As I highlighted in my amateur scouting report on the East-West Shrine practices here, today is a chance to see some interesting prospects in action. I'm not sure what channel it will be on, but I am assuming some version of ESPN. While the games are usually sort of strange with all of the rotations and players getting a variety of snaps. Here are a few things to look out for:
1. Watch East team's Jimmy Garappolo's throwing motion. I've fallen in love with it, because I've never seen a faster release. How to determine the "release speed" (a term nerds like myself like to use) is how quick the throwing motion starts and finishs, from the moment he decides to throw to the time it leaves his hand. If you blink, you will miss a beautiful throw.
2. Check out West's quarterback Keith Wenning. I didn't get to writing about him, but the Ball State quarterback had an incredible season. I saw him in the NIU-Ball State showdown and he looked like a great quarterback.
3. See how East's Jordan Lynch adapts as a pocket passer, or see if he is allowed to run free. While the event is a highlight of their skills, the coaches still want to win the game. Jordan Lynch passing Garoppolo and Mathews will keep the West defense on their toes.
4. Small school OT Matt Hall (Belhaven) is not small. At 6'10 and 300+lbs, the guy is a mountain of a man. See how his raw size handles talent better than he has faced before.
5. Scouts are drooling over small school West Team's WR Seantavius Jone's potential and abilities. He is a big bodied receiver who dominants the ball at point of attack.
6. See how fat Michigan State's Max Bullough actually is. He apparently arrived at practices 20lbs heavier than his 245lb playing weight, and was extremely underconditioned in practices. It could significantly lower his draft stock, but if he falls to round 6 or 7 he needs to be considered a high-risk, high reward player.
7. Scouts on twitter have been crying outrage at how bad Romeo Crennel's practices have been for the West Team. I watched clips from the practices posted by FootballGamePlan on youtube, and I saw some of the jokes people complained about. Offensive linemen were catching punts in return drills, and he had them also catching passes during offensive line v defensive line drills. Lots of stretching, hour long motivational speeches, and other hippy bullshit that has agents furious. Let's watch to see how they do despite all this, and see if the future Texans D Coordinator is on to something, or if his style explains why the Chiefs were 2-14 last year.