Shrine_GameDay one of Shrine practice is in the books. Here’s the latest buzz from the field and the players hotel.                                                                                                                      

– Scouts say had Florida State junior cornerback Marquez White declared for the draft as teammate Jalen Ramsey did, he would’ve been no worse than a third round pick. They also believe good pro-day workouts could push senior safety Lamarcus Brutus into the last day of the draft. Brutus, a fifth year senior, was not graded by scouts entering the season.

– Had Cam Sutton of Tennessee entered the draft he would’ve been a top 42 choice and he had a real chance of sliding into the late part of round one according to scouts in St Pete. Sutton would’ve been ranked at a top 42 prospect for his return skills as well as his cornerback ability.

– Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson spent a lot of time scouting the linebackers during the first Shrine practice today. And while he’s not in attendance at the Shrine Game, sources tell me the team really likes Mississippi State junior Beniquez Brown, whom I grade as a third round choice.

– North Carolina State offensive lineman Joe Thuney looked terrific today and despite not being classified as a good athlete at the position the belief is he will test well at the combine and/or pro-day workouts.

– There are a number of teams at the Shrine Game who grade Kevin Dodd ahead of his Clemson teammate, Shaq Lawson. Lawson is universally considered a mid-first round pick while I claimed Dodd was a second day pick last month. The consensus is Lawson is being overrated while Dodd is underrated.

– Likewise there are several teams here in St Pete who believe cornerback LeShaun Sims will be a better NFL player than his much more heralded teammate, safety Miles Killebrew. The belief is Sims, who looked terrific at Shrine practice on Monday, is a plug and play cornerback while Killebrew, who’ll be at the Senior Bowl next week, is more a product of size and speed.

– I was told defensive lineman Jabari Hunt disappeared from the Georgia Tech team after being suspended for a game. People I spoke with are unsure about his plans or if he’ll workout for NFL teams

BushThe Shrine game pales in comparison to the Senior Bowl as far as the level of talent on the roster and the number of NFL decision makers attending practices but don’t be fooled. Past rosters have featured several players that have impacted at the next level including Josh Norman, Terron Armstead and Darius Kilgo from recent years. So who could shine at the Shrine this year? Here are five players to keep an eye on.                                                                                                

Nate Sudfeld/QB/Indiana: There’s a feeling among some scouts that Sudfeld is significantly underrated and was worthy of a Senior Bowl invitation. He offers next level size, arm strength and intelligence, so why is he universally ranked as a last day pick? Prior injuries are a concern but so is the inconsistent accuracy of Sudfeld’s throws. While the big passer shows the ability to be on the mark he often sprays throws and even delivers bounce passes on occasion. Is it mechanical? Is it a timing issue? Whatever the case throwing to receivers that are foreign to him as well as playing from underneath center during Shrine week will be critical factors in Sudfeld’s final draft grade.

Robby Anderson/WR/Temple: I was a big fan of Anderson off the 2013 film but the sure handed receiver failed to make grades in the classroom and was forced to sit on the sidelines in 2014. Though sheer determination Anderson, who was not even graded by scouts entering the season, returned to Temple and improved upon his junior campaign, leading the upstart Owls in receiving. He’s a reliable receiver but is Anderson a next level athlete with Sunday speed? The ability to separate down the field during one-on-one drills and effortlessly catch the deep ball could help Anderson move into the middle of the draft’s final day.

James Cowser/DE-OLB/Southern Utah: I first pointed out Cowser back in the middle of November, mentioning he was drawing comparisons to another NFL star who came from the Big Sky conference, All Pro Jared Allen. The Shrine Game offers Cowser a major opportunity as he’ll be seen by a collection of scouts (rather than just the area scouts) and prove he’s the real deal. His speed, quickness and ability to penetrate off the edge against IA offensive tackles (Alex Lewis/Nebraska, Tyler Marz/Wisconsin, Stephane Nembot/Colorado) is something that will be monitored. I’m also hoping Cowser is also asked to drop in space and play linebacker on occasion.

Michael Jordan/CB/Missouri Western: Getting past the name, Jordan is a player scouts have been talking about since October. He offers good size (6-feet/200lbs) and solid ball skills but speed is a question mark. The West receivers, who’ll Jordan will be practicing against, offer bigger, stronger possession pass catchers (Keyarris Garrett/Tulsa, Devon Cajuste/Stanford) sprinkled in with vertical speed (Hunter Sharp/Utah State). The variety of receivers Jordan must cover during the week offers him the opportunity to showcase his skills and secure a spot in the late rounds.

