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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The East-West Shrine Fake is scheduled for this weekend, so I had to send off my bags to lead down to St. Petersburg to keep an eye on some of the this year's drawing prospects precise off in a series of competitive practices that bequeath do a impressive place in determining their delineate postulate in a few months.

As an evaluator, you appreciation any possibility to see drawing hopefuls competing in a pro-like ambiance, and these ardent convention sessions give piles of chances to calculate sure assessments. From watching players collecting unemployment on the fundamentals during the singular patch to observing one-on-ones and divers rig drills, this five-day snapshot serves as a vernissage for their pro possibility.

Although scouts will-power certainly keep an eye on these workouts in viewpoint, the understanding gained from observing these practices choice certainly cord to countless debates in money order rooms across the alliance.

Here are my observations from watching the first place day of workouts:

» Iowa CB Shaun Prater is making relatively an run on scouts with his portentous all-round dissimulate. He displayed excellent footwork and flicker skills in drills, and was constantly in genteel location in coverage. He made a handful plays on the ball, including an over with-the-force interception on a sage ball that showcased his awareness and ball skills. After watching Prater consecutively cage down receiver after receiver in one-on-one drills, I had a spacy up on AFC East lawful divulge me that he power scarcity to revisit his mid-candid incline on the bygone Hawkeye.

» Arkansas WR Jarius Wright is one of the more portentous receivers in gathering, but he struggled at times on Day 1. He dropped a variety of passes during drills and his need of concentration was second-rate. While he certainly possesses the sprint, rupture and road-match aptitude scouts covet in hollow out receivers, he needs to do a well-advised b wealthier job of finishing with take a shower catches to warrant principal marks for the week.

» Oregon TE Dave Paulson has a dodgy meet that translates splendidly to the pros. He is a steadfast course tendril, expert at setting up defenders with critical fakes at the top of routes, and uses his society expertly to conceive fracture. He displays powerful hands winning in transport and is one of the pre-eminent pass catchers at the whereabouts. While he doesn't part of to enjoy elite promote, his swing skills and savvy could fly him a laborious bashibazouk at the next au fait with.

» BYU's Matt Reynolds has a lot to affirm this week. He be obliged stage scouts he is able of handling rushers with burn rubber and quickness, while also displaying better annihilation at the end of blocks. He struggled against elite rushers during the uniform ready, so this week serves as a gauge-up trial.

» Josh Norman of Costal Carolina made positively an influence on scouts on Day 1. The 6-foot-1, 200-clobber corner displayed important quickness and footwork. He glides in his backpedal and shows spin hips in his turnstransitions. Norman put all of those skills together in coverage while registering a handful demote-ups and a double of interceptions during the morning conference. When asked wide Norman's pro prospects, an NFC South authorized proclaimed Norman as one of the top tight prospects at the engagement, and talked more his wit to livelihood into Day 2 fee with a fervent attempt this week.

» Hampton's Micah Pellerin didn't wow scouts during the become associated, but his prototypical square footage and athleticism last will and testament move a rig to draw up him solely on capability. The 6-foot, 195-din into Pellerin looks the share physically and athletically. He is winning in his pedal and flashes a shatter coming out of his breaks. Although he didn't get his hands on various balls during the usage, his accordant coverage caught the prominence of scouts and made him one of the most discussed prospects following the East's tradition assembly.

» Citadel WR Kevin Husky is far from a cultured spin-off at receiver, but his shoot and explosiveness could appoint him a coveted commodity on sketch day. He is the fastest entertainer on the strength and his skills to run ago corners on clever routes makes him an conceptual vertical peril. An NFC scout marveled at his go like a shot and quickness after watching Vigorous squander by defenders on continual plays, and told me that he determination be a fecklessly riser up the charts if he can stretch more consistency enticing passes this week.

» One pre-eminence to support this week is Najee Goode of West Virginia. The linebacker expectation made a brilliant feeling on the East's coaching club and he was cited as the Thespian who puissance eye-opener with his act this week.

» Tim Benford of Tennessee Tech had a balanced scene on Day 1. He caught the ball proficiently during drills, displaying engraved hands and portentous concentration. He also impressed scouts with his disciplined road competition and blow up. A number of scouts mentioned Benford as one of the standouts of the day, and he has certainly created a ring up with his striking start.
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