina), 6-0/203
His three-interception performance Wednesday only accentuated Norman's solid Monday and Tuesday efforts. With his size and the ball skills he displayed (also catching a few punts), Norman could be the highest-drafted player here this week if he does well at the Combine, both on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf and in team interviews.

CB Shaun Prater (Iowa), 5-10/185
There was little doubt watching the West team Thursday that Prater had the best foot quickness and hip turn among the cornerbacks on the squad. Though not possessing great size, a strong Combine workout combined with his overall skill set could land him in the third round as a valuable inside/outside corner.

WR Jarius Wright (Arkansas), 5-9/176
Several small-but-quick receivers from the Shrine Game have landed in the top 100 the past few years: Steve Smith (Utah/Carolina, not USC/Giants-Eagles), Deion Branch, Dexter Jackson, Deon Butler and Emmanuel Sanders. Wright's ability to eat up cushion was on full display on the St. Petersburg High School field, which portends a nice 40-yard dash time in upcoming workouts. His production in multiple facets of the Arkansas passing game, along with untapped potential as a receiver, could make him the next receiver on that top-100 list.

Fourth- & Fifth-Round Picks
CB/FS Robert Blanton (Notre Dame), 6-0/197
Lacks great fluidity, but has the size and physicality to move to safety, where he played a bit this week.

WR Greg Childs (Arkansas), 6-3/215
Possesses NFL size and good enough hands to take a chance on his returning to 2010 form within the top 150 picks.

QB B.J. Coleman (Tennessee-Chattanooga), 6-3/234
The former Tennessee Volunteer is very similar to 2010 fifth-round pick John Skelton in terms of his NFL size/arm and questions about his accuracy/footwork.

WR B.J. Cunningham (Michigan State), 6-2/209
The most polished route-runner and pass-catcher on the East team looks like a solid No. 2 outside starter who will reliably move the chains.

OG Derek Dennis (Temple), 6-3/315
East defensive linemen simply could not move this likely early-career starter off the line or beat him consistently in pass rush drills.

TE Chase Ford (Miami, FL) 6-6/258
He's not Jimmy Graham or Jeremy Shockey in terms of speed or athleticism, but has growth potential in his frame and caught nearly everything thrown his way whether or not he faced tight coverage.

ILB Najee Goode (West Virginia) 6-0/245
A solid 4-3 Mike candidate who thumps running backs inside and has the agility to work in limited coverage.

DT Dominique Hamilton (Missouri), 6-5/320
Hamilton played with real power all week, and his explosiveness off the edge of his man's shoulder made him a consistent visitor into the offensive backfield during Thursday's West team session.

FS Aaron Henry (Wisconsin), 6-0/208
The corner-turned-safety used his ball skills to take advantage of bad throws and intercept two passes during Thursday's West practices.

WR A.J. Jenkins (Illinois), 6-0/192
Sometimes Jenkins ran so smoothly this week he appeared to be moving in slow motion. His quickness and toughness over the middle could make him a real bargain on draft Saturday.

OG Rishaw Johnson (California-PA), 6-4/309
His length is so good (34 1/2" arms) that he relies on it at times instead of moving his feet, but most of the week the former Ole Miss Runnin' Rebel looked like the athletic mid-rounder scouts expected to see.

OLB Josh Kaddu (Oregon), 6-3/235
His press technique at the line lapsed at times, but he still showed the length and open-field agility to be one of the best 4-3 Sam coverage linebackers in the draft class.

TE Kevin Koger (Michigan), 6-3/262
H-back prospect who looks the part of an NFL contributor and exhibited good enough hands to confirm scouts' thoughts that he was simply underutilized at Michigan.

CB Micah Pellerin (Hampton), 6-1/195
Southern Miss transfer looking quick and strong enough to play cornerback in the NFL, but was just a step late in closing to make a play on the ball.

RB Tauren Poole (Tennessee), 5-10/206
Clearly the best back on either side this week due to a nice combination of wiggle and power with the ball in his hands. Scouts will be very interested in how he performs in live action Saturday.

DT Micanor Regis, (Miami, FL), 6-3/309
Not as disruptive as 2011 Shrine Game three-techniques Terrell McClain and Marvin Austin, but demonstrated enough quickness and muscle to project him as a regular contributor in a rotation.

OT/OG Matt Reynolds (BYU), 6-5/310
Older prospect who showed up in St. Pete more trim than expected, but maintained his strong anchor. He could move inside to guard next year, but may have earned a shot on the edge with his efforts.

SS Christian Thompson (South Carolina State), 6-0/213
Didn't get a chance to really light anyone up this week, but looked athletic enough to handle himself on Sundays. Watch for the Auburn transfer to have a couple of big hits during this weekend's game.

OG Jeremiah Warren (South Florida) 6-3/336
His thick lower body will be some NFL offensive line coach's dream, and he showed a respectable ability to mirror and redirect defensive tackles in one-on-one pass rush drills.

WR Devon Wylie (Fresno State) 5-9/186
Receiver/punt returner with excellent quickness and route-running skills, but his average hands and foot injuries (along with missing games due to hamstring, concussion) lower his stock a bit.

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kiwitexansfan 01-21-2012 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Playoffs (Post 1887410)
DE/OLB Brandon Lindsey (Pittsburgh), 6-2/255
Lindsey hasn't necessarily wowed scouts this week, but they know he's being asked to do things he probably won't as a 3-4 rush 'backer or 4-3 "wide nine" defensive end at the next level. He did impress with his ability to play the edge and handle tight ends at the line, and intercepted a pass during Thursday's team work to make up for a drop earlier in the week.

