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Practice Report: Notes from East-West Shrine Bowl


I had the chance to watch four practices over the weekend at the Shrine Bowl in Frisco, Texas. I was able to watch two practices for both the East and West teams from the field and get an up-close look at what some of these prospects can do in both 1-on-1 and team drills. Here's what I saw, and opinions are my own:

East Team

* The East pass rushers impressed throughout the two days of practice. Northern Iowa defensive tackle Khristian Boyd used a quick get-off and a violent style to get to the quarterback and disrupt the run game in both team and 1-on-1 settings.

* On the edge, both Kansas State's Khalid Duke and Colorado State's Mo Kamara flashed speed off the edge and athleticism to win around the corner.

* If there were two players that looked like they fit the profile of their position more than Clemson edge player Xavier Thomas and Charlotte edge player Eyabi Okie-Anoma, I couldn't find them. Thomas was a six-year player at Clemson and might have been the best athlete on either front, showing the ability to win with speed, power and quickness. Okie-Anoma attended five different schools in his college career and dominated Saturday's practice with an impressive bull rush. Okie-Anoma was a bit quieter in his second day of work but was very impressive to speak to when I interviewed him on Saturday. You can find that interview on the Giants Huddle podcast.

* There were several offensive linemen on the East squad who also stood out. Penn State center Hunter Nourzad was consistently able to handle the power rush of players bigger than him. Two guards also stood out – Kansas State's Kaitori Leveston and Boston College's Christian Mahogany. Leveston showed an excellent punch in 1-on-1's and was able to sit down to absorb bull rushes. Mahogany showed off his power at guard but was on the ground a bit too much.

* The wide receiver group featured a number of impressive players, including a pair of Illinois receivers in Isaiah Williams and Casey Washington. Washington's traits didn't jump off the field, but he was getting open consistently throughout the weekend. Williams, a former quarterback, showed excellent quickness and some savvy route-running out of the slot. Williams also returned punts.

* Cornelius Johnson was one of the bigger receivers there, and despite being listed at Michigan at 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, he was able to separate and make plays over the top. He scored a touchdown during team red-zone drills.

* Oregon State wide receiver Anthony Gould showed off his quickness and speed separating from defenders.

* Cornerback Ro Torrence, listed at 6-foot-3, certainly looks the part of a cornerback in the NFL. He tried to get matched up against the best opposing wide receivers throughout practice and played physical coverage at the line of scrimmage.

* Running backs Deshaun Fenwick (Oregon State) and Tyrone Tracy (Purdue) both showed some juice when they had the ball in their hands.

* Linebacker Easton Gibbs looks to continue the rich Wyoming tradition led by NFL linebackers Logan Wilson and Chad Muma as he impressed in coverage in 1-on-1's before jumping a route and getting a potential pick-six during red-zone drills.

West Team

* The West team's offensive line group might have been the best position group in Frisco. South Dakota State interior offensive lineman Mason McCormick played both guard and center, showing power, good feet, and a nasty streak. He finished every play, including a 1-on-1 at the end of practice where he won his rep as the entire team watched. His college teammate Garrett Greenfield also flashed some good reps at tackle.

* Holy Cross guard/center C.J. Hanson is undersized but moves well for an offensive lineman. He was overcome with power a couple times during 1-on-1's but often bounced back on the next rep. Miami center Matt Lee is likewise undersized, but he was steady throughout two days of practice.

* Eastern Kentucky offensive tackle Josiah Ezirim flashed his raw ability outside, but one of the most intriguing prospects at the game is Howard offensive tackle Anim Dankwah. At 6-foot-8 and 360 pounds with an interesting background from Ghana by way of Canada, he moves extremely well for a man his size. If he gets paired up with the right offensive line coach and ramps up his aggressiveness, he could be an effective NFL player.

* The West team featured an impressive trio of players named Murphy on the defensive line. North Carolina's defensive tackle Myles Murphy was a big body who should be good against the run, but it was the two brothers from UCLA, edge players Gabriel and Grayson Murphy, who showed up in both the pass and run games. Both players got pressures and batted passes during team drills after flashes during 1-on-1 drills.

* Grambling State's Sundiata Anderson has the look and athleticism of a potentially impactful edge player, with good length and athleticism on the edge that allowed him to win on 1-on-1's and get in the backfield against both the pass and run in team drills.

* Iowa defensive tackle Logan Lee was consistently disruptive as a three-technique defensive tackle, getting upfield and past offensive linemen.

* Arkansas' Trajan Jeffcoat, nephew of former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jim Jeffcoat, also looked the part of an edge rusher.

* Two wide receivers stood out on the West team throughout two days of practice. USC's Tahj Washington was a tough cover out of the slot, showing good quickness, routes, and hands. Virginia's Malik Washington is only 5-foot-8, but he has a powerful lower body that allows him to change direction better than anyone else in Frisco and break tackles with the ball in his hands. He also made a great adjustment on a pass, leaping to catch the deep ball thrown over the wrong shoulder.

* Two defensive backs on the East team also stood out. Toronto Argonaut cornerback Qwan'tez Stiggers never played college football due to a personal family tragedy, but he might have been the best cornerback in Frisco. He constantly played tight coverage and was able to locate the ball and get his hands on it to prevent catches down the field. He is very intriguing.

* Tulane cornerback Jarius Monroe also has excellent size for the position, but he was less consistent in coverage. He was also used a lot at safety on the second day of practice. His competitiveness is obvious the moment you see him compete on the football field.

* Two linebackers also flashed. Ohio State linebacker Steele Chambers might be a little undersized, but he can move well in coverage. Penn State linebacker Curtis Jacobs, a Giants fan whose favorite player is Brandon Jacobs, was also impressive moving around the field.

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