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Hey guys. Here are my notes from the West practice today. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for the entire thing, but I left while they were just breaking a huddle after a lot of 7 on 7 work. There was some team stuff to start off the practice, so I have notes on some defensive players, but I am lacking on defensive players and on offensive linemen. I will do better tomorrow! Anyways, enjoy mostly offensive notes.

West Practice Notes Day 1:

Quarterbacks:

Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho:

Enderle had an up and down day. His footwork looked solid, he has a fluid throwing motion, he has the best arm of any of the three QB’s, especially as far as zip is concerned. He struggled with ball placement on a long ball and some other throws as well. Not necessarily putting the ball on the money. Other times he hit simpler, shorter routes in stride. Throws to the sideline and deep weren’t as well placed. He was double clutching some during 7 on 7 drills also. That’s not a very good sign as he may not be trusting what he sees when making his reads.

Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin:

Tolzien had a solid day, but he didn’t do anything that I haven’t seen him do before. He has a bit of a hitch in his throwing motion which negatively affects his timing and it showed on throws to the sideline, especially since he doesn’t have the arm strength to compensate for his slightly slower release. This hurts him as a prospect obviously, but he has solid accuracy and a bit above average arm strength. He could stick as a back-up somewhere, but I don’t expect to see anything this week that will make me think he has a lot of potential as a starter.

Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M:

It was the same old Johnson today. His throwing motion has been cleaned up, but it still has a hitch in it when he brings his arm back. It isn’t obvious on easy throws to the flat, but on throws downfield and to the sideline it is pretty hard to miss. Additionally his passes don’t have much zip on them despite his size and ability to throw the ball far downfield. His ball placement was not good today and not all of his spirals were tight spirals. He also seemed to struggle with reading defenses a bit, he took too long to scan the field and come back to his check down in my opinion. I wasn’t impressed with him before and I’m not sure I will be any more impressed with him after this week.

Halfbacks:

Da’Rel Scott, RB, Maryland:

Scott had an ok day but didn’t look like anything special to me. He looked tentative when he was running and didn’t seem to find lanes to run as fast as other backs I had seen today. Not sure how good his vision is for that reason.

Vai Taua, RB, Nevada:

Taua had an ok day as a runner but he dropped a pass or two that I saw which you don’t want to see.

Alex Green, RB, Hawaii:

Green looked pretty good, had some burst. He dropped a pass but it was thrown with some mustard on it, still should have caught it since it hit him in the hands. I wasn’t too impressed with Scott or Taua, so he was the most impressive back today on the West squad to me.

Wide Receivers:

Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford:

Whalen didn’t drop a ball all day that I saw. He caught a couple balls away from his body and also caught some up against his body, but he never dropped one. He also got vertical more than any receiver did today on either squad, catching three balls for nice chunks of yardage in the West practice. He looks like a solid possession receiver in the pros to me. He runs pretty well too.

Anthony Parker, WR, Calgary:

Parker was one guy I wanted to watch because I had never seen him play before, and I definitely came away impressed. He has pretty good size and has definitely been in the weight room because he was one of the bigger receivers in that aspect. He adjusted to the ball well, caught the ball well with his hands, and also had some nice route running and burned #7 on a double move I believe. I don’t think he got the ball, but later in the practice he got held by a corner to make sure he didn’t create too much separation. He had a really good practice.

Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati:

I have been skeptical of Binns for a while but he had a good practice. He’s tall and kind of skinny like Toliver, but he also showed good hands today. He made a couple of nice catches away from his body, one with his long arms fully extended to make the catch on a throw towards the sideline. He has long arms and good hands, plus he is tall. He strikes me as a potentially good receiver, but I haven’t paid enough attention to his route running yet. He definitely had a good practice catching the ball though.

Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU:

I was impressed with Robinson today. I hadn’t seen him play much so I was definitely looking out for him and he impressed me. He caught the ball well with his hands multiple times, I don’t think I saw him drop one today. He has good speed and even though he is undersized I was very impressed with him. I like his potential as a slot receiver and because of his size he is flying a bit under the radar.

