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East-West Shrine Game 2013: Tuesday morning practice report

Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham and Missouri Western State defensive end David Bass shined during Tuesday's practice for the 2013 East-West Shrine Game. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein did not.


NFL scouts and media were on hand to take in Tuesday's practice for the 2013 East-West Shrine Game. College all-star games can go a long way towards improving (or hurting) players' NFL Draft prospects. Plenty of big name players may be moving up and down draft boards after Tuesday.

Some highlights:

* Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein struggled mightily on the day, according to all accounts. Sports Illustrated draft analyst Tony Pauline called Klein "indecisive" during 7-on-7 drills, and said that the quarterback "pushes the ball" with his throwing motion. Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting said that Klein showed NFL upside on two successful zone option runs, but echoed criticisms about his arm strength, accuracy and decision-making. Klein is ranked No. 15 in Dan Kadar's QB rankings, and may be looking at sixth or seventh selection at best in April.

* Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham, on the other hand, may have helped his stock. CBS draft analyst Dane Brugler said that Graham looked like the quickest player at practice. Galko agreed, noting that despite Graham's size (5-9, 195 pounds), he did a nice job running through tackles. Graham is ranked No. 18 in Kadar's running back rankings.

* Scouts paid close attention to the battle in the trenches. Missouri Western State defensive tackle David Bass may have helped his draft stock more than anyone, according to accounts. Only Arkansas Pine-Bluff left tackle Terron Armstead was able to slow Bass at all on the day, according to Galko. Neither Bass nor Armstead made Kadar's Top 25 defensive ends or offensive tackle rankings.

Alfie Crow of SB Nation and Big Cat Country is on the scene covering practices at the Shrine Game this week. Be sure to follow him @AlfieBCC for more.

For more, check out Brugler and Pauline on Twiter, here and here. Check out Galko's full report, as well.

Some more Twitter follows for Shrine Game coverage: Erik Galko, Optimum Scouting; Michael Schottey, Bleacher Report; Jeff Risdon,; and Cecil Lammey, ESPN Denver.