While the East-West Shrine Game actually kicks off on Saturday afternoon, the practices are the most important piece of the event from a scouting perspective. After four days of roaming the sidelines and observing the practices, I have five prospects that stood out the most in a positive away and were the biggest winners of the week. Let's examine.
Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas
Wise was used all along the defensive front at Kansas, but his skill set is maximized as a three-technique which became evident at Shrine practices. His quickness, play strength, hand technique and motor are optimized in a penetration-style role where he was unblockable in both 1v1s and team drills. He leaves St. Pete with plenty of positive buzz after dominating the week from start to finish.
Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M
A former five-star recruit, Mack didn't have the consistency desired from him in college but his ability was evident in St. Petersburg. A gigantic tackle, Mack has an impressive amount of mobility that blends nicely with his powerful frame. I was really impressed with his hand usage and how heavy and violent his strikes are. Mack overwhelmed offensive lineman and earned the call up to the Senior Bowl.
Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska
It's not easy for running backs to pop at all-star events. The lack of tackling removes the ability to evaluate a runners ability to break tackles, illustrate contact balance, make people miss and play strength aren’t on display and pursuit angles by defenders are altered because they aren’t looking to truly finish. With that said, Ozigbo was a stud all week and truly impressed. His frame is muscular and well-proportioned while his smooth mobility and body control is outstanding for his frame. He catches the football with ease and everything he does is natural. It's hard to believe a stand out running back from Nebraska is a sleeper but that is the case with Ozigbo and he vastly improved his draft stock with his dominant week of practice.
Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia
He isn't the biggest or the fastest but Godwin is an extremely natural receiver. He runs routes with great pace and is smooth in and out of his breaks. For a smaller guy, I was extremely impressed with how he worked through contact and attacked the football. He catches the football naturally and is a smooth mover. Cornerbacks had no answer for him in practice and he was the most consistent receiver all week long.
Olisaemeka Udoh, OT, Elon
Udoh had an incredible week. He had some buzz entering the week and he certainly passed the test coming from the small-school ranks. His body composition is what the NFL is looking for. His long arms, mobility and power were on full display during 1v1s and he shined in an overall underwhelming offensive line group. Udoh earned the call up to the Senior Bowl with his stand out performance and the NFL is clearly interested in him as a developmental tackle. Udoh's traits are impressive and he'll get a chance to continue turning heads in Mobile.