The second practice of the East-West Shrine was held in St. Petersburg, Fla. under sunny skies with temperatures in the low 80s. The West team is being coached by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach Leeman Bennett. Unlike the East squad led by Jerry Glanville, Bennett had the players in a non-contact practice as they played in shorts, jerseys and helmets. There were also portions of practice dedicated to loosening up, so overall it was not a very good practice for evaluation purposes.
Despite that, a few players stood out with their athletic skill sets. Arizona quarterback Matt Scott showed off a nice arm and good mobility. He was clearly the best quarterback on the West squad. Scott could help himself to be a mid-round pick with a strong week.
Another of the top performers on the West squad was Mount Union wide receiver Jasper Collins. The speedy wideout was challenging receivers with his quickness and route-running. He burned a bunch of cornerbacks downfield and was consistently getting separation. Collins torched UCLA cornerback Aaron Hester and Nevada's Khalid Wooten on go routes. The tall corner Hester struggled to turn and run with Collins.
Collins (5-11, 190) is in the mold of other Mount Union prospects Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts. A lot of scouts were impressed by Collins on Monday.
In the team scrimmage session, the defensive linemen took advantage of not having pads on to beat offensive linemen with their speed. San Jose State defensive end/outside linebacker Travis Johnson torched Calary offensive tackle Kirby Fabien for two sacks.
USC defensive end Wes Horton was impressive in the one-on-ones. He burned Wester Michigan tackle Dann O'Neill on consecutive reps with a spin move and an outside speed rush. Horton (6-5, 255) has athleticism and speed, but had underwhelming production at USC. He needs a strong week to help make up for a disappointing senior year. Monday was a good start.
Pitt guard/tackle Ryan Turnley had some good blocks in the one-on-ones. Iowa center James Ferentz struggled with speed rushers, as he did during the 2012 season. Utah guard Sam Brenner did well blocking Vanderbilt tackle Rob Lohr. He stuffed Lohr and rode him around the pocket.
Michigan defensive tackle William Campbell won his reps against UCLA's Jeff Baca. Campbell (6-5, 310) had a good day and flashed more speed and explosiveness than one would think.
In the team scrimmage session, a few players had impressive plays. Arizona wideout Dan Buckner made a fantastic over-the-shoulder catch on a deep pass along the sideline. Arkansas-Pine Bluff defensive end Brandon Thurmond probably would have notched a few sacks if there was live hitting. He was showing some nice pass rush ability.
Nevada tight end Zach Sudfeld did well working the middle seam. Sudfeld (6-7, 255) has great length. Middle Tennessee State wide receiver Anthony Amos also was impressive, making a great leaping catch over defenders.
Some other prospects worth mentioning who were solid on Monday include Virginia linebacker Steve Greer and Ohio State linebacker Nathan Williams. Oklahoma cornerback Demontre Hurst had good coverage.
The West team will practice in pads on Tuesday and Wednesday, so those sessions should be fruitful for draft evaluations.
I don't get the Garrett Sickels pick in the 3rd when your own evaluation of him clearly states that you believe he his a 3-4 OLB in the NFL and a day 3 pick at best. I think Dallas would rather take the risk with Carl Lawson in that spot than give it to a career rotational player at best.