The East-West Shrine Game practices underway, with several NFL Draft analysts in attendance. Every day we'll do a roundup of stories and opinion.
For small-school prospects, an all-star game setting is critical to their draft status. After a disappointing senior season, Cornell's Jeff Mathews put together a good first day of practice, Dane Brugler of CBS Sports notes in his Day 1 report. Once Mathews got into rhythm, Brugler reports, he showed off his arm strength and vision. With Mathews, scouts will have to determine how much of his down season can be attributed to the talent (or lack thereof) around him.
Kyle Crabbs of NFL Draft Tracker was true to his site's namesake and tracked down the measurables for Shrine Game attendees. Particularly of note is Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley. He came in at 6-foot-3, 307 pounds and a wingspan of 81 inches. Teams will love his length and quickness to get through gaps. Mathews' hand size of 10.38 is another notable. Crabbs has a nice blow-by-blow of Day 1 here.
Jeff Risdon of Real GM put together a thorough analysis of the players who stood out and those that struggled. He noted the quick feet of Northern Arizona running back Zach Bauman helped him be a star of Day 1. As a senior, Bauman ran for 1,456 yards and nine touchdowns. The only FBS team he played in 2013 was Arizona, when he ran the ball 21 times for 71 yards.
Duke's Ross Cockrell was a disappointment for Risdon. He noted the cornerback looked stiff compared to the other defensive backs.
Among those attending, none is more detailed than Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting. Make sure to bookmark his Shrine Game headquarters page. In his East practice report, he notes the struggles of offensive linemen Zac Kerin and John Urschel. He also notes the quick get off of Bromley – definitely a name to follow this week and leading up to the draft.
Finally, Emory Hunt of Football Game Plan put together a nice video report of the event:
Here's who to follow on Twitter down at the Shrine Game this year:
Dane Brugler - @DpBrugler
Kyle Crabbs - @NFLDraftTracker
Eric Galko - @OptimumScouting
Josh Liskiewitz - @JoshLiskiewitz
Tom Melton - @TMeltonScouting
Josh Norris - @JoshNorris
Tony Pauline - @TonyPauline
Jeff Risdon - @JeffRisdon