East-West Shrine Game: Day 2

Charlie Bernstein is in Orlando for this year's game and filed this recap after the workout on Tuesday. Who caught the attention of the scouting contingent, including those from the Packers?

Charlies Bernstein, who covers the Jacksonville Jaguars, is covering the East-West Shrine Game for Scout.com.

— All 32 teams are here, including Miami's Bill Parcells, Jacksonville's brain trust of Gene Smith and Jack Del Rio, as well as Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris and Kansas City coach Todd Haley. 

— The practice opened up with some quarterback drills, and Fordham gunslinger John Skelton once again showed off his stellar arm strength. But it wouldn't be Skelton who most of the scouts would come away impressed by, but Northwestern's Mike Kafka.  Although nobody is going to get Kafka's arm strength confused with Peyton Manning or Joe Flacco, Kafka put enough zip on the ball to throw the out patterns, and he had great touch and accuracy on deep balls. Penn State's Daryll Clark had a better day than he did yesterday as he showed more underneath accuracy, but he still struggled throwing anything farther than 15 yards, and simply doesn't possess the arm to throw the out pattern. 

— Running back Javarris James continued his solid running as he was quick through some of the limited openings in the defense, and he did a fine job of catching the ball out of the backfield.  After a mediocre at best practice on Monday, Tulane's Andre Anderson made some big plays Tuesday and showed a great set of hands.  Connecticut's Andre Dixon seemed to take a step back as he danced quite a bit instead of hitting the holes with force. 

"I can catch, I can block, obviously I can run and I can also pick up protections," James said when asked about what he's showing potential NFL employers.  "I feel like I'm a complete back."

— We had a fullback sighting as LSU's Richard Dixon caught every pass thrown his way, including a one-handed snare as he was getting hit by defenders.  Dixon showed that he isn't afraid to scratch up his helmet, and his 6-foot-3, 244-pound frame will likely get him some second-day draft consideration. 

— Tight ends Andrew Quarless of Penn State and Ali Villanueva of Army impressed some of the famous onlookers.  Quarless not only caught everything thrown his way, but showed great speed and moves when turning up field.  Villanueva attracts attention just by his mere 6-foot-10, 285-pound frame, but when he moves around, he plays like a player who would be much smaller and more nimble.  Villanueva displayed great hands during the session. 

"I offer versatility at tight end," Quarless said when asked about what he brings to an NFL team.  "To be able to stretch the middle of the field and also be able to come down and really smack an end right in the face.  You have to be able to do that to be an all-around tight end."


Naaman Roosevelt
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— Three wide receivers stood out in practice and perhaps the most impressive was Buffalo's Naaman Roosevelt.  Roosevelt caught every pass thrown his way flawlessly, and showed an ability to get separation and then suddenness when lined up in the slot.  Michigan State's Blair White may not look the part of a typical wide receiver, but he did his best Kevin Walter imitation, catching everything thrown his way and running excellent routes.  Finally, Freddie Barnes again showed why he was a record-setting pass catcher at Bowling Green as he plucked everything thrown near him. 

— The offensive line had a standout performance from Rutgers' Kevin Haslam.  The 6-5, 296-pound tackle was mostly overshadowed this season by his fellow bookend, Anthony Davis, but Haslam helped make a name for himself as he repeatedly stoned oncoming defenders, including the highly rated Greg Hardy.  Iowa's Kyle Calloway continued his fantastic play, and Tennessee tackle Chris Scott more than held his own.  Indiana's Roger Saffold III had his way with Hardy on more than one occasion. 

— Defensively, UCF's Torell Troup was again dominant as he was often double-teamed in full 11-on-11 drills and was able to get into the backfield and cause disruption.  Purdue's Mike Neal collapsed the pocket on many occasions, as did Virginia's Nate Collins

"I'm just working hard and trying to get some of this good coaching out here to make me a better player," Troup said. 

— On the outside, N.C. State's Willie Young was able to get good pressure off the edge and even sniffed out a well set-up screen play.  Ohio State's Doug Worthington showed an ability to attack with purpose and still be fundamentally correct, signs of great coaching from a great college program.  Virginia's Nate Collins was able to make plays in the backfield and even had a pass defensed.  Connecticut's Lindsey Witten showed himself to be lightning quick off the snap and he was able to give most of the left tackles a hard time at practice. 

South Florida linebacker Kion Wilson was able to make plays all over the football field, as was Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield, who continues to impress the scouts.  Navy's Ross Pospisil was caught out of position on several plays, and didn't really look athletic enough to succeed in anything more than a special teams role.

"I need to work on my footwork and the bag drills," Schofield said when asked what he can learn and do better.  "I think the linebacker position will come with experience and reps."

— In the secondary, the Virginia Tech duo of Stephen Virgil and Kam Chancellor were able to make plays, and Toledo's Barry Church found himself in great position often, which caused errant throws.  Clemson's Chris Chancellor was given Darrelle Revis treatment, as he was rarely challenged on Day 2 after a stellar Monday practice. 

West

The quarterback trio of Kansas' Todd Reesing, BYU's Max Hall and Eastern Washington's Matt Nicholas showed what they could do in front of members of all 32 NFL teams.

Hall possesses the best arm of the three. He has the arm strength to make all of the throws and is accurate. Motion is not as effortless of Skelton of the East, but just as the potential knock on him will be size as he doesn't appear to be as tall as the 6-foot-1 listed on the roster.

Reesing showed improvement from yesterday, when he was downright awful. He is too short and does not have near enough accuracy to overcome his lack of height and arm strength.

Nicholas has the size and arm, but has been inconsistent throughout the first two days. He has the ability to make all the throws, but doesn't put it all together nearly enough.

— The running backs are hard to gauge due to the lack of hitting, but Keith Toston of Oklahoma State and Dimitri Nance of Arizona State showed flashes. They were a bit inconsistent and did miss some holes.

— The receivers had a bit of a rough day as they dropped more balls and didn't get as much separation as Monday. A couple guys that stood out were Seyi Ajirotutu from Fresno State, as he possesses a big 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, and has good playmaking ability, Emmanuel Sanders from SMU is a guy that appears destined to play slot on Sundays and has done nothing to hurt his case.

— As for the tight ends, Riar Geer from Colorado and Dennis Pitta from BYU showed good route-running ability and hands, and they both appear to be solid downfield threats.

— One-on-one drills were featured to gauge the offensive and defensive lines. For the offensive line, Texas Tech tackle Brandon Carter and TCU tackle Marshall Newhouse stood out. They possess good footwork, along with strength and size. On the other side of the ball, defensive end James Ruffin from Northern Iowa and Jeffery Fitzgerald from Kansas State showed off speed and strength coming around from the end. Tackles Jaron Baston from Missouri and Ekom Udofia from Stanford make a great pair, and are both hard to block with just one man, consistently getting a solid push and distrupting plays.

— For the secondary it was the Darrell Stuckey show. The safety from Kansas showed good footwork during drills and did well against both the run and pass all day.


Charlie Bernstein is the host of CB Sports on ESPN Radio 1420 in St. Augustine, Fla., and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association.   Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.


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