Deon Bush/S/Miami-Fl: After watching Bush the past two seasons I often wonder why he doesn’t get more mention. He’s an explosive run defender who does a terrific job covering receivers over the middle of the field and his size/speed numbers are similar to former Hurricane star Ed Reed. But questions linger; can Bush play over the slot receiver or is he a liability in man coverage? The latter suppresses his draft stock but the former will result in a move up boards. The one-on-one drills, where Bush lines up more like a cornerback rather than a safety, will help answer the question and the East receivers, who Bush will be practicing against all week, include significant next level talent, albeit late round picks.

Note: Beginning tomorrow I will be reporting live from the Shrine Game and working with, as I have the past four years. Real time reports from practice will be posted on Twitter followed by articles and videos at all three days of Shrine practice. We’ll also try and have some notes up here as well.

DeckerPre Shrine Game/Senior Bowl rankings of offensive linemen for the 2016 NFL Draft.  Posted January 16th with the latest information on underclassmen who’ve announced their intention to enter the draft.


RndFull NameSchoolYr
1stLaremy TunsilMississippi3Jr
1stRonnie StanleyNotre Dame4Jr
1stTaylor DeckerOhio State4Sr
1stJack ConklinMichigan State4Jr
1stGermain IfediTexas A&M4Jr
2ndShon ColemanAuburn4Jr
2ndJason SpriggsIndiana4Sr
3rdJerald HawkinsLSU4Jr
3-4Caleb BenenochUCLA3Jr
4thVadal AlexanderLSU4Sr
4thKyle MurphyStanford4Sr
4thStephane NembotColorado5Sr
4thJoseph HaegNorth Dakota State5Sr
4-5Spencer DrangoBaylor5Sr
5thJohn TheusGeorgia4Sr
5thAvery YoungAuburn3Jr
6thJordan SwindleKentucky4Sr
6thTorian WhiteHampton5Sr
6thAlex LewisNebraska5Sr
6thFahn CooperMississippi5Sr
6thTyler JohnstoneOregon5Sr
6thCole TonerHarvard4Sr
6-7Brandon ShellSouth Carolina5Sr
7thHalapoulivaati VaitaiTCU4Sr
7-FARyker MathewsBYU5Sr
FAClay DebordEastern Washington5Sr
FAPearce SlaterSan Diego State4Sr
FATyler MarzWisconsin5Sr
FAGavin AndrewsOregon State4Sr
FADominick JacksonAlabama4Sr
FANicholas RitcherRichmond5Sr
FAKeith LumpkinRutgers5Sr
FALarsten HansonSacramento State5Sr
FATaylor FallinMemphis5Sr
FAArturo UzdavinisTulane5Sr
FARamadan AhmetiCentral Michigan5Sr
FASamuel CarlsonColorado State5Sr
FAJohn KlingBuffalo5Sr
FALarry MazyckKansas4Sr
FAZeth RamsayMesa State4Sr
FADylan IntemannWake Forest5Sr
FAKolton HoustonGeorgia4Sr
FARyan MackMemphis5Sr
FATrevor StricklandYoungstown State4Sr
FAMaximilian SommerLiberty4Sr
FAChristopher MaySouth Alabama5Sr
FAJoe GoreClemson5Sr
FATrevin WallaceMississippi Valley S4Sr
FAJohn WeidenaarMontana State5Sr
FABrock DagelIowa State5Sr
FAMatthew KleinsorgeKansas State5Sr
FABernard GauldinAustin Peay4Sr
FAZachary SterupNebraska5Sr
FAAleksandar MilanovicAdams State5Sr
FAIke HarrisEast Carolina5Sr
FAZachary MartinezCSU Pueblo5Sr
FAAaron EppsLouisville5Sr
FAGivens PriceNebraska4Sr
FAEric LoftonTemple5Sr
FAWilliam HeningE Central Oklahoma4Sr
FAKevin BowenE Central Oklahoma4Sr
FADontae LevingstonEast Carolina4Sr



