The first day of practice from the East-West Shrine Bowl is in the books as draft-eligible players from around the country meet in St. Petersburg to showcase their talent before a multitude of NFL scouts, coaches and media members.

The one-on-one and 11-on-11 drills were limited in the week’s first day of practice, but it was enough for a few players to stand out early as some of the Bowl’s potential top performers.

Here are the defensive standouts from both the East and West team on day one of practice.


S Rodney Clemons – SMU
The early standout from Day 1 was safety Rodney Clemons out of SMU. Clemons made his way to the Shrine Bowl following four years as a starter for SMU, totaling 272 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 27 passes defended and seven interceptions, with four picks coming this past season as a senior.

Clemons dominated the East’s one-on-one period, lining up with solid coverage against the team’s tight end unit and finishing the drill with a pair of impressive pass breakups.

S Shyheim Carter – Alabama
The next standout player from the East team was Shyheim Carter, again coming out of the squad’s safety unit. In his junior and season season at Alabama, playing the “STAR” role as a hybrid safety/linebacker, Carter played in 24 games where he racked up 86 total tackles, six tackles for loss, three interceptions, two pick-sixes, 17 passes defended and two forced fumbles.

Carter wasted no time making an impact on the week’s first practice, jumping out for a quick pass breakup in one-on-one’s before carrying his impressive performance into the 11-on-11 period.


S Lavert Hill – Michigan
The day of the defensive back continued as the West team started their practice. Lavert Hill, out of Michigan where he totaled seven tackles for loss, six interceptions and 20 passes defended in his four-year career at Michigan, opened the practice up with a quick pass breakup in coverage.

CB Keith Washington – West Virginia
Not to be outdone, moving over to one-on-one drills, Keith Washington out of West Virginia had possibly the most impressive day out of all defensive players on both sides in one drill alone. In just a few short reps Washington stood out, forcing two incomplete passes in lone coverage before ending the period with an interception to put a bow on an already solid performance.

Washington played just two years at WVU, but ended his short career with 63 total tackles, 18 passes defended, five interceptions, a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks.



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  1. What’s with all the safeties, how about some guys up front?????

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  2. Yeah is PR pushing for a 1st round safety? Suh, JPP, Nassib, Barrett, are all FA’s, and we’re wasting our time talking about safeties, and corners? If Licht hasn’t learned by now you build from the front back, fire his sorry ass.

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    • PLEASE answer this. I have been wondering this for so long. WE NEED Justin Evans and Beckwith updates!

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