Tight Ends:

Jordan Cameron, TE, USC:

Cameron had a solid practice. I didn’t see him much as a blocker, but he had a nice catch from a receiving standpoint. I haven’t seen him at all so I need to pay attention to him this week.

Virgil Green, TE, Nevada:

I haven’t seen Green play much and I didn’t see him targeted much today, but he laid out for a ball that was overthrown to the sideline. The cool thing about that is they weren’t wearing pads (or helmets for that matter, which was frankly kind of concerning since they were going full speed without hitting at times) and they were playing on carpet in the hotel ballroom… so he was diving knowing he was almost certainly going to get carpet burn. I wrote in my notes “Virgil Green just laid out for a ball without a helmet on and on carpet… Bad ass.”

Defensive Linemen:

Karl Klug, DT, Iowa:

Klug looked great in practice today. He was very disruptive and showed good hand usage and a very nice swim move which he used three or four times to get into the backfield quickly. He even beat Barksdale off the edge, which says something about Barksdale to be honest.

Linebackers:

Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada:

Moch weighed in at only 229 which was kind of a disappointment, but I am not sold on him in coverage yet. He has great speed but I am not sure how well he changes direction yet, though he didn’t look as uncomfortable as Chris Carter in coverage today. His best attribute is definitely his ability as a pass rusher, and a couple times he was effectively blocked by TE’s which isn’t surprising at his weight.

Chris Carter, OLB, Fresno State:

Carter has some ability as a pass rusher but he looked very uncomfortable in coverage today. He didn’t get very deep in his drops and looked uncomfortable in space. I think he is going to have to be a rotational DE in a 4-3 because I’m not sure he’s good enough in coverage to play in a 3-4.

Defensive Backs:

Shiloh Keo, SS, Idaho:

I dont have many notes on Keo, but he did make a nice interception on a Jerrod Johnson pass that was not very well thrown (it was in the air a while) but he made a nice play on the ball and came away with the pick.

Again, I apologize for the lack of offensive and defensive line notes. I’ll definitely have more for you guys on the defensive side of the ball tomorrow. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed it and keep coming back for more updates throughout the week!

–Tom

Hello to everyone from Orlando! I am here all week for the East-West Shrine game practices and the game on Saturday. I look forward to taking a lot of notes and of course posting my thoughts at night on my blog for all to read! So enjoy the notes from the East practice that I just finished up. The West notes will be done later tonight as well.

Quarterbacks:

Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware:

Devlin had a solid day. It didn’t start well when he bobbled the first two warm-up snaps he took under center, which kind of worried me at first. However, he didn’t bobble any snaps the rest of the practice that I saw. He was throwing a little high early and got intercepted on his first throw thanks to a tip by a corner once the ball got there. He seems to have pretty solid size, solid zip on his throws. He has long arms too as far as I could tell without measurements.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech:

Taylor had a solid day too, and it was big for him to measure in at 6 feet. He looks small on the field, especially next to Devlin. He was a little erratic today, missing high and low, and struggled with ball placement some. His passes definitely had the most zip on them of the East QB’s.

Ricky Dobbs, QB, Navy:

Dobbs is not much of a passer, and his only value at QB at the next level will be running wildcat or something. His spirals weren’t very tight early, struggled with ball placement and didn’t seem to have very good zip on his throws.

Halfbacks:

Graig Cooper, RB, Miami:

Cooper was handling kick returns early in practice, though they were just walk-through kickoff drills. He was extremely fast before the injury, and it looks like he is returning to form a bit. It’s hard to say for sure, but he looked fast today. Showed soft hands today in drills too. I don’t think I saw him drop a pass.

Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse:

Carter looked great today. He looked very fast, got upfield quickly, made some really nice moves in open space and to get into the open field. He had an incredible game against Kansas State and he played like he still had momentum from that game today. He looked the best out of the RB’s on the East to me.

