It’s Day 2 of the All-Starpalooza and we’re back with links from the Shrine Game, the NFLPA Bowl, and the Battle of Florida! Every bowl is now underway and this is by far the craziest all-star week I’ve ever seen in all my time scouting football. It’s nuts!
“It was day two for the East Roster on the practice field, but day one for them for their pads. While I focused heavily on the offensive and defensive lines (always fun to see the one on ones), I got a good feel for almost every position.
The biggest winners today seemed to be RB Tauren Poole, TE Chase Ford, DT Akiem Hicks, DT Travian Robinson, and LB Shawn Loiseau, but see how each position players did at today’s East practice.”
“It was day two for the West roster, but still not in FULL pads, which was a bit disappointing. Honestly, didn’t get a great look at each position, caught up talking to a few agents and other NFL Draft people, but still got a great look at the offensive and defensive line today especially (thanks to @JoshNorris, @dpbrugler for catching me up when I wasn’t watching the practices).
The biggest winners today to me were Brandon Brooks, DaJohn Harris, Kentrell Lockett, and Josh Kaddu, but here’s all the positions covered.”
“Another day in the books, and make sure you check out our practice notes for the day for how things went on the field and during practices.
As usual though, I’ll take a look at a few of the side-notes and non-obvious insight from the Shrine Game, so take a look here for what you can only get from being live at the Game in St. Petersburg”
National Football Post
“While evaluating the safety class today on the East roster, there is definitely some athletic qualities I like with South Carolina State defensive back Christian Thompson. He possesses a long, lean frame, can cleanly turn out of his transition and has solid speed when trying to run with speedy receivers from the slot.”
“The west offensive line as a whole did a slightly better job Tuesday and I thought Texas OL David Snow was much improved. Snow displays the ability to bend, move his feet laterally in pass protection and has sneaky heavy hands once engaged.”
The Football Guys
“Day Two report is here!
2012 Shrine Game Practice Notes, Day Two, East Team
QB – Austin Davis, Southern Mississippi
Davis didn’t do much to make it into the practice notebook today. He did show good ability to run a play fake, but too often his passes were off the mark or late to their intended targets.”
Tom Melton NFL Draft Blog
“East Roster Notes:
BJ Coleman (Chattanooga) looked pretty good as usual. His accuracy is still not where I would like it to be, but he continues to look like the best quarterback at the Shrine Game. He threw well on the move today from what I saw but still seems to be working on his footwork.”
“West Roster Notes:
Chandler Harnish (Northern Illinois) is the best QB on this roster but he had a rough day as he missed high on a number of throws throughout practice. I have seen this on film before so it didn’t surprise me that it showed up during this week of practice, but it’s still a concern. His accuracy and arm strength are both above average, but they aren’t good or great.”
“The East team started off the second day of the East-West Shrine Game with a morning practice in St. Petersburg, Fla. For the first time this week, the East squad wore pads and had full hitting. Players were not tackling ball carriers to the ground, as instructed. On a stop, the defender would wrap and hug the ball carrier before letting go. This practicing technique is done to prevent injuries.”
“The West squad held its second practice of the East-West Shrine Bowl on Tuesday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla. The players were wearing pads and hitting throughout the session. Players were not tackling ball carriers to the ground, as instructed. On a stop, the defender would wrap and hug the ball carrier before letting go. This practicing technique is used to prevent injuries.”
“The first two practices of an all-star game are always challenging, both for players and scouts. Practice day one (Monday) was of the pad-less variety, preventing players from showing off their physicality. Therefore, I focused more on skill positions (QBs, WRs, TEs, CBs, Safeties). Both squads planned for contact on Tuesday, showcasing one-on-one linemen battles. For a refresher, you can find the full team rosters here and their weigh-in results here. (Thanks to @WesBunting.)”
“TAMPA, Fla. — Coastal Carolina cornerback Josh Norman is one of 20 prospects from non-FBS schools at the East-West Shrine Game, and he isn’t merely taking advantage of the opportunity to show NFL scouts he stacks up against players from major conferences.
Norman might be having the strongest week of any player in attendance through the first two days of practice.”
“Rookie Draft is LIVE on location for the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburgh, Florida with full access to the players, the practices and the big game.
There’s an awful lot of talent down here in Florida and day two of practices saw the players really take their games up a notch to catch the scouts eyes today.”
“DARIUS HANKS – WR – ALABAMA: Hanks was a late addition to the west roster but he might have been the most exciting on the practice field during day two. He gains separation at will against a variety of defenders because of his terrific feet and ability to change gears so quickly. The San Francisco 49er scouts I heard praised him as a smooth runner but complained that he did not have the deep speed needed to stretch the field and to his credit, Hanks told me that his last forty was a 4.52 after practice but also to his credit, he beat a defender deep on the very next play.”
Big Cat Country
“Today was the first day of practices in Carson, CA for the NFLPA Bowl and I was able to attend and give insight on potential draft prospects. Both squads practiced in shorts and helmets without pads, so given these circumstances it’s hard to get much of a judge on a lot of the more physical aspects of the game. It’s best not to judge lineman and running backs and instead focus on positions like receivers, quarterbacks and cornerbacks.”
NFLPA Bowl: American Team Day 1 Report
“The National Team looked like the more athletic and intriguing group of the two teams and had more talent at the skill positions. Again, most of the day one evaluations will revolve around the skill positions as it’s difficult to get an accurate read on lineman and positions that rely on the physical aspect of the game without pads on.
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