Here are the players that impressed me the most during Saturday's East-West Shrine Game:
1. Daniel Bazuin, DE/Central Michigan (6-3 265)-Showed an excellent motor and quickness. Got 1 sack on a bull-rush and another on an outside speed rush. A little short for a DE, but doesn't lack any in effort or toughness.
2. David Ball, WR/New Hampshire (6-1 195) Far and away the best hands in the draft. Caught everything near him in this game, including an acrobatic reach-over-the-db down the sideline. Lacks elite speed and athleticism, but he's the most productive WR in college history.
3. Jeff Rowe, QB/Nevada (6-5 225)-He has the size, arm, and smarts to be a QB in the NFL. Threw some amazing passes, showed excellent touch on deep balls. Appeared very slow when forced out of the pocket, though.
4. Zak DeOssie, LB/Brown (6-4 240)-Played great on special teams, he even long snapped. Very tough, rugged, old-school kind of LB. Not a top athlete, could do a little better in coverage, but not bad. Made plays all over the field, excellent hustle.
5. Paul Williams, WR/Fresno State (6-2 200)-When you watch him, you wonder why he only had 229yds receiving his entire senior year. Has legit 4.4 speed, but it'll be hard for him to shake that underachiever label. Received an invite to this week's Senior Bowl.
6. Travarous Bain, CB/Hampton (6-0 180)-He can run with the best of em, shows some very good cover skills and instincts. Former Miami trackstar/backup CB. Needs to bulk up and add strength, won't help out much vs. the run right away.
7. Brian Robison, DE/Texas (6-3 265)-From what I heard, he had excellent practices all week. If this list was of "who helped themselves the most over the whole week", he'd probably be #1. Call me crazy, but I'd probably take him over Tim Crowder. Great strength and athleticism, works hard and plays to the whistle. He was a half second away from a sack about 5 times.
8. Mario Henderson, OT/Florida State (6-7 310)-Has everything the NFL looks for in OT's. Long arms, big frame, and quick feet, but never really played up to his potential in college. Really impressed me vs. UCLA in the bowl game, could rocket up draft boards with good workouts.
9. Ben Patrick, TE/Delaware (6-4 270)-Very athletic for a 270lb TE. Soft hands, catches the ball away from his body, although he never really got his chances during the game. Solid as a blocker, held his own against some of the top DE's in the nation.
10. T.J. Downing, OG/Ohio State (6-4 305)-Showed excellent technique and stuffed Paul Soliai nearly every play. Not a great athlete, but a technician and a smart player who should find his way onto a roster somehow.