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2012 East-West Shrine Game: Practice Report

2012 East-West Shrine Game: Tuesday's West Team Practice Report

By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell

The West squad held its second practice of the East-West Shrine Bowl on Tuesday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla. The players were wearing pads and hitting throughout the session. Players were not tackling ball carriers to the ground, as instructed. On a stop, the defender would wrap and hug the ball carrier before letting go. This practicing technique is used to prevent injuries.

After warming up, the players worked in their individual position groups. The defensive backs on the West squad have some talent. Two standouts among them are West Virginia cornerback Keith Tandy and Iowa cornerback Shaun Prater. During the early session, both of them showed impressive hip fluidity as they turned and broke on deep passes. Both corners are also physical with receivers. They did an overall good job of running with receivers and not allowing separation.

Tandy almost had a two-pick practice. In seven-on-sevens, he jumped a route and undercut the receiver on a quick out. The pass got on Tandy quickly as he darted in front, but the ball bounced off his pads. In the 11-on-11 scrimmage session, Tandy again came close to an interception when he undercut a route. Tandy just missed the ball but disrupted the receiver enough to force an incompletion. Tandy was clearly disappointed he didn't come away with a turnover, but he showed quality coverage and the ability to get in position for some turnovers.

There were a lot of one-on-one sessions spread out around the field in this practice. The linebackers and running backs went against each other in pass routes out of the backfield. USC running back Marc Tyler showed some nice routes. He burned a linebacker, but also had a badly dropped pass after getting open on another route. Tyler (5-10, 230) has an NFL body along with some quickness.

TCU linebacker Tank Carder played well and did a quality job of staying with backs out of the backfield. It was impressive to see Carder closely cover quick, smaller running back Bobby Rainey from Western Kentucky. Later on in the nine-on-nine run scrimmage, Carder blasted a fullback in the backfield to blow up a run. Carder also flowed down the line to make a good stop of Tyler about three yards downfield. Carder had a few mistakes in practice, but overall, he looked improved.

Other highlights from that nine-on-nine session saw Rainey break off a nice touchdown run. Tyler burst through the line for a good run behind the right side of the line, and Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin had some quality plays. The 6-foot-1, 241-pound Franklin is a quick player who definitely looks like a 4-3 defender at the next level. Rainey and Tyler both had quality days. Tyler has an ability to burst through arm tackles, run behind his pads and get yards after contact. Right now, he looks like the top back on either team.

The defensive and offensive linemen spent a good amount of time going against each other in one-on-one pass blocking. The line play in the solo battles and the nine-on-nine run scrimmage was the focus of a lot of the prominent decision-makers present. Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney both focused on the lines rather than the passing scrimmages on the other end of the field.

Colorado guard/right tackle Ryan Miller is tough to figure out as he can look dominant on one play and terrible on the next. At 6-foot-6, 326-pounds, Miller has a good skill set to work with, but he must get more consistent. At right tackle, Miller was burned by Arnaud Gascon-Nadon from Laval University (Canada) for a sack on a speed rush. This week, Miller could be proving that he will have to stay at guard in the NFL, which will definitely hurt his draft stock.

An offensive tackle who bounced back on Tuesday after a disappointing first day was BYU offensive tackle Matt Reynolds. He fared well in his one-on-one matchups with Ole Miss defensive end Kentrell Lockett and Laval's Gascon-Nadon. Reynolds (6-4, 310) stonewalled Gascon-Nadon's bull rush and mirrored Lockett to stand him up away from the quarterback marker. In the team scrimmage, Reynolds continued his strong play with a nice run block, reaching the second level to give a shot to the Mike linebacker. Reynolds also did well in pass protection on some plays in the full team scrimmage. He needed a good practice and most definitely did.

Lockett had one of the most impressive one-on-one victories when he absolutely destroyed Nebraska offensive tackle Marcel Jones on a bull rush. In the blink of an eye, Lockett bull rushed the big tackle into the quarterback dummy. That rush drew a lot of cheering from his Ole Miss teammates and chatter on the sidelines.

