Every morning for the next three weeks we’ll get up first thing and gather all the All-Star news and notes we can from around the internet. We will have somebody from our family of sites at each and every game so we’ll have those first hand notes for you along with notes from other sites and trusted analysts.
Stars of the Day:
Auburn WR Emory Blake, who consistently caught everything thrown near him with great hands well away from his body. He made an inside-out double move that completely spun NC State safety Earl Wolff into the ground as if Allen Iverson just crossed him over.
I spent the first part of practice watching the DBs in a couple of drills before moving to the OL vs. DL in a spirited pass rush drill. Most of the observations from the day will be from these position groups.
-Rodney Smith of Florida State seemed to be the best outside and potentially X receiver of the group. He took well to coaching it seemed, and worked hard to fine tune his routes and get separate. He also adjusted on multiple occasions to passes, including a very nice between-two DB snag on a later-than-it-should-have-been pass by Colin Klien.
Back to back practices kicked off the East-West Shrine Week, and although the attendees were padless (except for shoulder pads on the East), a few observations could be gleaned from the event’s first day. This installment of practice notes will be brief, but expect more lengthy posts throughout the week.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For some non-FBS prospects, the toughest part of the draft process can be shedding the dreaded “small school” label. And one way to do that is in these pre-draft all-star games when they’re pitted against players from the SEC, Big Ten and other “power” conferences.
Nathan Stanley- Stanley was the guy I was most excited to see and despite inconsistent accuracy he clearly has the best arm of the three quarterbacks in my opinion. I think his accuracy might improve over the course of the week as he works under center more. The limited footage I was able to see of him featured him exclusively in shotgun, so keep that in mind.
William Campbell- Campbell is inconsistent off the snap and was getting coached pretty hard by the DL coach about firing off the ball and staying low out of his stance. If he can stay low and keep his pads down he could be very disruptive because he flashed impressive athleticism for a 6’5”, 310 pound (listed) defensive tackle.
Didn’t take too close of a look at the offensive line today (not in full pads), but two that did stand out were Terron Armstead of Arkansas Pine-Bluff and David Bass of Missouri Western State. Armstead looked the part in pass protection, getting great extension on his deep kick slides, and setting up well and consistently to even anticipate inside rushes to pinch inside. As for Bass, he showed good burst and change of direction in the run game, and made an impact despite it not being full contact.
Of the quarterbacks, Matt Scott of Arizona has the most upside, and it showed today. While his running ability wasn’t on display, his arm strength was, and he slung the ball very well vertically and in driving shorter routes. With great velocity on the shorter routes (though not quite as impressive as the East’s Nathan Stanley and the ability to arc vertically should consistently impress this week.