Breakdown of the West practice at the Shrine Game.

Austin Cassidy DB Nebraska

Tues: Shows very little in the way of lateral speed or pass cover skill.  Just not very quick.

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Blake Gideon DB Texas

Tues: Has an explosive burst of speed up the field and tough as nails but a downhill safety.

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Brandon Hardin DB Oregon State

Tues: Passes the eyeball test and showed some positive things against the run and pass.  Used at both cornerback and safety.

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Aaron Henry DB Wisconsin

Tues: Very quick and did better in coverage than we expected.  Solid in drills; nice hips and footwork.

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Duke Ihenacho DB San Jose State

Tues: Really looks the part and was impressive at points then also disappeared for stretches.

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Rodney McLeod DB Virginia

Tues: Seemed stiff and struggled moving in reverse.

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Shaun Prater DB Iowa

Tues: Best defensive back on the west today.  Showed all the skills; quick in reverse, fluid in his hips and has a burst out of his plant. Was able to stay with receivers out of breaks.  Had several nice pass defenses and a terrific pick.

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Keith Tandy DB West Virginia

Tues: Definitely had his moments throughout the day and showed a lot of skill at times.  Also let up too many underneath passes in coverage.

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Trevin Wade DB Arizona

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Tyrone Crawford DL Boise State

Tues: Showed a lot of skill at times today.  Athletic, big and also strong.  Defeated blocks at the point and was able to speed rush around opponents.

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Justin` Francis DL Rutgers

Tues: Made several nice plays and showed a lot of edge rushing ability.   Was hooting and hollering most of the day.

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Dom Hamilton DL Missouri

Tues: In a term: not good.  Hamilton looks the part and was imposing in the middle of the line.  Yet he struggled getting off blocks all day and was handled by ordinary opponents.  Looked slow and does not use his hands well.  Very disappointing.

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DaJohn Harris DL USC

Tues: Has his moments and showed a lot of quickness but we were hoping for more.

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Kentrell Lockett DL Mississippi

Tues: Looked impressive out of a three point stance.  Plays with terrific pad level and showed a lot of power and quickness in his game.  Still wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee and was seen gimping around after a few plays.

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Vaughn Meatoga DL Hawaii

Tues: Meatoga was quick and really uses his hands well.  Destroyed Ryan Miller in one-on-one.

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Kaniela Tuipulotu DL Hawaii

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Tank Carder LB TCU

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Jerry Franklin LB Arkansas

Tues: Just seemed slow and was a non-factor all day.

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Steven Johnson LB Kansas

Tues: Johnson is athletic and ran with tight ends and backs all over the field in coverage.  Covers a lot of area on the field.  Now needs to start making plays on the ball.

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Josh Kaddu LB Oregon

Tues: Impressed much of the day.  Looked good in space after spending much of his college career in a three point stance. Quick, agile and athletic.  Gets outside the numbers to make plays.  Needs work but you can tell something is there.

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Brandon Marshall LB Nevada

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Ronnie Thornton LB Southern Mississippi

Tues: Shows a large degree of quickness in his game and the ability to go sideline to sideline.  Looks athletic yet did not make many plays.

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Brandon Brooks OL Miami-Oh

Tues: Really impressive.  Fundamentally sound, strong and fluid.  Makes great use of blocking angles and body positioning to seal defenders away from the action.  Was a brick wall all day.

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Thomas Compton OL South Dakota

Tues: Had a solid practice.  Has nice size and uses it well.  Played left tackle and held his own.

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Marcel Jones OL Nebraska

Tues: Not good; was pushed back into the pocket and on a number of occasions had to peel himself off the ground after getting over run,

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Josh LeRibeus OL SMU

Tues: Showed some good things throughout the day and held his own for someone whose was a surprise invitee.

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Ryan Miller OL Colorado

Tues: Ugly- was beaten like a drum in one-on-one’s.  Overrun on one play at right tackle then they pushed him into guard.  Just seems like he can’t move.  Too his credit Miller picked up the pieces and did better in scrimmage.

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Al Netter OL Northwestern

Tues: Solid day for Netter.  Nice size and used it to seal defenders from the play.  Strong and tough.

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Moe Petrus OL Connecticut

Tues: Was beaten several times in drills.

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Matt Reynolds OL BYU

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David Snow OL Texas

Tues: Unexpectedly outstanding.  Handled everyone he went up against at both center and guard.  Good in both drills and scrimmage.  Strong and mechanically sound.

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Markus Zusevics OL Iowa

Tues: Had his moments but also inconsistent.  Looked good in one-on-ones and pass protection but does not get a lot of push run blocking.

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Tyler Hansen QB Colorado

Tues: Looked good in drills then looked awful in seven-on-seven and scrimmage.  Poor accuracy when it counted.

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Chandler Harnish QB Northern Illinois

Tues: Ugh- expected a lot but walked away shaking my head.  Has a nice arm but you never know where the ball is going to land.  Just woefully inaccurate.  Needs help with his motion.

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Dan Persa QB Northwestern

Tues: When Persa was the best passer of the bunch that should tell you something.  He throws a nice ball but is small and way off the mark at times.

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Lennon Creer RB Louisiana Tech

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Marc Tyler RB USC

Tues: Displayed a lot of patience and strength on the inside.

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George Bryan TE North Carolina State

Tues: Commended by the coaches several times for his route running skills.  Caught the ball well.  Not fast.

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Cory Harkey TE UCLA

Tues: Had his moments but not quick and can’t run.

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Kevin Koger TE Michigan

Tues: Star of the afternoon.  Dominant blocking on the line, in the backfield or in motion.  Never gave up and inch of ground.  Also moves very well.  Made a brilliant reception 25-yards down the seam of the defense, effortlessly catching the ball in stride.

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David Paulson TE Oregon

Tues: Very average in a variety of ways.

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Greg Childs WR Arkansas

Tues: Childs is not fast but tough, savvy and dependable.  He fought to separate from opponents, fought to make the reception and caught everything thrown in his direction.  Better than average route runner as well.

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Junior Hemingway WR Michigan

Tues: Hemingway looked very heavy footed, showed no quickness and lacks natural pass catching hands.  Did a lot of double catching all afternoon.

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Dale Moss WR South Dakota State

Tues: Interesting story.  Former basketball player that did not play college football until his senior season.  Looked very natural today and made several nice receptions.  Smooth, fluid and a lot of upside.

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Tyler Shoemaker WR Boise State

Tues: Ran great routes and shows very reliable hands just not very quick or fast.

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Jarius Wright WR Arkansas

Tues: We were told Wright had a tough day yesterday.  Today he caught everything thrown in his direction.

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Devon Wylie WR Fresno State

Tues: Very quick and looked good in the slot.

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Notes: Where will Arizona State linebacker Vontaz Burfict end up in the draft.  If his on the field transgressions and off the field questions were not enough, sources say they don’t expect the sometimes dominant linebacker to interview very well.  It’s a matter of Burfict not diagnosing plays correctly if put to the test, amongst other things.