Two tight ends stood out with quality practices. Michigan's Kevin Koger and North Carolina State's George Bryan both played well. Koger (6-3, 262) and Bryan (6-5, 265) are big, physical tight ends in the ground game. Each had an impressive catch in traffic down the middle seam in the team scrimmage. Koger especially had some nice blocks in the run period.

Boise State wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker had his second straight day of production. He is hard for defensive backs to cover downfield with some quickness and route-running. Shoemaker (6-1, 214) also has some size, which he uses well.

Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa is the most effective signal-caller at moving the chains, but his height is a killer (5-11, 212). Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish has a skill set that could interest some teams as a developmental project.

Here is a quick list of some of the post-practice interviews between the player and a team that was spending some time talking to the prospect:

Kansas City - Fresno State wide receiver Devon Wylie and Virginia cornerback Rodney McLeod

Indianapolis - Arizona cornerback Trevin Wade

New Orleans - Iowa cornerback Shaun Prater

Jacksonville - SMU guard Josh LeRibeus

San Diego - Fresno State wide receiver Devon Wylie

Philadelphia - Arizona cornerback Trevin Wade

Buffalo - Fresno State wide receiver Devon Wylie and Laval University defensive end Arnaud Gascon-Nadon

Cleveland - Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford

Baltimore - USC defensive end DaJohn Harris and UCLA tight end Cory Harkey

2012 East-West Shrine Game Recap: Charlie's - 1/22
2012 East-West Shrine Game Recap: Walt's - 1/22
2012 NFL Draft Stock: East West Shrine Practices - 1/21
2012 East-West Shrine Game: Wednesday's East Team Practice Report - 1/19
2012 East-West Shrine Game: Wednesday's West Team Practice Report - 1/19
2012 East-West Shrine Game: Tuesday's East Team Practice Report - 1/18
2012 East-West Shrine Game: Tuesday's West Team Practice Report - 1/18
2012 East-West Shrine Game: Monday's East Team Practice Report - 1/17
2012 East-West Shrine Game: Monday's West Team Practice Report - 1/17

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Mory 01-02-2014 04:11 am (total posts: 6)
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Binda 01-02-2014 02:57 am (total posts: 3)
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Just love this card, great colours and the image is peercft, I'm sure your friend will love it. I tend to leave things to the last minute too, daft, eh? It does focus the mind though :)
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Melikeydraft 01-21-2013 04:15 pm (total posts: 1)
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Taylor was the most impressive player in the game. I like Sio Moore a lot so I was not surprised he played well. The QB play was substandard, so the WR and TE suffered which was a bit disappointing.
I'LL BLOW YOU IF YOU THUMB UP MY COMMENT 01-21-2013 02:40 am (total posts: 1)
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I want Devin Taylor on the Seahawks.
rc 01-20-2013 09:08 am (total posts: 1)
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be nice if you combined these reports now that week is done.
A&M 01-16-2013 11:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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CMike showing out, always felt he'd be a better pro than college player.
Another dumb Jag's move 01-16-2013 03:22 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Jag's must have the dumbest scouting department in the league. Another Fing kicker is on the radar?
Green Bay Packers 01-15-2013 10:20 pm (total posts: 1)
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Ted Thompson is there and the Packers don't talk to anybody. Guess they're playing it to the vest
Corey 01-14-2013 03:58 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jamie Collins out of Southern Miss is an absolute beast! Same build and playing style as Von Miller and Jarvis Jones. Huge upside and very athletic!
Julio 03-24-2012 11:55 pm (total posts: 1)
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You did about as good as I did, and I was able to update mine the day bfroee. You offered a lot of insite that helped me get a few of those picks right. Also, if it weren't for you, I would have not welcomed the drafting of Andre Smith. Speaking of Andre Smith, I think it's important that the Bengals and Smith's agent work hard to get a contract done early. That would go a long way toward proving that Smith was not a gamble.
Haedid 03-24-2012 11:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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Great work Charlie!
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I know ESPN has NFL picks and Meril Hoge is pretty good. Who is the best on the ESPN site? What other sites have GOOD NFL erepxt picks? Not against the spread but just straight up winners?

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