RndFull NameSchoolYr
2ndCody WhitehairKansas State5Sr
3rdDenver KirklandArkansas3Jr
3-4Landon TurnerNorth Carolina5Sr
3-4Joshua GarnettStanford4Sr
4thWillie BeaversWestern Michigan5Sr
4thConnor McgovernMissouri5Sr
5thJoseph ThuneyNorth Carolina St5Sr
5thSebastian TretolaArkansas4Sr
5thGraham GlasgowMichigan5Sr
5thChristian WestermanArizona State5Sr
5thAaron MorrisMississippi4Sr
5-6Rees OdhiamboBoise State5Sr
5-6Joesph DahlWashington State5Sr
6thAlex RedmondUCLA3Jr
6thDarrell GreeneSan Diego State5Sr
6thVivii TeofiloArizona State5Sr
6thJoseph CheekTexas A&M5Sr
6-7Parker EhingerCincinnati5Sr
6-7Nila KasitatiOklahoma5Sr
7thMarquis LucasWest Virginia5Sr
7thJordan WalshIowa5Sr
7thAlexander FifitaFresno State4Sr
7thLe’Raven ClarkTexas Tech5Sr
FAClinton Van HornMarshall5Sr
FALene MaiavaArizona5Sr
FADarius JohnsonMiddle Tennessee5Sr
FACaleb WilliamsRice5Sr
FAWes SchweitzerSan Jose State5Sr
FATed KarrasIllinois5Sr
FAShaq AnthonyTennessee State5Sr
FADexter CharlesWashington5Sr
FAAaron NearyEastern Washington5Sr
FASiosifa TufungaWashington5Sr
FAJustin MaloneMississippi State5Sr
FAJustin BellMississippi5Sr
FANate TheakerWayne State5Sr?
FABen ClarkeHawaii4Sr
FAAnthony FabianoHarvard4Sr
FARoscoe ByrdGeorgia Southern4Sr
FAQuincy MckinneyEast Carolina4Sr
FADillon GordonLSU4Sr
FADaniel BuchholzDuquesne4Sr
FABoston StiversonKansas State5Sr
FAJamelle NaffTCU5Sr
FAJordan RigsbeeCalifornia4Sr
FAAdam FoltzTCU5Sr
FATerran VaughnStephen F Austin4Sr
FAGarrick Mayweather JrFordham4Sr
FABlake MuirBaylor5Sr
FAJarell BroxtonBaylor4Sr
FAJoshua CampionMinnesota5Sr
FADonavon ClarkMichigan State5Sr
FAMarcus JacksonTennessee5Sr
FAFrederick ThurmanFlorida5Sr
FANicholas RobinsonSyracuse5Sr
FAAlex HuettelBowling Green5Sr
FALuke HayesKansas State4Sr
FAJacob BernsteinVanderbilt5Sr
FAJoe BjorklundMinnesota5Sr
FAJalen SchlachterBall State5Sr
FAMykhael QuaveLa-Lafayette5Sr
FASpencer PulleyVanderbilt5Sr
FARobert BlodgettBuffalo5Sr
FARyan DoyleMaryland5Sr
FAJay WhitmireVirginia5Sr
FAGeoff MogusNorthwestern4Sr
FAHarris WilliamsBoston College5Sr
FAMitch HallMissouri5Sr
FAAndrew ZellerMaryland5Sr
FACayman BundageArizona4Sr



RndFull NameSchoolYr
1-2Nick MartinNotre Dame5Sr
3rdRyan KellyAlabama5Sr
4thEvan BoehmMissouri4Sr
4-5Austin BlytheIowa5Sr
5thMaxwell TuerkUSC4Sr
5thJack AllenMichigan State5Sr
6thSioasi AionoUtah5Sr
7thRobert KuglerPurdue5Sr
7thMichael MatthewsTexas A&M4Sr
FAJoey HuntTCU4Sr
FAMatthew SkuraDuke5Sr
FANicholas KellyArizona State4Sr
FAJacob BrendelUCLA5Sr
FAJamison LalkIowa State5Sr
FAMarcus HenryBoise State5Sr
FAKyle FriendTemple4Sr
FAJoshua MitchellOregon State4Sr
FABruce JohnsonMaine5Sr
FAQuinton SchooleyNorth Carolina St4Sr
FAJoe HawkinsWeber State4Sr
FAArthur RowellPittsburgh5Sr
FAMitch SmothersArkansas5Sr
FAAngelo MangiroPenn State5Sr
FARoss BurbankVirginia5Sr
FARobert TrudoSyracuse5Sr
FAMatthew PiersonOregon5Sr

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