ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- More than 100 hopefuls for the 2016 NFL Draft made their final practice impressions on NFL scouts Thursday before playing in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field (live on NFL Network), and quite a few of them performed well enough to, at the least, buy themselves a closer look from the NFL clubs that took notice. College Football 24/7 takes a look at seven players from the East-West Shrine Game who have a strong chance to be selected in the 2016 NFL Draft:
Hargrave was consistently a headache for East offensive linemen during the practice week with first-step quickness that created backfield disruption. Hargrave is a primarily 3-tech defensive tackle prospect for a 4-3 defense, and made an early impression on NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock. Analyst Daniel Jeremiah, in fact, found Hargrave to be the best player at the entire event. Following practices, Hargrave was a popular introduction for NFL scouts on hand. He once had six sacks in a single college game and is shaping up to be an attractive draft sleeper who could surprise at next month's NFL Scouting Combine.
The Michigan center had a strong week and was clearly one of the most dominant offensive linemen on either Shrine roster this week. He took command on the offensive front and should have a fun battle Saturday with the likes of Shrine West DT Luther Maddy of Virginia Tech. Mayock saw him as a future NFL starter, and NFL Media's Lance Zierlein regarded Glasgow among the top players he saw in St. Petersburg, as well.
Cajuste's size (6-foot-4, 227 pounds) was a problem for the West secondary all week, and he caught the ball away from his body all week, as NFL receiver coaches prefer. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein named Cajuste his top performer for the practice week. Also, an NFC personnel executive was high on the former Cardinal, noting he would have been a better fit for the more competitive Reese's Senior Bowl next week.
NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks named Allison as his top player of the week, and Shrine West coach June Jones was equally impressed. "He's got a chance to be a good one, because he's got size, great concentration on the ball, and he's smart. That's a good combination," Jones said. A NFC scout told College Football 24/7 that Allison is the Shrine Game's most polished prospect at the wide receiver position.
There was plenty of scouting chatter about the 6-2, 255-pound defensive end during the week, and Shrine West defensive coaches took to Ochi, as well. He impressed both Jeremiah and Zierlein during the week, while Mayock liked the way he controlled blockers with his hands. Ochi figures to be a key factor in Saturday's game.
Jeremiah found Sharp to be one of the best five players on hand, and his coach took notice, as well. "He had an unbelievable day Wednesday," Shrine West coach June Jones said, adding that Sharpe missed practice with an injury Thursday and isn't expected to play Saturday. "Undersized guy, but what acceleration." Click here to see one of Sharp's most impressive plays of the week.
Campbell was one of most physically impressive players on either roster at 6-5, 239 pounds, and could be a nice immediate special teams help for an NFL team with the flexibility to draft a developmental linebacker. Campbell had a nice pass breakup in coverage Thursday on an out route thrown by Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld. An NFC college scouting director took notice.