No. 5) NG Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, USC – Tu’iKolovatu is a massive run stuffer at 6’1 and 350 pounds. He told us he believed the men in this game play inside the box, Make no mistake; he’s a grown man. He’s 350, but he’s a solid 350 from his calves all the way through his shoulders. He was incredibly consistent from day to day, making big plays in the running game, even when he was double-teamed. His lateral quickness and ability to hold his ground against double teams mean his stock is rising.
No. 4) WR Chad Williams, Grambling State - At 6-0.5 and 204 pounds, Williams is a strong, physical receiver who helped his draft stock as much as anyone in attendance. Williams not only held his own against “big-school” defensive backs, he flourished. Williams showed an extra gear with the ball in his and a willingness to mix it up in traffic to fight for a ball. Williams was quiet during the game, but his play during the week spoke volumes.
No. 3) ILB Alex Anzalone, Florida – Checking in at 6-3 and 240 pounds, Anzalone showed he has the size to play inside linebacker in the NFL. His instincts and aggression shined during 11-on-11 scrimmages. While the defense wasn’t allowed to tackle, that didn’t stop Anzalone from being in on every play and arriving with an audible pop of the ball carriers pads. Smart, fast, aggressive and strong, Anzalone showed all of the traits a team will look for in an inside linebacker. During the week of practice, if there was a running play, Anzalone was in on the tackle. It was that simple.
No. 2) RB Kareem Hunt, Toledo - Hunt showed a different aspect of his game each day of practice as he continually impressed. First, he checked in at a solid 5'10.5 and 208 pounds. On the first day of practice he showed excellent hands, so it was no surprise to see he caught 41 passes at Toledo last year. On the second day of practice he got to show a burst and change of direction in the open field that he didn't have the opportunity to show in scrimmages on day one. Then on game day he led all rushers with 15 carries for 121 yards.
No. 1) WR Zay Jones, East Carolina - There may not have been any player on either squad who helped himself as much as Zay Jones of East Carolina. A shade under 6'2 and 202 pounds, Jones has terrific size and strength. He started the week by catching everything near him and showing a burst after the catch beyond any of his peers. He finished the week with the coaches trying to find ways to get him the ball on sweeps and screen passes. Jones was the best receiver of the week on either the North or the South, and he led the North in receiving with six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown during the game.