While the Senior Bowl tends to steal the show in terms of the best NFL Draft prospects competing for the possibility of obtaining high marks, the East-West Shrine Game is a fantastic event that usually has the second level of better senior prospects. 19659002] This year's Shrine Game will feature multiple second-and third-round picks, including a pair of defenses that were once considered first-round prospects: the all-time sacking leader of the FBS and a quarterback from Memphis with a lot of NFL starting potential.
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Optimum Scouting Staff Reports Dan Matney, Ben Natan, Filip Prus and Christian Page are used in this ranking of the top 20 players this year, East-West Shine Game.
1. Damon Webb, S, State of Ohio
A rare senior for an Ohio State high school usually burdened with a high school career, Webb is a converted cornerback with incredible athleticism and versatility. He is fluent enough to stay in a man's coverage on the next level, and possesses the traits to patrol half the field in a coverage scheme 3.
As talented as his coverage, the best skills of Webb could be like a tackler. He flies downhill and shows good control of the body when it is at this maximum speed. He will seek to show that during the practices of the Sanctuary Game.
2. Brandon Facyson, CB, Virginia Tech
After entering the 2017 season as one of the best corners in the country of a historic CB factory at Virginia Tech, the injuries prevented a potentially dominant season. When at his best, Facyson offers an excellent set of skills from Cover 3, winning in the line of scrimmage with a good initial technique and reflecting at a high level. He is a sounding tackler who falls apart and ends up in the running game, looking for plays in the backfield whenever possible.
He has good length, impressive youth film and experience / character to be a good NFL starter.
3. Matthew Thomas, OLB, State of Florida
Thomas was an outstanding recruit leaving high school, but a combination of obstacles in the depth chart and an injury that ended the season in 2015 kept him out of the titular line up until 2016. He has a lighter build, but thrives as a defender of the weak side in the scheme of the State of Florida. He has good speed to chase the ball carriers, speed that also helps him thrive in the coverage.
Thomas is a smart player who looks good in coverage, bliting or attacks plays from the back. His lack of volume hurts him in traffic, and sometimes he can play too aggressively, getting out of the plays. However, he is an intoxicating player who could have his best football ahead.
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4. Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (Fla.)
With 20 starts in his senior season, Thomas was one of the leaders in Miami's defense, a unit that has been instrumental in the team's success. He is a huge player with long arms and obvious strength, but he is not an elite athlete from the perspective of the movement. He is very physical, however, and when his engine is working well, he is a difference maker against the race and has the ability to push the pocket in the pass.
Thomas is a candidate to move to technique five in the NFL gave him his anchor, his long arms and his ability to stop the course.
5. Poona Ford, DT, Texas
Ford, a four-year boot, is built like a fire hydrant with short arms. He is a great athlete with superior coordination, explosiveness and flexibility. He has a quick first step, which allows him to be underneath the taller linemen and gain advantage to shoot at the breaches.
Ford uses his explosiveness and flexibility to divide the gaps and penetrate the field and constantly affect the play. He compares with Sheldon Day in both body type and style of play, and will be the best defensive tackle tackle in a 4-3 scheme.
6. Cam Serigne, TE, Wake Forest
Serigne was a leader for Deacons. A fifth-year senior, he played an important title role for four years and was filled with Wake Forest record books. He broke the school record for tight end receptions and touchdowns after only his first two seasons.
Serigne shows a good feeling of space and how to open up. He is an agile and agile player who can enter and leave area coverages, as well as perform some acrobatic captures in traffic. He is not an excessively physical player, but he is an athlete with an aggressive mentality. Serigne is not a huge blocker, but can quickly reach his mark, and has the tenacity to catch the defenders.
7. Justin Lawler, DE, SMU
The best defender of SMU who had a tremendous senior season, Lawler has been a force in the last two years. An ideal step defensive end built to perfection, deals with the perimeter with great force, converting the speed into power and winning consistently and consistently in isolation situations.
Lawler offers outstanding resistance and can be bent to finish on the perimeter. He is a bit one-dimensional as a pass rusher from now on and has not shown much flexibility in space, but he should be a 4-3 quality prospect as a defensive end.
8. Ja & # 39; Von Rolland-Jones, DE, State of Arkansas
Ja & # 39; Von Rolland-Jones is the all-time leader in college football with 40. He is also among the top 10 with 60.5 tackles in his race for defeat. He missed his first season on campus because of an injury, and the following season, he was a freshman All-American.
In his last three seasons (including 2017), Rolland-Jones has 48.5 tackles for loss and 32.5 sacks. . He wins with the flexibility of the lower body and an explosive first step. He is not too powerful, but he has the ability to enter the backfield. If he can get stronger and develop a couple of moves to counteract moves, Rolland-Jones could be a good passing specialist on third down.
9. Riley Ferguson, quarterback, Memphis
Ferguson has a good frame with a strong arm, and plays with aplomb. His accuracy may be a little deficient, and his decision making may fail, but you can always depend on him to make big plays in the field.
Ferguson is not a great athlete, although he does a good job navigating his pocket. . He is not the type to make moves in motion. While Ferguson is raw, his tools and poise must still make him a solid quarterback prospects.
10. Tony Adams, G, NC State
Adams brings more than 40 starts in his career and the required frame for the NFL, and has the kind of natural advantage in the inner block that should make him an NFL lineman plug-and -play. It shows his experience as a hand placement blocker with constant speed in his initial series, pivoting and restoring his feet in fast pass protection and in space blocks / second level in the running game.
