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East West Shrine Review

Friday, January 22, 2016


Rather than breakdown the East and West rosters position by position, I decided to take this review a different way. Honestly, after the first day it was fairly obvious who the prospects were that had a chance to impress this week. Those players put on consistent performances each day, standing out in individual and team drills. With that said, these rankings are not based solely on this event (as you will see with some prospects that had “down” weeks), but rather how I rank the prospects moving forward.


This event seems to produce more talent at one position each year. Sometimes corner, sometimes running back, sometimes receiver. This year, that position is defensive line.


1. South Carolina State DL Javon Hargrave - We have seen small schoolers come in to second tier all star events and dominate. Hargrave will be the next name to make an impact in the NFL, as he disrupts as a pass rusher but also against the run. It showed in his games this season, hence why he was mentioned in my preview, and his high level play continued throughout the week of practice. Some teams seem more wary of non-FBS prospects in the early and middle rounds. Hargrave’s talent is worthy of a top-100 pick.


2. NC State OL Joe Thuney - An offensive lineman who can play five different positions, perhaps three well, has value on an NFL team. Thuney’s best spot is likely along the interior. He practiced across from the most talented defensive line group at the event (East) and was one of the only blockers to slow down the likes of Javon Hargrave and Trevon Coley.


3. FAU DL Trevon Coley - Hargrave’s obvious emergence clouded what was a great week for Coley. He might not be as explosive and disruptive as Hargrave, but he moves and wins in similar ways. Coley and Hargrave moved differently than the other defensive linemen at the event.


4. Michigan C Graham Glasgow - During the season, head coach Jim Harbaugh called Graham Glasgow a future NFL player. After this week, I think it is safe to say that Glasgow likely starts games during his NFL career. The center class is one of the best positions in the draft, partially due to Glasgow. He will be in Mobile, AL for the Senior Bowl next week.


5. NC State CB Juston Burris - Prior to the first practice I spoke with one Director of College Scouting with an NFL team. I went over the obvious names of Hargrave, Thuney, Coley to open the conversation. Then we bonded over positive Burris thoughts.


6. Minnesota LB De’Vondre Campbell - Campbell certainly looks the part. This might seem like a ridiculous statement, but that alone will get him drafted ahead of other, more talented prospects. That is not to say that Campbell is not talented. He is, however I don’t see an individual area where hs shines.


7. Southern Utah CB LeShaun Sims - Sims’ teammate, Miles Killebrew, will be at the Senior Bowl. I wasn’t acquainted with Sims prior to the three days of practice, as he was one of a handful I did not get to watch. He and Campbell were the two standouts on the West side.


8. FAU CB Cre’Von Leblanc - The same high ranking scout I mentioned in the Burris blurb was excited to watch Leblanc. He did not disappoint. Leblanc was competitive in all areas, especially the catch point, which is necessary for a 5’10” corner with 28.5” arms.


9. UMass WR Tajae Sharpe - Much will be made about Sharpe’s 7 3/4" hands. This might sound extreme, but he could be taken off some teams’ boards due to “minimums,” the same way corners without length might be eliminated. I like Sharpe, but wonder if he can exceed a Quinton Patton-like career.


10. Boston College S Justin Simmons - 6’3/200 lbs safeties can be difficult to come by. Skill wise, Simmons is one of those “solid,” all around types. He’s like that friend who is described as a “good dude,” without much else being said.


11. Northwestern DL Dean Lowry - I expect Lowry to have a long yet unspectacular career. He fits the run defending depth player on a defense that mainly utilizes an odd man front.


12. Stony Brook EDGE Victor Ochi - I don’t want to say that I was let down by Ochi’s Senior Bowl week, because expectations are a part of the process that can hurt evaluations. I don’t believe Ochi was as frequently successful during the week of practice as he was in games. Ochi has power in his hands, but athleticism outside of that short bit of explosiveness might be a question.


13. Notre Dame WR Chris Brown - It would not be a surprise to see Brown emerge as the best pro from this receiver group. He flashes skills in almost every area, albeit inconsistently. He made a number of difficult hands catches in 2014.


14. Temple WR Robby Anderson - Smooth is the best way to describe Anderson. I do not feel confident in his ability to consistently win against NFL corners 1 on 1. But that Houston game this season was one of the best I’ve seen from a receiver prospect.


15. Illinois RB Josh Ferguson - Solely a role player, but you all know I like those. Ferguson is one of the better receivers among running backs in this class. A team might see Chris Thompson or Rex Burkhead. Other teams won’t consider that roster worthy.


16. Georgia Southern LB Antwione Williams

17. Penn State DL Anthony Zettel

18. Ole Miss OL Fahn Cooper

19. Ohio State OL Chase Farris

20. Penn State TE Kyle Carter

21. Nebraska OL Alex Lewis

22. Illinois OL Ted Karras

23. UTSA TE David Morgan

24. Michigan State LB Darien Harris

25. Michigan LB Joe Bolden



Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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