Evan Royster, RB, Penn State:

Royster lacked burst like he seemed to on tape in my opinion. Doesn’t explode in or out of his cuts at all, doesn’t seem to have very good footwork as a runner. I wonder about his vision too because he shuffles his feet and takes extra steps when the play is developing instead of finding a hole and making a cut to hit the hole. He looked really slow compared to Cooper and Carter too.

Anthony Sherman, FB, Connecticut:

Sherman really stuck out to me. He showed great hands out of the backfield, especially for a fullback, and seemed to have good vision as a runner as well. He looked great today.

Wide Receivers:

Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU:

Toliver looked like the best receiver on the East today without a doubt in my mind. I was high on him coming into practice, but only one pass thrown to him hit the ground that I saw. He dropped it but every other pass he caught easily. He seems to have pretty big hands, really long arms and he catches the ball well away from his body. Seemed to try to catch and turn too quickly on the one he dropped. His legs are really skinny though and he himself is skinny, and he doesn’t have much explosion out of his breaks to create separation. If he gets stronger in the lower body and works with a good receiver coach on that I think he could improve in that area, but it’s a concern for me at this point even though I love his hands.

Lestar Jean, WR, FAU:

Jean looked skinny overall but not as skinny as a couple other guys. Coaches were working with him on his stance a couple times early in practice to help him get off the ball better. He was body catching for the majority of practice when I saw him. Plus he was wasting steps in and out of his breaks, most notably on curl routes.

Perry Baker, WR, Fairmont State:

Baker started off horribly in this practice. He looks extremely skinny, especially in the legs, and he was dropping everything early. I saw him make one catch and drop every other ball in the first round of receiver drills. He seemed to be really nervous and was not running good routes during that time. However, he has great speed and definitely looked like the fastest receiver on the East squad to me. Not only that, but he calmed down as the practice continued and made a couple of good catches with his hands and away from his body late. He definitely started slow but he made very obvious progression throughout the practice.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union:

Shorts had a solid day. He made a couple catches but also dropped a couple catchable balls. He looked like he had a solid frame, definitely not skinny like a couple of the other receivers. I’m not sold on his hands yet, but he has some speed.

Tight Ends:

Greg Smith, TE, Texas:

Smith had one good catch in the beginning drills but he dropped a few passes that he definitely should have caught. He also had a couple false starts and struggled with ball placement initially as a long snapper, but he seemed to get better with that as he went along. Overall though, not a great day.

Charles Gantt, TE, Michigan State:

Gantt had a false start and also had a pretty funny moment during blocking drills when he planted his foot and his foot went right through the side of his shoe, tearing a huge hole in the side of his shoe. He had to come out of drills and get a new pair of shoes before he could continue.

Offensive Tackle:

Chris Hairston

Hairston is a huge dude, but he looked like he was carrying some extra weight. I don’t think he has the foot speed to stick at LT, but he is working out at OT. He has solid technique based on what I saw today, but his feet look heavy and he lumbers a bit at times. It’s something I will look out for this week. He did a good job of bending at the knees and not at the waist in drills from what I saw.

Jah Reid

Reid is a big guy and was spending time at RT today. He has pretty solid fundamental footwork but in drills he was bending at his waist a lot which is definitely a concern. It’s hard for him to get leverage because of his size, but bending at the waist is a definite red flag and I saw him do that a number of times.

Offensive Guard/Center:

Randall Hutt, OG, Illinois:

Hutt had a pretty bad day today. He had three false starts I believe and he struggled in the run game, and especially had trouble with Marvin Austin.

David Arkin, OG, Missouri State:

Arkin is a small school guy that I had not heard of before I saw him on the roster, so I was anxious to get a look at him. He had a couple of false starts, but other than that he looked great today. One of them was on the first play when Marvin Austin was lined up right in front of him, so I’m sure he wanted to get off the ball a little quicker than normal. He looked very good at the point of attack today, had a nice pancake block on Martin Parker, a DT from Richmond. He held up pretty well in pass protection too, though Parker got leverage on him and drove him slowly into the personal space of the QB today. When the ball was thrown they went at it for a second or two afterwards. But Arkin had a great day.

