Rookie Draft is LIVE on location for the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida with full access to the players, the practices and the big game.
The practices on Day three have been slim in attendance but they certainly haven’t lacked flash and the players are continuously bringing the heat with a lot of defenders shining bright on Wednesday.
If you have any questions or other players to ask about, go ahead and drop a comment or hit me up on the twitterverse if that’s you’re thing @RookieDraft
â†‘ AJ JENKINS - WR - ILLINOIS: Jenkins really does a great job exploding out of his stance and getting a clean release from defensive backs attempt to bump him out of his routes. He displays the quick twitch ability to break off defensive backs with ease and close on the football when it’s in the air. Jenkins has natural hands and instinctively locates the ball, doing so twice on a deep over the shoulder out to the sidelines and on a back shoulder catch that he was able to haul in at the last second.
â†‘ MICANOR REGIS - DT - MIAMI: Regis has been a thorn in the side of the East offensive linemen for the past few days and Wednesday was no exception, as the big Hurricane’s tackle was taking up residence in the backfield and thwarting the offense’s best efforts to have a productive practice. He blew up two screen passes early in practice before they had a chance to develop. He also delivered a punishing crackback block on Thomas Mayo after he was chasing down a Micah Pellerin interception. Regis is doing a great job of showing scouts just how physical and chaotic he can be on the field.
â†‘ JOSHUA LINAM - LB - UCF: Linam has done a great job of diagnosing and keying on run plays and shutting down lanes for runners to create plays. He blew up an inside run by Alfred Morris in early line drills and then shut down two outside runs by knifing through would be blockers and taking David Meggett out. Linam also forced Meggett farther out on another toss play and cause the runner to increase his angle and resulted in Meggett losing his footing completely. Linam also intercepted a BJ Coleman pass in 11 on 11 drills that was tipped up and the UCF linebacker made a great play on the ball to take it back the other way.
â†‘ JOSH NORMAN - CB - COASTAL CAROLINA: Norman caught my eye yesterday with his flare for the fantastic and some his not so fantastic moments on Tuesday but today was largely a success for Norman as he once again displayed his instinctive play with his terrific range to make plays on the football and to close on ball carriers quickly. He’s a very longer levered player and he’s done an excellent job of using his body and physicality to shut down passes coming his way. He did an excellent job of using his frame to body out BJ Cunningham of Michigant State in the red zone drills and forced him out of bounds. Norman also made yet another INT against BJ Coleman in seven on seven drills and also received a gift from Austin Davis, after the Southern Mississippi QB threw a pass directly to Norman who had fallen down on the ground.
â†” MATT DANIELS - S - DUKE: Daniels has had some really nice moments throughout the week but he’s also had a few near misses that will cost him. He made a great read during red zone drills on an Austin Davis pass that hit him in the mouth but he simply could not convert the play but he was able to blow up a screen pass late in the day that drew a few reactions from the onlookers on the sidelines. Daniels is a little too easily sucked into his blocks and would do well to take a page from Josh Linam’s book on how to shed blockers but all in all, he’s putting together a nice week.
â†” BJ COLEMAN - QB - TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA: How the mighty have fallen. Coleman’s pro style delivery and NFL ball velocity aren’t going to serve him much use when nobody knows where the ball is going to end up. Not only is his ball placement a huge issue but his timing still isn’t there with the receivers, after a number of passes appeared to be complete misscommunications that just might be on the quarterback. The actual game is appearing to be a battle of two run heavy teams with the quarterbacks all having issues.
â†“ AUSTIN DAVIS - QB - SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI: There are a number of people who certainly apppear to be in Davis’ corner but I can’t endorse a player that simply doesn’t have any kind of accuracy or rapport with his receivers. He scrambled left on a broken play and while he escaped the pass rush, the play didn’t have a prayer of being converted and the only thing Austin hit were two Chargers scouts far out of bounds. Sadly, there isn’t much that separates him from Brantley but I will give Davis the slight edge since he’s a little less mediocre than the former Gator.
Thanks a ton for reading and please bang out some feedback or comments below. You can also e-mail me questions, comments, and even complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org