Shrine Game a wide receiver pipeline
Todd McShay's top performers
East: USF DT Terrell McClain
Of the DTs on the East squad, including Marvin Austin, McClain had the most complete day. He's not a great pass rusher, but he's quick off the ball, does a good job with his hands, plays hard every snap and is just disruptive. Whether it's anchoring and being difficult to move versus the run, or getting penetration and driving lineman back in the backfield on the pass, McClain disrupted a lot during group session. I thought he was overall the toughest player to block in all drills.
West: Fresno State OG Andrew Jackson
He was the best offensive lineman I saw today. He's not a great athlete but he does a good job with his first step and gets himself in position. And he is just strong. When he locks on to a defender, the drill is over. He can sustain it and finish the block. He also showed the ability to reset his hips and feet on Wednesday during drills. Some linemen have problems when they get off balance and have to reset, but Jackson was smooth and did it naturally. He can be a starting guard in the NFL and will probably get one of the top-10 grades of any player here.
Steve Muench's top performers
East: Georgia ILB Akeem Dent
He has very good size (6-2, 238 pounds) and very good straight-line speed. He covers a lot of ground quickly. He's tough downhill against the run and uses his upper body strength to fight off blocks. There are some concerns about his pass coverage -- he was picked on him during drills because he would peek at the QB and get out of position -- but he can work on that and develop into an effective zone guy. Overall, he had another big day on the practice field.
USC TE Jordan Cameron
He is really athletic and I love the way he gets off the line. He uses his hands really well to get defenders off him and get a good release. Once he's free, he quickly gets into his route, has a good burst at the top of his stem, tracks the ball well and caught everything thrown his way today. He doesn't have great speed, but he has enough speed to stretch the field and man an occasional play downfield.
Kevin Weidl's top performers
East: Richmond CB Justin Rogers
He doesn't have great measurables (5-10, 181 pounds) and he's limited physically, but he gets the job done. We love his instincts, and he's opportunistic. He does a good job of reading receivers, has great anticipation and did a great job of jumping short routes. He had a couple of picks on Wednesday, including one on a deep ball in seven-on-seven drills when he squeezed the receiver to the sideline, then went up and got the ball. He shows good ball skills and is certainly making an impression in the first two days here.
West: Boise State CB Brandyn Thompson
He's not a very fast or big guy (runs 4.5 40 and stands only 5-9, 190 pounds) so he's size and speed deficient, but he shows a lot of good, short-area quickness, has a good closing burst and we love the way he plays the ball. He's physical at the line of scrimmage, gets his hands on the WR and disrupts routes. He's a good fit in a Cover 2 scheme for the way he jams receivers and for his aggression in run support. He's not good on an island or off man coverage, but he's much better when he can get up on a receiver. We like the way he plays the ball. He tracks it well and comes up with INTs. He made a name for himself on Wednesday.