St. Petersburg, FL - That's all, folks! Shrine Week comes to a close this week, with the game putting a ribbon on all-star event. NFL scouts, however, are already on the move. They've seen what they've needed to see. And for some prospects, like Elon OT Oli Udoh, the charade carries on next week.
But for others, the Shrine week yielded NFL scouts all the impression they've needed to see. Talking about players who didn't perform well is never easy. But inevitably, every riser will net a faller as well. Here are the five prospect performances who disappointed me the most during this week of practice.
OT Martez Ivey, Florida Gators
Ivey had expectations this week, given his status as a former five-star recruit coming out of high school. And it's not hard to imagine why when applying the eyeball test. Ivey has ample length in his frame and is generally a big bodied person.
But Ivey struggled relative to his fellow OL on the East squad with precision and technique. The end result? I was hoping for more from Ivey given his reputation and came away wanting more.
QB Easton Stick, North Dakota State
Unlike Ivey, Stick wasn't a highly coveted recruit. But like Ivey, I had high expectations, given the fanfare for Stick and the number of folks on social media suggesting Stick needed the call to Mobile.
He didn't look the part this week. Stick struggled with accuracy, putting a clean spin on the football and velocity on the ball. Furthermore, I felt he was pretty passive, often times opting for the 3-yard check-down in 7 on 7s. I felt he didn't show a lot of trust or faith to push the ball.
And while Jordan Ta'amu and Brett Rypien looked to have better velocity on their throws, none of these passers inspired.
DT Ricky Walker, Virginia Tech
My impression of Ricky Walker changed drastically when the weigh-in results came out. Walker was pretty stiff throughout the drills on the field, which was a disappointment. But Walker checked in with less than 30-inch arms, a nail in the coffin for his potential draft stock.
No, now Walker has to try to find a way to kick-start his Draft status....but we all know how NFL teams work. A <30" armed defensive tackle isn't going to be in demand.
CB Michael Jackson, Miami Hurricanes
Jackson was one of my higher-rated prospects enter in the week. With the event now passing us by? Not so much. Jackson showed little juice and ability to drive on routes at the top of stems. That lack of dynamic range really limits Jackson's resume.
I knew Jackson wasn't a turn and run type of defender. But in watching him throughout the week, I feel he's a player that's going to have fits when he's trying to close any sort of notable ground at all. Length only goes so far.
SAF Tyree Kinnel, Michigan Wolverines
The worst indictment of a prospect at an all-star event is not noticing he was there at all. Kinnel falls into that area, with the exception of the one on ones, in which he was cooked in coverage. Kinnel's strength at Michigan was always centered around his ability in the box, so expecting him to play lock-down man to man coverage would be unfair.
But Kinnel didn't really move the needle for me in any capacity, which was not the end result I was hoping for.