TAMPA, Fla. -- I really enjoy coming here every year to watch the East-West Shrine Game practices. It allows me to see many prospects for the first time in person. It also forces me to go back on some players and do more work in the tape room.
Below are some notes on players that showed flashes on Tuesday; I concentrated on linemen the past two days, and tomorrow I'll focus on quarterbacks and receivers.
East team practice
» South Carolina State DT Javon Hargrave: He's undersized (6-foot-2, 295 pounds), but a quick and explosive player. He's flashed both days in the pass-rush drills and in the one-on-ones. And even in the team drills, you can see how quick his get-off is.
» Florida Atlantic DT Trevon Coley: He's similar to Hargrave in that he's also undersized (6-2, 300) but explosive. I like both of those kids.
» Boston College safety Justin Simmons: He's not necessarily a highly rated kid but he might be able to play both safety and corner. He's big and strong, and I loved his tape against Notre Dame.
» North Carolina State OL Joe Thuney: He played tackle in college, but they're kicking him inside here and playing him at guard. He's had a pretty good week so far. I'll be interested to see how he finishes it out. I like his versatility; he could be a swing lineman.
» South Carolina OT Brandon Shell: His play here has been better than his tape. It looks like he's lost some weight. He's looked good in the one-on-one drills. He's displayed good footwork and has been really aggressive. He's a kid I need to do some more work on because of that.
West team practice
» Illinois safety Clayton Fejedelem: The kid's been all around the ball for two days now. He had 140 tackles this past season so you knew coming in that he was a tough guy. And he is. But it has been nice to see him around the ball, making plays in the passing game.
» Stanford WR Devon Cajuste:: He's kind of an intriguing guy because he catches the ball really well. What I want to see is if he can be effective as an H-back, as opposed to just a wide receiver, which he played a Stanford. I'm eager to see him in the run game to see if he can block. He catches the ball very well and offers a distinctive skill set for the NFL.
» Nebraska OT Alex Lewis: He's had two solid days with his pass sets in the one-on-one drills. I'm eager to watch him take over in the team drills in these practices, but I really like him in the one-on-one pass sets.