The 2020 East/West Shrine week is officially underway, and a slew of unheralded 2020 NFL Draft prospects took to Tropicana Field for the first day of a busy week of practice. The mission? To show the NFL personnel in attendance they are worthy of being a priority in the upcoming NFL draft.
This year's roster is filled with a slew of players from different backgrounds. Canadian players, FCS prospects and Power Five four-star recruits alike all mix into this week's melting pot of prospects — which makes for a very fun environment when seeing them clash on the field.
Day 1? It was a boom for many, but most of the biggest standouts came from big schools. Here are five winners from Day 1 of the East/West Shrine Bowl practices.
Binjimen Victor, WR, Ohio State
Binjimen Victor checked a lot of boxes Monday. He's big, long and looked extremely smooth toasting defenders on his routes. Victor flashes several impressive catches away from his frame and also showed physicality at the top of his routes to create more separation. Victor hasn't found a ton of college production at Ohio State, but he looked the part of yet another technician at the wide receiver position.
Let it serve as the latest testament to the work of Ohio State receivers coach Brian Hartline, who has the Buckeyes churning out technical receivers these days.
Khalil Davis, DL, Nebraska
Seemingly every year, there's a disruptive interior defensive lineman that takes the Shrine Week by storm. Could this year's version be Khalil Davis? If he shows up the rest of the week the way that he did Monday? Look out. Davis flashed power and mobility — an impressive combination, especially when you can apply that power at steeper angles.
Davis is a dense defense who is looking like an imposing force after his first impression.
Kevin Dotson, OG, Louisiana
Kevin Dotson is the lesser heralded teammate of Robert Hunt, who is scheduled to come into Mobile next week for the 2020 Reese's Senior Bowl. While Dotson isn't as polished or as powerful, he's imposing in his own right as he put on display early at the Shrine Bowl practices. Dotson's going to need some technical refinement, but seeing him move the way he does at a freshly measured 324 pounds is sure to inspire an NFL offensive line coach.
Michael Onwenu, IOL, Michigan
Speaking of special movement skills at certain sizes? Michael Onwenu was the best looking offensive lineman at the early practice — and he checked in at a massive 362 pounds with 34 1/2 inch arms. Sheesh. Onwenu won with short-area mobility, leverage and anchor ability Monday. This is a player that is firmly on my radar after today's showing. Impressive in run fits and pass protection one-on-ones alike, this Michigan lineman looked light on his feet and stout when he decided to drop his hips.
Chris Williamson, CB, Minnesota
Minnesota's Chris Williamson had himself a day. He's physically well built but not rigid, and he's capable of uprooting receivers off their route stems when playing in the contact window. His moment in the spotlight was one of a handful of player-versus-player matchups at the end of the late practice — a rep where both the offense and defense gathered to watch some of their best matchup with one another. Williamson's rep featured, as seen above, a savvy move to slip into the inside hip of his man before working his eyes back to the ball and converting into the receiver and tracking down the interception.
If Williamson stays sticky the rest of the week, he's going to make himself some money.