Shrine Game Practice Review: East Squad

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 the East squad after taking in every practice.

# 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.

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