After a standout day from a lot of prospects on the East roaster at the 2019 Shrine Week event down in St. Pete, FL, some guys were able to build off a solid day one performance and some were making headlines for the first time on Tuesday.
These were out notes and highlights from the second practice of the week for the East squad.
Ole Miss Boys Stand Out
Not only did I think Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta'amu was the best quarterback from the East group yesterday, I thought he was the second best quarterback overall at the event -- behind Brett Rypien of he West team.
Ta'amu looked the part again on Tuesday, connecting with a variety of different receivers. If you told me going into the week that Ta'amu was lighting it up early, I would have figured it would be with most of his big throws going to his Ole Miss teammate DaMarkus Lodge, but that's not the case. Ta'amu has been connecting with everyone out there, it seems.
Speaking of Lodge, he had a nice day again on Tuesday.
No long ball touchdowns yet for Lodge, but he has been showing his explosiveness in and out of his routes just as much as he would one 9-routes.
Gilbert III Not A Sleeper Anymore
Going into the week most of the hype from the East roster linebackers was coming from Tre Watson from Maryland and Malik Carney from UNC. Those guys have been fine, but Akron linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III has really stood out to me.
He is fast. He shot through some gaps for a few tackles for loss yesterday and had a nice coverage rep shown above. He does still guess a little bit in coverage, but I think he has the athleticism to learn and play the position at a depth level in the NFL.
Ryan Davis Is Breaking A Mold
Let's just be real, if Ryan Davis was white, at 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, we'd peg him as the next Patriot great as a slot receiver, especially with how strong he is in and out of routes. But it seems like no one knows just how much to like him since he's not that stereotypical slot mold.
Let me tell you, you should like him a lot.
Davis had a nasty double move on a stutter step for a touchdown yesterday, and he was once again evidently explosive in and out of his routes on the outside and coming from the slot.
Consider me a Ryan Davis fan.
Custis Steals The Show On Offense
There were a handful of standout players from the East roster on Tuesday, but standing tall above them all was Syracuse WR Jamal Custis.
Custis' bread and butter is his size at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds. He has long arms to match the measurables of the frame, and he knows how to use them well. But on Tuesday, as shown above, he even gave us a look at the kind of down field threat he can be.
As stated before, Custis put his length on display on Tuesday, and this isn't even showing what was probably his best catch of the day, a long touchdown and a lot of strength required to haul a pass in through pass interference.
Consider Custis' stock way up.
Canada, Stand Up!
Speaking of stock up, I don;'t think anyone is making more money this week than Laval edge rusher Mathieu Betts.
Betts, a product of Laval in Canada, has been embarrassing the East roster's offensive linemen for two straight days, and showed some seriously nice pass rush moves today.
Those two reps were about as good as it gets with inside moves. Betts is listed at 6-foot-3, 258 pounds, which is hard to believe when you see him in person. He looks smaller than that, but his game plays much bigger. He was the top player overall from the East roster on Tuesday.
- Rutgers defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins had another nice day today after a big standout day on Monday. Two good days in a row for him with an explosive first step and some aggressively fast hands to disengage blocks.
- Vols defensive lineman Kyle Phillips, a former 5-star prospect who seemed to be misused and not molded enough during his time with the Vols, had a handful of reps where he was a one-man show stopper against the run.
- JMU cornerback Jimmy Moreland didn't have as impressive of a day as he did on Monday, but he still represented as one of the best defensive backs there. Small size at 5-foot-9 isn't slowing him down.
- Edge rusher Jordan Brailford didn't stand out as much Tuesday as he did on Monday. He had a few reps that made our own Jon Ledyard question how much bend he had.
- Not a great day for Virginia Tech defensive tackle Ricky Walker. He just could not get off blocks. Had some heavy feet as well. He's not looking comfortable out there.