Day one of all-star events are a little tricky. It’s a combination of players just trying to get their bearings in their own skill as well as the chemistry with those around them. Day two allows you to see a little bit more of what prospects are like when they’re in more of a comfort zone.
That’s what we got on day two of East-West Shrine practices down in St. Petersburg, FL. That’s not to say there aren’t already going to be some familiar names on this list that were present the day before, but hopefully we’re starting to get a clearer picture of who came to stand out.
Allen made the list again today, and I’m starting to think he could make the list all week, if I wanted to put him on here.
Allen is the savvy, smart, strong center who seems to control everything and everyone who comes his way. He’s handled himself well against more erratic players like Deadrin Senat and he’s handle himself well against more savvy rushers like Parker Cothren. Whoever his assignment has been, Allen has succeed.
Kentavius Street, DE, N.C. State
Street is the defensive end who lined up opposite Bradley Chubb at N.C. State. While Chubb got a lot of the attention, it’s clear from watching Street that some of that rub off on him, too.
Street was great this morning for the East team. He got in on one or two sacks during the one-on-one drills and did a decent job in run support drills as well. Street is a pretty explosive guy, but he does need to improve on how he holds the line against the run. The Bucs have talked to Street, and we think that’s a good idea of them to do so.
Buckeyes linebacker Chris Worley was often overlooked as a prospect coming out of the talent factory that is Ohio State. But, today he made sure he wasn’t going to get overlooked anymore – at least not at the Shrine practices.
Worley had back-to-back plays where he just made the running backs trying to block him looks silly. The drill above is featured more towards the pass rushers, since blocking is often about help and chemistry, but Worley knew exactly what to do and how to do it. That was the big takeaway.
It seems he’s not just a “coverage linebacker” as he spoke after practice that some unfairly label him as.
It’s hard to know what to make of Joe Ostman. His 6-foot-2, 250-pound build make him undersized as a pass rusher. But, from what we’ve seen over the past two days, no player at this event has the production he’s had.
Ostman again racked up a few sacks today, including that beauty of a double swim move to get to the quarterback above. Another day like that and every team there will have to talk to him.
Cody O’Connell from Washington State is another intriguing player because of his body size. He’s listed at 6-foot-8, 365 pounds, and that’s normally way too big for a guard. However, O’Connell really hasn’t been beat much this week.
I don’t think the interior defensive line group for the West is that good, so maybe it’s a bit of a lack of competition helping him. But this is all we have to watch, and right now, O’Connell is a stud in the middle. He has surprisingly quick feet and great balance for a man of his size.
Another day down and another chance for teams to talk to some of these prospects after practice.
Again, this is not the full list of players each team has talked to or vice versa, this is just what we’ve seen with our own eyes.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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