Sunday, January 23, 2011

Initial Thoughts: 2011 East/West Shrine Game

The East/West Shrine game generally isn't about Day 1 talent. In most cases, it isn't about Day 2 talent either (although there are a few guys that might go as high as the 2nd round in this game). More or less, it's about some lesser named draft eligible players who are getting a shot to show off their skills to scouts during the week before the game (at the team practices) and to a national audience on television.

The biggest benefit of all of this is that it helps kids as the game features commercials to support the Shriners hospitals that provide medical care to children whether they can or can not afford it.

I'll have a play by play breakdown and analysis of the entire game at some point, but here's some initial thoughts with players who stood out and some things during the game.

- Alex Green (RB, Hawaii) has a nice burst and some ability to cut well and find open holes. That said, he fumbled on the 1st play of the game and fumbled again later. That can cost you an NFL job.

- After the opening fumble, the East scored easily on a run by RB Delone Carter (Syracuse) but the play was set up by an incredible block by TE Kyle Adams (Perdue) that sealed off the edge.

- The West team struggled with their blocking all game long.

- Keep an eye on these following players: Bruce Miller (OLB/DE, UCF), Gregory Lyoyd 2 (ILB, Connecticut), Josh McNary (OLB, Army) and Shiloh Keo (SS, Iowa) I heard these guys names called a few times yesterday and they made a bunch of tackles.

- Tyrod Taylor (QB, Virginia Tech) is trying to show that he's more than a running QB. He only threw 5 passes but showed that he has poise in the pocket and is willing to throw first and not run. It wasn't much to break down, but I think he could make an NFL roster as a QB in the late rounds.

- Pat Devlin (QB, Delaware) had some good moments and some bad moments (threw an INT). I can see why initially some had him going in the late 2nd round but his draft stock has cooled a bit and now he's projected as a 3rd-4th rounder. He's a project and doesn't look like he'll be the next Joe Flacco coming out of Delaware.

- Ricky Dobbs (QB, Navy). I like him as a leader, is very mobile and has a strong arm. That said, I don't think he makes the NFL as a QB. Dobbs seemed to have problems finding his targets over his linemen. His best plays were when he ran QB draws and made plays with his feet.

- Marvin Austin could be a steal for a team if he falls past the 2nd round. He was dominating and notes from ESPN about practice had him listed as out of shape. Moves incredible well laterally. I think he could be either a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 DE.

- I wish I could have seen more of Da'Rel Scott (RB, Maryland). Only had 1 carry for 5 yards. He was one of the highlights on the Terps and I really think he'll be one of those players that one day you'll say " Who is this kid? I've never heard of him before." as he runs all over the place in a game.

- Other Notes: Mike Mayock has started to release his top prospects. At QB here's the top 4 (only players that he gave a 1st round grade): Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Cam Newton, Ryan Mallett.

-And a "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan Shriners commercial!!!!! Sadly, nobody has it up on You Tube. But here's an old WWF match between Hacksaw and the Honky Tonk Man. HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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