Scouts and draft analysts have been buzzing about Georgia Tech wide receiver Darren Wallers and with good reason. Wallers has an incredible combination of size and speed and has dominated the competition so far during Shrine Game week. On Tuesday, none of the East team cornerbacks could stop Wallers in one-on-one situations. He burned Georgia cornerback Damien Swann on a comeback route during 11-on-11s that nearly made the Bulldog fall down. The cornerbacks are clearly aware of Waller’s 4.54 speed and NFL teams are now aware of it as well. The Yellow Jacket product is making a name for himself through two days of practice.
USF wide receiver Andre Davis is a local product that has flashed over the last two practices. He’s a smooth route-runner that has made contested catches look routine. Davis looks like he lacks great deep speed but his route-running allows him to get open quite easily on short and intermediate routes. On Tuesday, he made a phenomenal contested catch over Florida Atlantic defensive back Damian Parms on a deep pass thrown by Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason.
Kentucky defensive end Za’Darius Smith followed up his excellent Monday practice with another nice practice on Tuesday. The former Wildcat showed off a tornado-like spin move in one-on-ones against Louisville tackle Jamon Brown. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Smith has ideal size for a 4-3 defensive end and if he continues his strong performance he could hear his name called as early as round four.
The East squad features a couple of big running backs, including Louisville’s Dominique Brown, who stands 6-foot-2, 240 pounds. Brown punished defenders in between the tackles and fared surprisingly well out of the backfield in receiving drills. He also made a few standout blocks in pass-protection on Tuesday. The Buccaneers could use a true bruiser at the running back position, so Brown could be an option for Tampa Bay on day three of the draft.
A player that has really made a name for himself this week is Bowie State TE Khari Lee. The 6-4, 235 pound tight end has been extremely impressive as a receiver for the East squad. Lee has a narrow frame and struggles with blocking, but he’s turned heads at both Monday and Tuesday’s practices. With Louisville tight end Gerald Chrsitian injured, Lee and South Alabama tight end Wes Saxton are getting a lot of reps for the East team and they are taking advantage of them.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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