Shrine Game Practice Review

While the game is yet to be played, NFL scouts have long since left San Antonio. The 2006 Shrine Bowl practices are now in the books. Our man on the scene, Brent Foshee, briefly describes the prospects on both squads after taking in every practice.

East Squad Practice Review

# Name Pos School Notes
1 Brandon Williams WR Wisconsin Explosive player who was the top overall performer
3 Leon Washington RB Florida State Fast, quick, and explosive. May not be big enough to play every down
4 Gerrick McPhearson DB Maryland Solid if not spectacular cover skills
5 Bruce Gradkowski QB Toledo Accurate but limited  arm strength limited him.
6 Brandon Johnson LB Louisville Good speed; looks like a WR; best in pursuit or coverage situations
7 Tarvaris Jackson QB Alabama State Erratic with his passes all week
8 Cooper Wallace TE Auburn Solid receiver but limited as a blocker. Worked hard.
9 Jonathan Orr WR Wisconsin Impressive size with surprising speed and athleticism
12 Josh Lay DB Pittsburgh Nice size but need to refine his technique
13 Andy Fantuz WR West Ontario Fundamentally sound but plays slow.
14 Brett Basanez QB Northwestern Decent arm strength and good decision making all week.
15 Greg Jennings WR West Michigan Fundamentally sound receiver with some explosion
20 Dawan Landry S Georgia Tech Best suited for two deep cover scheme
21 Nate Salley S Ohio State Did not look comfortable in pass coverage
22 Dhyan Tarver DB Army May only be effective in a zone defense
23 Josh Huston K Ohio State Low trajectory on kicks; good leg strength
25 Dion Byrum DB Ohio Comes out of his backpedal too soon but has top recovery speed
26 Charlie Peprah S Alabama Physical defensive back best suited as a strong safety
28 De'Arrius Howard RB Arkansas Runs high and cautious
31 Vickiel Vaughn S Arkansas Best close to the line of scrimmage
33 Wali Lundy RB Virginia Follows his blockers and runs with good balance
40 Nick Hartigan FB Brown Excellent receiver out of the backfield. Hard working blocker
41 Tim McGarigle LB Northwestern Good lateral speed. Looks smaller than advertised.
42 James Anderson LB Virginia Tech Aggressive downhill player who also displays lateral speed
44 Brandon Hoyte LB Notre Dame Shined during scrimmage
47 Brandon Kennedy FB Arkansas Strong blocker; tends to drop passes
50 Rocky McIntosh LB Miami Athletic linebacker.  Must focus on fundamentals
51 Anthony Schlegel LB Ohio State Looks uncomfortable in reverse
52 Oliver Hoyte LB North Car St Fast and athletic. Makes plays in all aspects of the game
53 Donovan Raiola OL Wisconsin Quick and agile but must add strength.
56 Eric Henderson DL Georgia Tech Did not stand out
58 Tommy Jackson DL Auburn Quick off the ball. Gets penetration inside
59 Jason Spitz OL Louisville Most dominating interior lineman in attendance
64 Rashad Butler OL Miami Very lanky player with good feet.  Needs more strength and technique
70 Kyle Roper OL Arkansas Gets by on effort.
72 Andrew Whitworth OL LSU Dominating blocker who looks like a good fit at strong side tackle
73 Randy Hand OL Florida Had dfficulty in space
74 Dan Stevenson OL Notre Dame Slow to react; decent in space
75 Kevin Boothe OL Cornell Good run blocker who is slow to react in pass blocking situations
76 Isaac Sowells OL Indiana Excellent size, technique, and athleticism. Solid left tackle prospect
77 Rob Sims OL Ohio State Physical; gets to the second level
78 Jabari Levey OL South Carolina Big bodied tackle that must learn to bend his knees
81 Ryan Plackemeier P Wake Forest Big legged punter
84 Matt Henshaw TE Florida State Better receiver than blocker
89 Marques Colston WR Hofstra Large, fearless possession receiver
90 James Wyche DL Syracuse Good motor but not effective as a pass rusher
93 Rob Ninkovich DL Purdue Explosive edge rusher
94 Jason Hall DL Tennessee Quick to the outside has trouble coming off blocks.
95 Barry Cofield DL Northwestern Strong but stationary defensive tackle
97 Kedric Golston DL Georgia Quick penetrating defensive tackle; plays with high motor
99 Antwon Burton DL Temple Difficult to move but does not get penetration.

