Shrine Game: West Practice Notes: Day 1
I must preface this, as I’m sure most analysts are, by saying that this practice was not exactly brimming with opportunities to evaluate. The players spent a lot of time in position groups running drills amongst themselves and perhaps even more time stretching. On top of that, they weren’t in pads unlike the East Practice earlier in the afternoon. Still, there were some opportunities to evaluate, so here are my notes.
The star of the day for me was Jordan Najvar from Baylor without a doubt in my mind. He hauled in at least five passes during practice and he made a couple nice grabs on passes that were thrown high on top of another nice grab in traffic. His combination of size, athleticism and hands make him the top tight end prospect here and he played like it today. I have been dying for him to get an opportunity and today it finally came and he capitalized.
Keith Wenning showed that while he may not have a rocket arm, he does have adequate arm strength to play at the next level and should get consideration on day three. He was the best of the quarterbacks on the West today and seemed the most comfortable pushing the ball downfield from what I was able to see.
John Brown from Pitt State impressed me with his quickness and burst, but he’s going to have to win NFL teams over if he is truly 5’11″ and only 170 pounds. Chandler Jones is still one of my favorites at this game, and while he wasn’t overly active today I expect him to have a strong week. Seantavius Jones is a big, athletic receiver but he had some issues with drops today.
Marcus Williams and Shaquille Richardson both stuck out to me at times today in coverage. Williams is comfortable in man and didn’t get challenged much if at all, and I didn’t see Richardson get challenged either. He’s a good athlete, so I’m excited to see if he can boost his stock this week.