With the bigger names entering the 2013 NFL Draft usually opting for the East-West Shrine Bowl or the Senior Bowl, the Texas vs. The Nation game tends to see a lot of scraps. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as we've seen this week. The Nation roster in particular has seen a number of names emerge as potential draft sleepers.
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QB: Tulane's Ryan Griffin has been one of the most impressive prospects on either roster during practices this past week. Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com said that Griffin separated himself as "the best arm in Allen this week," showing a quick release and good zip on his passes. He still needs to improve his downfield accuracy and timing, but as a late-round pick he would have a lot of upside.
RB: Youngstown State's Jamaine Cook earned rave reviews from Alex Brown of Optimum Scouting. At 5'9, 215 pounds, Cook's skillset seems to be in line with a growing cadre of compact NFL running backs. He has the agility and speed to move laterally, but prefers to cut upfield and take defenders head-on.
WR: This group has been particularly impressive for the Nation squad. Lehigh's Ryan Spadola is ready to be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver on an NFL roster early in his career, according to Brown. Missouri's T.J. Moe has also shown well, particulary in the slot where he earned comparisons to Danny Amendola. Utah's DaVonte Cristopher, however, was one of the most dissapointing players at Wednesday's practice, according to The National Football Post. He will have a lot to prove on Saturday.
OL: Missouri offensive tackle Elvis Fisher has been one of the few players to impress in drills against an impressive crop of defensive linemen, according to The National Football Post. At 291 pounds, Fisher doesn't have ideal weight, but he reportedly did a nice job getting out of his stance quickly and gaining leverage on defenders.
TE: Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray is trying to make the transtion to tight end, and so far he's struggling. At 6'4, 245 pounds, Gray has outstanding athleticism. According to multiple reports, he doesn't look comfortable yet catching passes, unfortunately. Brown said that Gray looked like he didn't belong on the field Wednesday.
LB: Devan Walker of Southeastern Louisiana stood out to Brown on Tuesday. Coming into the event as a defensive end, Walker looked comfortable playing behind the defensive line, and even playing in coverage.
DB: California of Pennsylvania (yes, that's a school) safety Rontez Miles was one of the biggest defensive standouts for the Nation squad throughout the week. Brown praised his physicality and high energy demeanor. NFL scouts like that kind of attitude out of a strong safety.
Click here to check out who is filling out the rest of the Nation roster, courtesy of the official site for the 2013 Texas vs. The Nation game.