The East-West Shrine Game
Interesting notes from Sporting News on the East-West Shrine game practices (game to be played on 1/20)...
-Miami (Fla.) defensive end Baraka Atkins stood out as the best defensive linemen on the East, clearly at an athletic level above the other linemen. While NFL types are still trying to figure out if he fits best at end or tackle, he showed that he has the quick feet, quick hands and agility to beat offensive tackles when rushing the passer from the edge.
-Texas A&M linebacker Justin Warren grabbed attention with his build (6-2 1/2, 245) upon first sight and continued to impress throughout practice. He showed very quick feet and the speed to chase down most plays. Warren also got aggressive and physical when battling blockers in run-stopping drills.
-Hampton linebacker Justin Durant had another good day of practice Tuesday. He showed the speed to make plays sideline-to-sideline and blew up lead blockers at the point of attack. He played with the energy and emotion NFL coaches prefer. He did, however, struggle to shed blocks consistently.
-Fresno State wide receiver Paul Williams has been nothing but inconsistent in two days of practice. He shows the athletic ability and speed to be an NFL starter, but he has struggled to run precise routes and has not caught the ball consistently. He is better than what he has shown so far this week.
-Texas defensive end Brian Robison was active and disruptive Tuesday and made plays all over the field. He uses his hands well, usually plays on the offense's side of the line of scrimmage and consistently defeats the offensive lineman blocking him. He also plays with the intensity NFL teams covet and is a vocal leader.
-Fresno State center Kyle Young really struggled Tuesday. He is thick-legged and struggled to move his feet quickly to negate quick pass-rush moves. Despite his natural bulk, he was consistently jolted by aggressive bull rushers and driven backward into the pocket.
WEDNESDAY - JOINT PRACTICES
-The star of the day, without question, was Michigan wide receiver Steve Breaston. He caught many passes without any drops, including four deep passes that would have been touchdowns. He ran excellent routes and showed the burst to get separation and the speed to stretch the separation and run away from cornerbacks deep.
-Miami defensive end Baraka Atkins had another great day and has gone a long way toward showing that he can play either end or tackle in the NFL. He is very polished in his pass-rush moves and consistently beat offensive tackles in one-on-one drills, inside and around the corner with equal frequency.
-Central Michigan defensive end Daniel Bazuin had his best day of practice yet. Despite lacking explosiveness to burst off the ball and beat offensive tackles around the corner, he showed the quick feet, hand usage and competitiveness to defeat blockers and pressure the quarterback.
-Utah defensive tackle Paul Soliai had his first big day of the week. He displayed great strength to jolt offensive linemen backward and was a disruptive interior force. Soliai consistently played on the East offense's side of the line of scrimmage, blowing up plays in the backfield before they could get started.
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Baraka Atkins could be a great pick in the 3rd or 4th rounds.
Re: The East-West Shrine Game