WR Jarius Wright (Arkansas), 5-9/176
Several small-but-quick receivers from the Shrine Game have landed in the top 100 the past few years: Steve Smith (Utah/Carolina, not USC/Giants-Eagles), Deion Branch, Dexter Jackson, Deon Butler and Emmanuel Sanders. Wright's ability to eat up cushion was on full display on the St. Petersburg High School field, which portends a nice 40-yard dash time in upcoming workouts. His production in multiple facets of the Arkansas passing game, along with untapped potential as a receiver, could make him the next receiver on that top-100 list.

These two sound like interesting prospects.

Handling TEs at the line will be nice when we have to beat the Patriots in the playoffs next year.

:kitten:

beerlover 01-22-2012 05:29 AM

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Josh Norman looked pretty good if Texans want to add another CB early (2nd)?

beerlover 01-22-2012 05:31 AM

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Devon Wylie looked like he has solid punt skills to go along with being a slot WR might be worth a 6th rd. pick?

steelbtexan 01-22-2012 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by beerlover (Post 1887671)
Devon Wylie looked like he has solid punt skills to go along with being a slot WR might be worth a 6th rd. pick?

Yep

And even though J. Wright burned Norman deep once, Norman really impressed me with his abilty and confidence. (and he turns and looks for the ball when it's thrown his way. LOL)

I could see Norman being the Texans 2nd rd pick if he tests well at the Combine.

Not that I would take him that high.

Honoring Earl 34 01-22-2012 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by steelbtexan (Post 1887706)
Yep

And even though J. Wright burned Norman deep once, Norman really impressed me with his abilty and confidence. (and he turns and looks for the ball when it's thrown his way. LOL)

I could see Norman being the Texans 2nd rd pick if he tests well at the Combine.

Not that I would take him that high.

The guy who burned him might be a poor man's Desean Jackson . If he is not then The other hog Joe Adams is .

steelbtexan 01-22-2012 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Honoring Earl 34 (Post 1887717)
The guy who burned him might be a poor man's Desean Jackson . If he is not then The other hog Joe Adams is .

Wright actually runs routes better than Jackson and has better hand. He's probably not quite as fast as Jackson. But still plenty fast enough.

Wright really impressed me against the Aggies this yr. If I were the Texans I would think about taking him in the 3rd rd. He's got the deep speed the Texans were missing last yr.

TimeKiller 01-23-2012 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by beerlover (Post 1887671)
Devon Wylie looked like he has solid punt skills to go along with being a slot WR might be worth a 6th rd. pick?

He was one of my UDFA targets on my last mock. That kind of speed will get some team to take a chance on it.

beerlover 01-23-2012 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by TimeKiller (Post 1888541)
He was one of my UDFA targets on my last mock. That kind of speed will get some team to take a chance on it.

is it just me or does he remind you of Wes Welker? He wasn't even drafted & signed originally by the Chargers, waived, picked up by Dolphins then later traded to Patriots for a 2nd & 7th. Identical in size to Wes who is 5'9" 185. Seems faster more than sneaky quick, but shares other traits too like sure handed, quick footwork, smart player & fearless. He had a 6th rd. grade but think he will go 4th or 5th now just look @ impact punt & kick-off returners can have in the outcome of this years playoff match-ups. Very under rated skill-set & if he can also fill a 4th or 5th WR slot that adds even more value.

TimeKiller 01-23-2012 12:46 PM

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Is it me or do these guys scream Texans?

WR B.J. Cunningham (Michigan State), 6-2/209
The most polished route-runner and pass-catcher on the East team looks like a solid No. 2 outside starter who will reliably move the chains.

OG Derek Dennis (Temple), 6-3/315
East defensive linemen simply could not move this likely early-career starter off the line or beat him consistently in pass rush drills.

TE Chase Ford (Miami, FL) 6-6/258
He's not Jimmy Graham or Jeremy Shockey in terms of speed or athleticism, but has growth potential in his frame and caught nearly everything thrown his way whether or not he faced tight coverage.

WR A.J. Jenkins (Illinois), 6-0/192
Sometimes Jenkins ran so smoothly this week he appeared to be moving in slow motion. His quickness and toughness over the middle could make him a real bargain on draft Saturday.

beerlover 01-23-2012 01:46 PM

Re: East-West Shrine game practice notes
 
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Originally Posted by TimeKiller (Post 1888733)
Is it me or do these guys scream Texans?

WR B.J. Cunningham (Michigan State), 6-2/209
The most polished route-runner and pass-catcher on the East team looks like a solid No. 2 outside starter who will reliably move the chains.

OG Derek Dennis (Temple), 6-3/315
East defensive linemen simply could not move this likely early-career starter off the line or beat him consistently in pass rush drills.

TE Chase Ford (Miami, FL) 6-6/258
He's not Jimmy Graham or Jeremy Shockey in terms of speed or athleticism, but has growth potential in his frame and caught nearly everything thrown his way whether or not he faced tight coverage.

WR A.J. Jenkins (Illinois), 6-0/192
Sometimes Jenkins ran so smoothly this week he appeared to be moving in slow motion. His quickness and toughness over the middle could make him a real bargain on draft Saturday.

Good ones. I think Chase will be a priority undrafted free agent unless a team pulls a card out late in draft.


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