Shrine Week day 3 practice is in the books! Who excelled, who struggled and everything in between? I've got you covered!
It was a quiet first two days for the Temple defensive tackle, but on day three Michael Dogbe erupted for several big plays, including running over Bunchy Stallings. An undersized interior defensive lineman, Dogbe was highly disruptive and energetic, blowing through gaps and wreaking havoc behind the line of scrimmage. He even saw a couple reps off the edge, showing good hand usage to corner. Interesting player who will likely need to prove his versatility consistently to have a shot in the NFL.
Pride of Princeton
Horsted is big and slow, but uses his frame well to shield defenders off at the catch point. I think he would be best suited to gain a little more weight and try to make the switch to tight end. He has clear ball skills and the frame for the position, but his ability to block and run crisp routes will be called into question.
Baity and Moreland, Attorneys at Law
Kentucky cornerback Derrick Baity and James Madison corner Jimmy Moreland are two Florida natives that probably knew each other before this event, but have been good-naturedly jawing at each other all week. Both have been up-and-down in their play, but when Ryan Davis dropped a ball for it to land in Baity's arms, Moreland was right there to whoop it up.
Meanwhile, when Moreland let a pick go through his hands later in practice, Baity was right in his ear telling him about it. Those two are the class clowns of the East team.
Ryan Davis continues to ball out
I'm not sure any wide receiver improved their stock as much Ryan Davis, who has showed crisp, explosive route-running and much better athleticism than I thought he had. As a 5-foot-9, 185-pound receiver, being an elite athlete is important for his evaluation, as is the ability to track the ball and finish in the red zone. Gorgeous throw here from our next subject as well...
Start talking about Ta'amu
I know I'm not the only one wondering this, but why aren't we talking about Jordan Ta'amu more? He clearly throws a beautiful ball with great mechanics, plus tools and very impressive placement. He's hardly made a mistake all week, and has thrown better on the run than any quarterback here.
I'm not saying Ta'amu is the best quarterback in the draft, but there is no question he is a better prospect than a lot of the names being talked up this draft season. If he's later than a fourth round pick, someone is getting great value.
- Purdue WR Terry Wright had a couple of drops today, including two in the end zone. Horsted dropped one as well, while new roster addition Carson Meier dropped a gorgeous touch throw from David Blough.
- Oli Udoh from Elon continues to look like the best offensive lineman on his team, albeit out of a pretty bad group.
- UMASS RB Marquis Young has some burst and wiggle to his game. He dropped a pass today, but has 97 career catches, so I'm not worried about that part of his game. He's looked like the best East running back this week.
- Maryland linebacker Tre Watson might have a little something. He's been on fire the last two days, showing aggression and physicality against the run. Fun player who is earning significant praise from coaches here, with one telling him "you're taking great angles, Tre, perfect!".
- Rough days for Kentucky's Bunchy Stallings, Ole Miss' Sean Rawlings, Miami's Michael Jackson and Cincinnati's Cortez Broughton.