West Squad Practice Review

No. Name Pos School Notes
1 Reggie McNeal QB Texas A&M Erratic passer all week
2 Todd Watkins WR BYU Exciting playmaker who caught the eye of scouts
3 Dwayne Slay S Texas Tech Not effective in coverage
4 David Anderson WR Colorado St Hard working, fundamentally sound,  and made plays all week
5 Keith Ellison LB Oregon St Excelled in coverage
6 Justin London LB UCLA Strong downhill player with some lateral speed
7 Cory Ross RB Nebraska Quick, elusive runner and potential third down back with improved hands
8 Jeff Webb WR SD St Extends hands and fearless going over the middle
9 Darrell Brooks S Arizona Marginally effective in pass coverage
10 Danieal Manning DB Abilene Christian One of the better cornerbacks in attendance.  Needs to adjust to higher speed
11 Jaxson Appel S Texas A&M Did not stand out
12 Jason Carter WR Texas A&M Good hands and excellent routes
13 Paul Pinegar QB Fresno St Best quarterback on hand.  Made good decisions all week.
14 Drew Olson QB UCLA Decent arm strength though not accurate
15 Tom Malone P USC Gets altitude on his punts, but not distance
16 David Thomas TE Texas Better catching passes than blocking
18 Willie Andrews DB Baylor Did not stand out
19 Taurean Henderson RB Texas Tech Fast runner with good change of direction.
20 David Kirtman FB USC Solid lead blocker
22 DonTrell Moore RB New Mexico Patient, well balanced runner. Has good speed and awareness
24 Justin Wyatt DB USC Better in man off or zone situations
25 Quincy Butler DB TCU Did not stand out
26 Jonathan Scifres K Missouri St Strong kickoffs
28 Mike Hass WR Oregon St Runs solid routes and has nice hands
33 Josh Powell S San Jose St Physical safety best near the line of scrimmage
36 Gilbert Harris FB Arizona Not effective as a blocker
37 Jon Alston LB Stanford Pass coverage specialist?
44 Adrian Byrd FB New Mexico Solid blocker that can also catch the ball
45 Trent Bray LB Oregon St Decent depth on drops but did not appear to be as physical as advertised
47 Kevin Schimmelmann LB Stanford Excellent speed and awareness. Frequently around the ball
51 Jamar Williams LB Arizona St Excellent speed though more comfortable facing the action
52 Jasper Harvey OL SD St Overpowered much of the week
53 Jeromey Clary OL Kansas St Looks like he has the size and skills to play on the left side
56 Manase Hopoi DL Washington Quick defensive tackle that got penetration
59 Fredricc Brock LB Texas So. Did not stand out
64 Chris Chester OL Oklahoma Athletic but looked slow off the snap
65 Nick Mihlhauser OL Wash St Did not stand out
66 Le Kevin Smith DL Nebraska Quick defensive tackle with good leverage and pass rush skills
67 Joe Toledo OT Washington Big bodied; effective in space, though likely only a strong side tackle
72 Michael Toudouze OL TCU Solid fundamentals and athleticism; must add strength/size
73 Chris Kuper OL N Dakota Physical but had difficulty with stronger competition
75 E.J. Whitley OL Texas Tech Has a Mean Streak
76 Paul McQuistan OL Weber State Very raw but has solid potential
78 Aaron Merz OL California Dominating inside blocker
85 Tim Day TE Oregon Equally strong in passing game and blocking
88 Boone Stutz TE/LS Texas A&M Rough week with his snaps
90 Frostee Rucker DL USC Explosive outside rusher
92 Devan Long DL Oregon Solid outside rush skills; good pursuit
93 Chris Gocong DL Cal Poly Good athleticism but must get stronger
94 Steve Fifita DL Utah Short defensive tackle plays with good leverage
96 Daniel Federkeil DL Calgary Tall quick player but had difficulty changing direction and coming off blocks
97 Johnny Jolly DL Texas A&M Athletic playmaker along defensive line. Gets good penetration; physical

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