Well Day 1 is in the book for the East West Shrine Game as well as the Battle of Florida but its only getting started for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Here is what we heard based on those down there and in the know;
Friend and co-host on our weekly podcast “Three Days in April” Eric Galko is live in Tampa this year for the Shrine Game and is live tweeting his thoughts during practice and then providing some very detailed notes afterwards.
He found QB BJ Coleman to be very impressive on the east roster along with WR Tim Benford, and CB Josh Norman. Small school players seemed to dominate the East practice and its a theme you’ll see play out in almost every body elses reports as well;
On the west side it was two non-BCS players who stood out offensively as QB Chandler Harnish overcame a lower than expected weigh-in to have astrong practice and WR Devon Wylie from Fresno State put himself on the draft map. Meanwhile DB Chris Greenwood seemed to need a lot of coaching some of which is to be expected with his jump up from Albion.
Eric likes to take general daily notes on his thoughts, impressions, and also who is meeting with who. Ravens led the way meeting with 6 players after practices.
In the East practice Tom came away pretty impressed with Miami TE Chase Ford. Ford was an under utilized TE at Miami but has a fantastic weigh-in and made the most of it in practice on Day 1.
The West DB’s as a whole was underwhelming to Tom though Iowa CB Shaun Prater did impress the most. I asked on Twitter if the West practice was as sloppy as it sounded and he did confirm that to his eye it was indeed.
If you were on Twitter yesterday morning and you probably saw me RT the heck out of Wes as he was the only guys who is internet based to get into the weigh-ins. This alone is why Wes is the man.
Wes notes that two potential sleepers in CB Micah Pellerin and OG Brandon Brooks took the cake yesterday in drills.
Some of you may know this writer for the good work he does with Bleacher Report and/or on the Detriot Lions, but he is also an avid draft fan and will be covering the Shrine Bowl for Drattek this week. One of the most impressive players to Michael was South Dakota State WR Dale Moss.
Cecil Lammey is a guy who has been around the game for quite a while, he’s a good scout and a great member of the media. Anything he says should be taken seriously because he has the resources to check his opinion against what people in the NFL are thinking.
Cecil points to RB’s Alfred Morris, David Meggett, and Tauren Poole as impressive to him from the East. Cecil also says that Dan Persa was the best QB on the West squad.
On the East side of things Charlie Campbell Baylor’s DT Nick Jean-Baptiste and OG Rishaw Johnson. No pads were on yesterday for the East but Campbell liked their size and the way they got after it.
Campbell then watched the West practice and saw OG Ryan Miller take care of DT DaJohn Harris one on one when lined up at guard but get beat badly when at RT. This is why we only see Miller as an OG prospect moving forward.
Chris mentions that BJ Coleman reminded many of the men mentioned in this post of John Skelton not sure that’s supposed to be a big compliment given how highly thought of and ranked Coleman was coming into this year.
That’s it from Monday, we’ll update this post as more reports go up and of course we’ll be tweeting like crazy.
UPDATE: Added Day 1 reports from Wes Bunting and Chris Kouffman.