Scouts and a few general managers traveled to San Antonio this weekend for the Texas vs. The Nation contest. While we were not on hand we’ve received reports from many of the scouts and people who were on hand. Here’s our initial account, which will be updated later on Friday/Saturday. Update 11PM: More Player Additions & the Dixie Grid Iron in shambles
The conditions by all accounts were miserable, as anyone that’s watched the weather in Texas would know. Practices were held outdoors and on Tuesday it was 16-degrees. The conditions hampered the ability to practice as players were unprepared. Few had gloves or warm weather clothes. The second practice on Tuesday was called off after just 48-minutes. The teams were able to move into the Alamo Dome on Wednesday for practice. A boating convention in the facility made it impossible for practice to be held in the dome early in the week. Several told us the greatest value this week was not the play on the field but the interviews several players completed with the teams on hand.
Here’s the lowdown:
Kenrick Ellis/DT/Hampton: Ellis flashed dominance throughout the week, displaying great quickness, use of hands and playing with good pad level. Most we spoke with said that while he looked terrific Ellis is anywhere from 10-to-15 pounds overweight.
Christian Anthony/DE/Grambling: To a man everyone told us Anthony looked impressive all week. He was explosive, athletic and made his presence felt each day. His pass rushing skills were some of the best of anyone in attendance. He does get a little tall but overall it was a successful outing for Anthony.
Derek Newton/OT/Arkansas State: Looked like one of the best offensive linemen in attendance. Lined up on both the left and right side. He was athletic, moved well and used his long arms to dominate opponents.
Spencer Paysinger/OLB/Oregon: Looked explosive and agile. Showed terrific vision and instincts in practice. Fluid moving sideline-to-sideline and looked very athletic.
Jamari Lattimore/OLB/Middle Tennessee St: The pass rush extraordinaire moved from the defensive end position he played at MTSU and was used solely at linebacker. According to all the transition was smooth as Lattimore was fast getting to the flanks and showed ability making plays in space.
Chris Prosinksi/S/Wyoming: Prosinski impressed everyone with his hard-hitting and intimidating style. Most commented he plays the safety position like a linebacker yet he is undersized and showed marginal ball skills.
Craig Marshall/DL/South Florida: Marshall lined up at both tackle and end, looking fluid and athletic. He showed quickness up the field as well as the movement skills to get to the sidelines in pursuit.
Vance Cuff/CB/Georgia: One of the better corners in attendance. Showed well in coverage and displayed next level ball skills.
Taylor Potts/QB/Texas Tech: Was one of the better signal callers in attendance. Showed a decent arm and accurate with passes.
Nathan Enderle/QB/Idaho: Enderle had a rough start but finished strong. Part of the problem was implementing the spread offense the Nation team will use in the game. Enderle had a lot of his passes dropped, in part because of the weather and in part because he does not put touch on throws.
Jarriel King/OL/South Carolina: For the most part did a good job displaying quickness, athleticism and good footwork in pass protection drills.
Daniel Kilgore/OL/Appalachian State: Was a favorite of many. Described as a tough, nasty blocker- something evident on film. Looked a bit stiff, also obvious on film, but showed the tools to work with.
Anthony Gaitor/CB/Florida International: For the most part really struggled. He was small in comparison to most, looked stiff and consistently got turned by opponents.
Kris Durham/WR/Georgia: Two separate sources told us that despite the poor conditions, Durham was one of the few receivers that stood out. One scouts referred to him as a “beast” displaying the best hands of anyone and catching everything in sight.
Ryan Taylor/TE/North Carolina: Taylor, the Tar Heels back up tight end that did a good job filling in when Zack Pianalto went down, was also effective catching the ball. He displayed strong hands and the ability to pull the ball from the air.
Jeff Van Camp/QB/Florida Atlantic: By all accounts Van Camp struggled as the poor conditions which included strong winds the first two days exploited his weaknesses.
– Scouts on hand said they were surprised that Christian Anthony decided to opt for the draft, something we stated when we received confirmation at the Senior Bowl he was playing in this game. Anthony decided to return to Gambling in 2010 after a dominant ’09 campaign. You may remember we reported in August that Anthony was taken by ambulance from the practice field to the hospital for heart attack like symptoms as Grambling was preparing for the season. He never played a down in 2010. During a television interview during the Bayou Classic against Southern, Anthony said he planned to return to Grambling in 2011.
– One scout told us besides Vance Cuff of Georgia and Josh Gatlin of North Dakota State, the defensive backs have looked like “junk”.
– Another All Star game, the Dixie GridIron Classic, is also scheduled to kick-off tomorrow, though this game takes place in St George, Utah. Several sources told us today the game is in shambles. Evidently when players arrived on Monday there were no NFL scouts in attendance and a shortage of footballs. Footballs had to be borrowed from a local high school yet the situation never improved. Several players who traveled to the game left to return home or to training facilities, including some that had driven upwards of eight hours in the hopes of showcasing their skills for NFL scouts. The game was originally slated to be played at Dixie State College but was moved to Desert Hills High School. One source from the Dixie State athletic department confirmed the stories of the practice and game falling into shambles. A secretary from Desert Hills HS confirmed the game was stll scheduled to kick-off tomorrow. Some of the better known names listed on the roster include Kodi Burns/Auburn, Karl Moore/Florida, Joe Collins/Weber State, Marc Schiechl/Colorado School of Mines, Ronnie Paulo/UNLV, Culmer St.Jean/Wisconsin, Mistral Raymond/South Florida.