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Shrine Game: East Practice - Day 4

By Joe Everett on Thursday, 19th January 2012

aj-jenkinsRookie 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 Four have been slim in attendance but they certainly haven’t lacked flash and the players are continuously bringing their best each day with a few receivers redeeming themselves today.

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↑ LARON BYRD - WR - MIAMI: Byrd has been out for redemption since a very rough day one practice that featured a number of drops and miscommunication between he and his quarterbacks but as each day of practice has gone by, Byrd has improved with each rep he’s received. Byrd was especially good in red zone drills yesterday using his big body to shield the football from defenders and converting two touchdowns on Day 3. He was very impressive in the two minute drills portion of today’s practice, converting two third downs and making clutch grabs all over the field.

↑ ALFRED MORRIS - RB - FLORIDA ATLANTIC: Morris isn’t an explosive back that will make multiple defenders miss, he’s a one cut and go type of runner who gets downhill quickly and has the ability to make sharp cuts without gearing down speed wise. He made a linebacker wiff for air today with an impressive back cut and nifty move inside. He’s a player that could readily contribute to an NFL team’s offense and could be a valuable part of a team’s backfield.

↑ AKIEM HICKS - DT - REGINA: The East defensive line has been dominant in practice and a lot of that has to do with the talent, size and strength up front with guys like Matt Connrath, Micanor Regis and especially Akiem Nicks. Hicks has been impossible to contain and his disruptive nature up front has made it extremely difficult for the East offense to maintain a cohesive and productive practice. He has some question marks as to why he left LSU and ended up in Sacremento Community College before ending up at Regina.

↑ MATT CONNRATH - DE - VIRGINIA: Connrath has the body and talent of a pro caliber base 4-3 end but simply needs to fill the rest of his frame out with his stork like legs and lack of lower body bulk. Regardless of his slimmer build, Connrath made a lot of plays in the backfield and was impossible off the edge for the East tackles. He also batted a pass off the edge, caught his own tip and proceeded to take the ball back the other way in today’s two minute drill portion. If he can catch on with a 4-3 defense and bulk up, Connrath could be a factor in the pros.

↔ DAVIN MEGGETT - RB - MARYLAND: Meggett certainly has the pedigree that a lot of the scouts love, as his father is none other than former Giants RB David Meggett but there’s a reason he won’t be attending the Sr. Bowl in a few days and that’s because he just doesn’t have a pro game. Meggett has great hands out of the backfield just like the old man but his burst and acceleration simply aren’t elite and you don’t see that quick twitch ability that is expected from a scat back in the mold of Meggett.

↔ DESMOND WYNN - OG - RUTGERS: Wynn has the body, build and nasty temperament you like to see in a big mauling guard but he doesn’t have the awareness and intensity needed to take advantage of the tools he has. So many times early in the week, you could audibly hear OL Coach Carl Mauck chewing Wynn out and today was no exception, as Wynn ran the wrong play and cut back to pull right hard and knocked Austin Davis right on his arse in the two minute drill portion. Wynn also went a little overboard on a screen pass when he took Matt Connrath after the whistle wrestled him down to the ground and the two proceeded to exchange blows until the coaches and players broke it up. Like I said, you like to see that temperament but Wynn must learn to control himself if he wants to maximize his potential.

↓ BJ COLEMAN - QB - TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA: I had the highest of hopes for this young man but he has gotten progressively worse as the week has gone by and it was so bad that today, he’s so worried about making a mistake with a poor throw downfield that he’s checking down, throwing balls away and opting to scramble upfield if there’s nothing there. Outisde of his scrambling ability, he’s not able to show much else other than his cannon arm but when the pressure is on and there’s live bullets flying around, I have my doubts that he’ll be able to survive for an entire game.

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 joe@rookiedraft.com

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