Bryant Browning, OG, Ohio State:

Browning had a bad day. He got pulled quickly for Hunt and had two false starts that I saw.

William Rackley, C/OG, Lehigh:

He is listed on the West Roster but he was moved to the East team for practice today. He has really big legs and moves well which is important for an interior lineman. He’s listed as a center but I am pretty sure he saw time at guard. He had a solid day today, I look forward to seeing more of him this week.

Ryan Bartholomew, C/OG, Syracuse:

Bartholomew had a solid day of practice. I don’t have a lot of notes on him, but he did a good job of sealing on a couple blocks and spent time at guard and at center. Versatility is huge and if he can play center and either or both guard spots it will help his stock.

Defensive Line:

Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina:

I was really looking forward to seeing Austin play, especially because I am a big UNC fan. He had a very good day today, though that is to be expected because of his talent level. I have never been convinced he has a very good motor, but he has pretty violent hands and he shed blocks pretty nicely today. He was pretty disruptive and had a couple nice swim moves to get into the backfield. He looked pretty good at the point of attack and when he didn’t shed blocks he didn’t get pushed off the line. He also had a pass deflection at the line of scrimmage today. He had a strong practice, and I am trying to lock down an interview with him at some point this week.

Martin Parker, DT, Richmond:

Parker didn’t have a great day as he struggled a bit at the point of attack against Arkin, but he plays with good natural leverage because he doesn’t have great size. He had a pretty good bull rush but the QB held onto the ball a long time which gave him more time to slowly drive Arkin into the pocket.

Linebackers:

Brian Rolle, OLB, Ohio State:

I like Rolle but he looks SO small out there. He measured in under 5’10” today and that will hurt him a lot as a prospect. He was getting washed out in the running game today which is not going to endear him to scouts. He needs to add weight to his frame and get stronger if he is going to have any chance of holding up in the box. I didn’t pay much attention to him in coverage, but I will do that later this week. But his size sticks out to you right away, but I am not someone who will be scared away from a guy because of his size. For that reason I will look forward to seeing him show me his ability that got him this far the rest of the week.

Greg Lloyd II, ILB, Connecticut:

Greg looked good today. He is a pretty big guy and has a great frame to add weight to. He seemed to be the emotional leader of the East’s first unit today and he was the one calling guys into the huddle and telling them the play they were going to run. That’s always great to see from a player, to see him take command, etc. He was filling well versus the run too, but it was only a walk through. He seems to have pretty good instincts and recognition skills. I liked what I saw from him.

Akeem Dent, ILB, Georgia:

Dent is another guy that I am high on. Hopefully I will get an interview with a few of these guys, and Dent is definitely high on my list. He is an absolute tackling machine and he is always in position to make tackles. He fills very well against the run and seems to have a very good grasp of gap assignments and responsibilities. I’m not sure how well he will run, but he plays very well when he can play downhill and though he couldn’t show it today he is a great tackler.

Scott Lutrus, OLB, Connecticut:

I don’t have many notes on him, but he had an interception off of a tipped ball by Justin Rogers today.

Cornerbacks:

Justin Rogers, CB, Richmond:

Rogers looked pretty good in coverage and seemed to close on the ball pretty well the few times I saw him. He had a pass deflection against Devlin that led to an interception by Lutrus as mentioned above. I am going to keep an eye on him this week to be sure.

Sorry about the lack of notes on the DB’s from today. I’m sure I’ll have more tomorrow. It was a lot to take in at first but I got better at taking notes as practice went along. I am really excited to see everybody in pads the rest of the week instead of just helmets today. Hope you enjoyed the notes and look out for the West notes later tonight and notes on both teams the rest of the week! Also check out NFLDraftMonsters.com for updates from me and Ben Allbright all week. Thanks for reading!

–Tom