Adams' ability to win quickly in the short area augurs well for his adjustment to a possible NFL zone blocking scheme. Playing with hardness and composure speaks of his tenacity as a blocker.
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11. Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana
Scales is an All-American linebacker who has been a central element of Hoosier's defense over the past four seasons. He is a good athlete in general who possesses solid speed and lateral agility. He has the speed like a blitzer and can get a good jump to put himself in position to put pressure on QB opponents. He is solid as a career defender, shows good hole discipline and keeps his shoulders at an angle when he is filling up at the point of attack.
Scalres appears as an effective tackler but has some problems to finish in space. Flash the ability to stack and throw at the point of attack, but you need to build consistency in doing so. In the coverage, it has the fluidity of the hip for the vertical transition in the coverage of man. Project better by working as a hybrid linebacker and you should be able to stay on the field in all three downs.
12. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
Hamilton will leave Happy Valley with two degrees to his name, as well as impressive awards in the field. Flash the skill and effort as a blocker, but you need to continue to develop in that area. He has a quick hit and a solid grip strength, but he struggles to keep the blocks when shooting inside. Also, your angles can be a bit sloppy when you try to block in space.
Hamilton plays a lot of slots, but he does not have the juice that teams usually look for in an internal receiver. He has the ability to run body and route to play flanker, but he will have to demonstrate that he can do it constantly when he arrives at the training field.
13. Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State
Flowers has a long, slender body, tall shoulders and long arms. He wants to anticipate and cut the moves in front of him and, because of that, QB marshals can catch him with the manipulation of his eyes. It often appears on the screen at the end of the plays thanks to its relentless search engine.
When tackling in the open field, Flowers uses his length and technique to wrap constantly. He compares the body type and style of play with George Iloka and is best suited to play as a box safety in a Cover 3 or 3-4 defense. Flowers will enter the league as a reliable rotating player, making a mark on special teams. Eventually he can work to become a starter.
14. Jester Weah, WR, Pittsburgh
Weah had a great campaign in 2016 with 36 receptions for 870 yards and 10 touchdowns. While his numbers dropped in 2017, he provides a vertical threat with size and speed, and he has the strength and creativity to collect yards after capture.
With a limited route tree coming from a simple pass offense, Weah needs to improve his consistency by capturing the ball.
15. Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham
Among the best FCS runners in the past two seasons, Edmonds ended his productive college career with another outstanding season. As a fast and elusive open field racer, it has remarkable lateral speed and footwork in traffic, allowing it to hold explosive explosions on the second level and regain its maximum speed while adjusting upwards.
Edmonds repeatedly shows an ability to perform short and wide elusive maneuvers, maintaining a low center of gravity and shooting up with vision and maximum speed. He has shown versatility as a third base runner, and his hip fluency and body control should translate well into a role as a pass receiver in the NFL, an area in which he will probably have immediate NFL value.
sixteen. Folorunso Fatukasi, DT, UConn
A prominent defender of UConn for the past three seasons, "Foley" Fatukasi has been tremendously disturbing this season, being used as a nose technique, three and five along the defensive line. For a defender of more than 300 pounds, he works in space and on the edge with great control and open field leverage. It offers excellent strength and explosiveness in the lower half to win with leverage and put in position to punish as a pass rusher.
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17. Salesi Uhatafe, G, Utah
Starting three consecutive years as the right guard for Utah, Uhatafe has been among the best in the position in Pac-12, playing along with four other NFL players. A thick body type with good arm strength to finish off his frame, Uhatafe, like many Utah blockers, shows a great curve in space, on the perimeter and when working in the field.
The controlled steps of Uhatafe and the ability to sink and fold before getting involved allow him to win at the second level. He has the skill set and the body type to be a starter in the protection of multiple NFL schemes.
18. Joe Ostman, DE / OLB, Central Michigan
Despite being a pass-rusher somewhat below the NFL's general standards, Ostman was productive in his senior season. Play with activity and is a high energy player. With a body type that will likely force him to transition to a 3-4 linebacker, his lack of ideal length, along with his inability to generate substantial strength after participating, hinders his ability to stay strong at a true end point defensive
After a season of 12 sacks in 2017, Ostman will need to show athleticism to impress the teams as an external 3-4 linebacker converter.
19. Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech
Two-year former cornerback and four-year starter as kick returner for the team, Stroman proved to be the most reliable defensive defensive of the Hokies and one of the best punt returners in the country. As a returner, Stroman offers exceptional speed and decision-making capacity in the open field. It establishes the potential tacklers well, adjusting the speed and accelerating in the open field.
Stroman is a lighter cornerback who is better in the quickness of the short zone, playing with great coordination in his skills with the ball. But it can be corporeal too easily by receivers that break the interior and larger targets. He's probably best suited as a nickel cornerback in the NFL.
20. Grant Haley, CB, Penn State
Haley is a three-year starter who was named captain of the team shortly before his senior season. It shows a good tackle ability when the ball is in front of him in coverage and has a fast pace of handling. He is a solid player with general coverage who can play both outdoors and in nickel.
Haley does not meet the prototypical height-weight-speed standards needed to consistently win in the NFL, but it does show some skills that could be translated. It will be better used at the next level by playing on a nickel paper. It also has the speed and the engine to guarantee a look at special equipment.